Terrifying Laser Bazooka Is Like a Handheld Death Star

By Andrew Liszewski on at

In the right hands, broken electronics can be turned into something useful again. But useful isn’t the best way to describe Drake Anthony’s 200-watt laser bazooka made from a bunch of old DLP projectors he bought off eBay. Words like incredibly dangerous, do-not-try-this-at-home, or “are you crazy?” seem more appropriate.

For comparison, the handheld laser pointers used during PowerPoint presentations measure in at a measly 0.05-watts, while US regulators limits non-medical lasers to a maximum power rating of 0.5-watts. That means that Drake’s creation, which focuses four 50-watt lasers through a massive lens—is 400 times more powerful than what the government will let you play with. And those rules are there for a good reason. Lasers can be deadly!

In mere seconds this 200-watt laser bazooka can burn through the metal housing on a tower PC and would cause severe eye damage if used without wearing a welder’s helmet. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]