Introduction: Fire-free LED Matchstick

I just completed a new project: a fire-free and fire-safe LED matchstick. To light this matchstick you strike it against a normal matchbox filled with neodymium magnets. The LED matchstick has an inductive sensor that detects the magnetic field as you strike the matchstick against the matchbox and it lights up a LED in a flickering fashion. The power to the matchstick is through a 3F/2.7V supercapacitor and a DC-DC converter. As the LED lights up, the supercapacitor discharges and eventually the matchstick splutters off just like a normal matchstick.

The matchstick is controlled by a Tiny13 microcontroller. Still need to put it in a perspex tube so that its easy to handle and is not damaged.


maxnoble440 (author)2017-06-04

Very cute

blinkyblinky (author)2012-04-16

Very nice. All you need now is a sensor that will turn it off when it hits wind...

mrmerino (author)blinkyblinky2012-12-19

Or the slightest change in air pressure...

Bot1398 (author)2012-02-15

Cool! great work.

gunspyop2 (author)2011-07-24

asome ooooooooooooooooooo

nicwitzke (author)2011-07-24


axeman911 (author)2011-07-23

that is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

MatchstalkMan (author)2011-07-17

That is a very cool project.

soulrider223 (author)2011-06-30

So you put up a picture and video of a project you made from a book? Am I missing something? Where is the Instructable?

Gadre (author)soulrider2232011-07-01

I wrote that book long after I put up the Instructable video. The book was published recently.

Gadre (author)2011-06-04

This and other 34 projects are now available in a book, published by McGraw Hill International: TinyAVR Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius.

robbert229 (author)2010-10-19

Guys that was simple. He had a micro controller mounted with a super capacitor as its power source and then had a reed swich and an led. a reed switch is basically a swich that is closed unless a magnet is placed next to it.

agis68 (author)2010-10-09

man this is awosome!!!!!!

Give us instructions!!!!

ryahe (author)2010-10-05

are u planning on posting this?? plz do it is awesome

bbuuggmmeennoott22 (author)2010-05-26

 we want instructables

basqueman (author)2010-02-14

Still waiting for an instructable.   Puuuhleeeeze?  Pretty please?  :-) 

Earths_hope (author)2009-11-20


boston09 (author)2009-10-30

please make an instructable. pleasee!

w0rm5 (author)2009-10-14

Are u gonna post the sitructables or not?? the way it is, it´s useless

crazyhalofreak (author)2009-08-14

cool! you sound like fez from that 70s show

robo_bob (author)2009-06-11

dude plzzzzzz make an instructable this is so cool man

boyrock375 (author)2009-03-25

could you please make an Instructable on how to make one

matroska (author)2009-03-17

Wow that's just a brilliant idea! A very nice DIY project! Will interest others too, as I strike a .. PCB match against a box and when it will light!

matroska (author)matroska2009-03-17

However, I think the Instructables community would like more info about this, and on how to do it.

redbird01 (author)2009-02-11

Ditto to what NoBonus said! And I would add that this is a very imaginative use of the technology. I haven't figured out any practical application for this yet; But I'm sure that there are some very clever people out there who will. Very cool!

NoBonus (author)2009-02-10

Really clever!

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