Laser flashlight

Laser flashlight

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Here’s how to turn a MiniMag flashlight into a powerful laser pointer using a DVD player laser – Link.

From the pages of MAKE:
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Mini High-Power Laser. MAKE 10 – page 142. Liberate a 200mW laser from a DVD burner. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition – Link.

14 thoughts on “Laser flashlight

  1. p914 says:

    This is such a bad idea on so many levels. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt… Just an instant looking into that beam and your eye will be toast. Even secondary reflections with that power level can cause blindness.

  2. philliptorrone says:

    @p914 – the same could be said about any project that has something sharp.

    i also posted a link to our how to because i think it might be better for some to check out the magazine with the way we do it…


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  3. Fredex says:

    I agree with p914 on this. Makers have moral and ethical responsibility for what they bring into the world.

  4. philliptorrone says:

    @Fredex – i don’t think making this is a moral or ethical question, it’s what you do with said project. people work on cars for hobbies but cars kill tons of people. a high powered laser is only bad if the person using it decides to do bad things.

    all that said, if someone made a project and purposefully hurt people with it, we wouldn’t write about it or encourage it.

  5. Shadyman says:

    It’s true, the whole essence of ‘hacking’ is knowing how to do something, not necessarily doing it.

  6. p914 says:

    What I was really getting at was that the design of this project totally disregards safety. There is no momentary switch so if you drop the flashlight, the laser stays on, shining who knows where. There is no key interlock or other safety switch to keep kids and strangers from flicking the switch and looking into the laser. The flashlight is small and lightweight, making it very easy to point the laser into any desired, or undesired, direction. Anyone who has ever used a penlaser knows how easy it is to accidentally catch a reflection or shine the laser in an unanticipated direction (oops).

  7. RainyDayInterns says:

    If one has to make a “project” SAFE for people before posting, there wouldn’t be much content on any of these sites. The whole point of getting ideas out there is to share and improve.

    No safety switch…well show us where to add it! Instead of fretting that we’ll “poke our eyes out”, show us how to make it safer!

    Let’s improve, not retard!

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