Review: Wicked Lasers Executive Series

Sure we’ve all seen laser pointers; they are a favorite for playing tricks on people, playing with your pets at home and even for pointing out details during a presentation.  However, not all laser pointers are created as equals, and I am here to say that Wicked Lasers have NO parallel in the laser pointer arena.  Wicked Lasers are huge step above any laser pointer I have ever seen; in fact, what they create are not just laser pointers, but a tool that can be used in various situations.

Review: Wicked Lasers Executive Series

I was sent the 95mW version of the Executive Series direct from China. This laser has a metal case covered in a rubber like coating, which is much like the finish of some flashlights I have used. This rubberized coating is good because it will help keep you from dropping the laser.

On the end opposite the laser is a screw-off cap; Insert 2 freshly charged NiMH AAA batteries (or Energizer e2 lithium AAA batteries) and you’re good to go.

I recommend rechargeables, as this thing eats batteries; I also experienced a slight drain when I was storing the laser. Using the 15 minute rechargeable batteries seems to be the best option, you’ll just make have to make sure before you really need to use it that you have a fresh set ready. I have actually pulled this out after not using it for a day or so and the batteries were dead, so I highly recommend rechargeables.  With that said, if you want the laser at its brightest, then use the Energizer e2 batteries.  as they allowed the laser to stay brighter longer.  Even with a slightly used set of batteries, the Wicked Laser was still far brighter than any pointer I have seen, no matter which batteries I used.

The Wicked Laser Executive series laser is the brightest laser I have ever seen. I had used lab class lasers in physics class back in college, and this laser is stronger than that one  – and it was powered by AC!  Granted, that was a long time ago, and it was probably the cheapest lab laser that my college could buy because we weren’t doing that much with them (it was only a level 1 physics class so it didn’t have to burn things).

Be that as it may, this laser is many times brighter than the red laser we used in physics. It’s so bright that I recommend wearing the included goggles if you’re going to be in any proximity to where the laser will be making contact.  This laser is so powerful and bright that it hurt my eyes to look at it without the goggles when I was testing out this laser’s power.

Can this laser burn things?  No.

I tried with all my might to get it to start a fire or to light a candle with this laser and, but it would not do it. It can however, make things smolder.  My watch band is black leather, and I actually put some marks in the band with the laser.  I also was able to make a candle wick smoke, as in I could actually see smoke rising when shining the laser directly on the wick. I did trt shooting the laser at a black plastic garbage bag, and I was able to burn holes in the bag; I could also pop dark colored balloons. It might also be possible to light matches with this laser if the match heads are dark; the reason color is important is because black or dark colors absorb more light.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any dark headed matches; mine are white and there was no chance of them being lit by this laser.

So, if you can’t burn things, what else can you do with a laser such as this?  By far the best use I have come up with for the Wicked Laser is as a pointer when you’re looking at the stars; the beam is completely visible at night.  This makes it incredibly handy for pointing out stars, because the range of this laser is like no laser pointer I have ever used.

Review: Wicked Lasers Executive Series

Review: Wicked Lasers Executive Series

It also works even during the day for pointing out distant points of interest, which means construction supervisors and architects may find a Wicked Laser handy when on the job site.  Caution applies here too; you should keep the laser clear of windows, as you will not only cause the inhabitants some grief, but you will probably also partially bounce the laser off in another direction and into an innocent bystanders eyes.

You could use the laser to create cool effects for photography and video.  Take a peep at the gallery for this review to see some of the cool effects I was able to produce with the laser and my camera.

Another use I came up with for the Wicked Laser is as a cat torturing device.  My cats loved to chase the laser’s beam, and even my dog tried to bite at it!  It was incredibly funny to see the animals chasing the laser around.  You could try this too, however you should make sure to keep the beam away from your pets’ eyes, as you could hurt and possibly damage them.

So you might be asking why you should buy this laser?  The answer is because you can!  When I was a boy watching Star Wars, I always imagined I would have a laser at some point.  While a Wicked Laser isn’t the equivalent to a blaster, it’s still a heck of a lot of fun to play with.  So much fun in fact, that I recommend buying one even if you can’t come up with a use for it!  It’s a geeky tool/toy that is not only fun to play with, but educational.  Use it for astronomy, for physics experiments and even as a cat toy.  Just be careful when you do use it as it’s not your normal laser pointer; it’s a Wicked Laser!

The 95 mW Executive Series Wicked Laser is available through

MSRP: $299.99

What I liked: Incredibly bright.  Wear your goggles!

What needs improvement: Nothing.  Some might say battery life, but this is one of the most powerful lasers I have ever used and poor battery life should be semi expected.  The battery still lasts for hour and even days so it’s more than good enough.

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About the Author

Joel McLaughlin
Joel is a consultant in the IT field and is located in Columbus, OH. While he loves Linux and tends to use it more than anything else, he will stoop to running closed source if it is the best tool for the job. His techno passions are Linux, Android, netbooks, GPS, podcasting and Amateur Radio.

8 Comments on "Review: Wicked Lasers Executive Series"

  1. Up next on 30 news we’ll have a story about a man arrested over the weekend for shining his laser and interfering with airport traffic. Hear the man’s dubious claims of “I was just doing a GearDiary review and pointing at some stars”….that’s next when we return to 30 News …

  2. I like your light saber, Joel. 😉

  3. No wonder the power goes so quick, AAA batteries don’t hold as much juice as AA’s. More on the caution side, do not shine the laser directly into the lens of your camera. I did that to a web cam with my 5mW green laser pointer from thinkgeek (not the 10mW I did the review on) and the laser destroyed something in the optics. The camera still works, but the picture looks like a funky gray mosaic.

  4. Joel McLaughlin | July 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm |

    Allen: Agreed! I was very careful and shined it NEAR the lens but not in the lens. That would be bad as I REALLY need a working camera right now. In fact, I am hopefully going to pick up a Nikon D40 soon….maybe before vacation.

  5. Joel McLaughlin | July 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm |

    Judie: I am a GOOD Jedi….notice the GREEN saber!

  6. Joel, I did make note of that. 😉

  7. danielrigano | July 29, 2008 at 8:28 am |

    You can check green laser pointers at too.

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