My current camera is getting sent in for repair so
for this review I had to use a different camera. Sorry for the bad
This laser is one of Focal's newest green laser additions to their
store selling at under $15 shipped! Output power is claimed to be
50mW and runs off either 2x AAs or 1 14500.
Shipping took about three weeks from China, but they ship their
stuff for free so I couldn't really expect any faster. This company
does ship to the US unlike DX/KD, which makes this laser a great
alternative to those sites. The package FP used was just a plastic
envelope. The laser itself came in a small white box without
batteries or instructions.
This laser overall looks good, it is bigger than most typical
handhelds we use today because of its 2x AA design. The pictures on
FP's site make this laser look smaller than it really is.
The switch is a momentary push button which isn't very hard to push
but isn't weak either. The tailcap that looks like a switch is
really only for looks, so don't be tricked by the pictures on the
For extra portability, the extension tube can be removed and a 14500
battery can be used instead of 2x AAs. This makes the laser much
Like I said earlier, this laser is fairly large in comparison to
most handheld lasers. This laser still feels normal in the hand, it
isn't to heavy or too light and feels well built.
To be honest I am not too happy about the internals of this laser.
After disassembling, it was a real pain to get put back together, so
my suggestion is to not mess with it unless you have to.
The laser module sits in a plastic cutout, which nearly isolates the
laser module from this case. This is terrible for heatsinking
because the heat generated by the operating laser can't escape very
The laser module is small and doesn't look much like any other laser
module that I've handled before so I can't put a brand to it. The
people who designed this seemed to have liked glue.
Visibility is similar to other 30mW rated green lasers I have. At
night the beam is very visible and is bright enough to make anybody
who hasn't seen a green laser before want one!
One negative of this laser is that it the beam exits the laser
nearly 6º off center, which is pretty bad even for a green laser.
In this picture I drew a line parallel to the case to show how much
off center the beam is.
There are also a lot of artifacts in the beam which are pretty
noticeable from up close. My guess is that there is a lot of dirt or
some fingerprints on the internal lenses or optics.
The bream diameter of this laser isn't very big or small for a green
laser. The divergence is very good and completely destroys my CNI
GLP-150 in this aspect. The dot seems to stay at a pinpoint no
matter how far I point it which is great when I hit clouds with it.
This laser is usually in TEM00, but if used for a very long time the
heat causes it to switch to TEM01. This is probably because of the
bad heatsinking. For any normal use this never happens.
Here is a picture of the 50mW warning label, as you can see they
screwed up in a couple of places.
This laser is definitely not made for burning, but I was able to
pull off a couple of tricks. The most it could do was poke holes in
black trash bags and even pop a balloon after a couple of seconds.
Overall: Yes this laser does have its flaws, but I would still
completely recommend this laser because of the incredible price. I
can't even see how they could make profit selling this at under $15,
even if this laser only outputted 5mW it would still be worth it.
The 2x AA design is great for long battery life.
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