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Does anyone have experience using electric firecrackers, like the Flash! Crackers you can order from an online vendor? I'm thinking about adding one to my haunt, and I'm curious if others know about how well they work. Thanks!
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I have two that I have used. They are very loud and my relay prop controller did not like them. I think it would back feed and screw up the relay.
 

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Thanks for the input, function12. The one I'm looking at comes with a wireless controller so I can trigger it myself. How long have you had them? I heard that they stop working after a while.
 

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We have 3, one e-cracker has been firing in our electrical panel prop since 2011 season, we have never had an issue. We purchased ours from the same site. So you have an idea of the volume, we are open 3 nights during the Halloween season, last year we pushed through about 700+ people total. We like them so much I purchased 2 more when they were on sale a couple of months ago. Ours is triggered by a PICO controller, and never had any issues with other equipment.
 

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I've been using the electric firecrackers for about four years now and I love them. Like was said before, they are really LOUD !

I use a wireless remote to trigger mine, too. A couple of years ago I mounted a pair in the top electrodes of my electric chair. I use discretion on when to trigger them, but they can sure scare the pants off someone!
They are great attention getters, too.
 

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Home haunter. Had mine for 3-4 years. Bought from the same site. So mine have had very light use. I have another remote control outlet that they work fine on. So, I am not sure what the issue is. Any time I use them on my 8 channel relay board it zaps the relay and I have to reset the board.
 

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Thank you all very much for your input! I think I'll try one out with the wireless remote. I'm setting up a cemetery scene, so I plan to use it there.
I'm interested to know how you plan on using this in a cemetery scene. The firecracker seems likes a cool prop, but I couldn't think of a way to incorporate it into our cemetery.
 

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Thank you all very much for your input! I think I'll try one out with the wireless remote. I'm setting up a cemetery scene, so I plan to use it there.
I'm planning to do a projected skeleton groundbreaker on a tombstone, and I plan to use the flash cracker to enhance the fright when he jumps up! I'll have to manually trigger, but that will keep it from being overused.
 

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Should be a good jump scare, like DITG stated above they are loud! :) Good luck, I don't think you will be disappointed in the e-cracker.
 

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Well, I just received the Flash! Cracker and wireless remote in the mail from Frightprops. And wow, is it loud! I can't wait to use this as a startle effect using the wireless remote for unsuspecting visitors to my cemetery. I can't comment on the durability yet, but we'll see how it holds up this Halloween. Based on the sound and ease of use, I would definitely recommend it to others.
 

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How visible is the spark on these things? I'm wanting to do an interactive electric chair and looking for something better than a strobe for the spark/flash effect.
 

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I bought two of them about 2 or 3 years ago for my exploding electrical panel prop, no issues with them or controls for them. I'm using the simple prop timer to control them with a trigger. On a note about people with relay problems maybe the relays are not rated for the current that the firecrackers draw, check the ratings. I believe mine draw 3 amps a piece when firing, so since I have 2 going its a 6 amp draw, My relay is rated 10 amps no issues.
 

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I bought the fright props POW Stick and it is way too loud four the indoor haunt. Anybody know if the flash stick is quieter?

Any ideas on an e cracker quieter than the Powstick?
 
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