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Diode Laser 0.8 mW / Class II
A hand-size laser capable of transmitting NTSC color video

The ML268 is one of the most popular lasers in our product line and remains unique today as when introduced 15 years ago. It incorporates the best features of full- or lab-sized lasers in a convenient hand-size design only slightly larger than conventional pen-sized laser pointers. The laser is suitable for use in lectures and A/V shows, transmitting NTSC composite video pictures or audio signals over a laser beam, or as a lab laser for optical experimentation and demonstration. (Metrologic Instruments produced this laser until 2004. IFO redesigned it and now manufactures an improved version.)

It is the smallest Class II hand-size laser we manufacture with a visible semiconductor laser diode technology. It is readily portable and applies to a wide range of educational applications.

The ML268 operates directly from a 110-VAC-to-9 VDC power adapter/charger, or from internal rechargeable batteries. When fully charged the batteries typically provide two hours of continuous operation. The optical beam can be electrically modulated via a standard audio RCA-type jack. The internal circuitry is electrically compatible with NTSC color video signals from a camcorder, VCR or digital to analog converter box. It is also compatible with most audio sources. Its solid-state visible laser diode and miniaturized electronic components make this the smallest modulated educational laser on the market. A decade and a half since its introduction, this laser pointer remains an innovative product with outstanding performance.

Laser includes 115-to-9 volt power adapter and full-color operators manual.

  Diode Laser

Part Number: ML 268 
Price: $229.00
Operators Manual

See Operators Manual for details on specifications, electrical jacks/plugs and set-up instructions.

MK 268 is the ML 268 with an additional mounting clamp that allows laser to be attached to any standard tripod, optics bench or chemical ring stand with 1/4-20 thread mounts.

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  • Rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries
  • Small size conveniently fits the palm of the hand for use as a laser pointer
  • High-quality beam as found in full-size lab lasers (improved over the original Metrologic design)
  • Highly visible red 650 nm beam
  • 3-position power switch with a momentary switch for continuous or intermittent use
  • Standard RCA-type phone jack accepts camcorder/VCR video signals or high-level audio signals
  • Tough impact-resistant metal chassis and end caps with durable powder coatings


All manufacturers of lasers used in the United States, must conform to regulations administered by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDRH categorizes lasers as follows:

 Class 1

A laser or laser system which does not present a hazard to skin or eyes for any wavelength or exposure time. Exposure varies with wavelength. For ultraviolet, .2 to .4m exposure is less than from .8 or near IR, the exposure is < 200w. Consult CDRH regulations for specific information.

 Class 2

Any visible laser with an output less than 1 mW of power. Warning label requirements yellow caution label stating maximum output of 1 mW. Generally used as classroom lab lasers, supermarket scanners and laser pointers.

 Class 3a

Any visible laser with an output over 1 mW of power with a maximum output of 5 mW of power. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output of 5 mW. Also used as classroom lab lasers, in holography, laser pointers, leveling instruments, measuring devices and alignment equipment.

 Class 3b

Any laser with an output over 5 mW of power with a maximum output of 500 mW of power and all invisible lasers with an output up to 400 mW. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output. These lasers also require a key switch for operation and a 3.5-second delay when the laser is turned on. Used in many of the same applications as the Class IIIa when more power is required.

 Class 4

Any laser with an output over 500 mW of power. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output. These lasers are primarily used in industrial applications such as tooling, machining, cutting and welding. Most medical laser applications also require these high-powered lasers.

 CDRH Classification  Class II
 Polarization  Linear
 Laser Emission Color  Red
 Laser Mode  TEM00
 Operating  Unit  Value
 Input Voltage  V 9 - 12 DC
 Input Current  mA 60 - 125
 Wavelength  nm  650
 Optical Output Power, Nominal  mW  0.8 mW /
 Power, (min/max)  mW  0.7 / 0.9
 Beam Diameter  mm  4.0
 Beam Divergence  mRad  1.0
 Digital Modulation  MHz n/a
 Analog Modulation  Hz to MHz 200 - 45 M
 Mechanical  Unit  Value
 Operating Temperature  ° C   0 - 40
 Housing  cm  14 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm