Gazoo I have lit a sharpied paper match from 5 feet away with my Dorcy. ;DGazoo said:160ma's to light a non sharpied safety match. More than 250ma's to light a white headed paper match. In both cases the beam needs to be focused on the match within 2 feet of the laser. Of course if you apply 250ma's, you will be able to light a safety match much further away from the laser.