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anything to talk about glow sticks?

Its been a while since I played with glow sticks but now that I found a source for dirt cheap glow sticks (1.50 Malaysian ringgit per stick or 50c USD)

I was curious to see if anyone still using them for something serious other than lighting up parties

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I keep about 10 in each of my cars just in case I need something to lay down on the road if I run out of flares. I also have 3 flashlights in each car but I’m not laying those out on the road Smile

I also keep a bunch in my earthquake supplies just to use as a last resort. If we have to walk somewhere in the dark I figure I can attach the glow lights to the back of family members to be able to track them easier.

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my personal favorite is the cyalume brand, they are bright and last for a while, unlike the dollar store brands ~1USD/stick

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musicmagic wrote:
my personal favorite is the cyalume brand, they are bright and last for a while, unlike the dollar store brands ~1USD/stick

how long do they last?

I had some expensive camping coleman glowsticks and they barely last 6 hours but some cheapo glowsticks i had lasts more than 9 hours before dying into moonlight mode.

i got mine from a store in Malaysia called Mr. DIY
pretty darn bright when using it. dropped in useable brightness after 9 hours
after 18hours (tonight as i type this)
still emitting a faint glow but only in darkness

lol I just realized I repeated the same sentence twice…

“Have you forgotten about all those who called you a Bringer of Woe and hunted you like an animal?”
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I replaced my car’s emergency lightsticks with these. Pretty cheap in comparison, and with that price I can afford to swap out yearly. The original (came with the car) was 3 years old, and barely lit when I snap it.

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now that makes me curious if glowsticks do die of age like batteries or they die due to some other factors

if storebought glowsticks are already dead by age… hmmmmm

“Have you forgotten about all those who called you a Bringer of Woe and hunted you like an animal?”
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musicmagic wrote:
my personal favorite is the cyalume brand, they are bright and last for a while, unlike the dollar store brands ~1USD/stick

Agreed ordered a bunch from Amazon this summer for the kids!

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owow dat video

why not just put in boiling water lol

“Have you forgotten about all those who called you a Bringer of Woe and hunted you like an animal?”
“Normal humans don’t go around killing people and burning towns!”
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Dad is more worried about the son’s “beautiful shirt” than his eyes. Besides the chemicals there is also broken glass. When you snap glow sticks its a thin inner glass vial that your breaking.

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apparently beautiful shirt costs more than raising his child lol

btw any of you used mini glowsticks?

I saw this while googling and they seemed like temporary trit vials lol
I believe I saw some on my nearby store but never bought it to try. (never wanted red sticks as they usually sucked)

so many party based glowsticks of so many kind
Gotta try em all one day lol Party

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Extremely long life glow stick

http://www.mulelight.com/

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WarHawk-AVG wrote:
Extremely long life glow stick http://www.mulelight.com/ !http://www.mulelight.com/uploads/8/1/3/8/8138604/3937070_orig.jpg![/quote]

I can not help the notion that if you use light indirectly to repeatedly charge a phosfor to make it glow, you would have got more light (less conversion loss) if you just let an efficient (if you like the GITD colour, use a green or lime one Wink ) led do the lightmaking work continuously....

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power911 wrote:
btw any of you used mini glowsticks?

So cute!! Big Smile How long do they last?

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I have to wonder about the difference between GITD pigments, and phosphor used in normal leds, ive been thinking about some remote phosphor/GITD using a uv led instead of the royal blue that regular leds use

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My daughter likes the one that are sold as bracelets and they seem to last a ton longer than I remember. most are dead after 9ish hours, but some are moon light bright for a day or two afterwards. I can not help to think that temperature they are stored at might have something to do with how long they are good for. I know that being exposed to light causes them to break down.

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gonna buy some mini sticks today
will see how they do when night falls~

I guess glowsticks are preserved best on cold areas~
It’s never below 25 degree celcius in Malaysia. Always warm. (air coolers are switched off in stores at night anyway)

Glowsticks are always dead or poor in quality here until this shop brings in fresh stock with manufacture date printed on it Shocked

“Have you forgotten about all those who called you a Bringer of Woe and hunted you like an animal?”
“Normal humans don’t go around killing people and burning towns!”
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power911 wrote:
apparently beautiful shirt costs more than raising his child lol

btw any of you used mini glowsticks?

