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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 Butane is outdated.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

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Step 1: What You Need

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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

Step 2: Tools and other required items.

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1.Dremel cutoff wheel and small Grinding Stone or a similar tool.
2. Needle nose pliers, small screwdrivers, snips, X-acto knife.
3. A small pin or paper clip
4. Soldering iron and solder
5. Heatshrink tubing
6. Small drill bits
7. Multi-meter

Step 3: Prepare the lighter

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Disclaimer for those that don't know lighters are 'dangerous': Lighters contain butane, a flammable liquid that can catch fire, explode, burn you or your cat. And, lasers are also dangerous. Don't ever point any laser at yourself or any living thing.

1. Remove the flint wheel by prying it out at the edges. DO NOT BREAK THE BRACKETS. Once you release it a spring and flint (and other small stuff) will pop out and fly across the room. Go get them. Keep the flint wheel.
2. Remove the shiny shield by prying it out at the edges. DO NOT BREAK THE BRACKETS. Keep it.
3. Flip the lighter over and take it to a safe place. Putting on safety glasses never hurts. Stick a small pin or paper clip in the hole and it should contact the metal valve in the base of the lighter. Gently tap it with something to release the butane. You may need to tip it over to make sure all the butane is gone. You should hear something small rattling inside. That's the valve.
4. Remove the red button that releases the butane. Keep it.
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WilliamP122 days ago

The domain is for sale :(

Will the laser from and old scanner work? I'm not sure how powerful they are.

If it has a casing then it should tell you the wattage.

iFirefly1 year ago

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" 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.

Thanks again!

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.

nsaul1 year ago
everyone, buy everything in the video on amazon, its about $35. the names are different though, but here is a list:
-Momentary N.O. Classic Small Push Button Switch Red
-4.3 Ohm 1/2W Flameproof Resistor 10 Pcs.
-650nm 5mw laser module 8X13mm
-1W 445nm blue laser diode driver / 405nm laser driver
-Neodymium Magnets 1/2 x 1/8 inch Disc N48
-JT&T Products (120F) - 12 AWG Black Primary Wire, 12 Ft. Cut

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'.
mx28 nsaul3 months ago
also I can't seem to find a diode less than $40
mx28 nsaul3 months ago
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.
nsaul nsaul1 year ago
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?
fcese1 year ago
JeanTheDuke2 years ago
this is hard
qlocs2 years ago
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 "artifacts", little annoying marks on your retina that you will see till you die. Remember the old joke: "Don't look into laser with remaining eye!"
I love this! I've watched everyone of your videos on you tube and just found out you had an instructables account.
kurlie2 years ago
also the wiring diagram is a little unclear. How is the switch attached to the rest of the circut?
kurlie2 years ago
Can someone please post a reliable seller for the laser diode needed for this tutorial? Thanks
colehard3 years ago
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.
apalma12 years ago
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?
dczupik apalma12 years ago
nope, wont work. its not the right type
maxpower492 years ago
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....
epskoh2 years ago
How much would it cost to make one of these?
sparkyuiop3 years ago
Did you focus the diode? Is that a blu-ray laser diode? Where did you get the driver from? What was the total cost?

watch that.
james12143 years ago
My 2 cents, for what its worth.

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.

Also, I believe "cheapy" was a reference to the lighter being used, not the project as a whole.

All in all, a neat project and a great video.

Is this a scam?
Kinda like the mountain dew that glows?

Instructables community Be Warned! I ordered the parts for this laser kit from 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.
dangerD3 years ago
Is there a cheaper diode and driver that i could buy?
astchur3 years ago
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?
ski539 astchur3 years ago
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
jpoopdog3 years ago
what the hell, the laser and housing alone costs more than $40!

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.
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