by David Mendez
YouTuber and self-described "DIY Laser Guy" Drake Anthony (better known as Styropyro) has become relatively Internet famous for his videos featuring his love for lasers, chemistry and explosions — which is awesome.
But today, we're going to focus on one thing — his massive, self-made, 3 watt laser, capable of setting things on fire in spectacular ways:
From the video's description:
Here my BEAST 3000mW blue laser goes up against a bunch of flammable stuff. Most things light INSTANTLY when placed in the beam of this laser! This is the most powerful handheld laser that I’ve ever used!
This laser uses the new 9mm 450nm laser diode and runs on two 18650 Li Ion batteries. The housing is a custom machined “Sirius” host. I usually try to refrain from using the term “lightsaber” when referring to my lasers but there really isn’t much else out there to describe this laser.
To be honest I don’t even like handheld lasers this strong, but I knew by subscribers would like this! This laser is legal to own in the US, and I wore goggles while shooting this video.
So you know, those Lithium Ion batteries he mentions above? You'll typically find one of those in your average laptop.
For comparison's sake, your average, everyday red laser pointer typically uses under one milliwatt, so as to not cause injuries.
Yeah. I want ten of these.