How to Make a Red Laser Pointer Stronger
Red laser pointers comes in a variety of shapes and designs. What they all share--regardless of their price--is a low-intensity beam set at the factory. The intensity can be adjusted to a higher setting to provide a stronger beam of laser light. The procedure takes less than a half hour and does not require any.expertise in electronics.
Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Jeweler's screwdriver
- Bonding glue
Put some newspaper down on a work surface. Remove and set aside the battery cap and batteries from the laser pointer.
Use the utility knife to remove the power button from the pointer's casing and put it aside.
Aim the flashlight so that you can see the small screw, called a potentiometer, that is inside of the power button case. Adjust the screw a slight amount counterclockwise using the jeweler's screwdriver to increase the laser's intensity.
Apply a small amount of bonding glue to the rim of the power button and insert the button back into the casing. Let the bonding glue set.
Replace the batteries and screw the battery cap back on.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not turn the potentiometer all the way up as this can cause the pot to stop working completely.
- Never point a laser at a person's face or shine it into your eyes or anybody's eyes.