Teenager Builds His Own Homemade ‘Death-Ray’ (Video)

Solar Death RayWhat a great hobby for the budding comic book super-villain. Could Lex Luthor do this in his youth? Nice work. Via Eric Jacqmain’s YouTube:

The R5800 is my latest and greatest solar creation. Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8″ (~1 cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5’9″ and is 42″ across.

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  • Ace

    It’s a good thing I’m not smart enough to make something like that; there would be a veritable insect holocaust going on in my backyard. I would never tire of it.

  • Ace

    It’s a good thing I’m not smart enough to make something like that; there would be a veritable insect holocaust going on in my backyard. I would never tire of it.

  • Why

    now if he would only get to work on friggin’ lasers for my friggin sharks…

  • Why

    now if he would only get to work on friggin’ lasers for my friggin sharks…

  • Layline5

    You should run a boiler engine off of that thing.

  • Layline5

    You should run a boiler engine off of that thing.

  • Rufus

    You can do all of that same stuff with $5 Fresnel lens. I was able to melt the asphalt in front of my work with it in about 2 minutes.

  • Rufus

    You can do all of that same stuff with $5 Fresnel lens. I was able to melt the asphalt in front of my work with it in about 2 minutes.

  • Bwmmiller

    Piece of home-made brilliance! Next, some wise back-yard scientist is going to figure out how to store this energy, if only til night-fall! Watch the oil barons suffer, the Middle East parasites get jobs, stop peddling expensive foreign oil to broke Americans!

  • Bwmmiller

    Piece of home-made brilliance! Next, some wise back-yard scientist is going to figure out how to store this energy, if only til night-fall! Watch the oil barons suffer, the Middle East parasites get jobs, stop peddling expensive foreign oil to broke Americans!

  • Bwmmiller

    Piece of home-made brilliance! Next, some wise back-yard scientist is going to figure out how to store this energy, if only til night-fall! Watch the oil barons suffer, the Middle East parasites get jobs, stop peddling expensive foreign oil to broke Americans!

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  • 00

    I wonder how the building fire that destroyed it started…..

  • 00

    I wonder how the building fire that destroyed it started…..

  • 00

    I wonder how the building fire that destroyed it started…..

  • epm1717

    personally, if i had that thing i would burn alot more fun shit than a rock or a piece of concrete. grow a pair and go grab your neighbors cat…christ

  • epm1717

    personally, if i had that thing i would burn alot more fun shit than a rock or a piece of concrete. grow a pair and go grab your neighbors cat…christ

  • randyMarsh1

    nobel prize

  • randyMarsh1

    nobel prize

  • justagirl

    did junior do the math here? 5000 suns wouldn’t take that long to burn through an aluminum can.

  • justagirl

    did junior do the math here? 5000 suns wouldn’t take that long to burn through an aluminum can.

    • Hello

      “intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. “

      • justagirl

        what took you so long.

    • zoor0ck

      does it even matter? lol

      • justagirl

        apparently not.

  • Christine

    Wish all the teenagers were so skilled and interested in science, even if they build home-made “death rays” (which is pretty cool! :), it’s sad how so many people go around not knowing how most of devices they use everyday work at all, and not even being slightly interested about it.

  • Christine

    Wish all the teenagers were so skilled and interested in science, even if they build home-made “death rays” (which is pretty cool! :), it’s sad how so many people go around not knowing how most of devices they use everyday work at all, and not even being slightly interested about it.

  • Stickysideout

    Ok this is not a death ray. It is effective from a few feet but thas it. Archamedes designed this way back in ancient greese as a means to sink ships and mythbusters attempted the myth and at any range with a large amount of mirriors it was possable after a very long time. bearing in mind the scale was much larger. It is a very cool novelty but I feel like a magnifying glass would have been alot quicker and easier. And if nothing else, its hard to call something a death ray when it cant be used when its cloudy out.

  • Stickysideout

    Ok this is not a death ray. It is effective from a few feet but thas it. Archamedes designed this way back in ancient greese as a means to sink ships and mythbusters attempted the myth and at any range with a large amount of mirriors it was possable after a very long time. bearing in mind the scale was much larger. It is a very cool novelty but I feel like a magnifying glass would have been alot quicker and easier. And if nothing else, its hard to call something a death ray when it cant be used when its cloudy out.

