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Long reach lighter for fireworks. Answered

hi i been thinking about making a long reach firework lighter (or just an extented lighter) becuse i cannot reach the floor. I been thinking about some designs , it needs to be 1 meter long and wind resistant. Does anyone have an idea for making one? i have a few designs in mind but i wanna hear your suggestions :D

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caitlinsdad (author)2012-12-31

You could go with a mechanical linkage to a regular butane gas lighter but a simple electric setup might work. Just have a switch on one end of the stick complete a circuit with some batteries that is connected to a short loop of nichrome wire at the end. Preheat for a few seconds and touch to the fuse.

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Kong markus (author)caitlinsdad2013-01-01

I tried the mechanical link, that dosent work, .But the circuit sounds good, can you explain in a little more detail:D? i can solder.

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caitlinsdad (author)Kong markus2013-01-01

Just have a switch on one end of the stick complete a circuit with some batteries that is connected to a short loop of nichrome wire at the end. Preheat for a few seconds and touch to the fuse.

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Kong markus (author)caitlinsdad2013-01-01

Oooh, what kind of batteries do you think i need?

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caitlinsdad (author)Kong markus2013-01-01

depends on if you can get your nichrome wire to glow red hot, depends on if you know what nichrome wire is too.

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Kong markus (author)caitlinsdad2013-01-01

Nichrome wire is same as steel wire right? And thanks for your answers, im gonna try with a 9 v batt and see if it works.

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Kiteman (author)Kong markus2013-01-01

Nichrome wire is nichrome wire, a material to itself.

You need to search for "electric matches", which can be bought commercially (they're used to ignite model rockets), or made for yourself.

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Kong markus (author)Kiteman2013-01-02

Hmm allright, thanks, But it seems like electric matches only can be used once, do you think nich wire can be used several times?

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Kiteman (author)Kong markus2013-01-02

Maybe a couple of times, but you're not going to find any infinitely-reusable ignition system for fireworks.

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Kong markus (author)Kong markus2013-01-01

Oh and it needs to be used many times

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