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So far, so good
I bought this 500mw green laser from an offshore company, taking a leap of faith that it would perform as advertised.
And while I was half-expecting the laser to take a month or more to arrive (based upon the fact that it had to be shipped across the Pacific before being shipped across the country to my home in Florida), it arrived at my door less than two weeks after I placed my order. So far, so good.
Although the laser itself is boxed in a plain white, slim cardboard box, and the charger is simply wrapped in some plastic, the entire shipping package was essentially just a *massive* wad of well-taped bubble wrap. You could have dropped this thing off a building without resulting in any damage. So while it was not really "boxed" and there's no carrying case for the laser itself, the most important part of this process --making sure that it arrives safely-- was well-handled. Still, so far, so good.
I have no way of knowing what kind of charge the already-loaded rechargeable battery had, whether it was partially-charged, or fully-charged when it left the factory, but suffice it to say that when I turned the laser on after digging it out of the bubble wrap, it fired right up.
Inside my house, in the daytime, this thing was insanely bright. Bright enough to see the beam when the room was not dark.I currently have two 50mw green lasers that are several years old, and while they've lost some of their 'punch' over the years, neither one of them ever came close to being this bright.
I have no way to actually 'bench' test this one to see if it's truly 500mw (I suspect not... not at this price!), but since I'm the president of an astronomy club and I do a lot of public, outdoor astronomy talks, this laser will be a tremendously-useful tool.
I'm hoping it will hold up, but at least my initial concerns about not receiving any product, or a faulty one, or something that doesn't come close to what was described were, to my relief, unfounded.
For now... I'm a happy camper. :-D
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