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Topic # 51813 1-Dec-2009 16:02
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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?

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  Reply # 278362 1-Dec-2009 16:04
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A green laser is a very powerful gadget... It can cause serious injuries to eyes - why get something like this just to pop baloons?







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  Reply # 278370 1-Dec-2009 16:16
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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

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 278432 1-Dec-2009 18:13
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"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye"

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  Reply # 278434 1-Dec-2009 18:18
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Ragnor: "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye"


or until its pointed at a aircraft

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  Reply # 278481 1-Dec-2009 20:43
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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.





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  Reply # 278488 1-Dec-2009 20:49
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I bought something from them about 2 months ago, it took about a month to turn up, so don't expect it before Christmas!




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  Reply # 278496 1-Dec-2009 21:15
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Can you import lasers etc into New Zealand without anything special? =S




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  Reply # 278497 1-Dec-2009 21:18
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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

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  Reply # 278503 1-Dec-2009 21:37
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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.

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  Reply # 278514 1-Dec-2009 21:56
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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 :(




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  Reply # 278515 1-Dec-2009 21:58
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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.

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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)




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  Reply # 278653 2-Dec-2009 09:48
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You can use a DVD writer laser diode to pop balloons ...




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  Reply # 278657 2-Dec-2009 10:05
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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.

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