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Old 09-29-2006, 09:38 PM   #1
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Modified Green Laser Pointer - Stage 1!!!

I finally got brave and felt like tweaking with my shiny little green laser pointer from thinkgeek.com. It's bright as hell as it is (with an output of ~5mW). Visible for almost two miles stock.

And it's not stock anymore I did the "stage 1" mod - adjusted the variable resistor that limits power to the laser diode. I turned it up as high as the rest of the circuitry will allow (and still be mostly safe and not burn up the diode) - should be somewhere between ~15-18mW. So I tripled the output of the laser.

Here's some fun pics I took a few minutes ago (wonder how long Elkparts will let me host random non-Saab pics at saabphotos...):


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A glowing bush


Attacking a building 1/2 mile away (we think)



Useful for sky pointing



Laser disco


... and the Camaro-driving roommate
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:18 PM   #2
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holy shit thats tight, how do you do that? I really want to do that, I would have ALOT of fun with it
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As I said, I just adjusted the potentiometer to allow more power to get to the diode thus == more bright.

once I get braver still and decide to do the "stage 2" mod, I'll be running close to 30mW
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lol.... sick.... i want it
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Heh, youre asking to get shot with that thing, shine it at the cops for fun!
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Its still cool as hell though, I'd like that to mess around with, but then again being I'm in such close proximity to NYC I'd be labeled a terrorist with a toy like that. Anything cool around here is what a terrorist would use. Hell I've seen PAPD grab cars for having CB radio/scanner antennas, my antenna count is up to 3 so far, only a matter of time till I'm grabbed.

Sorry for that little blurby rant
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That is a long shaft of LAZEREZ!!!
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damn thats sick!

... when i saw that pic of your room mate i thought u had the fastest growing facial jungle on the planet.
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Nice laser...btw..roomate = stereotypical Camaro driver.
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Nice laser...btw..roomate = stereotypical Camaro driver.



Well, stereotypes exsist for a reason, right?


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Well, stereotypes exsist for a reason, right?


Haha he looks like he sleeps in a cave for 14 hours a day and only comes out to drive his Camaro and race in local school zones. Rediculous stereotypes FTW!
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All while gutting a HUGE kodiak dip.


You know, I usually get along with those guys just fine.....
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Nice laser...btw..roomate = stereotypical Camaro driver.
I think his mullet must be invisible

But yeah, it's my understanding that a laser pointer outfitted as mine is is actually illegal to import into the United States. Doesn't mean you can't get them, but you're not supposed to have any laser pointers here rated higher than 5mW. I think 15 is more than 5... don't quote me on that though.
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Haha he looks like he sleeps in a cave for 14 hours a day and only comes out to drive his Camaro and race in local school zones. Rediculous stereotypes FTW!
hahahahaha... .... sounds like me minus the racing in local school zones. hahaha... but yeah, I can definately see most camaro drivers doing that
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I want one.

I don't know why, but I do.
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I want one.

I don't know why, but I do.
A Camaro?

A laser pointer?

A school zone?
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A lazer!


Throw me a bone people!
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laz0r!!!!
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Now what would be cool is if you could pester me at th move theatre while in NJ.

For some reason this laser evokes images of Real Genius...classic 80's movie with Val Kilmer starring lasers and lots of popcorn
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