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Old 10-18-2010, 01:37 AM #1
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Default Candle Lighting Tips?

Perhaps it's just the candles I've been using, but I haven't had any luck getting them to light. Maybe I should try some cheap birthday candles.

I've tried focused to infinity, focused up close to the smallest point, and an in between (smaller than infinity but not a pin point dot)

I've tried setting the laser down perfectly still and let it just burn in that 1 spot, but the candle wick just disappeared lol.

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Default Re: Candle Lighting Tips?

Try to sharpie the tip, it may work.
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Default Re: Candle Lighting Tips?

Try the gag candles that kids can't blow out, there is a chemical on there that ignites at a lower temp.
That's what makes the candle relight after it has blown out.
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Default Re: Candle Lighting Tips?

I just focus the Arctic's beam and aim it slightly below the tip of the wick. Takes anywhere between 3 and 20 seconds to light. It's worked on every candle I've tried it on (4 so far).

I'd suggest slowly adjusting the distance until the reflected color is orange instead of blue.
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If the candle is brand new light the candle normally first and then extinguish it before trying to light it with the laser.
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Default Re: Candle Lighting Tips?

Thanks for the tips guys.

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Thanks for the tips guys.

r8nd0m, how many mW is your laser?
Don't know, I have no LPM.
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Default Re: Candle Lighting Tips?

Just realized in your sig it says you have an arctic. Somehow the color was hard for me to notice.

Well if your Arctic can do it there's NO reason a spartan shouldn't be able to lol.

Do you tend to keep it pointed in the exact same spot very steady, or move it around a bit so all of the (bottom of the) wick can get hot?
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Default Re: Candle Lighting Tips?

try aiming on the wax at the base of the wick then move the beam up the wick slightly. I've had some luck this way in lighting them. A candle isn't burning the wick it's burning the wax, so you need to get some wax liquefied or at least warmed up somewhat.
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Just realized in your sig it says you have an arctic. Somehow the color was hard for me to notice.

Well if your Arctic can do it there's NO reason a spartan shouldn't be able to lol.

Do you tend to keep it pointed in the exact same spot very steady, or move it around a bit so all of the (bottom of the) wick can get hot?
I keep it steadily focused on one spot, right below the tip of the wick. Eventually, there is an audible "pop" and the wick ignites.
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Candles burn wax. Wax is a hydrocarbon... it is melted and then evaporated by the heat and then burned in the flame. It works just like an old school oil lamp. The wick is only used to start the flame and hold the flame.

Try aiming the laser at the base of the wick near the wax. The wick has to be hot enough to burn... but there must be melted wax too. Or light the candle conventioally and extinguish the flame... there should be enough melted wax/heat to restart the flame if you relight it quickly.
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Aaah...no it doesn't. In fact I've seen very few, if any, 1W and over factory 445nm pointers.
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