I'll preface this by saying I really don't care what the above government agencies say about laser pointers. I am inclined to buy one of greater than 5mw output.The point I was making is that certain companies,I won't name names this time, are violating the rules and regulations set forth by the FDA and CDRH but say they are not.I'd hate to see them be forced out of business or worst. It may behoove them to change their product line but still sell portable laser products. If not the only options are the more expensive laser modules.
There is a thread which can be found at Google's>Groups>alt.lasers which is called "A Phone Call to the CDRH". While it does not mentions pointers it is interesting none the less. I don't know who Dr. Bullough is ,but the names and numbers he sites are very much real
"Dr. John D. Bullough
I've reviewed this site and yes the products that are sold as complete products (not to be integrated into a compliant and certified product) are clearly in violation of FDA regulations.
Feel free to contact the FDA at any time to discuss your concerns!
The following people will be very familiar with the regulations and interesting in discussing this site as well:
Jerry Dennis, extension 135
Frank Mackson, extension 145
Dale Smith, extension 147"
You miss the point. The violation is not in the owning of it, but in the selling of it. You can modify your laser pointer or build one into a multi-megawatt death ray, that is not a violation either. I do love playing the Devils Advocate.
A way to keep selling high powered pointers. First the seller determines which pointers can and to what output level. Second sell them at 4.99mw along with instructions and a list of tools needed on how to increase the output to the desired level. This way no laws have been broken and the seller stays in business. Another possibility may be to sell them without a collimating lens, without a lens the pointer is relatively useless.
Hehehe, for my laser (way large power Nd:glass monster that it is) the safety interlocks include passive-IR sensors that break the trigger circuit connections if a warm-blooded anything is even in the room with the laser. Then again, you don't really wanna share a room with a laser capable of putting a clean 1" dia. hole in a manhole cover. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
The CDRH gets really pissy about class-4 lasers, BTW...
Interesting, but in the Google thread that seems to be attributed to Dr. John D. Bullough (who happens to be me) the source of the info is Ray Condo. I came across this thread accidentally - I don't know nothin' about lasers. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
[ QUOTE ] sharkeeper said:
They won't shut them down.
They will ask them nicely (the first time) to stop selling non compliant products.
Just ask Jure Slabic of extremelasers.com what happened. He only (now) sells legal aka 5mW max pointers.
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I contacted Jure quite a while ago and he responded with
"Dear Robert, we at one period of time offered pictures of modified green
laser pointers. However, at no time did we sell these products. In fact,
caption clearly noted the dangers of these pointers and the CDRH guidelines
handling them. Once people (without experience) tried replicating the
we had, we decided to take them down. Modified green laser pointers are
completely unreliable, unstable, and hazardous. They are comparable to
super charger on a 74' Pacer."
Well I know for a fact that he sold them (2001) as I was offered a 35 mW one for $650 back then. Also, the 57mW picture was on his site with a caption reading something of the like of "our capabilities" and this prompted FDA actions.
Anyways, it's interesting to see this post bumped by someone that claims to be the doc yet knows nothing about lasers! WTF?
Perhaps a breach at A51 has unleashed some gremlins into the realm of CPF. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I apologise for causing any confusion and in the future I will avoid looking at the reply header information. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Apon closer inspection of the returned email I recieved It looks like my account bounced it. It has been arguing with me for quite a while now due to all the new anti-spam policies being issued by my host.
Once again, I am sorry for the uproar, please forgive me.
Just an FYI, the extremelasers.com domain name was registered on 30-Mar-2002, so any reference to what it contained in 2001 is not possible.
Whois Results from TUCOWS INC.:
Domain name: EXTREMELASERS.COM
Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 23-Sep-2004.
Record expires on 30-Mar-2006.
Record created on 30-Mar-2002.
Domain status: ACTIVE