I saw this while googling and they seemed like temporary trit vials lol
I believe I saw some on my nearby store but never bought it to try. (never wanted red sticks as they usually sucked)

so many party based glowsticks of so many kind
Gotta try em all one day lol Party

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I never saw mini glow sticks!! They’re so cute!!!
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power911 wrote:
gonna buy some mini sticks today
will see how they do when night falls~

I guess glowsticks are preserved best on cold areas~
It’s never below 25 degree celcius in Malaysia. Always warm. (air coolers are switched off in stores at night anyway)

Glowsticks are always dead or poor in quality here until this shop brings in fresh stock with manufacture date printed on it Shocked

Then put them in the fridge?

I remember they say putting the glow sticks in fridge helps prolong the lifetime. Is this claim right or wrong?

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sadly mini glowsticks ran out of stock…
wow…
I’d always thought glowsticks were out of date in my area
everyone’s switching to freebie led glowsticks here

I don’t know about prolonging lifetime in fridge. Nevertheless I put them inside the fridge to prevent tropical heat >.<

I know that once activated and glowing, putting it in fridge drops the brightness but prolongs runtime
(it’s the other way around when you heat the sticks it shortens life but gets brighter… hence the microwave glowstick explosion vid lol)

I’ve tried boiling glowsticks chemical and it get real bright but once it starts to bubble and boil, the chemicals change and stopped glowing “immediately”
I’ve also poured glowstick chemicals on dry ice and it froze… but didn’t stop glowing

I should consider posting a video one day to try things out mm (I guess i’m too lazy to do so)

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NEVER count on a glow stick working for you in an emergency situation. They do have a finite shelf life and there is no way to test them before you need them. There was a story linked to on this forum about some cave explorers that determined that over half of their glow sticks (even those from reputable makers) failed to work properly or at all.

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NEVER count on a glow stick working for you in an emergency situation. They do have a finite shelf life and there is no way to test them before you need them. There was a story linked to on this forum about some cave explorers that determined that over half of their glow sticks (even those from reputable makers) failed to work properly or at all.

Indeed, I think most guys here will agree that glowsticks are for backup and fun purpose.

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I think they are only good for fun stuff… I would not trust them for backup. That said, I do have some mil-spec ones that put out IR light for use with night vision equipment. You can get good glow sticks, but still there is no way to test them. If you need a reliable source of light, glow sticks ain’t it.

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I ordered about ten of these in 2013. They are still perfect. Pretty bright though dim soon.

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i have not used glowsticks in a long time, as the technology/chemistry have not improved much in 25 years. i just have some LED battery powered glow-sticks by Silvania that last 5 times as long on $1 dollar worth of LR44 cells. ( and they are brighter, reusable, etc.

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Thread dying I guess…
Glowsticks conversation coming to a stop soon

but I just got myself the smallest sticks the shop offers as well as the largest Davie

no time to try them out…
my christmas nights are getting busy… oh well


“Have you forgotten about all those who called you a Bringer of Woe and hunted you like an animal?”
“Normal humans don’t go around killing people and burning towns!”
“Don’t worry. I’ll go with you! So you just follow me and no arguing, okay?”
“Humans m

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This big stick is cool. :bigsmile:

I have some blue sticks, gift them sometimes to Rambo fans…but always fear that they don’t work because they got cracked in the parcel with which I got them…

I have bought a larger pack 50-100 of the small ones in a fishing supply 10 years back and they work very good.
Ones bought a 10pack of these longer thinner tubes which you can use as a bracelet or link together for a Sylvester party…all the colored tubes were barely visible after less than 2 hours and the green ones were also a lot dimmer than the small sticks I have…sad:(

I see no real use in these sticks, unless for fun.
I never have owned/used a flare which you Americans seem to have in your cars. But thankfully situations were I might need them are very rare:
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I keep a few of these:

https://www.glow-sticks.com/product/6-premium-glow-sticks-with-unique-ut...

in my “Go Bag” as well as with my camping/backpacking gear. They are great in a pinch….like when you have nowhere to buy batteries and need light….which happens alot in backwoods camping/hiking or caving. I love the clip built into them. Their shelf life is pretty long and they burn strong for 12 hours. Plus, buying them bulk really makes them cheap.

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