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OhGizmo Review Preview: Dragonlasers 250mW Hulk

OhGizmo Review Preview: Dragonlasers 250mW Hulk


By Evan Ackerman

Boy was I excited when a box from Dragonlasers showed up at my door yesterday. I don’t mind telling you that I giggled like a little girl as I opened up the box to reveal a 250mW (!) green laser. I’ll be, um, experimenting with it over the next week or so, and I thought I’d ask you guys if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see. No, I’m not going to do anything dangerous, expensive, illegal, or immoral. And yes, I’ll be wearing eye protection.

Just to get you started, 250mW has a visible range on the order of 100 miles (halfway to the ISS) and is easily capable of burning or melting anything that’s non-reflective. We’ve reviewed high powered lasers in the past (here and here), but the Hulk is the most powerful thus far.

Post suggestions in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do.

  • Alex

    Is this more powerfull than the wicked lasers?

    At any rate, I would suggest trying to ignite fireworks with it from a distance. LEts see some videos!

  • nick

    you should try:
    -cutting through a trash bag
    -lighting a match
    -popping a balloon
    -lighting a cigarette
    -frying an egg
    -set up several mirrors and see if you can make the beam go in a z pattern

  • Earthworm

    Setup a shadow box diorama similar to an evil genius lab with the laser aimed at a green army man strapped to a table. You know like all the cliché spy movies. Then cut him in half!

  • Alex

    See if it burns through your skin.

  • Elvar

    Take a few famous old gadgets and find out which ones are resistant to the hulk.

  • Mint

    The Hercules-400 on has a sustained 400-425mW output.

  • Evan Ackerman

    Nick- I’ll try all that stuff except the cigarette one… And rather than doing an egg, I may try to make a brulee.

    Earthworm- Army man. Good idea.

    Alex- It does. Ow. Oops, that was under the ‘dangerous’ category, wasn’t it?

  • http://none Kibby

    use it in a rube goldberg machine or eathworms idea.

  • Eland

    Since theres so much USB stuff try cutting through a USB outlet. and see if you can get through the metal bars of a master lock

  • Alex

    Wow, thats pretty hardcore. In wich case, all of the above.


    how about shining it into the night sky tonight towards n orth47degrees 31’1 and West 52 45’5. So I can see it. I’m at an altitude of 84.3

  • steve hager

    Marshmallows. For the love of God, Marshmallows.

  • Evan Ackerman

    Marshmallows are now on the list. As far as metal, it’s not going to slice ‘n dice, but I will use a temperature gun to see if it’ll heat things up. Up in the sky is one of those potentially dangerous things; I’ll do it, but cautiously.

  • David

    I fail to see how pointing the beam up the sky can be dangerous.

  • Fooberman

    I’d like to see how visible it is in broad daylight, especially from a distance.

  • mikado

    >>I fail to see how pointing the beam up the sky can be dangerous.

  • mikado

    Hopefully, you’re not on the airliner when the laser shines in through the window.

  • Phreqd

    Shine it at a bottle of soda and see if it heats up enough to explode…

  • DC Bill

    Does anyone here know for a fact IF the Hercules 400 is even legal to posess in the USA by non military or non law enforcement personel ? Sounds like a much deserving controlled device to me. Can you imagine shelling out $2500-$3500 and then getting busted for mere possession ?

  • John Burke

    I did some checking, this laser is manufactured by a laser company in China and is sold by a lot of other laser resellers out there and this particular model is available from another reseller at a cheaper price, Dragonlasers sells it for $800 while Techlasers ( ) sells it at $600 and there they call it a Crossfire 250mW…that’s a big $200 difference…I wonder if there’s anyone else selling it cheaper.

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  • John Burke

    Very interesting, i did more checking last week end including reading up on laser forums and found out why Techlasers is so cheap. They normally sell lasers that are below specification, they have no after sale service and some of their lasers are cheap replicas. No wonder they are so cheap.

    Unless you want to waste your money, stay away from Techlasers.

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  • boyankir

    It is cool,but the price is really high, I found a cheaper 250mw green laser pointer here:

  • speakingphoto

    I bought a 250mw green laser pointer for only $420

  • daisy janet

    wonderful! this 200mW green laser pointer light is looking pretty bright and powerful. an excellent gadget it is!

  • almar tres

    nice. but my laser is much nicer!