Here is the world's first BIC style laser lighter! Butane is outdated. Time to use blue burning lasers!
Watch the video and then build your own!

WARNING: This kind of laser can cause permanent damage to eyesight in less than a second. NEVER look into the beam or reflection of ANY laser including this one

Step 1: What You Need

1. BIC lighter. (The non-electronic, standard version) You may want to get two in case you crack the first one.
2. Blue Laser diode and mini-housing
3. Mini-driver circuit
4. (2) 1.5V button cell batteries
5. Mini Momentary switch
6. (1) 4 to 4.3 ohm resistor
7. (2) small magnets
8. Assorted wire
<p>I think the new site is </p><p><a href="http://www.diy-lasers.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.diy-lasers.com/</a></p><p>However it would be nice here if the specs on the laser diode were given so you could find one similar. </p>
<p>Beware. There are people claiming to be scammed into buying products from this DIY site and never receiving their orders.</p>
<p>do u have any to sell that are already made</p>
<p>i wish to know this as well </p>
<p>Just make one! It's a fun project! But if you do want to buy one, Kipkay is just a man, not a marketplace.. There aren't any lasers fitted into a lighter, but there are burning lasers out there you can buy. The lighter case is the DIY guy/girl's badge of honor. Also, you'll find that many of the powerful lasers are way more expensive than what you would pay to make this one, unfortunately. That's why I chose to make my own. Once I get tired of this little dvd burner drive diode (you can get a red diode for this same project from a dvd burner in case you didn't know) I'll go to amazon and get a 2 watt blue laser diode for $40. Wickedlasers.com sells a laser with the exact same diode in it for $300, so I'll get all the same fun but will be spending a fraction of the money</p>
<p>The domain laserdiy.com is for sale :(</p>
Will the laser from and old scanner work? I'm not sure how powerful they are. <br>
<p>If it has a casing then it should tell you the wattage.</p>
Cheers! <br> <br>Nicely done, and you have a wonderful radio voice and presentation. This is pretty cool, but I need one that is just a little hotter and only needs to work at less than an inch distance; I'd like to heat up an area about of 1/4&quot; in diameter quickly to 225-300 degrees (F). What modifications to these components would I need to do in order to use this in 10-second or less sessions, infrequently? I would not mind having to use longer batteries, as a longer time between changes - or recharging - would be preferred. Thanks!
Shoot, I forgot to ask about wavelength. Would any other type of laser produce heat out of the visible spectrum - like Infra-Red or Ultraviolet? I have a huge electromatic spectrum chart but I can't figure out how to convert it into temperatures other than Kelvin, which is OK for lightbulbs, but not for effective heat output. <br> <br>Thanks again!
<p>There are wavelengths outside of the visible spectrum that make heat (radiation is a great example of this) and yes, infra-red would work. It is actually the hottest type of light there is. The red lasers actually burn a bit more. But then, I'm not really a reliable source. you should try finding another source for information.</p>
everyone, buy everything in the video on amazon, its about $35. the names are different though, but here is a list: <br>-Momentary N.O. Classic Small Push Button Switch Red <br>-4.3 Ohm 1/2W Flameproof Resistor 10 Pcs. <br>-650nm 5mw laser module 8X13mm <br>-1W 445nm blue laser diode driver / 405nm laser driver <br>-Neodymium Magnets 1/2 x 1/8 inch Disc N48 <br>-JT&amp;T Products (120F) - 12 AWG Black Primary Wire, 12 Ft. Cut <br> <br>this is all the stuff I am getting for it and (without tax) its about $35 fir everything, if any of the stuff us wrong, please let me know. The wire I wasn't sure about, it just said 'assorted wire'.
also I can't seem to find a diode less than $40
can you help me find the driver and module you used on Amazon? I've looked and can't seem to find small enough ones to fit in the bic.
Also, look around amazon for better prices. you could get all this cheaper than I did.
Have you tried it with your materials? Other comments have suggested that the 5mW lasers aren't strong enough, and there's a significant difference in power output between 5mW and the suggested 150mW.
What's the difference from this and me doing the pot mod and putting it in the lighter??
pot mod?
this is hard
It's funny that the comment about never pointing the laser at someone's face was followed by the beam lighting the cigarette inches away from the smoker's eye. Even the scatter from such a laser can give you &quot;artifacts&quot;, little annoying marks on your retina that you will see till you die. Remember the old joke: &quot;Don't look into laser with remaining eye!&quot;
I love this! I've watched everyone of your videos on you tube and just found out you had an instructables account.
also the wiring diagram is a little unclear. How is the switch attached to the rest of the circut?
Can someone please post a reliable seller for the laser diode needed for this tutorial? Thanks
will a Mini Blue Laser 405nm 5mw 8x13mm work
no, its gotta be like 150 mW or higher... it doesnt have to be blue either. the wavelength is the color and the mW number is the power. so the higher that is the more power you will have. i made the mistake of buying the 5mW one before i researched it more. <br>
some people said to use a diode from a old dvd burner laser diode ,but right now i only have CD Reader laser and would like to ask will it work?
nope, wont work. its not the right type
