Review: Wicked Lasers Spyder III Arctic Laser

Review: Wicked Lasers Spyder III Arctic Laser
July 23 15:00 2012 Print This Article

Today, I am pleased that we have the pleasure to finally review the Spyder III Arctic Laser from Wicked Lasers. I will start by saying this laser is not by any means a toy and must be treated the same way that a weapon is treated. Curious how the Spyder III Arctic stacks up to the test? Keep reading.

The Spyder III Arctic is a beautiful laser that has a strong aluminum body which also gives it some weight. The Arctic S3 is a Class 4 1000 mw laser, the highest class which you can legally own. You are able to burn and/or blind someone instantly with it which is why I don’t suggest ever to point it at any animal or person and definately not an aircraft. There are many built-in safeguards with the Arctic S3 and these are the  Smart Switch technology, a safety interlock, and contact guard.

First off, you cannot just “turn on” the laser by pressing the power button, which is a security feature to ensure those who are not authorized won’t be able to operate the laser. This feature is known as Smart Switch which involves entering a code before the laser is unlocked. Unfortunately, this code is the same on every laser and you are unable to change it. For the most security, the best option is to remove the security plug at the bottom of the laser which makes it inoperable without it. A good addition for security? Yes.

You have to take extreme caution when using the laser and wear the protective glasses it comes with while operating it due to blue light hazard. A webpage from Wicked Lasers is available that explains the hazards of blue light.

I will say this, the S3 Arctic does live up to it’s expectations. It can burn stuff quite easily, paper, matches, pop balloons, burn plastic, etc.. It is worth $249.99 by all means as it’s seriously quite a product. Battery life was good, around 2 hours of use. You are able to see the laser’s blue light from a 6.5 KM distance easily. It comes with a heavy duty nylon belt holster which makes carrying the Arctic S3 around easy. Recently, Wicked Lasers have released a “lightsaber” attachment, known as the “LaserSaber” to the Krypton and Arctic models which runs at $99.95 at the time of writing. They also have an expanded lens kit which I have not had the opportunity to test which adds a line effect, cross effect, galaxy effect, focusing effect, flashlight effect, floodlight effect and safety (20%).

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the Spyder III Arctic laser from Wicked Lasers and suggest it to anyone looking for a high quality 1000 mw laser. You can purchase it here. {rating}

 Technical Specs

Name: S3 Arctic Series
Class: 4
FDA Accession No.:   0920211-000
Size: 228mm x 35.8mm
Weight: 421g (laser + holster + dust proof lens)
Wavelength:   445nm
Laser Body:   6061-T6 Aircraft-Grade Aluminum
Laser Finish:   Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in black
Transverse Mode:   TEM00
Min Power:   1000mW
Beam Divergence:   1.5mRad
Beam Diameter:   2mm x 5mm
NOHD*   149 meters
Beam Distance 0.25 Lux   6856 meters
Required Eyewear O.D.   3.0+
Power Consumption:   3.7V @ 1.4A
Power supply:   Sanyo Lithium 18650 (batteries and charger included)
Battery Lifetime:   120 mins
Switch:   Push Button Constant On / Off, Lock-Out Tail Cap, Electronic Mode switch
Modes:   High power / Low Power / Strobe / Continuous / SOS / Beacon /Tactical Standby modes
Duty Cycle:   Continuous
Expected lifetime:   >5,000 hours
Warranty:   One Year
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Jonathan Yaniv
Jonathan Yaniv

Jonathan is the founder and editor-in-chief of TrustedNerd.com. Covering major tech shows such as CES, Jonathan is always there for the latest tech news. Want your gadget to be reviewed or have a release you’d like to be considered for publishing? Send Jonathan an email, jonathan [at] trustednerd.com

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