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DSC04277.jpgI am testing out a GHL-100XX 160mW+ green laser from LaserGlow.com. Laser power is measured in milliwatts, your standard red laser pointer is usually less than 5mW. This one is not only 30 times more powerful, our eyes are more sensitive to green light, so it appears even brighter. I really like using lasers for star pointing- Mark was telling me was helping his daughter with an astronomy project and needed to point out which stars in the sky were actually planets- this is where these lasers literally shine. Other uses- alignment (in day light) and doing really cool time lapse photos. With a laser like this one there are also some fun experiments- here’s a photo of the laser “burning” a hole through a red plastic cup. I’ll have some other photos soon, along with some projects. It goes without saying but I feel compelled to post this, never point a laser at people, cars, planes, robots, etc…

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. NessieVL says:

    What if the robot is attacking me? Can i point my green laser at them then?

  2. valejo says:

    Any concerns a/b the Fed’s (FAA / DofHS) getting uptight about the civilian use of this relatively powerful (but definitely non-lethal) laser ? [because of the recent rash of laser "shootings" of comercial airliners with red spotting lasers in NJ & Texas]

  3. nipolit says:

    us robots are your lords and protectors. if we are attacking you, then there is a good reason for it. please do not point your green lasers at us as we plunder your planet..

  4. f o d says:

    thats a pretty cool laser safety key heat sink and all i think the cops are after me cause of my 200 mw pointer

  5. danielpower says:

    Laserglow’s price is too high.I would rather buy green laser pointer at other website.like http://www.greenlaserpointer.org

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