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Completely Realistic Fake Candle

You need to light it, it goes out when you blow it and it'll even burn your finger.
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Fake candles with flickering LED faux flames have become incredibly realistic.

So this adds the other elements of a real candle that are missing. This version comes with a LED match that "ignites" when you scratch it against the matchbook. Touch the LED match to the LED wick and it lights up. You can put it out by blowing on it, sensors detect your breath. Too little and it just flickers so you'll have to blow again a little harder. Once it's out, a puff of smoke will be generated from a heating element that burns a small amount of flammable liquid stored in the body of the candle.

You can also extinguish it by squeezing the faux flame, but be careful because if you don't do this quickly enough you'll burn your thumb and forefinger because it does contain a heating element that maintains a temperature of 1,830 degrees F, so squeeze it quickly and completely in less than a half second or OUCH!

Kind of the Rube Goldberg of candles.

It contains a pleasant candle smell dispenser as well.

ADDENDUM: It has a mic that hears when you snap your fingers that lights it.

Plus it uses thermite.

doctorremulac3, Dec 13 2020


       //Completely Realistic//   

       If you stand it in a dish of water and invert a jar over it, will the water level in the jar rise?   

       //maintains a temperature of 1,830 degrees F// Does the LED melt?   

       Also if the thing is at 1000°C then it will glow yellow-hot and so the LED will be redundant.
pocmloc, Dec 13 2020

       I was actually wondering about how to keep the heating element from burning the LED. I think it could have to be a temporary quick heating thing insulated from the light up part somehow.   

       I think the inverting thing probably isn't necessary.   

       Could probably skip the torture element and just stick with the air flow sensor activating the flicker or go out program with the little puff of smoke. I don't think people would be particularly thrilled by a device designed to burn their fingers.   

       The blow out part's cool though.   

       OK, instead of the match, which is probably more of a hassle than it's worth, you snap your fingers, like a witch or... who snaps their fingers to make a candle light? I could swear I've seen that someplace before.
doctorremulac3, Dec 13 2020

       In an old electronics book; I once saw the instructions for something (vaguely) similar.
It was just a battery light, but it had a light sensor (photoresistor, IIRC) next to the bulb. To turn it on, you simply lit it up with another light source; to turn it off, you "smother" the bulb.
neutrinos_shadow, Dec 13 2020

       It's an interesting idea, but as currently described it seems to suffer from a distinct lack of thermite.   

       Could that absence perhaps be addressed, if a bun were on offer ?
8th of 7, Dec 13 2020

       I think the "snap your fingers for on, blow on it for off" would actually be a novelty people might buy.   

       There is some practicality to that. Don't have to pick it up and flip it over to turn the switch on and off.   

       OK, let's start the bidding.   

       Do I hear one bun? (In auctioneer's voice) Onebunandandcounting waitinforabunonebun onebungoingforthisidea do I hear TWO buns? Onebuntostartthingsoff onebunforthisfineidea ONEbungottagettabun ZERObunsandcountring do I hear HALF a bun? Halfabunforthisfineidea onehalfbunfor this... OK, on to the next one.
doctorremulac3, Dec 13 2020

       If it was truly completely realistic you could trick customers by supplying a real candle instead (much cheaper)
pocmloc, Dec 13 2020

       BUN! For telling a customer his regular candle is actually an amazing robotic simulation candle.   

       Now of course you could apply this brilliant sales tactic to anything. "Notice the fine detail that went into creating this robot dog. It even leaves incredibly detailed droppings just like a real dog."
doctorremulac3, Dec 13 2020

       <Notes continuing absence of thermite/>
8th of 7, Dec 13 2020

       BUN! I haveonebunonebun thankyouforthebun doihavetwotwobuns onebungoingfortwo twobunsupfromone... adding thermiteforthepanderingbun doIheartwobuns?   

       Twobunsandcounting canigetthree canigetfthreebunsforthisfine idea twobunsgoinon threecanigetthree...   

       Threeebunsandcounting canigetfour canigetfourbunsforthis fineidea threebunsgoinon fourcanigetfour...
doctorremulac3, Dec 13 2020

       //you snap your fingers, like a witch or... who snaps their fingers to make a candle light?//   

       Beats me, but if you burn the striker from a pack of matches and rub it on glass as it burns then the residue left behind on the glass when rubbed on your fingers will make them smoke when you snap them.
Just thought you should know.

       Learn something new everyday here.
doctorremulac3, Dec 14 2020

       Perhaps so; but it is important to recognise that "new" is not the same as either "useful" or "safe".   

       Learning "How to set your fingers on fire" may be technically fascinating, but actually doing it may be unwise.
8th of 7, Dec 14 2020

       //Learning "How to set your fingers on fire" may be technically fascinating, but actually doing it may be unwise.//   

       Heh, that's the only magic trick I ever came up with myself.
I learned how to fill a closed fist with enough butane to light it on fire while opening it at a slow enough rate to light a cigarette without anyone being able to see how I did it.
For a while there I thought it might be a good way to try to pick up chicks at the bar,
I would fill my hand with butane, ask to borrow their lighter, light my fist on fire, give them back their lighter and then light a smoke with with my hand alone.
When they invariably asked "How did you do that?" I would snap my fingers and say, "Just like that." while smoke trailed from my fingertips.

       Yep you guessed it.
Didn't get me laid even once... many blisters... no nookie.

       Hey, I was in my twenties. Don't judge me.   

       // flash paper//   

       Thus it begins... first flash paper, then shop-bought fireworks, then home-made compositions that sometimes work a bit too well... and surprisingly soon, you're reeling out a huge length of wire from a spool, and overhearing the Range Safety Officer saying "I really hope this doesn't do as much damage as last time... "
8th of 7, Dec 14 2020

       //Yep you guessed it. Didn't get me laid even once... many blisters... no nookie.//   

       LOL, and just like that, I have my new favorite Halfbakery story of all time.   

       And "Many Blisters, No Nookie" should be a title of a book or something.
doctorremulac3, Dec 14 2020

       Indeed; a cautionary tale ...   

       Probably unsuitable for sensitive young dock workers of a nervous disposition.
8th of 7, Dec 14 2020

       //Not so much at a nearby shopping center** where someone called security and then the cops called my parents...//   

       Sounds familiar.
My brother and I would take the flint out of an expended lighter. Wind the stretched out spring around it and when you heat it up red hot it makes a satisfying little explosion of sparks when you chuck it at something.
We had a friend at the time who was a bit of an idiot and thought it was great fun to throw it at the hallway ceiling right outside our apartment door.
My brother and I got charged with attempted arson but the owners were nice enough to drop the charges if we shovelled the sidewalks of their eight building comlpex for the entire winter... in Alberta.

       <shudders a little bit>   

       So you got away with compulsary enforced child labor in freezing weather. Ok, fair enough.
doctorremulac3, Dec 14 2020

       Yeah, we were like 15 and 13 or younger and we knew they couldn't press charges but they let us keep living there so we took it... and our grounding, and we learned out lesson.   

       Never ever ever EVER let Wade hold the spring.
Like never.

       Wow, this is great. Not that it's "wow" that you had a great idea, it's a "wow", THIS is a really great idea. Get it, got it, good.
blissmiss, Dec 16 2020

       You're a sweetheart Blissy, I know what you meant.   

       You're not like me who's so sarcastic all the time I can't sincerely compliment somebody without sounding, well, sarcastic.   

       Maybe I should back off on the sarcasm. Mmmmm...naaaa.
doctorremulac3, Dec 18 2020


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