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WarnLaser : Another Green Laser Review

Posted in Just Cool,reviews by Joe Colburn on the October 21st, 2008

Back in march I did a review of a green laser from TechLasers. Just like after my review of the NJOY e-cigarette, similar companies from all over emailed me in the months following, asking me to review their products. My policy is to not review a product without being able to actually try it. Most companies, e-cigarette and laser alike, wouldn’t put up the product for review. WarnLaser took up the challenge after I agreed to throw in some free advertising. I figure If I give the laser away, that should be a fair trade. So I agreed, and today, my package arrived.

WarnLaser laser packaging

The package had to go through U.S. Customs and Homeland Security who, it seems, rifled through it looking for bombs and other nasty things. So I wonder… Did they take the AAA batteries, or did WarnLaser just not send it with any? We may never know. The package did include one green laser and one instructional (and warning) paper.

WarnLaser laser and packaging

I threw some brand new batteries in the laser and started playing. Unfortunately, this laser doesn’t turn on every time I tried, but it worked about 95% of the time.

First I started with some visual tests, some of which can be seen in the video below. I pointed it into the (aircraft-free) sky and as expected, it was bright as far as I could see. I pointed it at my outdoor lights and it looked pretty cool. Then I tried it in running water, which looked even cooler.

What I really wanted to know, though is if this laser had the same power as the one’s they show in their videos. I put this thing through a couple tests. I still don’t have any black balloons, but this time, I did happen to have some black construction paper. I tried burning it, but there was no love. I tried burning a leaf, which did make a tiny mark on it and lighting a candle, which did not light. Finally, I pointed it at a stick of incense and got a little bit of smoke, but nothing solid. I shot some video, but it was incredibly boring, so I’m sparing you. To be fair, this is not the same 300mW laser they show in the videos. Until some company sends me a 300+mW laser, you probably won’t see me popping balloons or lighting things on fire with it. However, these things are a lot of fun for the price.

Now about the fate of this laser. As I mentioned above, I’ve decided to give the laser away. So watch later today for details on how you can win my laser.

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  1. MarixD said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Are you shinning it inside the outdoor light?
    That looks pretty cool.
    The running water looks much better.
    That would be pretty cool for the haunted trail I will be in this weekend.

  2. Joe said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    MarixD: The light outside has a plastic ridged casing, so I aimed the laser at it and it flung green light everywhere. That and the water both make for a good light show.

  3. on October 21st, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    […] morning, I posted a review of the green laser that WarnLaser sent me. In that review, I promised to give it […]

  4. Stypica said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I bought one of the really strong green lasers about 2 years ago (look and packaging is almost exactly the same as yours)- great party trick. spotting mountain slopes aver 2 miles away – in hotel windows waaaaaay down the strip in vegas etc – coming through a hotel window it lights up the whole room.

    Flashing tailgaiters happens occasionally when i remember to have it in the car.

    Stypica’s last blog post..Totally useless waste of time – but quite fun!

  5. Joe said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Stypica: I hadn’t thought of the fun/havoc that might ensue in Vegas. btw… see my txt message about your blog.

  6. Beth said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    This beats the $2.96 laser key chain I bought at Wal-Mart.

    Beth’s last blog post..How To Cope With Being An Only Child And Not Go Crazy.

  7. Joe said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Beth: Agreed. We have one of those to get the cats excited and this one is for us. =)

  8. Mike Huang said,

    on October 24th, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Basically this meats any cheap o laser you buy @ the stores. lol. That green is just sooo eye burning!


  9. Joe said,

    on October 24th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Mike: Yeah… it’s extremely bright. Too bright for the video, it seems.

  10. on October 28th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    id like to win that

    lewis juergens’s last blog post..By: Joe

  11. on October 29th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    […] of you who have been paying attention know that I posted a review of the green laser that Warnlaser sent me. Then I followed that up with a contest to give away my […]

  12. AngelinaMoore said,

    on February 22nd, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    300mW <a href=””>laser pointer</a> should burn objects.

  13. David said,

    on August 12th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    This is a warning: Do not buy anything from Chen Wenjie (Zachary TurtenWald). I asked for a refund and mailed the laser back to him per his instructions. He never picked it up upon arrival and it was returned 4 months later to my return address. He/they have since refused to refund my purchase even after I told him to send a return label. The laser 3W IR didn’t have a focus of more than 8 inches. Until I receive a refund, I’m warning everyone away from this rip off artist!!!

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