Recently, I was approached by SKYTech to review one of their personal lasers. While I did not know where to begin or what to do with a SKYTech laser pointer, outside of giving presentations, I accepted.
For full disclosure, it did not come with batteries or an instruction manual other than the letter stating, watch the video on our website.
It takes two AAA batteries, which I had sitting on my desk so no big deal. The video, was helpful to let me know about the multiple settings which I will get to in a moment. The packaging does NOT state that it comes with batteries, so there is nothing wrong with this. I mention it as a clarity point.
Not as an afterthought but it does come equipped with lanyard that does not fit around my big papa bear hands but it is useful to attach it to a bag, a carabiner or other fastening point. On their website is also the manual for download, so information about the tool and its use is very adequate.
Since I am considering this a tool for the kit, I will interchange the words tool and laser meaning the item I am reviewing that lights up in blue on one end. And in essence that is what it is.
The tool starts off in a low setting when you push the button and one thing that sets this laser pointer apart is its dual settings, low (5mW) and high (80mW). However, if you hold the power button, it emits a beam that better not be aimed at a close target. It is bright!
If you click the button once it is on high, it emits a lower powered beam at a 2Hz flashing frequency.
I took the tool on the trail with me at a recent trip to Raven Cliffs just to see how far I could reach with it on the low and on the high power. Pinpointing leaves and high Poplar limbs was certainly no challenge for the high beam and it did a fairly good job on the low power.
What can I use it for?
- Pointing at things in a far distance
- Presentations for work/school
- Signaling (flash)
- Identification quizzes on nature hikes (pointer)
- Can mount on weapon for aiming accuracy
- Sighting in weaponry
- Making animals go crazy
Just the facts or in this case “By the Numbers”:
- $109.99 on their website – skytechlasers.com
- 450 nm Wavelength
- 3B Laser Class
- <2.5mm Beam Diameter
- 5000 Lifetime hours
- 2 Year Warranty
One other thing, their support is great. I emailed with a question and got a quick response (about 15 minutes).
- This is a Class 3B laser!
- DO NOT shine them in the face or eyes of people or animals.
- DO NOT shine them at flying aircraft
If you are in the market for a laser, this is the one you want. It may be a little more expensive but unfortunately with lasers, you get what you pay for.
Use your instincts to survive