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Could a 1W or thereabouts pop a corn kernel into a popcorn? I'll leave it to someone else to try this idea. :yh:
 

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I would assume so, but a blue ~445/450nm is next on my shopping list so I can't test it. Maybe a 200-300mW Red single mode would work just as well though.
 

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Mythbusters used 10W NIR and foil if I remember correctly. Someone here did it with a blue. He spun the kernel on a motor. (edit: see link above) I've done it with foil and a CO2 laser myself. It needs to be heated evenly and slowly, or you just end up burning it.
 
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^ Like Cyparagon said, it can be done. The tricky part is actually heating it evenly without just burning it.
 

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The real trick would be getting the popped corn back inside the kernel.
Still waiting for that video ����
 

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LOL, this is funny I was bored and did tried this last night with my 2W 445nm. I knew about the even heating but I was lazy and just hit the thing with an unfocused beam. Well, it went up in smoke in less than 2 seconds and my room smelled like burnt popcorn for the rest of the night XD

Next time around I'm going to drop it on top of a very slowly rotating computer fan in foil and see if I can get the sucker to pop :p
 

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I don't possess a camera that I want to expose to a 2W 445nm dot at close range nor do I have multiple sets of goggles for the camera and for me ... yet. lol
 
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I can hear those diode firing up right now.... 445 laser $250.00=worlds most expensive popcorn machine:D
 

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When I attempt this I think I'm going to hit it with two 2w+ 445s just for the hell of it LOL

If I'm bored enough I could hit it with my whole line of lasers or at least the burnably strong ones :p
 
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What you should do it put a little bit of oil engulfing the kernel/s and heat the oil not the kernel/s. then it might actually pop and have flavor. Just be cautious of flung boiling oil! That shit hurts!
 
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The real trick would be getting the popped corn back inside the kernel.
Still waiting for that video ����
Impossible, or nearly so, due to the 2nd law of thermodynamics/entropy. Cheat by simply playing backwards footage of kernels popping.
 




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