I want to begin this review by stating that the Photonic Disruptor by Wicked Lasers is not a toy. It is a ‘laser weapon designed for military and law enforcement use only’. It is a tactical weapon designed to temporarily overwhelm a threat’s visual senses without causing permanent eye damage.
Wicked Lasers states ‘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).’
|Size (mm)||14(dia) X 155(length)|
|Beam Divergence||<1.5mRad to 7.5mRad, fully adjustable focus lens|
|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|
Wicked Lasers also states ‘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.’
One the best features of the Photonic Disruptor is the fact it is completely waterproof. The main body of the laser is wrapped in a thick, tough rubber. The end cap is finely machined and seals via its o-ring.
The lens is also sealed against water.
The momentary On/Off button is under the rubber exterior also adding to the Photonic Disruptor’s rugged, waterproof engineering.
The laser dot on the right is the Elite series laser Julie discussed last year. The laser dot on the left is the Photonic Disruptor set on its narrowest setting. The Elite laser is rated at 140mW and the Photonic Disruptor is rated at 100mW. In person the Elite laser is brighter/more focused and does shine further than the Disruptor but they are engineered for different purposes.
In this image the Photonic Disruptor is set at its widest setting and is substantially more disbursed than the Elite laser. As designed the powerful laser, when disbursed, produces a blinding cone of light emanating from the lens of the Disruptor.
Above is what my camera ‘saw’ when I pointed the Photonic Disruptor at it from 25ft. Close range, inside the house with a moderate amount of light. The light was actually green, but you get the idea….. The song ‘Blinded by the Light’ comes to mind
This is an image of what the laser light looked like in my vehicle, during daylight at approximately 50ft (it was actually a bit more intense but this is what my camera captured). The blinding effect is many times more effective when there is little (to no) light.
Overall, the Photonic Disruptor is a very effective tool for those professionals that need to temporarily blind a threat without causing permanent eye damage. Having been a police officer’s son, served in the military, and currently work with law enforcement on a regular basis professionally, I do believe this laser would be a great addition to those needing to use non-lethal force in the application of their duties.