Wicked Lasers – the lightsaber you can buy

by Stephen Hobley on June 16, 2010

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I recently received the link to Wicked Lasers by a workmate looking for my feedback on the latest product offering – a handheld blue laser with an output power of 1Watt (yes, 1 Watt) for $197.

The apparent similarity in design to a lightsaber handle is completely accidental.

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At first I thought it was the usual malarky – diode from Blu-Ray, misrepresenting the power, wrong price… But no, it actually seems to be genuine.

Up until recently true blue lasers have been very expensive (several thousands of dollars for relatively low power devices), but the new 445nm modules are the first of a new wave of direct laser diodes – devices that produce the output color directly, rather than produce an intermediate color first, and then convert.

I’m actually kind of amazed that these thing are for sale at all. A 1W laser is *insanely* dangerous. Even viewing the reflected dot from a white surface is enough to do permanent eye damage. Up until now my high power experience has been with 600mw green lasers – and these were scary enough.

So anyway, after much deliberation, I decided to place an order for one.

Just to see what all the fuss is about.

The last time I checked Wicked Lasers was about a week out on filling orders, but with all the attention the site has been getting recently I don’t expect it to show up any time soon. Before I bought it they made me complete a waiver that ensures I’ll use it responsibly.

But to quote someone on a recent forum: “If I can’t point it at objects, or people, or the sky, or a wall – then what the hell can I do with it??”

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill Fredette June 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Would love to know if this could be adapted to laser harp use…

shobley June 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

That’s going to be the plan…

If I can just get a decent driver working for it.

Bill Fredette June 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Please let us know!

erickson June 29, 2010 at 1:59 am

the lightsaber is pretty cool! a powerful one

Alex Bony August 2, 2010 at 2:08 am

wow, this is just the greatest laser that i have seen ever before. this lightsaber is pretty cool!

Bill Fredette August 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

So did the laser ever arrive after Lucas and Co. backed down on their (light)saber rattling?

shobley August 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Nope, still waiting on that one.

As far as I can tell some of them have shipped, but the quality is not so good. 500-750mw ave. power and very prone to burning out.

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