This laser is powered by two AAA batteries. Advertised power is ~5mW,
so this meets FDA regulations. That means DX can ship this laser to
you (if you are in the US) unlike most other lasers on their site.
Because this is only claimed to be 5mW, don't expect to be doing
burning tricks with this. This is really only meant to be used as a
presentation pointer or just for safely pointing around the house.
Shipping took about three weeks from China, but shipping from DX is
free so I won't complain. It came in a white presentation box:
As you can see, it has a spot for the laser and two AAA batteries.
It came with two cheap AAAs that surprisingly worked in the laser,
although Eneloops proved to work better.
This laser feels very heavy for its size! Compared to my 170mW CNI
this thing feels like a block of lead. To me this is a big plus
because it feels sturdier, but some don't like this heavy feeling.
Aperture shot of the laser, in this picture you can see that the
warning label is peeling up a little. It came like that, so I
secured it with some superglue. I like warning labels on my lasers
because they look cool.
The switch has a manly click on it that actually takes pressure to
push down. Big plus in my book. ;D
For being a 5mW rated laser, this thing is bright! Almost too bright
actually...this thing would be binding if I tried to use this laser
in a presentation. Although I haven't had this laser metered, I
would guess this laser is putting out ~15mW compared to other
metered lasers I have.
Here is a long exposure shot I took that is a good representation of
the beam at night.
Here is a shot of the aperture while the laser is on:
Another thing I noticed is that this laser has great beam
divergence. I haven't measured it but it is better than most of my
The laser unscrews into two pieces for changing the batteries. The
threads are a little squeaky but at least the contact is good.
I'm sure most of you know about the unsupported PCB problem in most
NewWish pointers, but it looks like they fixed the problem. When I
looked down into the laser it looked like a resistor helps keep the
board from being bent down during operation.
I couldn't get any PCB shots because this laser is VERY hard to take
apart and it would be a waste of time to tear this apart for a
couple circuit pictures.
This laser looks to be IR filtered, so this would be great for
people with IRphobia.
For $10.50, this laser is a steal. This makes a great first laser to
a newbie who hasn't experienced green before.
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