Introduction: Make Your Glow Sticks SUPER Bright

In order to make your glow sticks super bright, just crack them, put them in a microwave for 10 seconds. WARNING: Glow sticks can pop in the microwave if left in to long.

I bought these glow sticks, 1000 for $40 on e-bay, some worked great, but others were kinda dim, a search of solutions turned up this. The life of the glow stick is shortened slightly (12 hours instead of 24) but is much brighter and more useful.

Step 1: NUKE!

Just take dimming glow sticks and place them in the microwave for 10 seconds...
Microwaves excite the hydrogen peroxide in the glow sticks and make the glow sticks react faster (brighter). They will still last for hours though when they start to die, they die for good.


DON"T DO IT FOR MORE THAN 10 Seconds.

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benfaust8778 made it!(author)2014-11-13

DON'T DO IT FOR MORE THAN ZERO SECONDS. This article should be deleted before someone gets seriously hurt. "Oops, I'm blind and don't have a face anymore, but my glow stick was SUPER bright!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRUSQm5ZskQ

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343griffin made it!(author)2016-04-15

He microwaved it more than twice the recommended time (21 seconds), soo... I dunno what he was expecting :P

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tinycatd made it!(author)2015-12-18

That kid cooked it too long.

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343griffin made it!(author)2016-04-15

Just as a satefy precaution, I'd advise containing the microwaved glowsticks in plastic wrap, or some other protective casing, after it's microwaved that is... Preferably one that's as transparent as possible. So on the offchance a glowstick does decide to uh... Bust after it has been "nuked". Though, this method will be nullified if the glowstick is covered before it's microwaved... Best to do so after >.<

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tinycatd made it!(author)2015-12-18

Did you microwave it on Low, Med., or High?

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science+is+awesome made it!(author)2015-11-12

pretty cool tried it and I could read my book in the middle of the night

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tomwilsonlaw made it!(author)2014-11-13

Oh yeah- I guess this works well with shotgun shells too-doof.

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kayla.d.mcquaig made it!(author)2014-11-16

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saul4sho made it!(author)2014-11-13

Oh wow! It works. I nuked mine in the microwave for 30 seconds. After I shook it, it got so bright the entire room turned yellow. I had a yellow glow stick. Darn thing lasted 3 weeks. Thanks guys the tip!

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SJ6 made it!(author)2014-11-13

Irresponsible instructables post that should be taken down. This video shows why this is a bad idea.

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/11/200727-kid-decides...

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SkullA made it!(author)2014-11-13

Don't do it period.

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jordan.mueller.10 made it!(author)2014-11-13

5 secs is more than enough. 10 secs is on the "run it's gonna blow" side of it

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XX.MrBill.XX made it!(author)2014-11-12

Be Very Careful Microwaving Glow Sticks People!

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karen.m.wenzel made it!(author)2014-11-10

and don't throw away your old glow sticks. they can be used as party decorations with blacklights. when a blacklight hits dead glow sticks, they look live again

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me1me2me3 made it!(author)2011-10-29

omg you were right i tried it and it actually worked

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Plo+Koon made it!(author)2011-03-13

Cool. Never knew it.

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Callum+Snowden made it!(author)2010-10-29

Put them over a radiator thats on or in some hot water, and to make them last longer but with the expense of dimmer sticks, put them in cold water or in a cold fridge :)

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Articas made it!(author)2010-03-27

cut down the life heaps tho
it increases the speed of the reaction

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DeusXMachina made it!(author)2007-10-25

Yeah the heat will definitely speed up the reaction, but what happens when they cool back down to ambient? Are they just as bright as when hot? It'd be interesting to find out.

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Project_Nightmare made it!(author)2007-11-01

You are right about it speeding up the reation. The life of the sticks will drop quickly (that's why refrigerated sticks lasts for days), I would assume that it would slow down again or run out suddenly

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hairyconiption made it!(author)2007-11-01

They Glow GREAT for a couple hours, then go to normal, when they die though, it happens rather suddenly.

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paperwf made it!(author)2010-01-18

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pedm made it!(author)2007-12-02

yup, it's just a normal chemical reaction happening inside (although one that excites colored dye in the process) so it'll slow down as it cools. be cool to take the stuff out and heat it on a bunsen burner or something, and see how bright you could get it.

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HMBeck made it!(author)2009-07-16

Why would you use a glow stick if you are near to a microwave that can be powered anyway?

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Hellchild made it!(author)2009-08-16

because you cant run around in the dark with a microwave that turns into a cool colored stick when you crack it, BECAUSE you would have broken the microwave. That's why

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mooses23 made it!(author)2008-03-07

you guys said stick

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idiotbasher made it!(author)2009-01-02

yes these people apparently microwave their sticks, as some sort of performance enhancer?

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Hellchild made it!(author)2009-08-13

DAMN!! i gotta try that then,

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idiotbasher made it!(author)2009-08-16

I have microwaved a hotdog before and would like nothing better than have my stick crack/explode like that lol

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Hellchild made it!(author)2009-08-16

oh, that sounds AMAZING

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lobo_pal made it!(author)2009-05-02

I heard that freezing them works also.

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junits15 made it!(author)2009-06-24

heat = faster reaction
cold = slower reaction

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idogis1 made it!(author)2009-05-02

no, freezing them makes them last longer by slowing the reaction.

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XxmallorymurderxX made it!(author)2009-04-13

hey,does this work with those glow in the dark beads?!

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Xamith made it!(author)2009-06-09

lol, glow sticks use chemicals, beads don't

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KavaDrunk made it!(author)2007-11-10

Cool, mine exploded and now my microwave glows in the dark!

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PSPerson made it!(author)2008-06-13

lol

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mr.craper106 made it!(author)2009-04-13

yes lol is correct

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BobicusIX made it!(author)2008-12-04

okay.........

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BrefelanDesigns made it!(author)2007-11-08

well what every youdo just dont stick markers in a microwave!

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w00ty32 made it!(author)2007-12-14

why not stick markers in the microwave ???????????????????

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BrefelanDesigns made it!(author)2007-12-17

they will explode so dont do it in a brand new microwave.

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ich+bin+ein+pyro made it!(author)2008-01-15

if you stick an egg in the microwave it turns purple :P

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HardCoreHacker made it!(author)2008-08-03

for how long?

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ich+bin+ein+pyro made it!(author)2008-09-19

until it EXPLODES.

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mr.craper106 made it!(author)2009-04-13

lols

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PSPerson made it!(author)2008-06-13

if you have an old microwave you can change the color on the cheap
=P

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acoreboy made it!(author)2009-03-10

does this works with shirts

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power made it!(author)2009-01-31

why not just put it in hot water?

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