A Closer Look:
The SKYlasers pointer we received set itself apart from others as soon as we opened the box. The box itself is covered in a soft felt like material and inside the pointer is broken down into four parts, batteries, two end caps, and the pointer. this is the first laser pointer in this price range and size that we have seen come with a key operated battery cap. The functionality of which is broken down as follows:
- Green Setting: The laser pointer will operate at high power.
- Red Setting: The laser pointer is locked and will not turn on if the power button is depressed.
- Yellow Setting: We are no longer offering the low power feature on our laser pointers.
The usefulness of this feature becomes immediately apparent once you turn on the unit. The dot is so bright that for standard pointing applications you might wish to turn it down. Our testing and questions to the manufacturer returned the fact that the low power setting is achieved through the use of a resistor. SKYlasers does have plans to alter this feature in future models to enable the low power feature to actually result in power savings to the device.
The key activated function of the 125mw SKYlasers pointer also serves as a safety feature preventing accidental turn on of the device and as a reminder to wear eye protection before turning the unit on.
So what can a 125mw laser do?
Power Output (mW)
|Laser “spot” visible||•||•||•||•||•|
|IR Filter Technology||•||•||•||•||•|
|Laser beam visible w/ smoke or fog||•||•||•||•||•|
|Laser Beam visible at night||•||•||•||•|
|Laser Beam visible in lighted area||•||•||•||•|
|Laser Range > 15 miles||•||•||•||•|
|Make holes in black trash bags||•||•||•|
|Daytime smoke detection||•||•||•|
|Stings bare skin||•||•||•|
|Laser Range > 50 miles||•||•||•|
|Burn dark fabrics||•||•|
|Light darkened matches||•||•|
|Pop dark colored balloons||•||•|
|Cut black electrical tape||•||•|
|Etch dark plastics and leathers||•||•|
|Melt rubber and plastics||•||•|
|Laser Range > 100 miles||•|
|Light cigars and cigarettes||•|
Thats right up to 100 miles range for the top end powered units. For our test unit a reality is about 20 miles range. Which means yes you can easily hit planes, trains, and automobiles with this laser. . . that is of course if you want the FAA to come knocking at your door accompanied by the police. THIS IS NOT A TOY! It is an Uber-Gadget with a Luke SKYwalker lightsabre like appearance at night and should be respected. That being said SKYlasers offers laser safety goggles that work very well and will allow you to use your pointer without fear of burning your retina and going blind.