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Reusable Glow Sticks/Tubes - DIY Tutorial

This is a discussion on Reusable Glow Sticks/Tubes - DIY Tutorial within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; I see the usefulness of cyalume glow sticks, but I don't like the cost versus one-time use, even from the dollar store. I did a ...

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    Reusable Glow Sticks/Tubes - DIY Tutorial

    I see the usefulness of cyalume glow sticks, but I don't like the cost versus one-time use, even from the dollar store.

    I did a bit of interweb searching and came up with a reusable, effective, and inexpensive solution using various ideas that I found. The items that I used are the basics needed. You can switch items to your situation as needed.

    These tubes can be recharged during the day with sunlight or a quick blast with a flashlight.

    Ingredients:

    Epoxy or polyester resin. Must be clear when mixed.
    Glow Powder, choice of colors.
    Test tubes. Must be clear.

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    Mix your resin according to instructions. My wife uses this clear epoxy for her projects.
    It's a simple 1:1 ratio. 5 minute epoxy syringes can work as well.


    I used 30ml medicine cups for mixing. Mix thoroughly BEFORE adding powder.


    1/2 tsp. glow powder per 30ml batch


    Mix thoroughly


    The test tubes I used have a volume of 15ml. Screw caps are optional.


    Initial glow test after filling. Completely dark shop.
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    How long does the glow last? How many times can they be recharged before they begin to fade? I see many potential uses for something like this. Where did you find the glow powder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000ShadowACE View Post
    How long does the glow last? How many times can they be recharged before they begin to fade? I see many potential uses for something like this. Where did you find the glow powder?
    As well as where did you find plastic test tubes. Is all this stuff at Hobby Lobby?

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    That's a neat idea. Thanks for posting.

    I found some of the glow powder here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BNE..._SY115&simLd=1

    Apparently it can be mixed and used in all sorts of applications. Wonder if you could apply some of this to a front sight blade?

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    The problem is they glow all the time and will fade quickly...when you need one at 3 am..chances are it will not be working.

    and there will be times you DO NOT WANT a glow

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    They glow approximately 4-5 hours and can recharged instantly with a quick blast from a flashlight.

    The test tubes came from Amazon as did the glow powder. But I need to find a better source for the powder as it was rather spendy ($10/oz). I have another source that charges the same but offers 3 ounces.

    During my next batch I will double the quantity of the powder to see it I can increase the brightness and longevity.
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    That's pretty cool. Share that 3 oz link if you would? Amazon wanting $9 an ounce :0

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    How long is a quick blast from a flashlight, and would a campfire have the same effect? Any idea as to lumen output? Nice to have something that glows, but, how far would you be able to see with it? Not just homemade but store bought too. Never thought much of these things, now I'm interested.

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    Chem lights can be handy, but also a down fall. I have some but I am not sure off an actual application where I want to use one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep View Post
    Chem lights can be handy, but also a down fall. I have some but I am not sure off an actual application where I want to use one.
    Oh yeah - here, take a glowstick and go play. (Pay for itself in batteries quickly and kids doin' magic with 'em and spooking around in the dark.

 

 
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