Howto: Make a DVD Burner into a High-Powered Laser

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hey just wondered i have a few of them old portable CD players as a kid we seemed to reck a lot nd they werent expensive so i have a lot could u use the lazers outa them
it wouldn't be as powerful, though it would probably still work.
Silas (author)  Weissensteinburg10 years ago
No it wouldn't.. It wouldn't work for anything, other than damaging your iris, a bit at a time. Those are IR, and really low power at that! Not usefull!
Theyre not all infrared. The one from my cd player is visible. Besides, infrared lasers can burn through things too. And like I said it would still do a bit, just much slower, and much thinner things.
Silas (author)  Weissensteinburg10 years ago
How the the hell would you cut something with a diode with a MAX output of 5 mW? What your saying is "hey i'll use this cool red laser i just got bought in the dollar store to cut black tape!" omg..
First of all...calm down. Who said anything about the dollar store? Dollar store lasers are 1mw. A laser used to read cds is more powerful.
Silas (author)  Weissensteinburg10 years ago
Fine, i'm sorry i'm not from the states, so i have never seen the lasers in the dollar store.. Regular red laser pointers are 5mW. Cd lasers have 5mW MAX output, you can not cut anything with them.
swagberry Silas5 years ago
You can if you focus it right
fyi, i just tried a cd laser out, straight from the player. I held a battery to the leads, and put it near a plastic bag...smoked instantly.
Silas (author)  Weissensteinburg10 years ago
Yeah your laser got smoked..
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