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    Default Wickedlasers evolution pro 2010, 130mW. Extensive and unbiased review.

    I've been recently asked to review this laser by Wicked Lasers. Yes, I've got this laser for free, BUT, this doesn't mean this is in anyway biased.

    This is the spec chart on their site:

    Name: Evolution Pro
    Size: 20.2x182mm
    Wavelength:
    532nm
    Weight:
    82g
    Laser Finish: 6061-T6 Aircraft-Grade Aluminum



    Laser Body: Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in black
    Transverse Mode: TEM00
    Output Power: 20mW - 130mW
    Beam Divergence: <1.2mRad
    Beam Diameter: 1.5 mm @ aperture
    NOHD* 95 meters
    Required Eyewear O.D. 2.1
    Power Consumption: <700mA
    Power supply: 2 X AA 1.5V
    Battery Lifetime: 30 min
    Switch: Momentary On / Off Button
    Duty Cycle: Continous
    Expected lifetime: >5,000 hours
    And the photo on their website:



    The laser was shipped using UPS Express packet. It's the fastest package I've ever got. I don't know why they told me it would get here in a week since it took only 2 days for it to arrive. Proof of it is the UPS tracking record:

    BARCELONA, ES 06/11/2009 15:33 DELIVERED
    06/11/2009 6:15 ARRIVAL SCAN
    DE LLOBREG, ES 06/11/2009 6:00 DEPARTURE SCAN
    06/11/2009 5:23 ARRIVAL SCAN
    06/11/2009 5:23 ARRIVAL SCAN
    KOELN (COLOGNE), DE 06/11/2009 3:35 DEPARTURE SCAN
    06/11/2009 3:30 DEPARTURE SCAN
    KOELN (COLOGNE), DE 05/11/2009 23:07 ARRIVAL SCAN
    WARSAW, PL 05/11/2009 21:05 DEPARTURE SCAN
    05/11/2009 18:13 ARRIVAL SCAN
    INCHEON, KR 05/11/2009 10:28 DEPARTURE SCAN
    05/11/2009 7:40 ARRIVAL SCAN
    SHANGHAI, CN 05/11/2009 5:41 DEPARTURE SCAN
    05/11/2009 4:35 DEPARTURE SCAN
    05/11/2009 1:21 EXPORT SCAN
    SHANGHAI, CN 04/11/2009 21:46 DEPARTURE SCAN
    04/11/2009 17:18 ORIGIN SCAN
    04/11/2009 15:25 COLLECTION SCAN
    CN 04/11/2009 2:34 BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED
    5 minutes later I had my camera ready. I'm sorry about the quality, but as it can be appreciated on this videos and the photos, cameras get damaged when you record lasers. I already ruined one camera and I'm using it only for lasers recording.

    Here's the video:

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    I've not been able to take a picture of the power graph because the line is very dim, but it shows the laser peaks at 146mW and then stays at 129.2mW.

    Here's a picture of the poster that came with it:



    And one of the laser itself:



    Here's one of the beam. Notice the small desviation from the body.



    Taking out the protective glass and showing the AR coating. The red surface iis the coating reflecting the light on a lamp.



    The laser head without the protective glass:



    And inside the barrel:



    Disassembling the safety pin mechanism:



    Beam comparison with 2 common portable green lasers:



    And a size comparison too:



    Dot comparison after red goggles. Up->Rayfoss Down->Evolution Pro



    End of media.

    I'll be honest. I like this laser. After all what has been said about Wicked Lasers it's clear that something has changed on their products. Now they are not only cool but on spec lasers. Some have received over spec units, but this is not my case. I tested this laser on my university meter and the result just seconds what the power graph that came with it said. It peaks at 150mW and then stays at 130mW. The beam divergence on this unit is 1.3 mRad. However I'm not using specific equipment, so maybe it's really under 1.2 mRad as advertised.

