To change the firing mode press "M" and right click.
It can also be used as a great weapon, thanks to its ability to set entities like mobs & players on fire.
You must be careful around wooden houses as it can be used to set the wood on fire.
This video will teach you how to make and use the Mining Laser!
Modes of Operation
|Firing mode||Mode description||EU used per shot||Damage per shot||Beam travel distance||Block penetration distance|
|Mining||Normal beam, average power||1250 (160 shots)||3.5 hearts||64 blocks||6 (stone), 24 (dirt)|
|Low-Focus||Very short-range beam, small power||100 (2000 shots)||0.5 hearts||3 blocks||1 (stone), 2 (dirt)|
|Long-Range||High-powered beam, high power||5000 (40 shots)||10 hearts||64 blocks||27 (stone), 128+ (dirt)|
|Scatter||25 beams, 5x5 square formation, average power per beam||10,000 (20 shots)||2.5 hearts||64 blocks||16 (stone), 16 (dirt)|
|Explosive||The beam explodes upon touching a block||5000 (40 shots)||3.5 hearts||64 blocks||2 (stone), 5 (dirt)|
|Horizontal||The beam will travel perfectly horizontally. Presumed to be similar to mining mode, exept does not shoot in direction faced.||1250 (160 shots)||3.5 hearts||64 blocks||6 (stone), 24 (dirt)|
|Super-Heat||If the target can be smelted, the smelted product will be dropped instead of the block itself (eg, hit a iron ore block and an iron ingot will drop). Works on non-vanilla items, such as Redpower Basalt cobble or Forestry tin ore. Exception for cobblestone and sand; see below.||2500 (80 shots)||Unknown||Presumed to be 64||1 (stone), 13 (dirt)|
Note: In v1.64 the mining laser will sometimes not fire in horizontal mode. Changing to a different mode restores it's function.
Super-Heat mode was added in 1.90.
If a super-heat laser is fired on a sand or cobble block, the block will be replaced with a glass/smooth stone block instead of dropping one. Doing so immediately terminates the beam.
When a super-heat laser is fired at a block such as smoothstone, where the 'normal' drop can be smelted into the block itself, the block will be dropped as if mined with a silk touch-enchanted tool.
When a super-heat laser is fired at a clay block, 4 brick items will be dropped.
Explosive mode cannot break obsidian.