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Man Who Made World’s First Retractable Lightsaber Wants To Do An Iron Man Suit Next


Man Who Made World’s First Retractable Lightsaber Wants To Do An Iron Man Suit Next

YouTuber Alex Burkan is the proud owner of a Guinness World Record after he made the first working, retractable lightsaber.

However, he's setting his sights on something even more impressive by creating Iron Man's suit.

Considering that exoskeleton jetpack technology are already fairly advanced, Burkan could have the basic building blocks ready to go.

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

Even though he's still tinkering with his lightsaber device, he's prepared to go much bigger for his next project.

"Right now I am working on an Iron Man suit and other equipment that also works on hydrogen. I hope to see you again and break a few more records!" he told Guinness World Records.

Don't hold your breath though. The technology required to not only lift someone into the air via at least four propulsion systems in a fancy suit but also come with weapons would be incredibly complex.

But hey, never say never.


At least we can be content with the idea that Alex has managed to bring a Jedi's most feared physical weapon to life.

The lightsaber can produce a one metre-long plasma blade that can reach temperatures of more than 2,800°C.

It's so goddamn hot that it can even cut through steel. It can also attract lightning and other high voltage charges.


He was working on hydrogen generation equipment when he realised he could transfer some of his knowledge into making a lightsaber.

"Every single step during [the] development and building process was a challenge," he explained to Guinness World Records.

Credit: Guinness World RecordsCredit: Guinness World Records

"For many years I have collected ideas and spare parts for my lightsaber and power equipment on the internet markets and [from] scrap yards.


"The key component of my lightsaber is an electrolyser. An electrolyser is a device that can generate a huge amount of hydrogen and oxygen and compress the gas to any pressure without a mechanical compressor."

The longtime Star Wars fan went through a lot of trial and error to get his machine up to where it is now, but he admits there's still a long way to go until it's properly ready.

"This is a first prototype so it has lots of limitations," he said.

"It works for only 30 seconds on full power, the hydrogen torch is not as stable as it could be and you can easily see it when it moves. Sometimes the lightsaber just blows up in your hand because of hydrogen flashback."

Featured Image Credit: Guinness World Records

Topics: News, Technology

Stewart Perrie
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