doctorow — 2013-12-19T18:03:50-05:00 — #1
soulb — 2013-12-19T18:16:45-05:00 — #2
No good if it's nighttime.... Hope you've got some dry matches!
newliminted — 2013-12-19T18:18:46-05:00 — #3
Made from aluminum and wights. Scary!
arnaud — 2013-12-19T18:30:14-05:00 — #4
Not new, and way more expensive than these:
weembles — 2013-12-19T18:36:23-05:00 — #5
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.
ed_ligget_tuba — 2013-12-19T18:48:39-05:00 — #6
Or you could, you know, get any of a number of watertight boxes for $10 and a plastic magnifying glass for $5...
eksrae — 2013-12-19T18:50:11-05:00 — #7
I remember virtually the same thing being sold when I was a kid. It certainly didn't cost $40.
stephen_schenck — 2013-12-19T19:01:01-05:00 — #8
Ain't got nothing on my one-meter-square Fresnel lens. After all, sometimes the only tinder you can find is scrap aluminum!
robulus — 2013-12-19T19:04:14-05:00 — #9
crenquis — 2013-12-19T19:15:00-05:00 — #10
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.
garymon — 2013-12-19T19:30:11-05:00 — #11
At $40 a pop you would think they could afford a better hand model. That thumb almost deserves a unicorn chaser.
redesigned — 2013-12-19T19:35:11-05:00 — #12
what is the advantage to this over a lighter weight smaller magnifying glass?
charleston_chu — 2013-12-19T19:57:46-05:00 — #13
daemonworks — 2013-12-19T19:58:57-05:00 — #14
The more expensive and cumbersome alternative to varying combinations of:
Waxed wooden matches
A magnifying glass
A small plastic waterproof box
l_mariachi — 2013-12-19T20:31:54-05:00 — #15
“Uses no fuel?” What about the tinder?
technogeekagain — 2013-12-19T23:23:57-05:00 — #16
Exactly that device used to be marketed as a solar cigarette lighter. Even then it was a gimmick more than it was useful.
itsumishi — 2013-12-20T00:34:03-05:00 — #17
Well golly, I sure know now what I'm not getting anyone for christmas...
nox — 2013-12-20T01:20:30-05:00 — #18
No one has mentioned magnesium fire starters yet? Waterproof and last essentially forever (though some have glue failure between the flint and magnesium chunk.)
retepslluerb — 2013-12-20T04:02:53-05:00 — #19
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€).
mister44 — 2013-12-20T09:13:25-05:00 — #21
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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