igniters and detonators

Here all the igniters and detonators

Topic by larsjet 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Wireless Igniter?

I just recently made a pushbutton igniter system for lighting fireworks. ( a 9v battery goes through a momentary switch then to alligator clips which connect to the two wires coming off a Christmas light with the tip broken off. The end of the fuse goes in there and when the switch is pushed, the fuse lights) It works consistently without fault and I was wondering how I could make this remotly ignited. I understand that there is a way to just "replace" the momentary switch with some sort of receiver but I don't know where to go from there. If someone has knowledge of how you can do this or can redirect me to a sight with the parts I would need to accomplish this it would be greatly appreciated. thanks for the help   -flamethrower  

Topic by flamethrower1010 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Flamethrower Ignition

I'm making an arduino powered remote controlled flame thrower and i need an ignition source.  No pilot lights, and no tazers.  Any ideas?Thanks in advance  

Topic by mangomango 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


ignition lasers

Does any one happen to have an oxygen Iodine Laser by any Chance?? If so tell me how u made it...tnx a bunche...

Topic by pyreoutof 10 years ago


Ignition Source?

I'm looking for a way to ignite butane/propane almost remotely or by button. Basically, I would like to make a spark generator. I've looked into piezos but they can be hard to press down. I'm looking for something that I can attack to a softer button. I've seen negative ion generators and ignition coils with 555's but I would like to know which would be more reliable. The ion generator would be cheaper, smaller and lighter but is it as reliable as a ignition coil? Also, if there is an easier/cheaper way, please point me in the direction of such device. Any and all feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Question by Hoboman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


flame igniter

Joho! i am making something similar to the "fireslinger" made by tetranite. The big difference is that mine w ill use short jolts of gasoline, that come from a perfume tester, so there will be short big flames, but i need something to ignite the small cloud of gasoline. the problem is, that it cant be a flame, or a torch, because it will be mounted on the wrist. so i will need a reliable ignition source, like a electric shock, the only problem with electricity i use, is that the sparks are too small to ignite everything, so i need bigger sparks, made by anything that will easily spark!

Topic by pluish 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Ignition Coil

Yes, I just posted something on a flyback. I was interested in that, until I saw this. It got me interested in ignition coils, so I got one new from the autoparts store for $20 (USD). I looked on the site, for the schematic, and realized that I didn't know what the rectangle was. Is it a resistor? I'm new to electronics, what size resistor do I need (if it even is a resistor)?What about the capacitor? I have a 100uf 200v electrolytic one, will that work?Also, part of the core is not in the coil, it's square shaped, could I rig it to work like this flyback circuit?Or this one? (simple driver circuit)?Sorry about the never ending beginner electronics questions, I just really don't have anyone else to ask.

Topic by John Smith 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Electric Ignition?

So I have made two different versions of this spark generator, one used a Marx generator design and the other with a voltage multiple design. Both are working well, but when I expose a lighter fluid soaked wick to either one neither can start the fire. So the only thing I can think of is that while I am generating the spark it isn't hot enough or I am generating the spark before the vapors can achieve the correct oxygen/fuel mixture. Any ideas? Both use a modified Flyswatter circuit. 

Question by Jayccob 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


keyless ignition ?

My car already has keyless door locks. I am just looking for a keyless ignition. Doesn't have to be the same system or fob as the windows and door lock. I can install a push-button ignition switch, but I want a security circuit like the newer cars that requires the presence of a fob (in your pocket) for the car to be able to start.  The instant on-off button isn't a problem, but you need everything that goes off when you would turn the key off to go off when you leave the car, not when you push the (on)-off button. It's going in a pristine old "93 Town Car that still has all it's bells and whistles working. I think working this into the existing door/window system would be a nightmare, so I'll keep it separate and be satisfied with a second fob. So, I need some help. Should this be a passive system sitting looking for an RFID or active with something like a bluetooth transmitter in my pocket? I know I can buy a kit, but there's no satisfaction in that. I'm not really constrained by a budget, but obviously I don't want to go over the market value of the car (tho it's worth a lot to me).

Question by bucephalis 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I want to ignite my fire simulator remotely?

I run a small business teaching people how to use fire extinguishers and want to ignite my fire simulator remotely. The fire simulator is a small water filled stainless steel container that is propane fuelled and is lit (at the moment) with a gas cartridge weeding torch. what is required is an igniter just above the water level that will light the propane gas at the water level and that will ignite the gas each time the fire has been put out by the extinguisher, so it will get wet. having a wire from the simulator to a distance away is not a problem and because I do this training at my clients addresses it has to be very mobile. My technical knowledge and ability is limited so simpler the better Can anybody help me please Kind regards Mike

Question by mjkirkton 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


GE cooktop

The knob won't turn on my cooktop range.  3 others work.  Is there anything that I can do to free this up?

