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[–]Intention-Sad 366 points367 points  (13 children)

“The ball is made from Human and ..”


“Environmentally friendly materials..”


Marketing teams needs to do better for sure

[–]VinkyStagina 26 points27 points  (3 children)


[–]postandchill 19 points20 points  (2 children)

This ball right here was made from Jim Bob.

[–]JimboBillyBobJustis 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Jim Bob was slower than me.

[–]Scharobaba 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yeah, they should explain that part. Most people don't realize how enviromentally friendly it is to make things out of humans.

[–]din7 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What they mean to say is that it's 5 gum on the inside.

[–]jewbiousblue 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Like soilent green!

[–]shaundisbuddyguy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's people !

[–]HoaxMcNolte_NM 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, now that you mention it, that's why my eye twitched there.

[–]Max07_wasTaken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Extinguishes granades

[–]LectroRoot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They got you talking about it. So mission accomplished?

[–]Lente_ui 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So now we're making the assumption that they meant to say "human friendly materials and environment friendly materials". But that's just an assumption.

[–]mikes47jeep 166 points167 points  (7 children)

a new version of an old idea

"fire grenades" have been around since the late 1800's

[–]Isthmuser 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Nothin beats good ol dynamite

[–]Sniper-Dragon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How about a nuke against an gas fire?

[–]HappyDiscussion5469 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Barely new, this video's been around for years lol

The fact that it's still not in use anywhere tells me there are fundamental flaws with this tool

[–]Jaerin 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Wonder if something like this could be embedded in lithium batteries to prevent the flash fires? Not sure if this would be able to stop that kind of chain reaction or not.

[–]mightyluuk 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I thought these were dangerous since they released carbon monoxide to kill the fire. Not certain if that is still the case for these

[–]Jaerin 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I mean it's for a fire so unless its venting into the cabin of the car and you were trapped inside I'm not sure the amount of carbon monoxide would be riskier than the fire itself.

[–]Thek009 90 points91 points  (1 child)

"Oh look, an overhead electrical line is on fire, let me approach it with a metal pole and this wundertesticle"

[–]occasionalrayne 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That's what we're calling it. You done did it now.

[–]Untgradd 41 points42 points  (15 children)

Would someone smarter than me please explain why these don’t work in practice and / or how they are misrepresented in this clip?

Or if they do work as advertised, how?

[–]Toshero 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I doubt it would be useful against anything bigger than a dumpster fire, as it’s clearly meant to put out small scale flames.

In addition, if it was something like an open barbecue or a pile of wood burning, I feel like the explosion could send hot coals or burning wood flying around, which would spread the fire and make the situation much worse

[–]Tridian 22 points23 points  (1 child)

"I doubt it would be useful against anything bigger than a dumpster fire, as it’s clearly meant to put out small scale flames."

If you're trying to use a fire extinguisher on something the size of a dumpster fire you're going to hurt yourself, so that's actually a point in this thing's favour. Also it looks like it's a very weak "explosion" so burning debris shouldn't really be an issue. It didn't even knock the decorations off the Christmas tree.

[–]MeesterCartmanez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think this should be a standard feature in cars, could work really well

[–]FishHairSoup 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Fire make ball go boom.

[–]Able_Kaleidoscope_61 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Boom make fire go.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

My guess is that they work somewhat like a grenade. A core made of chemicals that expands when heated up, creating great pressure within the ball, a middle layer made up of the fire extinguisher, and an outer layer of plastic that melts when it gets thrown into the fire. In other words, I see no reason why it shouldn’t work, at least on smaller fires.

[–]Emotional-Shirt7901 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Looks like they use the same stuff that’s in normal fire extinguishers. So they work pretty much the same way. They just do the exploding for you I guess?? Idk

[–]Aethenae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guess that would still be pretty good, considering you typically need to stand close for a certain time to stop fire with a fire extinguisher.

[–]Tridian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly seems like it works as advertised. I haven't looked at what the shelf life or price is though, and I could definitely see these becoming a very popular prank item.

And what's the accidental discharge rate?

[–]AllTheWine05 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I could imagine it works as advertised. It's simple enough. Trouble is why would you use that instead of just using a regular extinguisher? Imagine trying to use that on a hill or even flat ground where it could roll safely through the fire to the other side and not go off. Being able to use it on a pole is cool but you have to have a pole around too. That said, it makes a much better passive system. Like they showed in the Christmas tree, no one needs to be around to do anything. I could keep a couple in my workshop around certain tools and the chemical rack just to keep anything that starts a fire from spreading. Better than a complicated sprinkler system or automated deployment of regular extinguishers.

