#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 19th, 2013 18:03
#2 By: soulb, December 19th, 2013 18:16
No good if it's nighttime.... Hope you've got some dry matches!
#3 By: newliminted, December 19th, 2013 18:18
Made from aluminum and wights. Scary!
#4 By: Arnaud, December 19th, 2013 18:30
Not new, and way more expensive than these:
#5 By: Brian Schalcosky, December 19th, 2013 18:36
I can't figure out when this would be useful.
A water tight matchbox would be lighter to carry and allow you to start a fire outside of high noon on a warm, windless day.
#6 By: Ed Ligget, Tuba, December 19th, 2013 18:48
Or you could, you know, get any of a number of watertight boxes for $10 and a plastic magnifying glass for $5...
#7 By: Eksrae, December 19th, 2013 18:50
I remember virtually the same thing being sold when I was a kid. It certainly didn't cost $40.
#8 By: Stephen Schenck, December 19th, 2013 19:01
Ain't got nothing on my one-meter-square Fresnel lens. After all, sometimes the only tinder you can find is scrap aluminum!
#9 By: robulus, December 19th, 2013 19:04
#10 By: Cary, December 19th, 2013 19:15
You call that a solar fire-starter?
In high school, we had an old ~2.5 foot diameter mirror from a spotlight -- it would start just about anything on fire... I recall getting a gym towel blazing in the middle of winter.
#11 By: Gary Montgomery, December 19th, 2013 19:30
At $40 a pop you would think they could afford a better hand model. That thumb almost deserves a unicorn chaser.
#12 By: redesigned, December 19th, 2013 19:35
what is the advantage to this over a lighter weight smaller magnifying glass?
#13 By: Charleston Chu, December 19th, 2013 19:57
#14 By: Daemonworks, December 19th, 2013 19:58
The more expensive and cumbersome alternative to varying combinations of:
Waxed wooden matches
A magnifying glass
A small plastic waterproof box
#15 By: El Mariachi, December 19th, 2013 20:31
“Uses no fuel?” What about the tinder?
#16 By: technogeek, December 19th, 2013 23:23
Exactly that device used to be marketed as a solar cigarette lighter. Even then it was a gimmick more than it was useful.
#17 By: Itsumishi, December 20th, 2013 00:34
Well golly, I sure know now what I'm not getting anyone for christmas...
#18 By: nox, December 20th, 2013 01:20
No one has mentioned magnesium fire starters yet? Waterproof and last essentially forever (though some have glue failure between the flint and magnesium chunk.)
#19 By: retepslluerb, December 20th, 2013 04:02
And even that one is quite expensive. I remember getting one during a horse/ride fair. That was 20 years ago, granted, but it cost about 20 DM (about 10€).
#21 By: Mister44, December 20th, 2013 09:13
Magnifying glass was my tool of choice for fire starting. I remember going on an orientation outing with a bunch of school kids, and I was the first to get a fire going. I brought 2 pieces of paper for tinder, and the adults were telling me it's not going to work. When I got it going they surmised that the fact the paper was orange meant it had something in it to make it burn better than normal paper.
So - it doesn't work on non-sunny days/night, but its way cheaper than $40, and you can use it for other stuff (looking at bugs, fungi, etc)
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