Laser tag equipment FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about laser tag equipments
Have you got a certificate for LASERWAR laser tag equipment?
Under the national legislation, lasertag equipment isn't required to undergo the certification procedure. Despite this fact, LLC Lasertag voluntarily certify the produced equipment every year. More than that, our company is the only one to accomplish an expertise according to the current Unified Sanitary Epidemiological and Hygienic Requirements. We were the first to undertake a study on laser tag Prism optics and its certification in Russia. We proved absolute safety of infrared impulse («shot» in laser tag). Our optic systems are fully eye-friendly: according to the GOST Certification System they are in the group «No harm». One may download the certificates and get acquainted with them here.
I've just got laser tag equipment. How can I make its fire adjustment?
The most important thing to understand is that shot illumination is not an IR impulse. That's why you can't adjust the fire of your weapon with the help of shot illumination. Shot illumination is performed by 8 LEDs, that are affixed the same distance from the circuit board center. An IR LED is placed directly in the center. It's well -known that infrared radiation isn't visible for the human eye. That's why LASERWAR specialists solved the problem of IR LED visibility with the help of LEDs. Shooting at a target you'll see a bright cross — your IR LED will be emitting right in the center of it. It lets laser tag beginners know how to aim and where to shoot. It helps them to adapt to a new game promptly. Still the correct fire adjustment is made by hitting a special target or a defeat sensor at a 50 m distance, but a sight shouldn't be adjusted according to the shot illumination. To adjust a weapon using a target is quite simple: to define a defeat spot you should shoot at the target center and a circle around it. Then turn the sight screws so that a laser tag weapon could hit the target at different distances. The better a defeat spot is aligned, the more aptly a weapon shoots.
How much is the defeat area?
In standard optical tube defeat area of «infrared bullet» is 50 cm at 50 meters distance. During the daytime defeat sensors are less sensitive. As a result, defeat area reduces to 30-40 cm. If the defeat sensors are shaded, they may pick up an infrared beam within a 0,5 m radius. That's why we should consider the 50 cm defeat area to be a relative factor. It should be emphasized that LASERWAR company has been developing optical systems for a long time and finally succeeded in it. To shoot from laser tag weapons is easy for a professional, but not for a beginner. For the last two years we have got plenty of positive feedback concerning optical systems from our clients (both distributors and professional individuals). LASERWAR optical tubes have become a standard in laser tag industry in respect of either defeat area and shooting accuracy or size and weight. Every year the company tests firing range and validate the test results. Our company produces various optical tube types, which differ in parameters and depend on a weapon group. However we do not rest on our laurels but constantly improve our optic systems construction. In 2015 advanced Prism optics was produced. Due to the enlarged accuracy and firing range it is becoming most competitive at the laser tag marketplace.
What's the firing range of the laser tag equipment?
Ultimate firing range of our laser tag equipment may reach 610 m in the daytime. Headband sensors detect infrared signal change. We use TSOP34856 photo sensors. These photo detectors are characterized by high sensitivity and thus are well suitable for laser tag game. They automatically distinguish between IR-emitting and sunlight. The more headband sensors are exposed to the sun's rays the worse they detect infrared signal. Consequently the effective firing range decreases. That's the reason for the firing range to be higher in the shadow than in the sunlight.
How should I know that I'm injured?
Defeat sensors on the headband vibrate. A weapon speaker says: «I'm injured». You are unable to shoot for a short period of time. You get a triple effect through the three senses: sense of touch (vibration), sense of sight (LEDs indication) and sense of hearing (sound).
Can defeat sensors be covered?
According to the outdoor laser tag rules it's forbidden to cover defeat sensors, cause if a sensor is closed by a hand it can't detect an infrared signal. But a headband has got 4 sensors — it is impossible to cover all of them simultaneously. Infrared rays are worse detected by defeat sensors if bushes or vegetation interfere. Still it's easy to defeat a player standing behind the bush if they are close to the shooter due to the rounded form of the defeat area.
What's the difference between a Smart RGB headband and a classic wireless one?
Click here for a detailed review of Smart RGB headband. In short, we have fully modified the device and made it truly «smart». A Smart RGB headband is characterized by background glow technology and multizonal approach. Special attention is paid to the headband ergonomics and weight. It is comfortably worn and weighs only 220 g. We used new two layers belts that perfectly absorb moisture, protect electronics from damp. The autonomous operation of the headband is 48 hours. A lithium-pol battery of 1.8 Ah can be powered from any supply of the Li+ charger series. LEDs used in this device are more powerful than those in the former version. Every sensor is equipped with two photo detectors. They prevent the emerging of the dead bands that are inaccessible for defeating.
What units are included in the delivery set by equipment ordering?
