|Laser Pointer

This project is a simple laser pointer that is powered by an 18650 lithium ion battery. It takes between 3-4.5V in and gives a 5V output which is connected to a small 5V laser pointer.

Laser Pointer PCB (completed)
Laser Pointer Completed PCB

Project details can be found in the Projects » Laser Pointer page or here.

April 04, 2017

| Ben's Universe v5 Released!

Ben's Universe logo

The newest version of Ben's Universe, version 5, has officially been released! It is a complete re-design of version 4, with all new "Projects" and "Resources" pages. The "Other" tab now contains items from the "More" and "Other" pages in version 4.

| Current Projects

The current project(s) that I am working on will be listed in this second column, along with progress updates and pictures.


BenBoost is a board that uses an 18650 lithium ion battery to boost a 3-4.5V input and give a 5V output (like the Laser Pointer). However, this board will allow for much higher output current which can be used for phone charging, Raspberry Pi powering and many other uses.

BenBoost PCB render
BenBoost PCB Render

Current status:

I have soldered all of the components on the PCB, but am having troubles with the USB output. I can only draw around 100mA from the USB port, about 30x less than what I would like. I will be moving the project to a breadboard for furthur prototyping.

June 09, 2017