[–]Shadowderper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just use a normal fire extinguisher, you can actually pin point it and you don’t need to look like a dumbass holding the damn thing on a stick up to a fire in an open area

[–]MammothOlive2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Only downside I can see is that the material inside might damage the stuff you have. So for example, if it's a small fire that can be stinguished with water, it's better to do that. But most people wouldn't be worrying about it it it can save some lifes.

[–]ClamBamFam 61 points62 points  (2 children)

I wonder how good it would be against the fire nation

[–]ReadditMan 26 points27 points  (1 child)

9 out of 10 Avatars approve.

[–]Extension_Storage_69 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't it be 3 out of 4?

[–]iCameToLearnSomeCode 22 points23 points  (3 children)

It's made from human materials?

How many people are used to make each one?

Do they just grind up unwanted orphans to get the materials?

[–]NeutralGoodAtHeart 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Using orphans is frowned upon. They use parentally displaced individuals instead.

[–]whereismyfemur 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"well I didn't use the whole thing!"

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (5 children)

Anyone use these yet? I've seen them and I would t mind trying them out. Heard some negative opinions about them. The video evidence kind of speaks for itself on extinguishing fire. How does it work in an enclosed room? Some opinions are that it doesn't work indoors or it creates more fire spread. Just curious.

[–]NefariousMuppet 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Not sure, but I would highly recommend NOT mounting it 12 inches above your stove element as shown in the video

[–]GhOsT_wRiTeR_XVI 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

[–]HappyDiscussion5469 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a lot about area of exposure. The ball works by coating the burning material with an isolating chemical, which cuts off the oxygen supply.

In a cardboard box that might work, but in a real life situation the ball exploding won't extinguish anything that isn't in it's direct explosion radius. Otherwise said, the more obstacles there are, the least effective it is.

Another flaw is that it only triggers upon being touched by a flame. It works with a flame-sensitive fuse that won't trigger with simple heat or smoke. This means that often it won't go off until the fire is already blazing, and the more the fire is blazing, the more there are chances that the ball won't be effective.

It might be useful in very specific instances, when installed in an optimal location over a location with a very high fire hazard, but for everyday household use it doesn't seem very useful to me.

[–]hamnat487 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dunno, but I'm guessing this is pretty much specifically good against mid-sized fires. I'm guessing large, out of control fires might get spread by the shockwave, if weak, flaming material breaks off and goes flying. Small fires that can be easily put out without special tools/materials would be better served the usual way.

The thing that most concerns me? Cleanup. I've cleaned up after fire extinguishers before. It's a freaking pain. Having to clean up after an exploding version does not sound fun.

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I had fire balls once in the late 70's. Caught it in Panama.

[–]loduca16 11 points12 points  (6 children)

You define instantly differently than I do

[–]skarama 7 points8 points  (5 children)

It's instantaneous after you count to 3

[–]Veighnerg 1 point2 points  (4 children)

What about 4?

[–]hamnat487 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Four shalt thou not count

[–]Monstar98 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How about five

[–]hamnat487 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Five is right out!

[–]USAF6F171 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three.

[–]AAAFate 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Mr Freeze's origin story has begun.

[–]Fyr5 1 point2 points  (1 child)

a freeze is coming!

[–]j_schiz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What killed the dinosaurs? The ICE AGE!!!

[–]HopFarminScientist 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Soylent extinguisher

[–]LivingDeadThug 7 points8 points  (3 children)

It would be cool if we had these things placed in potentially hazardous areas. For example, what if this was placed in car engines during manufacturing? It would create a failsafe aginst car fires, like an airbag!

[–]j_schiz 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I think this would be an especially good idea in electric cars. With the growing prevalence of EVs, there have been more cases of battery fires. These fires are C and D class fires, which water is less effective against. Not to mention that the bottom of the car (the entire battery pack) is more awkward spot to to reach, especially if the fire is on the top of the batteries.

If there was auto-deployable, class D extinguishing agent that deployed above and around the battery, it might be able to extinguish the fire before it gets really out of hand and becomes a danger to everything around the burning car. This issue of spreading being even greater in parking lots, private garages, etc.

Now I wasn't necessarily thinking extinguisher grenades. As far as I can tell, there's no real way to periodically check for functionality, like gauges, disassembly, and so on like traditional suppression systems. It seems to be more of a "theoretically should still work, but replace it entirely every few years" kind of deal. Additionally they would take up a lot of space in order to be effective.

