0-40mW ADJUSTABLE RED LASER MODULE



0-40mW Adjustable Red Laser Module, retail $65.00 (http://cgi.ebay.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for AixiZ Service and International LLC (www.mfgcn.com)
Last updated 09-10-11-10





(In reference to the package I received from an Ebay seller at 2:29pm PDT on 08-08-06):
{sung like the Foreigner song "Feels Like the First Time"}
Feels like a flaaaaaash-liiiight...feels like a FLAAAA-aaaash-liiiight!!!
Feels like a flaaaaaash-liiiight...feels like a FL


BREAK IN 32769
READY.
CONT

?OUT OF DATA ERROR IN 49152
READY.

Let's try that again...as soon as I saw the address on the package, I *knew* it wasn't a flashlight...

CONT

?CAN'T CONTINUE ERROR
READY.
LIST

10 POKE53280,15:POKE53281,15:PRINT CHR$(147);
32767 READ A$
32768 PRINT A$
32769 PRINT A$
40960 END
49152 DATA "{b}Feels like a flaaaaaash-liiiight...feels like a {i}FLAAAA-aaaash-{/i}liiiight!!!{/b}"

READY.
49152 DTTA "{b}Feels like a laaaaaa-sssser...feels like a {i}LAAAAA-aaaaa-{/i}ssser!!!{/b}"
RUN

?SYNTAX ERROR IN 49152
READY.
49152 DATA "{b}Feels like a laaaaaa-sssser...feels like a {i}LAAAAA-aaaaa-{/i}ssser!!!{/b}"
RUN

Feels like a laaaaaa-sssser...feels like a LAAAAA-aaaaa-ssser!!!
Feels like a laaaaaa-sssser...feels like a LAAAAA-aaaaa-ssser!!!


READY.


This is a directly-injected red diode laser module that is advertised to have an output adjustable from 0mW to 40mW via a setscrew mounted on its own cable.

The product consists of three components: the laser module itself, the setscrew for adjusting power, and a power supply that plugs into any two- or three-slot 90 to 240 volts AC 50Hz or 60Hz power receptacle. All of the components are prewired, so all you need to do is plug it in.


 SIZE



To use this laser, just plug the "wall wart"-type power supply into any two- or three-slot 90 to 240 volts AC 50Hz or 60Hz power receptacle, and the laser will come on.

To adjust the power output, take a small standard screwdriver and turn the gold colored screw on the small blue trimmer pot. Turn it clockwise to reduce laser power, and counterclockwise to increase laser power.
See the photograph directly below to see what this trimmer looks like.


It is attached to the laser diode module by a pair of wires ~4 1/2" (13cm) in length.

When you're finished using this laser, unplug the power supply from the wall.



Because this product is designed to be line-powered, this section can and will be skipped.



This is a laser, not a flashlight. So I won't whack it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of an outdoor patio, run over it with a 450lb electric wheelchair, try to drown it in the toilet bowl or the cistern, throw it, let my housemate's kitties go #1 on it, stomp on it, or subject it to other abuses that a flashlight might have to endure.

The collimating lens is adjustable, so you can adjust the beam focus to give you a tight beam close up, or far away. You adjust the focus by turning the black plastic ring at the front of the laser module clockwise or counterclockwise.

The laser's power output is also adjustable, from a couple of hundred microwatts (W) to just over 40 milliwatts (mW).

This laser is not water-resistant, so please be extra careful when using it around sinks, tubs, toilets, fishtanks, pet water bowls, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. And you'll probably want to cover it up or otherwise get rid of it (such as by putting it in a pocket or bag) if you need to carry it somewhere or other in rainy or snowy weather.



Beam photograph at 12".
Beam image bloomed SUBSTANTIALLY; it is not white in the center.
Measures 174.0W on low and 41.6mW on high.
Both measurements were taken using a
laser power specifically intended for that purpose.


Laser power oputput analysis
Maximum power mode measures 49mW on a LaserBee 2.5W USB Laser Power Meter w/Thermopile.



Beam photograph at ~10'.
Beam image also bloomed SUBSTANTIALLY; it is not white in the center.

Those rectangular graphic things at the upper left are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

And that red coily thing on the marquees is from an American DJ Laser Widow.


Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of this laser.


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


Spectrographic analysis
Same as above; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 650nm and 670nm to pinpoint wavelength.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.





TEST NOTES:
Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 07-31-06, and was received at 2:29pm PDT on 08-08-06.


UPDATE: 09-07-06
I have decided to rate this product 4 stars and place it in The Trophy Case on this website.


PROS:
Beam is "clean", with no visible speckling or artifacts around it
Fantastic variable power levels available
Wide adjustment range from <0.2mW to >40mW
Focus is somewhat adjustable


CONS:
Not water-resistant - but most other lasers aren't either. Will not figure into my rating
CDRH warning label is not on the laser
Power adjustment control is a bit on the small side


    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Red diode laser
    LAMP TYPE: Diode laser
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very narrow; focus is somewhat adjustable
    SWITCH TYPE: N/A
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal
    BEZEL: Metal; small aperture (opening) for the laser beam to exit
    BATTERY: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: No
    SUBMERSIBLE: NO WAY HOZAY!!!
    ACCESSORIES: Power supply
    WARRANTY: Not stated/TBA

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star RatingStar Rating







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