Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


Topic # 51813 1-Dec-2009 16:02
Send private message

Has anyone bought a laser from these guys. I assume theyre chinese lasers but are they any good? The prices sure are low compared to others which makes me a little suspicious. However Im equally suspicious that others are well overpriced....

http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.911

Any feedback or opinions? I want to get a match-lighting, balloon-popping green laser but dont want junk. Anywhere else to get them for a good price?

Cheers

Create new topic
BDFL - Memuneh
60776 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11664

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 278362 1-Dec-2009 16:04
Send private message

A green laser is a very powerful gadget... It can cause serious injuries to eyes - why get something like this just to pop baloons?







1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 278370 1-Dec-2009 16:16
Send private message

Im fully aware of that, Im getting it as a gift. I want one that is capable of popping balloons, etc but that will not be it's sole or even main purpose.

I saw this website but they seem to be the same cheapy ones. Trademe has a small variety

http://www.buysh it.co.nz/products/green-laser

Anyone had any experience

8025 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 387

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 278432 1-Dec-2009 18:13
Send private message

"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye"

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  Reply # 278434 1-Dec-2009 18:18
Send private message

Ragnor: "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye"


or until its pointed at a aircraft

21221 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4268

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 278481 1-Dec-2009 20:43
Send private message

Hit and miss with DX - the power ratings are meaningless and I have seen a "100mW" from them that is worse than an identical looking "10mW" one.





Richard rich.ms

2782 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 120


  Reply # 278488 1-Dec-2009 20:49
Send private message

I bought something from them about 2 months ago, it took about a month to turn up, so don't expect it before Christmas!




253 posts

Ultimate Geek

Geekstore

  Reply # 278496 1-Dec-2009 21:15
Send private message

Can you import lasers etc into New Zealand without anything special? =S




Shaun Fisher - www.geekstore.co.nz

E: shaun[at]geekstore[dot]co[dot]nz
P: 0800894508  F: 0800897451

1539 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 39

Trusted

  Reply # 278497 1-Dec-2009 21:18
Send private message

I have ordered a couple of these from DX, they seem good quality, although there ratings aren't guaranteed so you could buy a 50mW one and it only produces 30mW on the odd occassion

2646 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 276


  Reply # 278503 1-Dec-2009 21:37
Send private message

Ones marked "true laser" in black/silver are the better to go for. But as stated they are only Diode based LEDs, and the IR output on them with no filter is something cronic over 50mw. And hit n miss as to the manufacturer parts included at the time.

They are not outlawed here (yet) however hit n miss if customs decide it is an offencive weapon - which the police do if used in public situations.

I have a 30mw true for astronomy (and a bit of fun) but I use it WISELY. That is, nowhere near drivers, airpoirts, or eyeballs. Too many twats have done the airplane thing with them that even the slightest suspicion of mis-use leads to calls to the police now... including me pointing at stars.

You will need 80mw+ to do the matchhead thing. 100-200 ideal in the cheaper ones, but yeah.. luck of the draw if you get ripped off.

If you want guaranteed, get the one that was reviewed on GZ, but expect to give away your unborn child to pay for it.

BDFL - Memuneh
60776 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11664

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

965 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 175

Trusted

  Reply # 278514 1-Dec-2009 21:56
Send private message

stevenz: I bought something from them about 2 months ago, it took about a month to turn up, so don't expect it before Christmas!



 

So I should not be worried as I order two items over 3 weeks ago from them and still nothing :(




helping others at dev.icqz.net

2646 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 276


  Reply # 278515 1-Dec-2009 21:58
Send private message

Christmas + HongKong + everything made there/china

Do the math :P Their 5-6 day delivery to NZ is not possible atm.

I ordered something from a different company on nov 11, shipped 13th, was awaiting export at HK post 16th, left on the 26th. Not quite here yet but in the country.

253 posts

Ultimate Geek

Geekstore

  Reply # 278519 1-Dec-2009 22:08
Send private message

Oblivian: Christmas + HongKong + everything made there/china

Do the math :P Their 5-6 day delivery to NZ is not possible atm.

I ordered something from a different company on nov 11, shipped 13th, was awaiting export at HK post 16th, left on the 26th. Not quite here yet but in the country.


That's most likely because the shipping is by normal air mail.

The Product Imports Dept here are still ordering as usual and there has been no delays in the delivery of Chinese items for us (that I know of). However, we do use frieght companies (DHL, UPS, FedEx etc)




Shaun Fisher - www.geekstore.co.nz

E: shaun[at]geekstore[dot]co[dot]nz
P: 0800894508  F: 0800897451

1725 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 342

Trusted

  Reply # 278653 2-Dec-2009 09:48
Send private message

You can use a DVD writer laser diode to pop balloons ...




My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government


3000 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 278657 2-Dec-2009 10:05
Send private message

I have a number of lasers, some good and some utterly terrible. I use a 300mW red one mostly for scaring birds and popping balloons etc as all the power is visible and as cheap red lasers are very common, people never ask if they can "have a play"

I also have a 220mW Green one that was labeled as a "65mW" and put out 70mW until I rehoused it and now it easily puts out 250mW.

Be careful of many of the green ones put out much more Infrared than green light and this is the one which damages eyes most seriously.

I've recently ordered on of this particular manufacturer's and expect it soon, I'm predicting it's New Wish. I have a 5Mw NewWish laser, rather "dim" but well controlled with a proper optical feedback system and IR filters and as a result it's very safe.

Make sure you get one that is reasonable quality, I'm surprised there are not a lot more AA lasers out there, they seem to be a mix of lithium and AAA ones, the aaa ones being lower powered and lithium being true high power ones.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.