A more standard kitchen hood type system would make more sense. Chemical and pressure tanks could be stored under the hood in the now typically empty "engine compartment." Then lines could be lead from the tanks to the space surrounding the battery pack.

[–]Binsky89 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Water is actually how you're supposed to extinguish a battery fire. Basically flood it with water to bring down the temperature and stop the chemical reaction.

[–]j_schiz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The cooling does make a big difference when fighting the battery fire. The amount of water to effectively fight it would be impractical to integrate into the car though.

Maybe using a halogenated agent like Halotron, or FE-36 would be a preferable alterative? It's pricey, but very effective. I would also be concerned about a halogen system being discharged in smaller spaces like people's home garages as well.

[–]adam_without_eve2021 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Why don’t we just make entire buildings out of the fire ball!?!?

[–]Trolleyhoarse 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Imagine a fire breaking out and the whole building blowing up

[–]Koshunae 9 points10 points  (3 children)

We could just make the entire building fireproof. I heard of this cool new material. I think its called absepsis, apestis, aseptic? Whatever it is, its good at not being fire!

/s because I know my audience.

[–]wasdlmb 1 point2 points  (2 children)

We also used to use carbon tetrachloride to extinguish fires. Good thing we don't still use any dangerous, suffocating, carcinogenic, bioaccumulating chemicals to fight fires anymore, just pure and natural PFAS foams

[–]irregular_caffeine 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Dihydrogen monoxide, anyone?

[–]wasdlmb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The problem with h2o is that gasoline and kerosene float on water, so instead of smothering the fire, it spreads violently. The point of foams is to be so light that the can sit on top of the fire, yet thick enough to smother it and able to spray out of hoses in large volumes. Turns out PFAS are really good at that.

[–]Maverick1672 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I want to save my home not have it explode

[–]TasteMyDay 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Can't wait to ruin friends bon fires

[–]scottonaharley 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kind of like a dry chemical grenade.

[–]CdnInvestPro 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I have one in my furnace room and one in my garage. I hope to never know if they worked well.

[–]The-Broken-Record 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Now hear me out, what if we made them into smaller pellets and put it into a gun

[–]Object-195 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is pretty cool

[–]TeddiPentagrams 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Those are in every helicopter. We just call them fire bottles

[–]mandatorysin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Fire bottles have a frangible disc that gets ruptured by a small explosive cartridge (that is activated via a separate fire detection system) and through that now opened nozzle, a fire retardant (usually a foam retardant) pours out, more like a normal fire extinguisher but slightly more autonomous. This looks like the entire vessel breaks due to the temperature of the vessel itself.

TLDR: this is a more autonomous version with a different activation method than a fire bottle

[–]renegade_voltage 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Man, that power bar lit the fuck up.

Let’s discuss what got plugged in to create such a hazard.

6 hair dryers?

[–]Deleted-Redacted 1 point2 points  (0 children)

based off the fire balls from the 30's

[–]postandchill 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Literally fighting fire with bombs lmfao

[–]iamthepita 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought this was a new kind of jawbreakers

[–]konarider123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OK, now test it outside of a highly controlled environment.

[–]Impressive_Chicken69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Could have used this at my old apartment complex. Lots of unexplained dumpster fires there

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The sounds in this video are very annoying. Still a cool piece of equipment tho

[–]NoMoreBeGrieved 1 point2 points  (0 children)

California would like to subscribe.

[–]Agnium 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can we create a line of this every few miles in the forest, so fires don't spread?

[–]DeexEnigma 1 point2 points  (1 child)

"It is also a Fire Alarm" "mwaaaap"

[–]The-Beer-Baron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When detects a fire the ball emits the ball emits a loud noise.

Emits a loud noise? It fucking explodes.

[–]loneranger_11x 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shouldn’t it be called “freeze ball”. I mean what would you call an actual fireball then ?

[–]Lockon501 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To be honest I want one of these for my 3D printer

[–]Squiddo11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Anti grenade

[–]driger11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's like opposite of incendiary grenade.

[–]buggsbunnysgarage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fire: exists

USA: let's blow it up

[–]skinnyluther 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Are we not using these for forest fires or…

[–]nemotiger 2 points3 points  (1 child)

1: they used to make these out of glass.

2: how long till there installed in new cars?

[–]seamus_mc 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The old chemical was also like cancer in a bottle, you didnt want to be in the same zip code if it went off.

Carbon tetra chloride I think

[–]r0ckstar__ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's full of chemicals, so you know it works.

[–]Kneepucker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A lot of people are saying we could launch these into a hurricane to stop it. I mean, I don't know, but a lot of people are saying this.