Topic by EDC1943 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



Fireworks+Solar Igniter=?

I saw a very neat instructable for an electronic fireworks igniter, and it linked me to another one with plans for a fireworks igniter (https://www.instructables.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/). In the effort of saving time couldn't you use solar igniters for model rockets to get the same affect, or are they not enough to start the fuse? 

Topic by justink 8 years ago


detonator/igniter parts

I want to create a list of detonator/igniter key parts parts and where to buy them. like nichrome wire, those switches that need a key to turn, fuses and other necessities

Topic by i make shooting things 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


ELECTRIC SPARKER, IGNITER

Do you know a schematic for a machine that makes sparks for igniting gunpowder or other flammable things? Something easy to make, but effective, so I can light up gunpowder at a distance of 20m. Something whit transformers or capacitors...

Topic by comodore 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


???BBQ grill igniters???

All the outputs are labeled positive and arc to each other(very confusing)

Question by AlbinoMoose308 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Rocket Ignition Switch?

I have seen multiple high power rocket igniters, but none show you how to wire them.  I want to link three 9v batteries in a way that outputs 27v.  How do I do that.  Is the wiring (+|-|+|-|+|-) or (+|+|+|-|-|-)

Question by jj.inc 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


alternative ignition of thermite

Allright im looking for information on a number of different ways to ignite thermite. sure we've all heard of magnesium and yes it's usually third or fourth time is the charm also potassium permanganate which is pretty cool too and the ever popular sparkler of course lots of companies have taken out the magnesium chlorates and perchlorates from these sparklers and are now selling crappy ones without hazmat fees for them so they don't work worth a crap. i read an article from a guy stating he used simple visco fuse to light it even though ive heard it won't work but perhaps it depends on the mesh as in much finer. i use the dark german aluminum about 625 mesh and it will coat any and everything it touches. really though guys let's come up with some ways to lite thermite outside of tradition and share these methods of doing so along with how to obtain materialsin conventional and unorthodox ways because without frst time reliable ignition it's just no fun. also the first fire mix, much like the thermite ignition mix at united nuclear what exactly is it made of and how are some ways the monetarily cahllenged can obtain it and of course the not so challenged.

Topic by pyracantha 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


Breathalyzer ignition locks ? Answered

Hello, I know that in the USA these are used for drunken drivers. ( I think I saw it on '" My name is Earl.".) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignition_interlock_device Yesterday, listening to the radio, I heard a a UK politician propose that all new cars be fitted with these devices. It made me think;  could a balloon filled with sober air be used to fool the machine ? Does anyone in the industry know ?; If so, it would seem a very simple loophole. Thank you. PS This is a fine example of a failed test. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7iEh7TBGiE&feature;=player_embedded

Question by FriendOfHumanity 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how would you make a firwork igniter out of disposable camera? Answered

The camera should be a kodak cause thats the only kind of disposable cameras i have around the house.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I make a piezo-kinetic igniter?

I want to build a mini potato cannon and i do not have any pre-made igniters that i can use for it. I wanted to make a piezo-kinetic igniter like the ones used in electric lighters. is there any link (or video preferably) with instructions on how to do this? I also want to know if you have to refill the gas chamber thingy after every shot of the potato cannon.

Question by Tochi97 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do I ignite this smoke cartrige with a shorter battery than AA and with no explosives? Answered

Updated question: As using nichrome wire does not seem to work in my application, I am looking for ideas how to ignite this smoke cartige, electrically and with no explosives and with a battery shorter than AA. Thanks! Hi, First, I have very little experience in electronics. I am familiar with Ohm's law but don't undestand it fully in every situation. However, I'm developing a product in which I need to make a nichrome wire glow for at least 5 seconds, with help of a battery. The lenght of the wire must be at least 5 cm and must be at least 0.2 mm diamater. (Longer/bigger is even better). I am trying to find the smallest battery possible, due to very limited space. After 5 seconds, it doesn't matter if the battery goes flat, as long as it doesn't explode, catch fire or anything else unpleasant. I have already read through every forum with similar questions like mine, and have understood that I need a battery that can deliver enough current. I therefore have an idea that I maybe could use a high capacity coin cell battery of model CR2477 (1000 mAh, 3 V). However, as I, due to my limited knowledge in electronics, I cannot predict what will happen to this battery and I'm too scared to try. I also found this website that let's you calculate, for example current requirement with a given wire: http://www.jacobs-online.biz/nichrome/NichromeCalc.html If I punch in the following data: 5 cm length, 32 gage, 2 volts, I get a current requirement of 1.15 Amps. I entered 2 volts because of internal resistance of the battery, don't know if that was correct. Will the CR2477 battery be able to supply 1.15 Amps for 5 seconds? Will anything not nice happen to it? In the data sheet of the battery I read a maximum pulse current of 25mA, which makes me think that it will not work. But at the same time, I know that a standard 9V battery would work, and this has less capacity in mAh (though higher current). Can somebody help me understand? Thanks!

