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I love lasers, not the cheap ones you find at your local store, but real ones that can actually burn and have miles of range on them. Why you might ask? Simple, cause I’m a guy and they’re like a cool guy’s toy gadget. When you think of lasers you have to think sci-fi, lasers, laser guns, plasma beams and more are the stuff of fantasy. Things that we can only dream of using or seeing in our life times. We are close though, I’ve taken a look at a couple already from Wicked Lasers, the Elite Series 125 and the Spyder II GX that are more than capable of burning and causing damage and projecting a beam for many miles. Today though I’ve got one that’s a bit different.

Today for review I’ve got the Wicked Lasers Photonic Disruptor Laser and it’s not like the other lasers I’ve already reviewed, this one isn’t meant to burn, it’s meant to be a non-lethal weapon. This laser was featured on the Discovery Channel, and is in use right now in combat and tactical situations in places like Iraq and maybe even your city. The Photonic Disruptor is classified as a TALI, or Threat Assessment Laser Illuminator and is designed specifically for military and law enforcement use. The Photonic Disruptor is well made, very durable and waterproof and it features an adjustable lens to focus or spread the beam depending on the intended use. So read on to check it out…


The Photonic Disruptor comes in a nice little black presentation box inside of another Wicked Lasers branded black box. Included with the laser is a warning sticker and power measurement data testing sheet.

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The Photonic Disruptor is black and color and covered with a rubber coating and comes with a lens protector.

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The lens protector is just a rubber cap that fits very tightly over the lens for protection when not in use or in storage.

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The on/off switch is located about the middle of the laser underneath the rubber coating, it looks just like a little hump on the side.

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The end cap comes off to insert the batteries, it features a hole so you can loop a lanyard through it or even a keychain for easy traveling. The end cap also has a rubber O ring seal as well to make sure the water stays out.

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Specifications:
Photonic Disruptor

The Photonic Disruptor™ is an extremely effective, non-lethal, waterproof high powered green laser built specifically for rugged, harsh environments. This laser is classified as TALI™ (Threat Assessment Laser Illuminator).

This product has been featured on Discovery Channel’s "Future Weapons." This tactical laser is equipped with versatile focus-adjustable collimating lenses to compensate for range and power intensity. Laze a non-lethal focused or unfocused beam towards potential threats at a distance. Used properly, the Photonic Disruptor™ will temporarily overwhelm a threat’s visual senses without causing permanent eye damage.

Name: Photonic Disruptors Series
Size: 14(diameter) X 155(L)
Wavelength: 532nm
Color: Flat Black
Operating Mode: CW
Output Power: 100mW
Beam Divergence:1.5mRad to 7.5mRad, fully adjustable focus lens
Beam Diameter: ∼1.5mm
Power Consumption: 600mA
Power supply: 2 X AAA 1.5V
Battery Lifetime: 90 minutes
Switch: Momentary On / Off Button
Duty Cycle: 100 seconds on / 10 seconds off
Expected lifetime:5,000 hours
Warranty: 3 months


Here’s a picture of the Photonic Disruptor, Elite Series and Spyder GX II for comparison. The Photonic Disruptor is thinner than the Elite series but longer.  It doesn’t quite look that was in the picture, it’s the angle, but it is.
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Here’s the three of them compared while turned on:
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Of course I had to test to see if the Photonic Disruptor was really waterproof, so I stuck my hand in on of my fish tanks… the fish weren’t too happy, but it works underwater!

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Now remember the Photonic Disruptor isn’t meant for burning like the other lasers I’ve checked out, so you’re not going to see me lighting things on fire like before (sorry, I know, it was fun…), it’s meant as a deterrent, or non-lethal weapon. It works very well in the dark, or in low lighting situation when a persons pupils are dilated to let more light in. Using it on someone like this can cause them to go momentarily blind and the after effects are similar to a flash bulb going off and leaving a bright spot in your version for a minute of so after your picture is taken. The laser is not meant to harm though, just temporarily overwhelm the senses.

The Photonic Disruptor has an adjustable lens so you can have a pinpoint spot or a wide one, and of course everything in between.

I’ve tried to get picture of it, but it was hard. This picture here is of the pinpoint spot, or narrow beam, it’s very bright on the white surface and reflects a lot back at the camera.

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This picture is of the widest setting, it doesn’t seem that bright but it is really, it’s just more evenly spread out, and looks smoother around the edges.

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The Wicked Laser Photonic Disruptor might not be as ‘powerful’ as there other lasers in that it’s not as quick to burn things, but it’s powerful in its own way, especially in the right hands.

The Photonic Disruptor is a temporary power on type laser, it can run for 100 seconds and then it needs to cool off for 10 seconds. It only uses two ‘AAA’ batteries and they seemed to last as long as is claimed.

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Conclusion:
The Photonic Disrutpor might not seem like much to look at it, but it’s a very powerful laser in its own right. It’s specifically designed for law enforcement and military uses, and is in use today around the world.

The Photonic Disruptor is very well made, features an adjustable lens and of course it’s waterproof, it’s probably one of the toughest lasers out there today, not many lasers can lay claim to being waterproof.

The included protective cap is a nice touch, as is the hole on the end cap, it makes carrying the Photonic Disruptor easy and safe.

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Pros:
+Well made and durable
+Waterproof
+Very bright
+Adjustable lens

Cons:
-Expensive

Grades:  
Overall score 10 10 thumb1 Wicked Lasers Photonic Disruptor
Design score 10 10 thumb1 Wicked Lasers Photonic Disruptor
Performance score 10 10 thumb1 Wicked Lasers Photonic Disruptor