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July 28, 2016 AT 12:50 pm

NEW GUIDE: LED Campfire – Because it’s Not Camping Without a Fire

New on the Adafruit Learning Center: build a fire-less LED campfire, complete with fiber-optic sparks.

Guaranteed to confuse and annoy your kids.

Summertime means being outdoors, looking at the stars, and spending time with friends and family. Traditionally, a camp fire or backyard fire has been a place to gather and relax after a hard day’s hike.

Many campsites don’t allow individual fires — and in my world, it’s just not true camping without a campfire. Nothing can replace a real fire, but this surprisingly realistic LED fire comes really close. Guaranteed to confuse and annoy your kids.

This is a great beginner project — you can keep it really simple and build it in one afternoon, or get more complicated with onboard chargers and fiber optics. Marshmallows not included.

It also works great as an acoustic guitarist trap, but careful: you won’t be able to get them to leave.

Learn more and build your own.


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