Laser bazooka. Those words are not usually uttered in regards outside of science fiction, but thanks to one intrepid DIY Youtuber, those words are now reality. Styropyro has invented a 200 Watt mega laser weapon that is battery powered and mobile. [Scroll Down For Video]
To put the power of the laser into perspective, a standard laser pointer, which can project a dot hundreds, if not thousands of yards into the distance, is only .005 watts of power and could cause eye damage if an eye is exposed to prolonged periods of exposure.
Here is the description of the video from Youtube on how it was made:
I finally finished the 200W laser gun!! ‘This monster laser was built from scrap metal and a pile of broken “hybrid” DLP projectors, and runs on a stack of lithium polymer batteries. The power consumption is nearly a kilowatt, which is around what it takes to run a microwave oven!!
There are more crazy projects on the way, so stay tuned!! I may even try some optical pumping with this laser…
No word on runtime, but it’s probably not too long given the insane power of the laser. Of course, with a device like this, safety is paramount so Styropyro built in a really solid safety switch for his device:
So, of course we need to see how this thing performs when we point it at real world objects, so lets see how it does against a metal computer case panel:
As you can see, it punches right through the thin metal:
Cardboard box? Was there any question that this thing was going to end up in flames?
Wooden block? Kill it with fire:
Titanium infused gunpowder? Well that’s just a blinding flash of light. Pretty cool nonetheless:
And of course, it wouldn’t be a powerful laser video if we didn’t see how fast it could pop balloons. This one pops them pretty darn fast:
It should probably go without saying that you probably shouldn’t try to build something like this yourself. Besides the possible safety issues with the laser itself, there is also an issue of battery safety. Running that many high powered lithium ion batteries in series can be pretty dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing or have something wired wrong.
Here is the full video from Youtube for your viewing pleasure: