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Battery Powered Puppet Show Squibs Answered

I'm doing a puppets show ( of die hard) anyhoo i though that if i could use wire and a battery to trigger a bang snap (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bang_snaps) then i could effectively make a squib to go on the puppet.

However i don't even know what kind of voltage would be required to do this. I obviously want to keep things safe so can a battery (and a car battery would be too big) be used to set off a bang snap?

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Kiteman (author)2013-07-09

A 9V cell would probably do it, but taking longer to heat the wire to trigger the squib, so timing may be an issue.

You can get smaller lead-acid batteries, for bikes and scooters, or look into model rocket ignition systems.

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Beelord (author)Kiteman2013-07-09

Thankyou for that. I'm gonna look into the scooter battery option. I'm not even sure if the bang snap itself would be that effective, it's safe though. I just want a smallish flash. I might even see if i can use this method to trigger a party popper. If anyone has any alternatives (but not something like flash powder as that kinda scares me)

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