Review: WickedLasers Pulsar 100mW and Sport Elite Goggles

April 7, 2007 by Jabbran | 5 Comments
Filed Under Cool Gadgets, Other

Introduction
Today, we will be looking at another high powered portable laser. Again, this is no toy by any means. The Pulsar series is a line of high powered red lasers put out by the reputable Wicked Lasers (www.wickedlasers.com). The Pulsar lasers are available in 75mW, 100mW and 125mW. We will be looking at the 100mW Pulsar which emits light at a wavelength of 650nm. We are also going to be looking at the 650nm Red Sport Elite Goggles.

Wicked Lasers Pulsar100mW

Design – Presentation box
The presentation box is large and filled with soft foam – and quite rightly so. You would want maximum protection for something so valuable and precious. The top cover clicks into place thanks to the two hidden magnets on the front. It is recommended you keep your laser in here when not in use.

Design - Presentation Box

Laser Specifications

Name: Pulsar Series
Size: 150mm x 12mm
Weight: 50g
Wavelength: 650nm
Laser Body: Silver Polished Brass
Transverse Mode: TEM00
Output Power 100mW
Beam Divergence: 0.5mRad
Beam Diameter: -4.5mm @ aperture
Power Consumption 170mA-240mA
Power supply: 2 X AAA 1.5V
Battery Lifetime: 2-3 hours
Switch: Momentary On/Off Button
Expected lifetime: >5,000 hours
Warranty: 3 months

Design – Pulsar Laser
The Pulsar series laser has a very attractive shiny chrome look. It is actually silver polished brass. The construction is solid and everything is nice and tight, no loose components. The shiny finish really gives it a professional look and it does not look cheap at all. The weight balance is perfect, it isn’t too light nor is it too heavy.

Pulsar Laser Design

The laser body is very smooth and there are no rough or gritty surfaces unlike the Evolution series. This is probably so that it reflects the idea of the laser pointer – professional, safe use. The Evo on the other hand is rough, rugged and is designed with destruction in mind. ‘Wicked Lasers’ is also printed on the laser body in a silvery white text. The screw battery cap is on the opposite end of the aperture (where the laser beam shoots out of). The laser uses 2xAAA batteries. The ‘on’ button is located just below the warning sticker; it’s a very flat low profile button so you cannot accidentally turn it on when it is not in use. This is good as you do not want your battery being wasted or even burning something!

Testing
The Pulsar series have very low divergence meaning the beam will not spread out very much (about 5mm per 10metres according to specifications). To start off the testing I will tell you the output readings I got from this model and they are as follows: –

Minimum output power: 96mW
Maximum output power: 107mW
Average output power: 102mW

As you can see from the above results this Pulsar is very stable and outputs as expected.

The next test involved visibility at night. The beam was tested in dark conditions outside, looking over a park to see how far the beam could go and also how visible it was. Unfortunately, our eyes are not as sensitive to red light as to green light. This means the beam is barely visible even at high powers such as this. Also, the dot is a lot harder to track because our eyes simply don’t see the dot as well. However, the dot of the Pulsar could be seen from about 1-1.5miles away.

Pulsar  Laser Testing

Now we move on to the burning power of the Pulsar. The Pulsar easily pops a balloon from around 0 – 3m, bare in mind the balloon must be coloured in black marker to where your going to aim it. It also creates holes in black bin liner. Unfortunately it does not light a match unless an external lens is used to focus the beam even further…but then again we can do that with sunlight, so it isn’t as fun.

Wicked Lasers Test

Conclusion

Advantages
Disadvantages
  • Burning power is excellent
  • It looks very attractive
  • Solid build
  • Cheaper than green lasers with similar powers
  • Not very visible
  • Doesn’t burn as well as Evo (due to beam diameter)

Overall, I can say is that I am quite happy with the Pulsar and it performs quite well. Although not as exciting as a green laser, this would definitely be something you might want to start with if you don’t want to dish out a lot more for a green. Red laser enthusiasts would certainly be in for a treat!

Design – 650nm Red Sport Elite Goggles
The goggles came in a very smart and compact black case. It is a zipped case that holds your goggles and there’s enough room for your laser too. Inside the case you obviously have the blue coloured 650nm goggles. These are priced at $49.99 from Wicked Lasers. The ‘arms’ of the goggles are extendible so that you can make them longer or shorter depending on your preference. They are comfortable to wear and most importantly save your eyesight! You would most likely dismiss the thought of buying goggles when you purchase a laser. However you shouldn’t! The goggles cost $49.99 and are replaceable; your eyes are invaluable and of course can’t be replaced.

Desing - GogglesDesing - Wicked Lasers Goggles

Inside the case you also receive a little cloth to clean your goggles. You also get an elastic necklace so that you can fix it to your goggles and then rest it around your neck, preventing you from having to put your goggles down every time you’re not using them.

Goggles
Wicked Lasers Googles
Wicked Lasers Googles

Testing
The first way in which to test these new goggles was to shine the laser beam directly into them (without wearing them of course). Amazingly, no light passed through! As good as it sounds, this is not the case. When you wear the goggles and shine the laser about, you cannot see the dot at all, even directly on your hand. This is of course a problem if there are people about because you don’t know exactly where the laser is pointing. It’s as if you are using an invisible infra-red laser which to anyone outside research labs, is useless and of course extremely dangerous. This is something Wicked Lasers can easily rectify and is not really a huge problem at the moment.

Conclusion

Advantages
Disadvantages
  • Protects your eyes very well (see disadvantages)
  • Comes in a case
  • Adjustable
  • Only $49.99
  • They look cool for goggles
  • Too protective, dot is not visible!

Overall I think these goggles are very good, and yes, too good. If you’re into close range burning, melting, popping or lighting then these are a must whether the dot can been seen or not. Paying $49.99 to save your eyesight is a great deal. If you own a Pulsar, these are practically a must.

By Jabbran

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5 Comments so far

  1. Czbaby on April 11, 2007 1:14 pm

    I don’t think you even own this laser because some pictures are from the lasercommunity.com and the first picture is an evo not a pulsar.

  2. Jabbran on April 11, 2007 4:51 pm

    Dear Czbaby,

    Thank you for your input. First of all I do own this laser. Secondly I’ve had permission to use those pictures and the photographer happens to be a relative of mine. The picture of the Evo in the presentation box was a mistake, as you can imagine, having a lot of reviews to do can make you make a few mistakes here and there, after all I am human.

    Bets Regards,
    Jabbran

  3. alCheMist on April 17, 2007 5:29 pm

    all i can say….WOW!!! nice stuff!!

  4. LaserDragon on August 14, 2007 7:43 am

    Since the pulsar series actually has a negative beam diameter, you would not need an external lens to focus it, simply find the focal point where the beam becomes a positive diameter.

  5. Mr. hyde on March 20, 2010 3:30 pm

    i want to buy, but expansive?!
    i live in malaysia, where can buy?!
    fuck off if dont know,because i want to ask someone who know a lot about the wicked laser…
    i dont want listen any nonsense that about wicked laser just tell me where to buy it in malaysia…
    dont try to lying me any nonsense,i dont want to know!!! anyway, fuck off if you dont know..
    thank you fucker

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