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Talon Non-Pyrogen Clip Igniters

Talon Non-Pyrogen Clip Igniters

Dewey on 8th Mar 2015

The non-pyrogen clip igniter (also known as Talons), for the ignition of safety fuse has changed the way the average consumer fireworks user ignites fireworks. Clip igniters contain no pyrogen so there are no shipping regulations, storage regulations or safety concerns while installing the igniter on the firework.

Here some pointers for using the clip igniters:

1. The non-pyrogen clip igniter is designed to use with a firing system that is powered by a DC power source 12 volts or greater. There is a fine line when it comes to the voltage used compared to fuse ignition success. Lower than 12 volts and the heating filament may not heat up and burn through the outer coating of the safety fuse before the cue power is turned off by the firing system. I have noticed that 24 volts heats up the igniter filament quickly, and may cause the filament to break before the fuse powder core is ignited. A voltage between 12 volts and 18 volts seems to be the sweet spot in my testing.

2.  Non-pyrogen clip igniters draw more amperage (around .8 amps), then real ematches and clip igniters must be hooked in parallel. Parallel means each clip igniter has one wire in the red terminal and one wire in the black terminal of a cue.

Firing systems powered by a higher amperage power source like a 12 volt sla battery can ignite more clip igniters per cue then a firing system that is powered by alkaline batteries. For example; if a MS12Q firing system is powered by internal AA alkaline batteries the MS12Q is capable of igniting two clip igniters per cue, power the same MS12Q firing system with an external 12 volt 2.3 Ah sla battery and the MS12Q is capable of igniting six clip igniters per cue.

3. Non-pyrogen clip igniters need to be installed correctly on the firework. Simply clipping the clip igniter on a firework fuse and allowing the clip igniter to swivel on the fuse is not the proper way to install the clip igniter. 

First move the wire to the side of the clip so the clip can open up further, place on the firework fuse, then squeeze the clip igniter at the tip so the filament wraps half-way around the fuse. Take your favorite tape and place some tape over the clip igniter, and a piece of tape on the clip igniter wire. Now the clip igniter is secured to the firework and won't move when the firework and the clip igniter wire is installed into a firing system. 

4. Ideally the fuse diameter used with non-pyrogen clip igniters should be 3mm. It seems 1.4 fireworks in the past few years have a smaller diameter fuse and the fuse is poor quality. It is very simple to replace the firework fuse with a better fuse, like white paper quick fuse or yellow quick fuse.

Clip Igniter Installation and Fusing Firework Video