Introduction: Instructables Burning Laser Watch

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I will show you how to make an instructables watch which contains a a burning laser,
Best of all, this is an extremly cheap project. I was impressed by the quality of my own for the price i paid for these materials.
This is inspired by the 007 laser watch that was worn by James Bond .



***DO NOT POINT LASER AT ANY LIVING THING***
***ALWAYS WEAR LASER SAFTEY GLASSES WHEN OPERATING A LASER***



Step 1: MATERIALS

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For this project, you will need:

(1) Cheap watch(preferably plastic)- Got mine at the local McDonalds, but available at dollar stores too. (58cents)
(1) 5mw laser(any kind)- Walmart,Walgreens or Petsmart (about $2-6 depending on the type of laser)
wire (doesnt matter the brand or type, just plain wire)-Radio Shack($3)
(1) slide switch( any one will do)-Radio Shack(80cents)
A drill
A soldering iron 
A screwdriver
A3v button cell battery

Optional:
dremel
super glue/hot glue/epoxy 



Step 2: GUT THE WATCH

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For this step, you will need to get your watch, and disassemble it by taking out all the screws, and removing the plastic cover.

Then take out the paper that was in the plastic cover.

You will be replacing it with the instructables logo in the next step.

Do not throw out the paper, you will need it as a template for the following step.

Step 3: PRINTING THE LOGO

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Now, go on your computer, and print out a picture of the instructables logo, that will fit in the plastic cover.

You can use the previous paper in the watch as a template.

then install the logo under the glass.

Step 4: GUTTING THE LASER

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In this step, you will be gutting the inside of your laser.

****WHEN YOU DO THIS, MAKE SURE TO NOT BREAK ANY OF THE COMPONENTS!! BE CAREFUL!****

First, you will unscrew the bottom cap of the laser and take out the button cell batteries.

Then unscrew the top lens if your laser contains one.

Next, take pliers and carefully twist the top of your laser until it becomes free from the housing.

Step 5: WIRING IT UP

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You need to wire the components based on the schematic in the picture.
This step requires:

laser inside
slide switch
3v button cell
soldering iron


OK SO FIRST TAKE THE LASER INSIDE AND LOCATE THE MOMENTARY SWITCH( MAKE NOTE ON WHERE THE POS/NEG LEADS ARE IN THE CIRCUT BOARD).


THEN TAKE YOUR SOLDERING IRON AND DE-SOLDER THE MOMENTARY SWITCH.

THEN SOLDER ON YOUR SLIDE SWITCH WITH WIRE(WHERE THE OLD SWITCH WAS.)

AFTER THAT, CONNECT SOME WIRE TO THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE LEADS OF YOUR LASER, THEN CONNECT THOSE TO THE 3 VOLT BUTTON CELL BATTERY.

Step 6: MAKING IT BURN!

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This is a fairly easy step, it will take about 30 seconds.

First, you need to get your gutted laser.

Then, you need a micro screwdriver( maybe just a small phillips screwdriver)

After that, you need to locate the voltage regulator on your laser,( in this case it is a very small screw on the laser.)

Take your screwdriver and tighten the screw to the right
***DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE SCREW****

Tightening the screw to the right will increase the voltage output which will enable the laser to burn.
Tightening the screw to the left will decrease the voltage output which will make the laser beam weaker

The thing i like about this feature is that you can change if you want it to burn. for instance if you dont want it to burn, just tighten it to the left and vice versa.


Step 7: PUTTING IT INTO THE WATCH

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In this step you are going to be putting your schematic into your watch.

First, use a dremel or a knife to sand down one of the edges of your watch, so your slide switch is sticking out of the edge of the watch for easy access./(you can see in the picture how i did it.)

next find a good spot in you watch to house your laser., then drill a small hole for the laser beam to go through.

then find a good spot to put the button cell.
you might have to use a dremel to make room for all of your components

then, if you want, you can glue all of your components so they dont move around.


lastly put your whole watch back together!!!!!


Step 8: YOUR FINISHED

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Now your finished!!!!!!!!!

When you slide your slide switch, the laser should activate if properly soldered.

This laser easily lights a match, pops a balloon and ignites a firework.

Have fun with your new laser watch but most importantly BE SAFE!!!!!!!

Comments are always welcome, please ask questions, ill respond within 12 hours.

Comments

the16thDoctor (author)2017-06-14

this is highly cool but im pretty sure not all lasers can do that. it would be a lot easier to just buy a laser diode.

KuldeepS64 (author)2017-02-22

how to make small laser hair removal machine. Like this handy machine or very laser hair removal machine

lakshyaverma (author)2015-01-11

can you suggest any household item from where i can get the voltage regulator ??

KuldeepS64 (author)lakshyaverma2017-02-22

how to make small laser hair removal machine. Like this handy machine or very laser hair removal machine

KuldeepS64 (author)2017-02-22

how to make small laser hair removal machine. Like this handy machine or very laser hair removal machine

KuldeepS64 (author)2017-02-22

how to make small laser hair removal machine. Like this handy machine or very laser hair removal machine

GuavChenko (author)2014-11-14

Can't believe kipkay hasn't done one if these

Stupid Person (author)2014-10-10

come on man u didn't reply.
You said that u would within 12 hours

Stupid Person (author)2014-10-10

And also

have

Stupid Person (author)2014-10-10

Sorry I ment

Day

Time

Stupid Person (author)2014-10-10

I would like it if u would post it within a day please

As I will habeas to go to school after 2 daty and would like to have extra yime on hand

