How to recharge glow sticks

Updated February 21, 2017

Glow sticks can help enhance the party atmosphere during fairs, festivals, night clubs or parties on the beach. When the glow stick is cracked, the ingredients composed of hydrogen, peroxide, water, sodium carbonate and copper sulphate pentahydrate mix to create a neon glowing light. Glow sticks come in a variety of colours and tubes. Recharging a glow stick is often confused with simply extending the life of the glow stick. Once the chemical reaction is complete, the stick will no longer illuminate. There is, however, a method for slowing the chemical reaction to get more life out of your glow stick.

Crack the glow stick in multiple places to create the chemical reaction necessary to illuminate the stick.

Shake the stick as if shaking a bottle in quick, abrupt, up and down movements. This will complete the chemical reaction mixture. Depending on the glow stick, it can last anywhere from four to 12 hours.

Prolong the life of your glow stick by putting it in the freezer. This will slow down the chemical reaction so that you can use the glow stick again later.

Pull out the glow stick when you are ready to use and crack and shake again to reignite the chemical reaction.

Boil the glow stick in hot water for 30 seconds to intensify the reaction and enhance the glow. Glow sticks will become more illuminated in heat and duller in cold temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Glow stick
  • Freezer
  • Burner and pot
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Based in New York City, Kigerani Po has been writing professionally since 2010. He has published several articles for Demand Studios on eHow and holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and real estate from Florida State University.