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Evo Smartphone-Controllable Green DPSS Portable Laser, retail $299.95 (www.wickedlasers.com...)
Manufactured by Wicked Lasers (www.wickedlasers.com)
Last updated 02-03-14

(In reference to the small package I received from Wicked Lasers on 11-06-13
{sung like the Foreigner song "Feels Like the First Time"}

The Evo Smartphone-Controllable Green DPSS Portable Laser (hereinafter, probably just referred to as the "Evo") is a rather powerful self-contained, handheld laser. It has the SmartSwitch™ v2.0 which includes several additional modes besides just "on" and "off".

It is also fully controllable with your Iphone or Android smartphone! And if the preprogrammed modes piss you off, you can CHANGE THEM without significant disassembly of your laser (you only need to remove a plate, pull out the jumper, and screw on a little module) because of its open source firmware!!!

It is rated to produce up to 0.1W (100mW) of laser radiation at 532nm (spectrographically measured at 531.660nm) in the green part of the spectrum.

It comes in a very sturdy aluminum body that has been hard-anodized, and feeds from a pair of ordinary AA cells that you supply yourself.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use your shiny new (or corroded old) Evo, feed it a pair of AA cells first (see directly below), and ***THEN*** you can go lase something

To use the portable laser (it has multiple operational modes thanks to its SmartSwitch™ v2.0), follow these instructions:

1: Press the rubberised tailcap button until it clicks, and then release it.

2: Click the SmartSwitch™ three times in rapid succession; then click it two more times significantly more slowly (hold the button in for approx 250ms {¼ second} with those last two presses).
This arms the laser and turns it on in steady-on mode at minimum power.

The SmartSwitch™ prevents accidental and unauthorized activation of the laser by requiring a short sequence of clicks and click-holds to unlock the laser.

o Low, Medium, High power mode - Pressing and holding the SmartSwitch will cycle through the power modes.

o Tactical Standby Mode - 1 quick click will set the laser to standby mode and another quick click will turn it back on.

o Strobe Mode - Double clicking the SmartSwitch button will set the laser to strobe mode. To exit, just double click on the button again.

o Full-power / Momentary Mode - Hold the SmartSwitch and press the button on the tailcap then proceed with unlocking the laser. The laser will only operate while the SmartSwitch button is pressed. The laser must be turned off to exit this mode.

To control the Evo with your SmartPhone, you'll first want to download this app (for iOS) or this app (for Android).

You may also connect the laser directly to your smartphone using the furnished A/V cable and these instructional materials (this is a .PDF file; you'll need Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader to view this).

Next, you'll need to connect the Smartport to the laser itself; this process is rather straightforward.
  1. On the side of the laser's barrel directly opposite of the SmartSwitch, you'll see a plate held on by two Allen screws. Use the furnished Allen key to remove these screws. Then lift the plate straight off.
  2. Toward the rear of the opening you now see, you'll find a curved black jumper. Pull it straight out and set that aside too.
  3. Push the Smartport straight down, orienting it so that the end with the projecting rectangular piece goes in toward the back of the laser -- this is the plug that fits those pins in the laser's body.
  4. Secure it in place with the furnished screws.

***VERY IMPORTANT!!!*** Everybody in this family (and my friends) has a dumbphone™, so I am simply not equipped to show you how the Evo would be used with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

To change the batteries in your Wicked Lasers Evo, unscrew and remove the bezel (head), throw it into the the dustbin (garbage can), tie off the bin liner (plastic garbage bag), carry it to the outdoor wheelie bin (wheeled garbage can), throw it in, slam the lid down, roll the wheelie bin to the curb, and wait patiently for garbage day so that the dustman (garbage man) empties the wheelie bin into his dustcart (garbage truck)...
O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert a pair of new AA cells into the barrel, nipple-ends (+) positives first. This is the opposite of how batteries are installed in most flashlights, so please pay attention to polarity here.

Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't throw that bezel into the dustbin now?

Due to how this laser was constructed, I am not able to furnish current usage values.

This is a portable laser, not a flashlight. So I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch in effort to try and expose the bare Metalbeelzemon - er - the bare Metaltrailmon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalhornetmon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!), let my mother's big dog's ghost, my kitty cat, or my sister's kitty cats spring a leak (uranate) on it, hose it down with a gun, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the laser's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.


This laser is a fairly powerful (measured at 96mW) CDRH Class IIIb instrument, and the photons generated by it are much higher in energy than the photons generated by a red laser of equivalent power (not that you'd want to shoot your eye out with a 300mW red laser anyway!!!); so you definitely do not want to shine it into your eyes, other people's eyes, pets' eyes, for that matter, the eyes of any person or animal you encounter. Eye damage can occur faster than the blink reflex can protect them, regardless of what species' eyes you irradiate with this laser. So just don't do it.
And ¡para los motivos de Cristo! (and for heaven sakes and for Pete sakes and your sakes too) do not shine the Evo (or any other laser for that matter!) at any vehicle, whether ground-based like a motorcycle, car, or truck, or air-based like a helicopter, airplane, or jet. And if you shoot it at a person in the dark and he turns out to be a police officer, he may think he's being targeted, unholster (pull out) his gun, and hose you down with it!

This is a CDRH Class IIIb laser device. Treat it with respect, and it'll treat you with respect.

This laser is water-resistant but not submersible, so please be careful around sinks, tubs, toilets, fishtanks, pet water bowls, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. However, you need not worry about using it outdoors when it's raining or snowing.

The case is made from 6061-T6 Aircraft-Grade Aluminum, and is treated with a black HA-III (hard anodized) finish.

The beam has a diameter of 2.00mm when it exits the product.
According to the web page on the Evo, it produces a TEM00 (transverse electromagnetic mode 00) beam - that is, it produces a beam with a Gaussian power distribution; circular with a central hotspot and dimmer corona. This is a typical laser mode, and is how many lasers (well, most lasers for consumer use anyway) are designed to operate.
Divergence is stated as 1.50mRad.

I said this once already but it bears repeating:
Everybody in this family (and my friends) has a dumbphone™, so I am simply not equipped to show you how the Evo would be used with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

Measures 9mW (minimum) and 96mW) (maximum) on a LaserBee 2.5W USB Laser Power Meter w/Thermopile.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".

Beam photograph on a wall at ~15 feet.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the S3 Evo at minimum power.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the S3 Evo at minimum power; spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 528nm and 538nm to pinpoint wavelength, which is 531.660nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/44/evol.txt

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the S3 Evo at maximum power.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the S3 Evo at maximum power; spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 528nm and 538nm to pinpoint wavelength, which is again 531.660nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/44/evoh.txt

Spectrographic analysis
Spectral line halfwidth analysis of the S3 Evo at minimum power; its FWHM is ~1.55nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectral line halfwidth analysis of the S3 Evo at maximum power; its FWHM is ~2.0nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the S3 Evo; spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 800nm and 874nm to check for NIR emission from the pump diode -- which, as you can see, there is none!!!

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

A beam cross-sectional analysis would normally appear here, but the computer that hosted the ProMetric 8 Beam Cross-Sectional Analyser was destroyed by a lightning strike in July 2013 (the monitor had this big-ass hole blown right through its viewscreen); although a replacement computer is already en route (it just came the other day actually), there's a fairly significant chance that the beam cross-sectional analyser itself was also wiped out because both the computer & test instrument shared the AC power at the same outlet on the same power strip.

Video on YourTube showing how the Evo is "connected" to your smartphone.
This video was used pending permission from its creator.

Video on YourTube showing how the Evo is "hacked" via being connected to your computer via a USB port.
Again, this video was used pending permission from its creator.

Test unit was sent by Steve of Wicked Lasers on 10-20-13 (or "2013 20 Oct." if you prefer), and was received on 11-06-13 (or "2013 06 Nov." or even Nov. 06, Twenty Stick-Tits" if you prefer).

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Unique remote controllability via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone
Easily, on-the-fly adjustable power output (from ~10mW to ~100mW)
Attractive to look at whether on or off
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive


Jumper is small and easy to lose -- laser will not function without it!

    MANUFACTURER: Wicked Lasers
    PRODUCT TYPE: Portable DPSS green portable laser that's smartphone-controllable
    LAMP TYPE: DPSS green laser
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very narrow spot; it's a laser, remember?
    SWITCH TYPE: Arm/disarm button on tailcap; pushbutton on/mode change/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Hard-anodized aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; has aperture (hole) for laser beam to emerge
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Belt holster, LaserShades laser safety goggles, smartphone connection module (Smartport), programming (hacking) kit, numerous small screws, Allen key
    SIZE: 226mm L x 25mm Dia.
    WEIGHT: 189.10g (6.670 oz) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: 1 year


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