If you are in the market to buy a laser, you will be faced with a multitude of different aspects that need to be considered and sifted through in order to choose a model that suits your needs and potential applications the best. When considering all of the different factors that exist in the thousands of different hand held laser varieties that exist online today, it can be daunting.
Items like: output power, beam frequency wavelength (output color), safety features, warranty periods, burning ability, and power sources (just to name a few); can be confusing and unclear to those users unfamiliar with laser technology.
Here we'll look at a few tips to keep in mind that will help you determine the best laser pointer for your specific application.
1. What are you planning on using your laser for exactly?
Because a laser beam is a solid beam of visible light there are many potential applications that they can be used for. So, what do you have in mind? Star gazing or pinpointing constellations? Putting on a light show or giving a presentation in an auditorium? Search and rescue or camping safety equipment? Lighting matches and popping balloons on your list? Military training or combat? As you can see from these few questions it is good to know ahead of time what you'll be using your laser for.
2. What beam color is the best?
After you know what you want a laser for its next time to choose a color and output power. Many users wonder at which color is the “best" and it is important to note as a rule that 532nm green laser light is 7x - 10x brighter than any other laser color at the same output power. So, a 200mW green laser is at least 7 times brighter than a 200mW of any other color.
3. What output power should I choose?
Laser light strength is measured in milli-watts (mW) and they are available in a wide range of powers from less than 5mW all the way up to over 1,000mW (1 Watt) in hand held form. If you're looking for a burning laser that can light a match or pop a balloon you'll need minimum 200mW of any laser color, and the greater the output power the greater the overall burning ability.
With even just a few minutes online you can browse hundreds of different laser varieties from a handful of companies. Be sure to ask questions if you have them, look for safety features and warranty periods, and take your time before you make a purchase. Lasers are pieces of technology so be sure to put in the time and you can determine rather simply what really is the best laser pointer for your application.