A standard delivery set includes a laser tag weapon. Chargers, headbands or vests may be purchased separately. We recommend to buy one charger for two play sets. A weapon is equipped with sights (a foresight and a backsight). Collimator and telescopic sights should be chosen according to the weapon category. When you get your order we strongly recommend to check the set according to the weapon passport.
How is the equipment influenced by bad weather conditions?
Frost. The electronics are not damaged by frost, but one should follow simple rules: the battery will be discharged twice as quick at low temperatures. The electronics won't be out of work even at 25-30 degrees below zero. To store the equipment at low temperatures (below zero) is prohibited. Try to avoid extreme temperature changes in winter time. You needn't switch off the rifles and headbands in the game breaks. Switching off the equipment you spare very little battery charge. Besides, the equipment begins to cool down and condensate appears. Due to the special protective film which covers all the electronic boards the weapons are protected from a short circuit. But all in all: the less the equipment will be switched off/on, the longer electronic components will work. Snow. The electronics are not damaged by snow, but one should mind: snow gets into numerous slots of a weapon body (rifle systems, optic tubes), that may make worse such manipulations as shooting, reloading switching off/on and others unstable. Snow is not so harmful as water that appears after snow melting. That's why after the end of the game carry your weapon into a warm room, let it dry for a couple of hours before you start charging it. Rain. Moisture is harmful for any electronics. We recommend not to play during the rain, despite the fact all electronic boards and sensors are vanished both sides. More detailed instructions about the equipment use you may find there.
Can LASERWAR laser tag equipment be used indoors?
Yes, it can. Lots of laser tag clubs do this way in winter time. Due to the excellent settings of the signal power there'll be no ricochets during the game in any room. You can set up your equipment with a PRO remote or a Bluetooth module. LASERWAR Company released new indoor laser tag equipment — CYBERTAG — in 2015. If you're willing to organize games indoors (e.g. in shopping centers), you may get acquainted with our offer on the website.
What is the warranty for the equipment?
Warranty for LASERWAR equipment is 6 to 24 months. We rely on our products quality. For the last few years we have got valuable work experience and produced a new series of electronics. LASERWAR equipment works perfectly. This is confirmed by the best hardware quality and long-term warranty.
Is LASERWAR equipment interoperable with other companies equipment?
Our equipment is interoperable with the equipment of different producers in the world. In LASERWAR play sets international MilesTag2 Data Protocol is used. You may find more detailed information about the «infrared exchange» protocol here. Interoperability is one of the main things that helps our clients to get rid of problems with other producers equipment.
What types of frames are used for laser tag equipment?
STEEL edition — mass-dimensional model from cast steel with polymeric plastic and wood elements. It's the most solid frame type. It's recommended for all types of hire. Models: AK-74, AK-105, Tirex, MP-40 Schmisser and others. SPECIAL edition — unique rifles that are made from shatterproof ABS-plastic. Numerous tests showed that that they may withstand high static pressure and bounce influence. Besides, these laser tag play sets are nearly as solid as mass-dimensional models. ELIT edition — gas rifles produced from metal alloy with plastic elements. Recommended either for hire or personal use. Models: Colt М4-А3 Centurion, AWP Special Force, ASR Masada and others. ORIGINAL edition — airsoft rifles. The better part of them is made from metal or impact resistant plastic. Recommended for private use, as should be treated carefully. M16-G2 Swat, UMG Piranha, TAVOR TAR-21 Yamam and others. PRACTICAL edition — pneumatic rifles, made from impact resistant weapon plastic and metal. Recommended for hire. Models: MR-512 Sniper, MR-661 Drozd, Grach, Hitman and others.
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What are the distinctive features of v.8, v.9, and 10th LASERWAR equipment?
v.8 Sport is the equipment that works on PRO and Micro motherboards. Their size is quite small due to SMD-technology and automatic process of mounting. Hardware is responsible for switching firing mode, underbarrel grenade launcher and second weapon options. All this add the originality to the play sets. In v.8 one can make firing range adjustment (from 1 to 100%), and now this option doesn't depend on battery charge. The improved Prism optics is much more accurate than the former optics versions.
V.8 is also characterized by volume control and an upgraded sound set. It consists of 61 sound effects. In v.8 Sport due to the updated software (LASERWAR laser tag configurator) one can record one's own sound effects, download full game statistics with the display of the players achievements, print and publish it to Facebook and VK directly from the application.
