Shop Force Laser Level, retail $4.99 (
Manufactured by Shop Force Tools (No URL known)
Last updated 03-20-09

The Shop Force Laser Level is...well...a laser level.

Use it as you would a regular bubble level, or turn on the laser and use it for distance work like putting in a foundation or installing WDV pipe.

It measures 16" long, not including the switch/tailcap assembly for the laser. It has a ruler printed on the side, reading 0" to 15.25".


Use this as you would any standard bubble level. Set it down somewhere and see if the bubble in the glass vial is centered within the two markings on the outside of the vial. If it is, the surface is level. If it isn't, the surface is not level.

To use the laser, turn the red knob on the end clockwise (as if tightening it) approximately half a turn until it goes down slightly and "locks" in. Turn it again clockwise (approximately half a turn) so the knob extends slightly and "locks" in to turn the laser back off.

I'm not a carpenter, and I don't play one on TV or on the internet, so please read the instructional leaflet that comes with the laser level for details on how to use the level for distance use, laying pipe, etc.

Claimed accuracy of the laser beam is a maximum deviation of 0.20" at 50 feet.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the red cap at the end of the level, throw it in the {vulgar term for toilet}, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, tip the two used AAA cells out of the level and into your hand, and dispose of, recycle, or recharge them as you see fit.

Insert two new AAA cells in the opening, flat-end (-) negative first, and screw the red cap back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that cap now?

Measures 21.1mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

This is a laser level, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed and abused, so I won' try to drown it in the toilet, smash it against a concrete sidewalk, throw it against a wall, stomp on it, sit down hard on it, or otherwise abuse it. So this portion of the web page will be more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The beam does have some artifacts in it visible from close range, but at longer distances (10 feet or more out) and in normal room illumination, these artifacts aren't bothersome or even noticeable.

I set it at one end of the house so it would shine to pretty much the other end (appproximately 40 to 50 feet), and observed the laser spot. The laser spot was pretty much on par with inexpensive red laser pointers; consisting of a central hotspot with two striped bands extending from its sides. You don't see this configuration when you're on the laser level side of the beam, but do when you're standing where the beam spot is shining.

As I said before, I'm not a carpenter, and I don't play one on TV or on the internet, so please read the instructional leaflet that comes with the laser level for details on how to use the level for distance use, laying pipe, etc.

Laser beam at ~15 feet.
Spot is not white like what is shown in this photograph.
Measures 3.3326mW on a laser power meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the red diode laser in this product.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 645nm and 665nm to pinpoint wavelength.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test unit was mailed to me by a Candlepower Forums member on 12-27-04, and arrived on 12-31-04.

UPDATE: 01-20-05
I have decided to rate this product four stars. I'm not a carpenter, and don't play one on TV or on the internet, so I sincerely hope this evaluation is not missing anything important. This also means that the PROS and CONS sections below may be incomplete.

Bright red laser beam
Uses batteries that are relatively inexpensive and readily available
Comes with storage pouch to help prevent unwanted damage
Low price

Beam has artifacts in it that may affect measurements at longer distances

    MANUFACTURER: Shop Force Tools
    PRODUCT TYPE: Level with laser assist
    LAMP TYPE: Diode laser
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very narrow; it's a laser, remember?
    SWITCH TYPE: Rotary on/off on end of battery compartment
    BEZEL: Plastic; laser deeply inset in cell for it
    BATTERY: 2xAAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon storage pouch
    WARRANTY: 2 years


    Star Rating

Shop Force Laser Level *

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