Question by karolina81 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Which nichrome wire should I choose for my project ?

I am working on an electric igniter using nichrome wire. Its my first time with NIchrome so I dont have any idea about it. I have some nichrome wire out of trash but I dont know the amount of voltage and current required to heat it up. It would be very helpful of you guys if you help me with this. Please tell me the voltage and current required to heat it up and the battery to be used. (Maybe hot enough to turn it red)

Question by ADARSH KESHRI 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Where to get piezo igniters?

I have several lighters that I still like, either for their design or intended purpose. But over the years some failed to produce proper sparks with the piezo. For some I could salvage replacements from cheap lighters but not so much for the longer ones - the type to get your bbq or oven going. Here the wire from the igniter is in ne long piece going all the way from the piezo, through the long neck to the flame outlet. As the wires in those piezo igniters are aluminium it is next to impossible to attach a longer wire as usually there is no room for crimped connections and the isolation is a problem too. I also have one particular lighter that uses a slightly longer and thicker piezo igniter, the common ones don't work here as they are too short. Adding more support underneath is a no go as the shorter ones have less travel when activated. Last but not least is one lighter that requires a piezo with not just the little metal cap at the end but with a full metal body for the stationary part. The lighter in question does not work with standard types even if I add a little metal strip to make proper contact. Problem is simply put that like this the standard ones arch over and no spark comes out of the wire. So big question: Is there any supplier or Ebay shop where one could actuall see the various types of piezo igniters and order them in small or single quantities? So far I already struggled to find a source for the crappy standard ones and the only one I found wanted to charge $ 2.95 US per igniter plus postage. Sounded a bit greedy to me considering I can buy a complete lighter with it for around one single buck...

Question by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


What is the current of an ignition coil?

I need to know the amount of milliamp s of a basic ignition coil ?   (not an oil burner ignition coil)

Question by The MadScientist 8 years ago  |  last reply 13 days ago


Battery Powered Ignition Coil

I have a few lawn mower ignition coils lying around, so I thought I would make something out of them. The problem is I do not know how to make the coil run off a battery. Here is a picture of the coil. I would greatly appreciate any help.

Topic by Sedgewick17 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Jacobs ladder with ignition coil?

I got an ignition coil From a motorbike repair shop for free, I cant find a way to use this to Build a Jacobs ladder. I think it works as motorbikes have it for producing sparks that pass through air. Any ideas to help me in this build is appreciated. Should i use DC but i don't see two points for connecting the wires from a battery. the model no of the ignition coil is "Yamaha SAP-1737 " 

Question by lojha 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


ignition system for pyro system

On youtube i found a video of a wrist mounted flame thrower, i decided to make one after seeing mark 3 of the project, i have a basic schematic, yet i lack an ignition system, i need something that will instantly ignite it, the ones i have seen so far need to heat up before they can do anything, so i was wandering about a capacitor bank running from 9v batteries. would that work?, any help would be appreciated. thanks Freerunnin1

Question by freerunnin1 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Using Tungsten to Ignite Gas?

Alright, so Tungsten (which you may or may not know, is my favorite element) is combustible when current passes through it while it is exposed to oxygen. Could I place a bit of tungsten I scavenged from a lightbulb in a small pool of gas (or alcohol) while running 9 volts through, and get a reaction? Would having the whole bit of tungsten under the gas work, or would I need a piece above the gas also? I'm not looking to blow things up, just trying to do a bit more "dangerous experiments" before school starts. Thanks all!

Topic by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


What would you include in YOUR detonator

What would you include in your detonator, to make it work, be safe, work better, be safer, make it look cool, make it easy to use, make it whatever you want

Topic by larsjet 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can you make a firework or rocket igniter from a microwave transformer?

For homemade kno3 rockets that are really hard to ignite(usually needs a lighter). If i were to guess id convert it to DC, run it through a 12 volt battery, Rig a switch. Just a thought it would be really cool if you could rig a cell phone to it stand far away and call it for ignition.

Question by cr1991 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


RC bottle rocket launcher

Hello instructables users. I'm wondering if anyone has ideas of how to make a revolving bottle rocket launcher with an igniter. this will be going on an rc car. any ideas will help. Things I'd like to see in your idea -hopper -igniter that will turn on/off simply -place for bottle rockets to launch from Thanks for the help

Question by fire_drakon117 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Would a piezo ignitor Ignite blackpowder?

I am planning a hand cannon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_cannon But instead of a fuse i want to use a piezo ignitor and copper pipe ! Will it ignite the blackpowder Sucessfully

Question by stephenniall 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Shocker from grill igniter/lighter?

