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5mW* Violet-Emitting Laser Module, retail $22.11 (www.dealextreme.com...
Manufactured by: (Unknown/not stated)
Last updated 12-28-09

(In reference to the small padded vanilla envelope I received from DealExtreme at 4:32pm PDT on 10-13-09):
{sung like the Foreigner song "Feels Like the First Time"}

This is a violet-emitting laser pointing device - often called a "laser pointer" but because its output exceeds 5mW, cannot actually be called a "pointer". Well, not legally anyway.

It is based on the relatively new Blu-ray diode laser, which is a directly-injected laser diode emitting laser radiation near 405nm in the violet part of the spectrum instead of having a number of crystals and stuff in the optical train to convert a longer wavelength into a shorter one - a technology used most frequently with yellow, green, and blue lasers.

It comes in an all-metal body (probably brass), and feeds from two AAA cells - which are included so you need not rush to the store before you can use this laser.

* Although this is sold as the "5mW 405nm Blue-Violet/Royal Purple Laser Pen", its output exceeds 9.60mW - so I must call it a "module" on this website; rather than a "pointer" as it reads on the product's pocket clip.


To get the laser to turn on, first be certain that there are two AAA cells installed in it. If there isn't, then install them (see directly below), and THEN you can go hose something down.

Press & hold down the button on the barrel to send a cornucopia of coherent violet photons cascading from the aperture (opening) on the front of the unit. Release the button to turn the laser off.

To change the batteries in this laser, unscrew the laser at the center, carry the front half to a bridge over deep water (the Golden Gate Bridge would be ideal; however, the Juneau-Douglas Bridge would also suffice here), and throw it over the side so that it goes "blub blub blub" all the way to the bottom of Gastineau Channel with all of the bowling balls that were lobbed over that bridge in the 1950s and 1960s...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the used AAA cells from the rear half of the laser, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AAA cells into the rear half of the laser, orienting them so that their button-ends (+) positives go in first.

Screw the front half of the laser back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad that you didn't throw that front part of the laser over the side of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge now?

This is what the Jueau-Douglas Bridge looks like...or what it lookED like anyway before it was replaced in 1976.

And this is what the bridge looks like now.

Current usage measures 105.40mA on my DMM's 400mA scale.

This is a laser module, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, use a large claw hammer to bash it open in order to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized instrument that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that a flashlight may have inflicted upon it.

This is a directly-injected laser though, who's active components are the driver circuit, the laser diode, and the collimating lens. So it should withstand accidents better than a DPSS (diode pumped solid state) laser - the type of laser assembly found in yellow (593.5nm), green (532nm) and blue (473nm) laser modules. These lasers have several additional components (crystals, filters, etc.) in the optical train, and you can knock them out of alignment by doing little more than looking at them the wrong way. And if any of these components are knocked out of whack, you'll no longer get your yellow, green, or blue laser beam.
Though you still do not want to intentionally drop your Blu-ray laser because it's a precision optical instrument.

This is a wonderful little laser, and to use "1337 5p34k" ("leet speak"), "this laser ROXORS!!!"

Beam photograph of this unique laser on the test target at 12".
Beam image bloomed; beam is smaller than this in reality!!!

That white & blue color does not really exist; the spot appears to be a very deep royal purple to the eye.
Digital cameras have a tough time at these wavelengths.

And yes, I know that the colors purple and violet are two different critters, but the phrase "royal violet"
would not make very much sense; however, most everybody knows what "royal purple" looks like.
Purple is a mixture of red & blue; violet is a spectral color, encompassing wavelengths of ~390nm to ~410nm.

Power output measures 9.610mW on a laser power meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.
Again, that white & blue color does not really exist.

Those colored graphics toward the left are my "Viva Piņata" posters, that clock on the right that looks like a gigantic wristwatch is my Infinity Optics Clock, and that sign that's so colorful and gay
* to the right of that clock is my LED ''SIGNS'' Sign. You should also be able to rather easily see two of my SpongeBob SquarePants plush (Squidward Tentacles & Patrick Star) and a Digimon plush (Greymon)

Photograph of an oscilloscope screen, showing that this laser
is true CW (continuous wave), not pulsed or quasi-CW.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the Blu-ray laser diode in this product.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; though the spectrometer's response band was narrowed to a range of 395nm to 415nm to pinpoint wavelength.
Wavelength (peak value) appears to be ~404.550nm, which is well within specification for this laser diode.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; though the spectrometer's response band was narrowed again to a range of 400nm to 410nm to pinpoint wavelength with even more accuracy.
Wavelength (peak value) appears to be 402.860nm (shorter than the initial measurement), which is well within specification for this laser diode.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the fluorescence of a uranated* glass marble when irradiated with this laser.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the fluorescence of the NIA (National Insulator Association) 2009 Commemorative Insulator in uranated* glass when irradiated with this laser.

*"Uranated" - infused with an oxide of uranium, *NOT* piddled on.
Commonly referred to as "Vaseline glass" because it has
a distinct pale yellow-green color when not being irradiated.

Note spelling: "urAnated", not "urEnated","urInated",
"urOnated", "urUnated", or sometimes "urYnated".

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the fluorescence of the pink body of a Patrick Star plush (stuffed critter) when irradiated with this laser.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the fluorescence of the teeth of a Plankton plush (stuffed critter) when irradiated with this laser.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the fluorescence of the blue body of a Gary the Snail plush (stuffed critter) when irradiated with this laser.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (X-axis).

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (Y-axis).
Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

And just for "funzees", here's a photograph of an Exveemon plush with this laser. Exveemon is blue, and has a weapon called a "Vee Laser".
Veemon, digivolve to...EXVEEMON!!!

The Vee Laser isn't blue, but Exveemon himself is, so I believed it appropriate for a web page about a Blu-ray laser.

Test unit was purchased from the DealExtreme website on 09-16-09, and was received on 10-13-09.

Product was made in Hong Kong.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

Laser labelling is not correct; the label indicates that this is a CDRH Class IIIa laser product - emitting less than 5mW, but I measured it at 9.610mW which makes it a CDRH Class IIIb laser product.

* Gay = bright & lively, ***NOT*** homosexual.

UPDATE: 12-28-09
I have given this laser to my best friend as a Christmas present; therefore, that dreadful "" icon will appear next to its listings on this website; denoting that I no longer have it at my disposal for future comparisons and analyses.

He knew going in that this laser was gently used, so he won't be surprised later when he sees this on my website!!!

Color is vibrant and unusual for a handheld laser
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive
Beam is clean, with no severe speckling or other artifacts (evil little things outside the main beam) visible

Improperly labelled for power output (this is what nocked that last ― star off)
Just the usual for lasers which do not affect rating anyway

    PRODUCT TYPE: Violet-emitting laser module
    LAMP TYPE: Sony Blu-ray laser diode
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very narrow spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbutton on/off on barrel
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal (probably brass)
    BEZEL: Metal; laser diode & optics recessed into it
    BATTERY: 2x AAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter/weather-resistance only
    ACCESSORIES: 2x AAA cells, fiberboard storage/presentation case
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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