    I also like the fact that it's using AA batteries instead AAA, they last longer and are cheaper. Beware because there are no instructions on how to insert the batteries but I knew it by looking at the other reviews.

    I like the design. The metal black housing gives a sturdy look to it although it's very light. The clip is solid, the led is not annoying and the pin is almost invisible.

    A part from the laser, the box is nice too, and I have to say I'm really glad they are giving that free poster. The sticker do also include a message saying "DO NOT POINT YOUR LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT", so it's nice to see they care about laser safety.

    At this point, there is only one but a big one problem. There's a total lack of effective safety measures on this laser. I really don't like the pin and LED idea, so for me it's OK to use an "invisible" pin and a dim led just to pass the FDA requirements, but I miss a switch, a key, a shutter... You could take the pin in and out, but considering how small it is, I'm afraid of loosing it.

    To make things worse, the power button is small and VERY sensitive. It's very easy to press it accidentally. For this reasons I've ended up taking the batteries in and out every time. When I was making the video I was moving it around my hand and suddenly the button was pressed and the laser went directly to my right eye. Of course, I was wearing my safety goggles, so nothing happened, but I'm worried about others not doing the same.

    To summarize:

    PROS

    ·Good looking.
    ·Sturdy touch.
    ·Solid grip.
    ·Stable and on spec power.
    ·Fast shipping.
    ·Safety poster and sticker.
    ·Nice box.
    ·Uses AA batteries.
    ·Comes with power graph.
    ·IR filtered

    CONS

    ·Expensive
    ·No way to lock it.
    ·Very sensitive button
    ·No instructions.
    ·Cannot be carried in a pocket properly.
    ·Beam doesn't come straight.
    ·No safety goggles included

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    So, what does it do?

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    it lase? >.> what did you expect it to do lol

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    burns black electrical tape!


    can heal open cuts! WoooooHooooo!!!!

    Can project a beam 63,000 miles.

    And wait till you see this thing pop a balloon!

    "Hallucinogennyc"--

    Thorough review. Good job. However, this is not really a pointer jockey place. most people arent taking too kindly to these lasers lately.

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    I see, but anyway I thought I would not annoy anyone by posting the review. I made it for laserpointerforums, but anyway I know there are some laser fans here too, that's why I posted it here too.

    most people arent taking too kindly to these lasers lately.
    Can't understand, if you are not interested in pointers just ignore this thread, you get me? xD

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    This runs on c cells.









    It can't pop balloons or cut tape, but most girls would probably prefer it up their wazoo than a hand portable retinal surgery dick stick.








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    Recklessly interfering with Darwin’s natural selection process, thereby extending the life cycle of dim-witted ignorami; thus perpetuating and magnifying the danger to us all, by enabling them to breed and walk amongst us, our children and loved ones.





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    oh come on give the guy a break, it was a good review and as much as everyone here loves to hate pointers I KNOW you guys own them... hell look at that selem video with the little RC helicopter...

    anyway, pointers are very useful when playing with possible lumia materials

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    Yea, jockeys are people too. I bet some like DocJohn are interested and it is a good review. I personaly want a blue pointer... real blue, well, above 440nm.
    Love, peace, and grease,

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    Quote Originally Posted by allthatwhichis View Post
    Yea, jockeys are people too. I bet some like DocJohn are interested and it is a good review. I personaly want a blue pointer... real blue, well, above 440nm.
    hrmm, I would really like a 445nm or 457nm blue pointer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hallucynogenyc View Post
    ... I know there are some laser fans here too, that's why I posted it here too....
    They'd be mainly of the grown up persuasion though.
    Deep voices.
    Hair round their winkies.
    That kind of thing.

    But thanks for joining our forum and posting your spam which acts as free advertising for wicked lasers.

    Just a shame that most folks on here will think you're a tosser and are not providing a public service but are rather just a patsy for some laser pointer company.

    But hey, you got a free laser pointer to impress your mates with and that's the important thing.

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