I have a question hopefully someone will be able to answer, I bought a board that didn't have an on board switch so my question is where is the best place to install a switch, should I put it on the positive or negative on the battery side or should I install it after the driver board inline with the diode on the postive or negative side. Thanks in advance....
How much would it cost to make one of these?
Did you focus the diode? Is that a blu-ray laser diode? Where did you get the driver from? What was the total cost?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5erjj6aS5Ws<br><br>watch that.
My 2 cents, for what its worth.<br><br>Regarding the parts, I believe Kip was giving ideas where you could procure the parts, if the vendor has changed what they have in stock, it isn't necessarily the responsibility of the author to check up on that. It is your job, as a consumer, to make sure you do business with a reputable company, do some research and be smart. If a company (which other commenters have made abundantly clear) has a reputation for not fulfilling orders.... don't buy from them, they won't be in business much longer if that's how they do things.<br><br>Also, I believe &quot;cheapy&quot; was a reference to the lighter being used, not the project as a whole. <br><br>All in all, a neat project and a great video.<br><br>
Is this a scam?<br>Kinda like the mountain dew that glows?<br><br><br>Hmmmm.....
Instructables community Be Warned! I ordered the parts for this laser kit from LaserDIY.com and it was a total scam. I never recieved the goods, I attempted to contact them, and they do not even have a listed phone number for the company, and the credit card company didn't even know how to contact the merchant. I have contacted the BBB, and hopefully not too many more people will be suckered into this classic internet scam. good instructable, though.
Is there a cheaper diode and driver that i could buy?
I bought the laser driver in the link provided but its different than the one shown in the pic. Any one have any idea how to hook it up with the new one?
this is a little late. but im having the same problem. i just ordered my parts and they appear to have changed slightly and im not exactly sure how to wire the new on... the diagrams weren't to clear to begin with. has anyone figured it out? any help would be appreciated! itd be a shame to have ordered these parts and not use them.
how can I make this driver circuit
what the hell, the laser and housing alone costs more than $40! <br> <br>in what universe is that cheap?
it is cheap in universe where i live called europe
i agree, but only because you are European. to me, everything in Europe is super expensive!
got that right and might i say that it sucks
Actually that is rather cheap. You also seem to be rather cheap
seriously i do not understand how that is cheap.
How is that NOT cheap? I'm out of a job and I'm willing to shell out 40 smacks for something this arbitrary.<br>
i remember when i had a job, and shortly after i quit, i still did not respect my money enough to not be wasteful with it, and properly conserve it. once i had run out, i did, as i am now!<br><br>$40 is not cheap consideing it costs $15 for a 500mw green laser diode or $22 for a blue diode( pointer), and $8 for a colimating lense that can be used to invert the beam so that it is useless for anything other than a flash light beyond 5 cm of the lense.<br><br>i do not consider it to be cheap. <br>keep in mind that the majority of people who are interested in burning lasers for fun, are ages around 12-16, and im certain few of them have bank accounts ,let alone enough money to buy the things required for this instructable, nor parents willing to use their credit cards to buy things for them online. take in these factors, and the amount of money it costs, i think Ive made my point.<br><br>though from the perspective of someone who has an income of over $200 per week, and as i stated before (i) , do not value money as much as someone whose only source of money is their $10 weekly allowance, this would be worth wile paying for.<br><br><br>also, yorniloc, i would actually expect it to be free, or near free.
I think $40 is fairly cheap for this, its 2011 and $40 isn't much anymore, well at least not where I live, but then again the UK is an expensive place to live!<br><br>But are you serious that only a few 12-16 year old's have a bank account? <br>I thought pretty much all 12 year old's had a bank account in the western world?<br><br>
Im in australia, <br><br><br>few 12-16 year olds know how to link their bank account with their paypal. many of my friends (17yo) , still ask me to buy stuff online for them, because they dont know how to, or think they are taking a risk, linking their paypal to their bank account.<br>if not that, they ask me to move some of their money, into my bank account, then into my paypal, and then into theires. i dont mind though because they give me a few bucks for doing it, though i am immediately giving them money in my paypal before thiers gets into my paypal, since it takes 4 days on average to get in there.<br><br>And i completely agree, the UK is real expensive, from what i know, you buy the same things there for 1 pound, as you do for $1 here in australia, same thing with the euro, and this is from personal experience.<br>$40 there is what, 25GBP? <br>if it were $25 i would gladly pay for it, but alas it is not :(
$40 usd is about &pound;25, so in the grand scheme of things not much.. <br>London is very expensive...<br><br>When I was 12 there was no Internet, but I thought most kids nowadays have debit cards anyway...

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