- Feb 10, 2010
I am an engineer, though I have not personally disected one of these. Is this standpoint based on your own inspection or hearsay from someone else? Hopefully there are at least detailed pictures indicating this. The driver in their DPSS (532/473nm) Spyder III's was actually pretty good. You are right though you can have an opinion, but you are taking it further to an almost obsessive level. If you had a personal bad experience with them then what could I say, you would be justifiably upset, but without one I guess I don't understand why you have such a strong viewpoint which seems beyond just an opinion. I'm not trying to argue with you, just saying it seems a bit over the top. I can only speak for myself in that I've not had a bad experience with them ever.
I have two units G1 and G2 that I am reviewing currently (not finished), but other then a lack of AR coated lens, I see no aparent problem with the laser at this point...either of them. I have issues with the stock battery, but it has nothing to do with the device itself. Output can't be tested until the weekend due to my LPM on loan, but if I were to guess I'd say it's at least over 800mW based on experience. Offhand my G1 seems higher output then my G2... many possible factors though and I could be wrong.
As to the data, this was made available to me upon my request. It only indicates that a small fraction under 1% of orders were RMA'd. Shiftlock you are correct in that people are just receiving their lasers, the info is current; I have no idea what the percentage will be in six months honestly.
You're just as obsessed as I am here, LOL. You're defending wicked just as much as I'm offending it. The driver is awful because A)It's huge B)it has awful output filtering (BIG spikes) and C)there appears to be an inherent flaw that occasionally generates massive voltage spikes. I don't know of another driver that could possibly destroy a diode as badly as these drivers do.
And if the data was made available to you upon request, that means wicked could have messed with it! Your argument is really not holding up here-of course it can be tampered with if wicked provided it to you.
It sounds to me like you're being compensated somehow to say these things... I wouldn't put it above wicked.