Gauge Solid Copper Lead Wires and Soldered Elements
Matches vs. Igniters The difference between matches and igniters is that matches are intended to ignite an easy-to-burn substance quickly, such as the BP used in rocket ejection charges. However, an igniter is intended and constructed to produce a large, hot ball of flame for an extended period (say, 0.5-0.75 seconds) to ignite a rocket motor. Matches typically will not ignite motors unaided as they do not produce a hot enough flame for long enough, whereas igniters certainly could ignite BP. Another significant difference between them, which is critically important for onboard rocket electronic use, is their current requirements. Igniters typically require much more current than a match; the current requirements are usually more than altimeters can provide. Therefore, for onboard altimeters, which need to ignite deployment charges, matches are needed. For staging timers, which need to ignite motors, igniters are needed. Be sure to always check using the equations shown on our Electronics Page and/or in our FAQ to be sure a match or igniter will work with your onboard electronic device.
|1 dozen 12" 26 gauge solid copper lead wires and soldered elements. Recommended for black powder motors A and up and E - I composite motors.|
|1 dozen 24" 26 gauge solid copper lead wires and soldered elements. Recommended for J - L composite motors|
|1 dozen 48" 22 gauge solid copper lead wires and soldered elements. Recommended for M and larger composite motors.|