Compared to a standard sized pen-laser pointer.
As you know, we feature loads of fantastic DIY laser projects on Hack N Mod.Â LaserGlow sent in their flashlight-sized 150mW green laser pointer for us to test out and review.Â This this is a beast, coming in at about and 18 oz. and literally is the size of a flashlight.Â Aries isn’t the only laser they carry, they have a wide variety of colors and sizes up to the 500mW Hercules which lives up to it’s name.
First, let’s start with the packaging. As you can see, it comes in a sleek “large amounts of cash”-style briefcases and cutouts for all the parts and batteries. Definitely a classy touch to such a powerful laser. Of course, the first thing we did was the classic balloon and matches tests. It’ll pop a balloon in less than a second from about 10 feet away. Matches took about 3 seconds to light at around 8 feet away. It’ll also burn through electrical tape in a few seconds as well.Â Check out more demonstration videos.
- Output Power: 150mW
- Pump Diode: 1.0-1.2W 808nm
- Diode Make: Osram or nLight
- Wavelength: 532nm (green)
- Casing: Solid Aluminum
- Warranty: 6 Month Standard/ 12 Month Extended
The LaserGlow Difference:
Green lasers have a natural tendency to PEAK in brightness when turned on, and then gradually drop in output power if no heat sink is present. This happens due to over-heating. This type of laser usually looks like a regular laser pointer, but with claimed output of up to 150mW. Green lasers with a heatsink will also produce a PEAK, but will decline in output at a slower rate. Many retailers take advantage of this, and measure the AVERAGE output during this decline. This AVERAGE is taken over only 1-2 minutes- and sometimes over only 30 seconds. Each Aries Series laser from Laserglow is tested to ensure SUSTAINED output power over 10 minutes of continuous operation
In conclusion, this thing is a beast! The beam stretches for miles and will literally illuminate an entire football field. Plus, it looks like you’re holding a light saber when you’re in a dark area (or even a dimly lit area) because the beam is so bright and visible. It also comes with multiple saftey mechanisms and glasses to help prevent any premature blindness.
Beam shot across a park.
Another time lapse beam shot.
As you can see by the demo pics above, this thing is extremely powerful and incredibly bright.Â Head over to LaserGlow for their entire selection of lasers and more photos.
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