EXAM – Laser engravers have exploded in popularity lately…or it seems they have because I get 1-2 emails with offers to review engravers every week. I reviewed 2 of these in the last few years and felt like I had had enough until I was offered the LaserPecker 2 Pro laser engraver. It has a cute name and a cute size, but let’s see if this burner has any awesome specs.
What is that?
The LaserPecker 2 is a compact laser engraver designed to be easy to use and easy to move from location to location. I was sent the LaserPecker 2 Pro where “Pro” means it comes with the electric roller attachment.
I received both the LaserPecker 2 Pro and the 3rd axis electric roller to review. I will talk about each individually.
What’s in the LaserPecker 2 Pro box?
- LaserPecker 2 engraver
- laser shield
- Electrical support
- Power cord and adapter
- USB cables
- Protective glasses
- Wrench and screw
- Material samples (fine wood, steel nameplate)
- Quick Start Guide
Power – 5W
Laser type – 450 nm NICHIA diode laser
Engraving size – 100*2000mm
Resolution – 1K/1.3K/2K
Engraving Speed - 6mm/s-600mm/s
Preview speed – 3750 mm/s
Input – 12V 5A | 100-240V | 50-60Hz
Wireless transmission – high-speed Bluetooth 5.0
File formats – jpg, svg, png, bmp, G-code, CAD, AI, CDR, dwg and more
Operating System – Mobile: Android and iOS, Desktop: Windows and macOS
Design and features
The LaserPecker 2 laser engraver requires assembly, but don’t worry, as all you need to do is attach the base to the bottom with two screws using the supplied Allen key.
You also need to connect the included USB cables from the engraving unit at the top to the electrical stand. This connection allows the touch buttons on the stand to control the height of the engraving unit relative to the base.
The back of the LaserPecker unit has 4 ports. There are 2 USB-A ports which are used for the electric foot lift mechanism (mentioned above) and for the laser shield/fan. There’s a USB-C port you can use to connect the burner to your computer, and there’s the power port.
In the image above you can see that the laser shield has been attached to the bottom of the engraver. It slides in easily when you want to use it and can be removed just as easily. Also note that there is a handle at the top of the LaserPecker 2 laser engraver. The handle makes it easy to move the device from place to place, but you can also remove the engraver from the power stand and hold it against the material to engrave it.
The laser shield has multiple features. First, it has special plastic to protect your eyes while the laser burns (you should also wear the included goggles to be doubly safe). The shield also makes it easy to adjust the height of the engraver which should be 110mm from the material you are engraving on. It’s weird that they include a ruler in the package, but it’s in inches and centimeters instead of millimeters.
Let’s burn something!
The easiest way to use the engraver is to use the LaserPecker mobile app. The app uses Bluetooth to connect to the engraver and you can choose from a selection of included graphics, import your own or even draw your own using simple in-app drawing tools.
For the first test of the LaserPecker 2 Pro laser engraver, I chose the app’s LaserPecker logo with the included wooden square.
I set up the engraver in my desk, placed the piece of wood on the base, and lowered the laser shield until it touched the base so it was 110mm from the laser. Then in the app I selected the type of material I would be engraving and accepted the default settings for power, depth, and number of passes.
About 10 seconds later, I had finished laser engraving the LaserPecker logo. Wow!
I also imported The Gadgeteer logo and tested it on cardboard and cork.
The engravings turned out really great, then I tested something important… My leather cover of Midori Traveler’s Notebook.
Lately I customized the cover using ink stamps. I call that tattooing my cover. I only “tattoo” the cover with stamps that tell me something. The horse and buggy stamp recalls the vacation we took this year in Shipshewana, Indiana, in Amish country. And the trees on the back represent my love of trees. So for a laser tattoo, I thought I’d do a little glimpse of Indiana since that’s where I was born, raised, and lived all my life.
This is the simple outline I found with a quick google. I imported it into the LaserPecker app and set the material to leather…
I placed the cover of my Midori travel diary under the laser shield and pressed the button to do the engraving.
When the engraving was done, I raised the laser shield, and… SHIT! The tattoo is upside down. ARGH!!! and what are those other little slashes over there that weren’t in the art that was imported? First of all the problem with the upside down art was totally my fault because I noticed it from the first two tests I did but for some reason I was so excited to burn something I would really like to see everyday, that I spaced out the fact that I needed to flip the art before I started engraving. 🙁 The reason (I think) for the extra slashes and dots was due to the presence of the metal button and charm under the laser shield. I think the laser may have reflected off the metal.
I was upset with the result of the leather etching on the cover of my notebook, so I decided to try to fix it by doing a tattoo camouflage. The idea was to make a smaller Indiana outline placed inside the original upside down Indiana outline and add a frame around it to cover the corner dashes. The image I created is shown above. The .58¢ represents the fact that I turned 58 this year 😉
Hmmm, it didn’t quite go as I expected (again). Those lines inside the Indiana outline weren’t supposed to be there…but that’s okay. This gives my leather notebook cover extra character. Yeah, that’s it. 🙂
3rd axis LaserPecker accessory
In addition to being able to engrave on flat materials like wood, cardboard and leather, you can also use the LaserPecker 2 laser engraver to engrave on cylindrical shapes with the additional 3rd axis electric roller attachment.
The electric roller attachment is designed to sit on the base of the engraver and is also controlled by the engraver to rotate as needed while the laser engraves. I think video can explain it better than words, so check out my video below where I show the electric roller attachment in action engraving a piece of PVC tubing.
See in action
What I like
- Easy to use
- Ability to engrave a variety of materials
- Ability to engrave on curved surfaces
What I would change
- Include a storage case
- The price – it’s really expensive
The LaserPecker 2 Pro laser engraver is the 3rd laser engraver I’ve tested and reviewed and it’s easy to say it’s my favorite of the three. The LaserPecker 2 doesn’t break my back moving it like the insanely bulky Flux Beamo CO2 laser engraver, and while the Dewallie Mini laser engraver is smaller and more compact than the LaserPecker, it’s not as fast and doesn’t has no additional accessories (3rd axis roller). The only downside to the LaserPecker 2 is the price. I know it’s really expensive. But if you’re short on space, want to easily transport the engraver from place to place, and have the budget for it, I can recommend it for all but the heaviest burning tasks.
Price: $1199.99 (currently on sale for $959.99)
Or buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by LaserPecker.