Stupid Person (author)2014-10-10

I really liked ur ible so even I decide d to make one

The only problem I am having is that I an not able to locate to voltage regulator on my 5mw laser module.
Could you please tell me where is is by posting a pic or a video or something.
That would be of a great help

weargle (author)2014-10-01

i couldnt help but to feel like it would make more sense to put a momentary pushbutton switch instead of a slider switch

weargle (author)2014-10-01

i couldnt help but to feel like it would make more sense to put a momentary pushbutton switch instead of a slider switch

weargle (author)2014-10-01

i couldnt help but to feel like it would make more sense to put a momentary pushbutton switch instead of a slider switch

Ragnarocker (author)2013-01-07

hello, wonderful instructable BTW, but the lasers I can get my hands on for cheap in Toronto are the type without a voltage regulator. Instead, the have a micro capacitor (i think its a capacitor) a tiny rectangular prism shape, black in colour, with tiny numbers on it. I have all the materials required to make the laser burn, minus the voltage regulator component. Any suggestions? perhaps installing one? If you can get me through this you have solved the "turn a dollar laser into a burning laser" and made my wish come true. Thanks!

you can buy a laser diode at

digibay.com at 59 ruppes(1 dollar)

john7z7 (author)Ragnarocker2013-08-12

I think that might be a small resistor, in which case you could bypass it by covering it with solder. My only concern would be whether or not the amount of current this would allow would short out the laser diode.

john7z7 (author)john7z72013-08-12

If it is a resistor.

john7z7 (author)john7z72013-08-12

If it is a resistor.

batman9089 (author)2012-11-01

Step six is a confusing one.

The screw thing is a potentiometer. You can buy a lazer diode\head at just 1 dollar at digibay.com

Thermo Nuclear Boy (author)2014-05-05

The screw thing is a potentiometer. You can buy a lazer diode\head at just 1 dollar at digibay.com

Thermo Nuclear Boy (author)2014-05-05

The screw thing is a potentiometer. You can buy a lazer diode\head at just 1 dollar at digibay.com

nbeitelm (author)2014-04-19

I understand the entire idea of such an instructable.
I've had miserable luck making a cheap laser that can burn stuff. I have even thought about just buying a straight up burning laser already made on eBay. Luckily it was about 60$ so I didn't get it. It seems like it's a good idea but I have taken apart pretty much any laser known to man. This so called screw you turn and make it increase the power of the laser, isn't necessarily the brightest idea imagined.(no pun intended) if you even find such a screw you will either:
A. Burn out the laser and have wasted your time or
B. Gotten somewhere but later burnt the laser out.
What you need is a higher voltage diode.
You need to add higher voltage on the lasers light to transmit it to an object. These are easy to find you can get one at RadioShack easy. Not sure but no offense probably doesn't work. So don't waste your time.

ravemaster- (author)2014-01-23

I want to see a video

Moorsey122 (author)2013-09-03

After reading alot of the comments on this instructable discussing whether it can work at all, as well as the fact that the video doesn't work, has anyone made one of these which works?
Ty.

lgarza3 (author)2013-08-23

coolness

nerd7473 (author)2013-06-24

the video doesn't exist

ninjaswagg2017 (author)2013-06-05

Can u just buy a laser and take it out and screw it to the right and put it back in to make the laser more with voltage

Electo4fun (author)2013-03-24

A better way of doing this would be to get your own laser diode and put it in a module and then into the watch. Most laser pointer diodes aren't made to put out >5mw and therefore will burn out. The screw you mention is not common with low power red pointers.

john henry (author)2012-09-02

reminds me of bond
james bond...

tesla man (author)2012-05-25

The laser you are talking about isn't anywhere near close enough to being able to burn things. sorry

neeull (author)2012-03-29

Was your second watch with the red laser able to burn a match? And was your 1st watch with the voltage regulator the same size as the second? Also, where and what type did you get the first laser?

vishalapr (author)2011-05-08

I like thiis ible, I'll try and make one for my own.

B00GYman (author)2011-05-06

ur a mug!!!!!!!!!! the laser dosent actually burn dose it?!?!?!

AirViper (author)2011-04-19

Wait..so do u solder the switch to the actual laser pointer, or to the diode?

DiyProjects (author)AirViper2011-04-19

The actual laser pointer, you take the old laser switch off and connect a slide switch where the old laser was

AirViper (author)2011-04-18

I got a laser at petsmart, but am havng trouble taking the diode out. Any tips?

mhertel (author)2011-04-18

I dont understand, a 5mw laser does not have enough power to start a fire! the laser would have to be 45 times more powerful!

voter2 (author)mhertel2011-04-18

iN CREASE THE output of voltage

mhertel (author)2011-04-18

I dont understand how this laser can burn. 5mw is not powerful enough to burn

voter2 (author)mhertel2011-04-18

when you increase the out put it is

AirViper (author)2011-04-18

Where did u get the laser? I have one, but am having trouble getting the diode out.

rocketman217 (author)2011-04-14

looks like a different laser.

dombeef (author)rocketman2172011-04-16

Yeah. definitely fake

grover (author)dombeef2011-04-17

how is it fake?, he just explained like 50 times on how that was an example of a laser, and how he built two

dombeef (author)grover2011-04-18

Also fake until a video is shown, the pictures show two types of lasers

dombeef (author)grover2011-04-18

The laser he used was a regular two dollar laser, they don't have potentiometers like the better kinds. You can't adjust the power of them

Build it and Fix it (author)2011-04-17

i dont know if my other comments showed up but i like it

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