Check Out These DIY Working Phasers w/ Video & Instructions

How would you like to take that toy phaser of yours and make it really work? Well an enterprising fan has done just that, or something close, by taking a TOS phaser toys and installing a lasers (in both Blue and Green). You may not be able to vaporize Klingons, but balloons don’t stand a chance. Check out videos below, plus a link to instructions on how you can do it yourself.


A phaser of your own
Here new are the videos of the of the home made phaser mods.

Blue beam

and Green beam

JayRob has also posted a tutorial of instructions on how you can do it yourself at These include a full set of photos to make it easy to do for those with some experience with electronics.

One of the photos in the tutorial

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January 15, 2010 1:47 pm

Pretty sweet. Bring it to parades. :)

That One Guy
January 15, 2010 1:48 pm

Oh nerds and their toys….

I love it!

January 15, 2010 1:48 pm

Very cool! Maybe kind of dangerous… might accidently vapourize someone.

January 15, 2010 1:48 pm

Balloons had best float in fear…..bwahahahaha

Sorta cool, actually

January 15, 2010 2:05 pm

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! I think I just had a nerdgasm, lol

Lt. Liz
January 15, 2010 2:20 pm

WWoooooooooowwww… that’s a little scary.. :)

January 15, 2010 2:22 pm

I wish someone would show how to modify the DST phaser not the Playmates version.

January 15, 2010 2:27 pm

THAT IS one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! Now I want a working light saber.

January 15, 2010 2:41 pm

Boy I wish I knew how to work with those kind of things! That’s so cool

January 15, 2010 2:52 pm

Next time this nation is attacked by the Balloon People of Niptar, the outcome will be MUCH different…. Q’aPla!

The Six Million Dollar Man
January 15, 2010 3:01 pm

Will trade my .50 Desert Eagle for this now…….Awesome……….

Lt. Bailey
January 15, 2010 3:30 pm

Makes me wish I paid more attention to my electronics classes. With my luck the first time I press the trigger it builds up an overload.

Captain Rickover
January 15, 2010 3:44 pm

Just one word: COOL!

I want it!

January 15, 2010 4:06 pm

ahhh cool!

January 15, 2010 4:11 pm

Glad he didn’t have that laser available to shoot when Falcon the Balloon Boy was in that…oh, right, that was a hoax. Nevermind….

January 15, 2010 4:30 pm

Throw in a working lightsaber, and I’m sold.

January 15, 2010 5:06 pm

maj maj
way cool

January 15, 2010 6:08 pm

That is freakin’ cool.

January 15, 2010 6:22 pm

Do the balloons have to be the same colour for this to work?
Very cool!!

January 15, 2010 6:35 pm

The blue beam seemed to work a tiny bit better than the green beam.

January 15, 2010 6:42 pm

Don’t let the FAA see this. They don’t like laser pointers, much less this…

But, it’s cool.

January 15, 2010 6:52 pm

I think it would be very cool if someone built one and a procedure/review was posted on trekmovie!

January 15, 2010 6:54 pm

YOU’LL shoot YOUR EYE out!

Alf, in pog form
January 15, 2010 7:12 pm

It’s all fun and games until someone loses a VISOR.

Alf, in pog form
January 15, 2010 7:18 pm

…and since when did the Federation declare war on the peaceful balloon people of Balunia???

January 15, 2010 11:01 pm

Now THAT is cool.

January 16, 2010 12:01 am

Yeah, all fun and games until some jack-off aims it at the pilot of a passing jetliner. Cue the clever newscasters and their ingenious headline puns.

Canon Schmanon
January 16, 2010 12:54 am

A phaser isn’t “working” until it’ll take out a wall. Or the guy next door who plays his banjo too early on Saturday mornings. At least, that’s my opinion.

Dr. Cheis
January 16, 2010 1:24 am

I didn’t even know we could pop balloons with lasers in that short span of time.

January 16, 2010 3:12 am

Great stuff! I’m considering building one myself with the tutorial.

January 16, 2010 4:59 am

This is way cool, but would-be DIYers need to keep in mind that green or blue lasers that are powerful enough to pop balloons cost hundreds of dollars. Still if you have the scratch, it’s a really cool nerd project.

Peter N
January 16, 2010 8:29 am


I knew I’d find you here! You are probably already trying to contact the “inventor” and will offer him outrageous amounts of money to make one of these phasers for you. Let me know when you get it….

Buzz Cagney
January 16, 2010 11:48 am

I’m sure we’ve seen these before on here. Or I’ve just had a pretty impressive attack of deja vu!

January 16, 2010 12:04 pm

Hmm, where’s the Balloon Boy reference (scrolling down) …. ah yes, #15.

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Naver Drol
January 16, 2010 2:28 pm

I have a green laser. I think it has a range of about 3 or 4 miles. You can see the green beam at night at certain angles. The videos above show how much more powerfull the blue lasers are in how quickly it takes out those balloons compaired to the green laser. I’ve read that the blue beam is easier to see then the green too. Obviously you should never point it at someone or at any air craft.

January 16, 2010 7:40 pm


It actually has a beam!!!!

: )

January 16, 2010 8:01 pm

What happens with a “stun” setting? Does the balloon slowly deflate?

KevinA Melbourne Australia
January 16, 2010 9:01 pm

37, Spockboy:

I want one!

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January 17, 2010 1:44 pm

@ Spockboy
There are no beams in the JJverse!

January 17, 2010 3:06 pm

#40 What the…?

January 19, 2010 11:25 am

Awesome! Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade here I come ;-)

motor city madman
January 21, 2010 7:42 am

i alway thought some one with way too much time on their hands would do something like this

motor city madman
January 21, 2010 7:45 am

my electronic engineer friend has to see this, he will bust a gut over this after he says i told you so

February 14, 2010 7:56 pm

Balloons are teh scourge of teh universe!