A solar lighter uses a parabolic mirror to ignite a flame.
It works by concentrating a large area of the sun’s radiant energy into a focal point where the metal holder is positioned.
On a sunny day it can easily produce glowing embers in paper in a matter of seconds. With some careful blowing and perhaps some tinder, a fire is easily achievable.
In addition to not requiring additional fuel or igniter to produce fire, the solar lighter has the added benefit of being able to work after being wet, unlike most matches.
Works great, inexpensive enough to give to all my friends. Science teachers, you must have several!
good product. but sender did not write my telephone number on the package so the post can not deliver it to me. However, I followed and contacted the post office to received it
So simple yet so cool. It arrived with one of the little tabs on the side missing, broken off at some point but, this doesn't affect its function at all. Lots of fun to mess around with.
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I have yet to start a fire with this gizmo. I like to flash it around and get a reaction from certain people I know...I explain that if you have one of these at the ready you won't even need the tin foil on the windows to block those clandestine radio transmissions... This sucker will stop them cold!
Good solar lighter. Similar ones are much less expensive elsewhere, but it rounds out a science-leaning gift set nicely.