Did you ever watch Mr. Wizard’s World? I did… I watched all the time, so this weekend was a real treat. About a week ago, a company called Tech Lasers asked if I would be interested in a laser from their product line to review. I’m much more computer geek than I am science geek, but I’m also much more science geek than most people, so I wasn’t about to say no. The following came in the mail:
Better safe than blind
To be honest, I haven’t really done much with lasers at all, so I had not expected the protective glasses. Wearing them was just foreign to me, but I’m a fan of being able to see, and getting a laser beam in my eye might ruin that for me. Besides, Tech Lasers thought well enough to provide them and they know their stuff, so I’ll heed the warnings in the instruction booklet and wear them. By the way, NOW I know they were crooked. Put yours on straight and you won’t look as goofy. Even though this is a much more powerful laser than the typical ones you might use to play with your cat, always keep the same principal in mind and never look directly into one.
About Tech Lasers
Tech Lasers is a company based in Hong Kong, and although they seem to be the new kids on the block, they definitely don’t look like it. I’ll let them speak for themselves for a moment:
We strive to provide our customers with a variety of high powered laser pointers to choose from. While Tech Lasers currently offer green, blue, yellow and infrared lasers, our laser specialists and merchandizing staff are working to develop and source more.? This is only the beginning of what is to come.
A really cool laser pointer
The laser appears to be the 15mW version from the Infiniti line. It’s hard to say for sure, as it doesn’t appear to be labeled. It does say that it’s “<125mW". I suppose that's a downside of their lasers and I hope that either I am mistaken or they eventually add some kind of means of identification to the Infiniti products.
That small detail aside, this 532nm wavelength (green) laser pointer is about the size of your standard Radio Shack laser pointer, only the button is a little easier to hold down for a long period of time. I have cats, so I can say this with certainty. Of course, this one has a larger price at about $90, but the differences between this laser product and your average laser pointer answer for the price gap. Tech Lasers also included a price comparison chart between them and the “Viper” series from Dragon Laser, which looks like an exact duplicate of my new Infiniti laser pointer for about ten bucks more. To be fair, I searched for a similar product from other companies. I found other companies selling what looked like the same product for usually $10 more than Tech Lasers. The prices Tech Lasers offer look better and better with the higher mW products.
I didn’t have a black balloon to try and pop, but that’s not very practical for most of us, anyway. It’s neat, but just not something you need very often. The web site points to these lasers a great tools for backyard astronomers. I’ve been getting a bit more into astronomy myself this past year, so I thought I’d try pointing to some stars with my Infiniti. I waited until it was nice and dark and headed outside with my laser. I checked for aircraft and there were none in sight, so I pointed it to a group of stars and pressed the button. I was a little shocked, at first. The laser beam went as far into the sky as I can see and I easily lined it up with a star. Because my wife likes to view the stars with me, I brought her out to see. Within a minute, she had control of the laser and was pointing to stars. I tried to take photos that just didn’t turn out too well (but they’re on Flickr, regardless), so here’s a quick video clip of the laser in action (indoors).
Before it arrived, I had planned on giving away my new Tech Lasers Infiniti, but after pointing it to the sky, I think I’ll keep it to use for my star gazing. If you want something to keep your cats busy, head to Radio Shack, but if you want a real laser, head to TechLasers.com.