A bit more lasing

Herewith, the previously mentioned 350mW laser, this time assaulting some plain brown paper. You don't have to hold the dot very carefully still to burn the paper away, or even get it smouldering.

The brown paper looks like red paper because I put a red gel (some of the large amount of Primary Red that I had left over after making a couple of pairs of Bill Beaty's IR goggles) over the lens.

Without the gel, the super-bright dot would have made it very difficult to see what was going on, just as it does in the match-lighting clip.

(Yes, at some point I'm actually going to finish a review of this alarming device, not to mention the two other models that Wicked Lasers/Techlasers sent me.)

9 Responses to “A bit more lasing”

  1. Chris Lineker Says:

    Hey Dan,

    Where did you get that filter stuff? I have been wanting to make some of those goggles for ages, but I havnt been able to find where to get the materials

  2. Daniel Rutter Says:

    Why, I got it on eBay, of course :-). This seller, here in Australia.

    Gels of all colours should be standard stock at all theatrical lighting places.

  3. Chris Lineker Says:

    Cool, They didn't exist on eBay when I first saw that article :D

  4. Stark Says:

    Sooooooo.... seeing as how you are who you are and you do what you do... I'm wondering what happened to various materials when you pointed all of your lasers, simultaneously, at the same place for a combined output of.... well, I'm not sure how much since you have yet to mention the outputs of the other lasers. But I'm sure it's more than 350mw. :)

  5. RichVR Says:

    Shhh... Stark. Don't bring up "the satellite incident". he hates that.

  6. Stark Says:

    Rich, you owe me one keyboard. This one has much too much coffee in it now. ;)

  7. Lead Head Says:

    I've been a pretty long time reader of your site, but I can not recommend Wicked Lasers. Tons and tons of people reporting that their lasers put out significantly LESS then what they were "rated", and "tested" for. Just check out some of the stuff they say about them on laserpointerforums.com (which seems to be down at the moment)

  8. Irishnutter Says:

    I was looking for info on Dragonlasers and Wickedlasers. How the hell did I end up here???

    Haha what an out of date post. http://www.Wickedlasers.com has a crap Arctic laser that is meant to be 1 watt and http://www.dragonlasers.com has the Spartan laser that is 1 watt.

    Try and compare this old 350mW laser to a 1 watt laser. Come on, I dare you :)

    You can't.

    Just have a look here http://www.dragonlasers.com/home.php?cat=357

    1 watt for $240. How much did that 350mW laser cost? Way more.

  9. Daniel Rutter Says:

    Uh, yeah. Stuff I wrote in 2007 is a little out of date, now.

    Um... sorry?

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