Introduction: USB Popcorn Maker

Make fresh popcorn with your laptop


iamgonnahelpyou (author)2013-12-20

I'm pretty sure you need,
Any high intensity LED's 2.5v, 150lm X 2
Jar lid
USB cables

nodoubtman (author)2011-10-08

Where do you buy that?

555mst555 (author)2009-06-23

i would just use a lava lamp stand.....

That is an awesome idea. I just turned on my lava lamp and removed the "lava" part and in about a minute it got too hot to put my hand over. Trying it tomorrow :D

orangesrhyme (author)2008-08-05

Has anybody tried it (successfully) yet? If they have, somebody should make a gui for it! that'd be sweet!

cotton (author)orangesrhyme2009-05-13

hey ur a lieng jerk this is real but probly takes like 1 hour to pop the poporn but its real

orangesrhyme (author)cotton2009-05-15

I never said it wasn't. And ave you ever read the "be nice" comment policy?

dodo91 (author)orangesrhyme2010-08-23

this is awesome. thanks!

zack247 (author)2010-03-30

i would totally try this if i had those fancy bulbs. perhaps a heating coil or a cpu would work?

stephenniall (author)2009-09-06

neyodonium (not spelt right ) lol wire would work better

Yerboogieman (author)2009-08-30

Why don't i think this works?

H4T (author)2008-07-08

That. Is awesome. Thanks for posting!

Oraki51 (author)H4T2009-08-05

It works nice but it took me a minimum 5 minutes with a desktop computer

coolchris1225 (author)2008-09-28

what's the black paint glue he used??? I found 6v and 2.8v halogen bulbs at ACE hardware they get pretty hot maybe hot enough to make popcorn.

bombmaker2 (author)coolchris12252009-03-02

JB weld

iBurn (author)coolchris12252008-11-12

Hotwire a processor.

coolchris1225 (author)iBurn2008-11-13

Believe it or not I already tried it but with all those pins which are the power input anyway it failed miserably

iBurn (author)coolchris12252008-11-13

Hmmmm I'm going to have to look into this.....

hg341 (author)2009-03-01


cjbikenut (author)2008-09-16

Amazing the coolest computer-tech device I've seen all year Bravo!!!!

cyradis313 (author)2008-08-18

This might be possible with thick Nichrome wire it has a VERY small resistance..i use it to light fuses on fire works with a 1.5 volt battery from a few feet. The only problem is it usually burns in half, rather quickly. But, might be possible with a little thicker wire..

Bartboy (author)2008-07-20

I think it MIGHT'be real.

pauloj (author)2008-07-09

Nice trick! The 2.5w from the USB port are clearly not enough to boil the oil but for a "fake video" weekend project is not bad.

NeonLime (author)pauloj2008-07-09

Isnt a USB port 5 volts/watts/whatever? And you never know, it looks pretty real to me. much more real than the cellphone popcorn maker...

ironsmiter (author)NeonLime2008-07-10

5 VOLT... yes... 5 BIG difference) 500mA is maximum draw for a standard usb device. the new "Battery Charging Specification" for usb ports allow upto 1.5A(or did they up it to 2A?) which would mak ethis POSSIBLE.. though still not suggested. If you're gonna try it, us a usb hub(cheap, and not connected to your pc) or one of those usb wall-wart power supplies. at least then, you're only out $15 or so when it fry's the electronics.

NeonLime (author)NeonLime2008-07-09

Also nice video! Real or not, its interesting.

Rockerx (author)2008-07-08

thats a great idea! just a question though, what were the LED's called that you showed the box for and what was the stuff that you put in the bottom of the lid? The video was a little blurry there. If its what i think it is im going to try and make one.and good job by the way.

nnygamer (author)Rockerx2008-07-09

They looked like krypton bulbs not LEDs, they will get hot and burn you.
Also looks like NOMEX in the bottom, to keep the heat from burning the table.
But I'm skeptical. It's listed here too

Rockerx (author)nnygamer2008-07-09

you know what now that i look at it your right. it does look a bit fake. well i guess it cant hurt to try to make it and see what happens and thanks for helping me find out what they were using. since it looks like their not going to help.

Mr. Rig It (author)2008-07-08

Very interesting idea.

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