If i were to take the igniter out of a butane grill lighter and hook it up with wires i would have to put a capacitor in order for it to HOLD a charge correct? Cause i beleive without any extras it will just make a shock when pressed?

Question by trf 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Ignition switch for an electric bike in the UK.

Hi folks. Does anyone in the UK know a dealer who could supply an ignition switch/battery lock for a Thompson Classic electric bike? I've had a look around the interweb & ebay & cannot find a suitable replacement switch anywhere, there are plenty that would fit but none of them seem to be the correct one as they only have one "On" position the one I need has two, one is for pedal assisted & the second for fully powered. The switch also locks the battery box onto the frame it looks similar to the larger of these two on ebay. I have called the importers & their quote for a replacement carries an outrageous price compared to the third party ones I have seen at over eight times the price plus postage & although I expect to pay a bit more for a slightly more complex part I certainly don't expect it to be THAT MUCH more. I'm sure there must be other bikes that use similar switches but haven't as yet been able to find a dealer who can help. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance for your help. N.G.

Question by Nostalgic Guy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Ignition switch for an electric bike in the UK.

Hi folks. Does anyone in the UK know a dealer who could supply an ignition switch/battery lock for a Thompson Classic electric bike? I've had a look around the interweb & ebay & cannot find a suitable replacement switch anywhere, there are plenty that would fit but none of them seem to be the correct one as they only have one "On" position the one I need has two, one is for pedal assisted & the second for fully powered. The switch also locks the battery box onto the frame it looks similar to the larger of these two on ebay. I have called the importers & their quote for a replacement carries an outrageous price compared to the third party ones I have seen at over eight times the price plus postage & although I expect to pay a bit more for a slightly more complex part I certainly don't expect it to be THAT MUCH more. I'm sure there must be other bikes that use similar switches but haven't as yet been able to find a dealer who can help. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance for your help. N.G.

Topic by Nostalgic Guy 5 years ago


Why the #@$% isn't my potato cannon igniting?

I can see a spark, but can't get it to ignite. I have tried using hairspray and Lysol, and have tried different amounts of both. I also tried wiping off the screws for a better spark (which actually seemed to help, but still no ignition.)

Question by log63 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Can you drive an ignition coil with 775v?

Can I do that, and then how do I rectify it at that high of a voltage

Question by jj.inc 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago




how to install ignition switch in 1991 ford escort?

Question by hippo581 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to make a simple wireless detonator to ignite a 10g of gunpowder?

A wireless detonator  circuit from an RC car(for example) and a relay circuit to ignite a pingpong size container with gunpowder

Question by met_ece 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



What motors to use?

Hi, I was looking for some advise on how many rocket motors I should use for my rocket. The main fuselage/engine mount weighs 150g, and the payload weighs 50. The main engine will be an Estes D12-3, and I also have some C6-7s to use as boosters. I built it to support up to a cluster of 8 around the outside, but I think if I filled it, it would be too much power and it would break apart or be unrecoverable due to the altitude reached. I can either have 0, 2, 4, or the full 8 boosters. From simulations, I will get about 33m from the D12 on it's own, and roughly an extra 15m from each C6 engine added. It is only a simulation though, so I was hoping someone could make a sensible recommendation on how many to use. One more question, how many engines can I simultaneously ignite with the estes igniter (with the igniters in series). I don't have any spare ignition wire, so I can't really test it. I need to be sure that the igniter can supply enough current to fire all the engines, or it will be unstable.

Question by andy70707 7 years ago


how to remove 125 cc mAgnetic flying wheel igniter? Answered

Question by SissyDale23 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make a cheap remote control Igniter?

Does anyone know how to make a remote igniter for pyrotechnics? Don't worry I'm not a terrorist, I just need one for an upcoming RC Air Show, we're doing WWII dogfights and we need smoke trails. I was thinking of using a shock collar for training dogs, but at +40 dollars, it's a bit expensive.  Thanks  

Question by halo99 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can i use a grill igniter to light Black powder

I am building a golf ball morter and I don't want to use fuse could I use a grill igniter?

Topic by Boomstick3402 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


ways to extract broken key from ignition?

My step son broke the key off in his car and we been looking for ways to take it out short of the obvious like calling a locksmith.

Question by ripit 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


can a piezo electric igniter kill someone? Answered

Im gonna make a taser thing out of a electric lighter will it kill? amd what volts will it discharge

Question by sharlston 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


oil burner ignition transformer and uses question ? Answered

I recently just got a hold of a Allanson oil ignition transformer, the output voltage is 10,000 volts at 23 ma. the power cord was cut so i have to connect another power cord. what gauge or metal is recommended for the output terminals and can i attach a power switch to the 120 A.C. volt line. i was planning on starting off making a jacobs ladder then later on making a tesla coil after i have worked with high voltage a little bit longer are there any more uses for the high voltage transformer i have  

Question by MonstaM 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago