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.

55 Comments on "Teenager Builds His Own Homemade ‘Death-Ray’ (Video)"

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. You should run a boiler engine off of that thing.

  6. You should run a boiler engine off of that thing.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Bwmmiller | Feb 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

    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!

  10. Bwmmiller | Feb 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

    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!

  11. Bwmmiller | Feb 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    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!

  12. You jelly? | Feb 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm |

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

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

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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. randyMarsh1 | Feb 16, 2011 at 6:10 am |

    nobel prize

  19. randyMarsh1 | Feb 16, 2011 at 2:10 am |

    nobel prize

  20. justagirl | Feb 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

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

  21. justagirl | Feb 16, 2011 at 11:26 am |

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

  22. Christine | Feb 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm |

    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.

  23. Christine | Feb 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm |

    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.

  24. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    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.

  25. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    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.

  26. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    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.

  27. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    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.

  28. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    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.

  29. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm |

    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.

  30. <3 SCIENCE.

  31. <3 SCIENCE.

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

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

  34. Hardlandry1 | Feb 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm |

    were did you get the mirror to do that

  35. Hardlandry1 | Feb 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm |

    were did you get the mirror to do that

  36. disco ball 🙂

  37. “intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. “

  38. justagirl | Feb 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

    what took you so long.

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. does it even matter? lol

  42. justagirl | Feb 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm |

    apparently not.

  43. High-school physics.

  44. High-school physics.

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

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

  47. Necrocide | Feb 27, 2011 at 10:45 am |

    So the next one will be over 9000?

  48. Necrocide | Feb 27, 2011 at 6:45 am |

    So the next one will be over 9000?

  49. Hrrundivbakshi | Feb 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm |

    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.

  50. Hrrundivbakshi | Feb 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    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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