Flashlight with frikking laser beam!

Here is a hardware hack to turn a small MagLight into a laser that can light a match or campfire kindling.

You need:
1 MagLight (or similar) flashlight as a housing.
1 Class III or Class IV laser from a cheap DVD burner.
Electronic and soldering know-how.

WARNING: Class III and Class IV lasers are DANGEROUS - do not attempt this project without appropriate eye protection and other safety measures.

Even with the safety issues, lighting a fire with a portable laser weapon has got to be the ultimate hardware geek dream.

Ah, it’s a double aught’s style death ray. (Here, kitty, kitty! ;))

Guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

Please, please, PLEASE do not attempt this project unless you really know what you’re doing. The OP warns that you should not do this without proper, appropriate wavelength laser eye protection. A laser like this CAN and WILL blind you if you look at it or it happens to reflect back at you off of a reflective surface.

Remember, it’s all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Then it’s hilarious! :wink:

Do Not Fire Amazin’ Laser At Police Officers.
Do Not Fire Amazin’ Laser At Military Personnel.
Do Not Use Amazin’ Laser When Drowsy Or On Medication.
Do Not Fire Amazin’ Laser At The President.
Terrorists, Please Do Not Buy Amazin’ Laser.
Amazin’ Laser Can Be Used For Good Or Evil, Please Use Only For Good.
On Second Thought, Please Do Not Buy Amazin’ Laser.

freaking amazing. I can’t wait to see the first horribly wrong news item about this.

This looks so stupid and dangerous I can almost talk myself out of doing it.

You forgot the disclaimer “Do not point at nearby Ninjas.”

“Do not taunt Amazin’ Laser.”

bring pictures.