The Best Laser Pointers – Mini Mechanisms that Pack a Punch

Laser pointers were always the coolest things to me when I was kid. Today, I still have the same appreciation for them, just from a more practical point of view (they’re like infinitely long pointing sticks!). The uses for laser pointers are extensive and include things such as hunting with a rifle, pointing out constellations, and driving a cat crazy. There are many types of laser pointers available and which one you get depends on what your needs are.

There are a couple ways to classify laser intensities, specifically regarding exposure safety. It can get a bit confusing since individual classes can be labelled in terms of Arabic numerals (1,2,3) or Roman numerals (I,II,III) and sometimes the numbers will have letters fixed to the end of them to divide them even further. I’ll be using the Arabic variations, which are ranked from lowest to highest intensity as follows:

Class 1 (virtually harmless)
Class 1M

Class 2
Class 2M

Class 3R
Class 3B

Class 4 (severe eye hazard)

It’s important to take this into consideration when buying a laser because a higher intensity is not always better.

One of the troubles with buying laser pointers is that you’ll find identical models being sold by many different merchants. What makes each any such laser pointer unique is usually some simple accessory or a name brand on the side of the body. Keeping this in mind, I’ve done my best to single out some of the best options among the throngs of identical laser beam devices. That said, here’s a list of some of the best laser pointers you can find out there.

 

Nonexclusive Cat Laser Pointer

The first generic model on this list is marketed as a cat toy. It’s not very intense, which makes sense given how cheap the model is and also how it doubles as a flashlight. The body isn’t very grip-friendly, but it does come with a wrist strap. The specific brand of laser pointer I have listed is about the cheapest the model comes, but it is a two pack. Even if you don’t want two laser pointers, it might be a good idea to get two because this specific laser seems to be pretty hit-and-miss (that is, some specific devices just won’t work). This model is a good choice if your budget is low and you don’t need a very intense beam.

Class: 2

Laser Color: Red

Length: 4.7 inches

 

Nonexclusive Tactical Laser Pointer

The other notable copy-paste model is a lot more heavy-duty and emits a very powerful beam (so much so that it requires a caution label). It can supposedly even light a match, which seems a bit sketchy on multiple levels. It comes with a key-lock for deactivating the laser when it’s not in use so it doesn’t accidentally burn through your pocket (or any other flammable surface). The included battery is usually rechargeable and comes with a mini charger that plugs into an outlet. The brand I listed for this model is one of the cheapest ones I found, but there were quite a few more that had the same price. This model isn’t super expensive and is good for those who are business about lasers but don’t have a lot of cha-ching.

Class: 3R

Laser Color: Green

Length: 5.9 inches

 

Nonexclusive Pen Laser Pointer

This model is a lot less common, but it’s basically just a laser that’s shaped like a pen and has a clip on the tail end for maximum portability. It’s about as powerful as the laser for cats but is exclusively a laser (it doesn’t have a built-in flashlight). It’s probably as basic as you can get as there are no other special features, which makes them a lot cheaper than other models. The specific lasers I have listed come in a three pack, with each one a different color. This is the best pick if you want a laser for general usage because it comes in multiple colors and are really cheap.

Class: 2

Laser Color: Red, green, and blue

Length: 5.9 inches

 

Pinty Hunting Rifle Laser Pointer

Here’s a laser pointer that’s actually unique and not a carbon copy of another model. It’s marketed as a hunting rifle sight, but it’s just a laser pointer that emits a really strong beam. It’s a bit bulky due to the elevation and windage knobs (these align the beam vertically and horizontally), which could make it a bit inconvenient to carry around. Overall, this is a great option for anyone who wants a powerful, durable deviceeven if you don’t use a rifle.

Class: 3R

Laser Color: Green

Length: 4.7 inches

 

DinoFire Wireless Presenter Laser Pointer

This is a device that’s mostly designed for presentations with a laser pointer as an added bonus. It’s also pretty big considering how low-class the beam intensity is. However, it’s a very well-made presenter and is a good pick if you need a laser pointer for your next slideshow. The device itself is very versatile and lets you do things such as change the volume, black the screen, and open hyperlinks. This nifty little thing is pretty much useless if all you want is the laserbut if you’re a public speaker, be sure to give this one a try.

Class: 1

Laser Color: Red

Length: 7 inches

 

Those have been some of the best laser pointers you can come by, at least on the legal market. I’m pretty sure I covered most of the bases as there isn’t too much variety among laser pointers. Anyways, with one of these devices at your side, you’ll always be able to direct people’s attention to that weird spot on the ceiling even if it seems pointless.

Hopefully you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns (or just want to type stuff) then be sure drop a comment below.

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