Make Your Glow Sticks SUPER Bright

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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

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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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    343griffinbenfaust8778

    Reply 2 years ago

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

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    343griffin

    2 years ago

    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

    3 years ago

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

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    science is awesome

    3 years ago

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

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    saul4sho

    4 years ago

    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!

    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

    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

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    DeusXMachina

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.