Read how not to order an Arctic laser and discover how avoid a lot of frustration and anguish. A must read for anyone planning on ordering an Arctic laser.
Step 1: Expectations
One major reason people have trouble ordering the Arctic laser is because they have unrealistic expectations. So the following is a list of expectations not to have
-order to arrive in less than 6 to 8 weeks
-a tracking number for your shipment
-specifications for the free shades
-batteries that don't explode, damage the laser or have other issies
-a laser that can last for more than an hour or so
-fast and effective communications about your order
-more than 800mW of the advertised 1000mW of power
-any response to emails/phone calls/faxes/door knocks regarding problems
To be on the safe side, don't have any expectations!
Step 2: Making the Order
1-grab your credit card or god forbid, bank account details
2-order the laser and pay online
3-sit back and expect the laser to arrive in the next couple of weeks
What you should do is circle 6 months on the calender which is your deadline for making a chargeback when a refund is refused. If you paid by bank transfer, your finished because there is no protection.
Step 3: Using the Laser
Here are some of the things that could go wrong
-Your batteries may explode, have damaged nipples or dissolve into a puddle of goo
-laser does not work, you look like an idiot
-laser stops working after 5 minutes, you look like an idiot
-laser falls apart or blow up, you look like an idiot
-safety glasses don't work and you blind your friends, you don't look like an idiot
and the list goes on.
What you should do is CAREFULLY charge the batteries, test the laser multiple times to make sure ti works then call your friends. Have the xbox ready to entertain your friends if (when) the laser does not work.
Step 4: What You Should Do
A special thanks to Laser Pointer Forum (a must use forum for anyone interested in lasers) for providing excellent information on the Arctic laser and other lasers. This thread in particular is a must read
And a special thanks for Dragonlasers for supplying a 1 watt laser that is delivered on time and does work. You can see that laser here http://www.dragonlasers.com/home.php?cat=357