  • Stickysideout

    Ok this is not a death ray. It is effective from a few feet but thas it. Archamedes designed this way back in ancient greese as a means to sink ships and mythbusters attempted the myth and at any range with a large amount of mirriors it was possable after a very long time. bearing in mind the scale was much larger. It is a very cool novelty but I feel like a magnifying glass would have been alot quicker and easier. And if nothing else, its hard to call something a death ray when it cant be used when its cloudy out.

  • Stickysideout

    Ok this is not a death ray. It is effective from a few feet but thas it. Archamedes designed this way back in ancient greese as a means to sink ships and mythbusters attempted the myth and at any range with a large amount of mirriors it was possable after a very long time. bearing in mind the scale was much larger. It is a very cool novelty but I feel like a magnifying glass would have been alot quicker and easier. And if nothing else, its hard to call something a death ray when it cant be used when its cloudy out.

  • Stickysideout

    Ok this is not a death ray. It is effective from a few feet but thas it. Archamedes designed this way back in ancient greese as a means to sink ships and mythbusters attempted the myth and at any range with a large amount of mirriors it was possable after a very long time. bearing in mind the scale was much larger. It is a very cool novelty but I feel like a magnifying glass would have been alot quicker and easier. And if nothing else, its hard to call something a death ray when it cant be used when its cloudy out.

  • Stickysideout

    Ok this is not a death ray. It is effective from a few feet but thas it. Archamedes designed this way back in ancient greese as a means to sink ships and mythbusters attempted the myth and at any range with a large amount of mirriors it was possable after a very long time. bearing in mind the scale was much larger. It is a very cool novelty but I feel like a magnifying glass would have been alot quicker and easier. And if nothing else, its hard to call something a death ray when it cant be used when its cloudy out.

  • enki

    <3 SCIENCE.

  • enki

    <3 SCIENCE.

  • Guest

    future military career for this kid. He’ll be picked up and recruited and paid well forever.

  • Guest

    future military career for this kid. He’ll be picked up and recruited and paid well forever.

  • Hardlandry1

    were did you get the mirror to do that

  • Hardlandry1

    were did you get the mirror to do that

    • guest

      disco ball :)

  • guest

    disco ball :)

  • Hello

    “intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. “

  • justagirl

    what took you so long.

  • Mahdeeb

    Next video dress a bit more flashy and change your name to something like “Dr.Apollo”, Actually figure the distance it takes to generate the beam, add a tripod at that distance and condense the point through a quartz crystal(flat side) sending it out through the point. Bet it increases the power of the evil death ray

  • Mahdeeb

    Next video dress a bit more flashy and change your name to something like “Dr.Apollo”, Actually figure the distance it takes to generate the beam, add a tripod at that distance and condense the point through a quartz crystal(flat side) sending it out through the point. Bet it increases the power of the evil death ray

  • zoor0ck

    does it even matter? lol

  • justagirl

    apparently not.

  • Guest

    High-school physics.

  • Guest

    High-school physics.

  • Hypatia

    It’s just a solar furnace, man. It ain’t nothin’ new… Archimedes built ‘em.

  • Hypatia

    It’s just a solar furnace, man. It ain’t nothin’ new… Archimedes built ‘em.

  • Necrocide

    So the next one will be over 9000?

  • Necrocide

    So the next one will be over 9000?

  • Hrrundivbakshi

    Many years ago, I had to bust apart an old-school, rear-projection TV. After pulling the screen out, I realized it was a 3′ x 4′ Fresnel lens! 1′ x 1′ fresnel lenses get sold with parental warnings, such is their power to capture and amplify the sun. My 3′ x 4′ monster can melt tin cans, set wood aflame instantly — much like the R5800. It’s my proudest possession.

  • Hrrundivbakshi

    Many years ago, I had to bust apart an old-school, rear-projection TV. After pulling the screen out, I realized it was a 3′ x 4′ Fresnel lens! 1′ x 1′ fresnel lenses get sold with parental warnings, such is their power to capture and amplify the sun. My 3′ x 4′ monster can melt tin cans, set wood aflame instantly — much like the R5800. It’s my proudest possession.

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