Recoil imitation (Feedback) and OLED display are not included in the basic electronic set. These options may be bought as extras. Your clients will be pleased by the most popular Zombie, Last Hero and Terminator scenarios. A great number of users consider v.8 Sport to be the most firm and reliable, demonstrating the best correlation of price, functionality and quality at the marketplace.
v.9 Smart RGB + Feedback supports all the v.8 Sport functions. In addition to this, v.9 Smart has got a new Smart RGB headband which considerably improves laser tag game. A Smart RGB headband features background glow technology with 15 grades of brightness and a unique LASERWAR feature - multi-zonal approach. There is a vibration motor inside each defeat sensor, and only the sensors that received the IR-impulse will react to hits. All brightness and hit color settings are adjustable, and you can set up your own game characters. Due to this device, the game process becomes intuitive, eye-catching and entertaining. Special attention was paid to the headband ergonomics and weight.
It is comfortably worn and weighs only 220 g. We used new double-layered belts that perfectly absorb moisture, protect electronics from damp. The autonomous operation time of the headband is 48 hours. A lithium-pol battery of 1.8 Ah can be powered from any supply of the Li+ charger series. LEDs used in v.9 Smart are more powerful than those in the former version. All v.9 play sets are provided with recoil imitation (Feedback) by default.
v.9 Smart RGB + Feedback + OLED is a version to which an OLED-display and an independent weapon defeat sensors are additionally added. These displays demonstrate deep and rich colors due to the self-illuminated pixels formed by organic light-emitting diodes. Its high-level image contrast and clarity guarantee comfortable play during both day and night. OLED provides high quality perception: player sees data on the display at different angles. The fact they do not glare in the sun is an apparent advantage. Defeat sensors which some play sets are equipped with make shooting from a shelter impossible, because an opposite team player can strike your weapon. v.9 Smart RGB + Feedback + OLED makes any game captivating and unforgettable.
The X-Generation has incorporated all of the best developments of previous years and brought new revolutionary technologies to laser tag industry. For the first time, «The Ten» has given the fans of outdoor laser tag the possibility of reading game statistics online. We achieved it by using innovative X-Core module. It combines state-of-art technologies – 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth v.4.2 BR/EDR, and BLE. With such Wi-Fi standard, the module becomes able to transfer huge volumes of data with high speed. The Bluetooth allows to connect the electronics with smartphones easily, smart watches, tablets. 240 Mhz CPU guarantees quick operation and stable work of the unit. And with 16 MB Flash Memory, the statistics can be stored and used for several days.
Along with the new X-Core module, we have created a special 10th generation plate. It has the same size as the 9th generation plates which allow to integrate it into any equipment of this generation while the X-gen plate contains 1,5 times more elements. A thorough routing of electric conductors and components allowed us to optimize the heating of the plate. It is needed for the reliable device operation during the heaviest frosts and in high humidity. The robots at the automated production line assemble all the new plate series under the watch of our specialists.
For the X-generation, we have released the newest software – LASERWAR online configurator. It features a user-friendly interface and convenient tile design. The configurator will display online statistics of the finished games with the possibility of screen output. With its help, the owners of laser tag playgrounds will also be able to manage their arena, see what sets was used in the games and control the rental of the equipment, exporting the data to the social media. The software will allow changing the parameters of the game set online, without the necessity to perform additional actions with the equipment. Combined with our smart devices, the configurator allows creating lots of unique scenarios. It`s worth the mention that our soft remains completely free.
The X-Generation equipment is outfitted with the newest «ParallaX» optical system. This is a LASERWAR`s revolutionary creation in laser tag optics. As a base, we took flash absorbers, thanks to which the new optics has an authentic look. The length and diameter of the tube have been reduced at least three times, while the shooting distance has increased by 50-60% compared with the previous generation optics. «ParallaX» is made of high endurance gun plastic, impact-resistant and providing good protection of the inner components against moisture and dirt. These optics are certified according to the strict Russian national state standard and completely safe for the eyes.
Is there a possibility to upgrade the previous generation of LASERWAR gear?
Every year our company enhances the electronics, software and hardware. However, we never abandon previous versions of products. With LASERWAR`s modernization program, our customers have received an opportunity to update their game sets year by year. The evolution of generations is a perfect illustration of the development of company. Be sure that we are always able to upgrade the gear from any generation to relevant versions, allowing you to progress along with us. A huge number of customers, best warranty conditions, great service made LASERWAR acquire 70% of Russian laser tag market. We seal the confidence in quality of our equipment by the superb 24-month warranty period.
What's the difference between the laser tag equipment versions of different producers?
Every year our company improves electronics, hardware and software. Every new version is given a number and differs in additional extensions. We do not leave former versions behind. Due to the special modernization program LASERWAR clients have an opportunity to update their play sets firmware. Range of the versions reflects the history of the Company development. We are sure to update equipment of any version. It will let you always use play sets of up-to-date versions. Enormous amount of clients, best warranty and high quality service have made LASERWAR Company a leader of the laser tag industry (occupies 70% of the marketplace). We are sure of our equipment quality and are ready to provide our clients with the extended warranty up to 24 months.