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Instructables burning laser watch


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***



 
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Step 1: MATERIALS

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 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.
nbeitelm4 days ago
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-3 months ago
I want to see a video
Moorsey1227 months ago
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.
lgarza38 months ago
coolness
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!
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 john7z78 months ago
If it is a resistor.
john7z7 john7z78 months ago
If it is a resistor.
nerd747310 months ago
the video doesn't exist
ninjaswagg201710 months ago
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
Electo4fun1 year ago
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.
batman90891 year ago
Step six is a confusing one.
john henry1 year ago
reminds me of bond
james bond...
tesla man1 year ago
The laser you are talking about isn't anywhere near close enough to being able to burn things. sorry
neeull2 years ago
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?
vishalapr2 years ago
I like thiis ible, I'll try and make one for my own.
B00GYman2 years ago
ur a mug!!!!!!!!!! the laser dosent actually burn dose it?!?!?!
AirViper3 years ago
Wait..so do u solder the switch to the actual laser pointer, or to the diode?
DiyProjects (author)  AirViper3 years ago
The actual laser pointer, you take the old laser switch off and connect a slide switch where the old laser was
AirViper3 years ago
I got a laser at petsmart, but am havng trouble taking the diode out. Any tips?
mhertel3 years ago
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 mhertel3 years ago
iN CREASE THE output of voltage
mhertel3 years ago
I dont understand how this laser can burn. 5mw is not powerful enough to burn
voter2 mhertel3 years ago
when you increase the out put it is
AirViper3 years ago
Where did u get the laser? I have one, but am having trouble getting the diode out.

looks like a different laser.
Yeah. definitely fake
grover dombeef3 years ago
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 grover3 years ago
Also fake until a video is shown, the pictures show two types of lasers
dombeef grover3 years ago
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
i dont know if my other comments showed up but i like it
How did you put the blue wire there? Before its not there, now it is!
joeismydad3 years ago
hey mr bond you stole that image from here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2363157/hack_a_laser_make_it_a_burner/
that is sick awesome!!!! the only thing is im confused about the left and right side thing about that screw.
DiyProjects (author)  CyberDoomKnight3 years ago
Just tighten your screw to the right and it will enable it to burn, that's all you need to know, rate me 5 stars
i definitely rate you 5 stars. thanks for clearing that situation up!
DiyProjects (author)  CyberDoomKnight3 years ago
no problem
joeismydad3 years ago
you cant pot mod a red laser, can you?
you cant pot mod a red laser, can you?
Correct joeismydad, the dime store laser being taken apart in the photo's contains a surface mount laser chip and a surface mount limiting resistor. there is nothing adjustable You could increase the voltage to the laser and all that would happen is it will burn out. there is no way of making it light matches or pop balloons.

Mr bond you are perpetuating the old myth of converting a 5mw green into a burning laser, you say... and I quote:-
Take your screwdriver and tighten the screw to the right
***DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE SCREW****

You make it sound like it is nut and bolted together!  5 or 6 years ago some manufacturers built IR pumped green lasers that would allow a small adjustment of a trim pot (what you describe as a screw) which could do one of two things, make the laser more powerful or burn it out immediately. those days are long gone. 

Mr Bean Bond, good luck with your entry but I would advise anyone who wants to make a burning laser not to follow this instructable.
um yeah, this really would be awesome if the laser you show being taken apart was the one being pot modded in step 6.... but its not.
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