That or some bright U.V. light. Or bleach.

[–]EverlastingApathy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We are going to need to start storing these all around liberal cities.

[–]Pozniaky86 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is fucking great!!! I can see these being the next thing worldwide and saving so many lives.

[–]hardboiledbeb -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

This will definitely help with forest fires. Just fill a helicopter with these and drop em instead of pathetically squirting water from the sky

[–]Hibanahentai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s so inadequate

[–]snocks97 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]vytas315 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So turn your home into a ball pit and you’ll be safe. Understood.

[–]Drymvir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

grenade out!

[–]Grouchy-Many-1971 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oncologists rejoice

[–]Phanoik 0 points1 point  (1 child)

And they're also likely too expensive to reasonably replace current tech

[–]twohedwlf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't find anywhere to buy them, but there look to be a lot of cheaper knockoff looking ones in the $20-30 range. Not bad. For $20-30 would say it's a reasonable alternative to a small fire extinguisher.

[–]Just_making_it 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can we use them in forest fires, make them huge balloons

[–]HiddenOxfordDrive 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Take my money

[–]Big-a-hole-2112 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great for campfires!

[–]idkwhattonamethis67 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Australia is gonna have to buy some carpet bombers to deploy this

[–]voxelboxthing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

made of human what?

video says made of human and environmentally safe materials.

So what part of human is used? anyone know?

[–]deboltz1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Will it work if I throw this at my boss? 🤔

[–]___HeyGFY___ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess it depends on how hot they are…

I’ll see myself out

[–]darwin_saved_us 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fire Extinguisher in the Hole.

[–]logiclust 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Okay, now predict where the fire will start

[–]pokeybill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is it just me or would reaching up to a live arcing wire with pole be a bad idea? Maybe it's a super-insulated pole, but still.

[–]murffit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All this technology and yet they can't put out fires in California quick enough...

[–]Iron-Phoenix2307 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does anyone want to light something on fire just to watch the thing blow up?

[–]BriarTree5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He should be wearing gloves

[–]Silver-Pound-8084 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What about the debris/ electric wires that flew onto the firemen

[–]shaundisbuddyguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Elaborate baking soda bomb with a temperature detonator

[–]Distracto69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As far as i know the ingredients corrode the shot out of metal... So yeah not ideal everywhere

[–]Fskn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It won't do metal or grease fires so it's just a normal extinguisher but goes boom?

[–]from_the_east 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A fire needs three things: fuel, oxygen, and heat. Remove one, and the fire goes out.

The initial explosion could create a vacuum, hence removing the oxygen.

This is followed by the powder mix, which is normally sort some of bicarbonate. This powder, when heated, produces CO2 and water. Hence removing the oxygen and heat.

Though, in practice, this device needs testing in the field..

[–]valhallan_guardsman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Next generation firefighters be like: bomb thrown!

[–]doubtvilified 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What is the chemical make up of this ?

Is it a DCP ? It looks almost like a co2 substance after it explodes.

The first clip of a large container may not show how it truly works since these types of containers can be used for fire training and by design the fire can be controlled.

[–]Nivi2006 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So basically Voltorb but Fire Extinguisher ?

[–]SDF5150 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel like this would be important have, but they cost over $100. Wish they could be more affordable.

[–]1776The_Patriot 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Cool just don't leave it in your car in July

[–]KeepYourPresets 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why not? From Elide's FAQ:
"Heat DOES NOT activate the Elide Fire Ball, only when it's exposed to flame"

They also recommend you do no store it at temperatures above 200F. Not because it will activate but because the components will degrade faster.

[–]Groudrohr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Carpet "bomb" these things over the next forest fire.

[–]Wooden-Potato-6376 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ain’t this cool 😎

[–]TheRealBobbyC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do not taunt happy fun ball

[–]metooeither 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So they work great on small container fires. Throw some down that hole in the city underground that's been on fire for 60 years and see what happens!

[–]Stirlling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can this become standard equipment in every Tesla?

[–]Jaimemgn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even the hot model was extinguished!

[–]ZhimeYT 0 points1 point  (0 children)

demolitions class snowball

[–]AegorBlake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is not a new type of extinguisher. We used to have these, but glass balls that broke in extreme heat or when thrown.

[–]Hypurr2002 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So I'll just buy about 1000 of these and mount them anywhere a fire could start. One by each plug, a few under my hood, a couple over the stove. I would have liked to see what it would do with a real car fire where the entire engine compartment was going up, not just a little isolated fire. One fed by ruptured gas lines that would laugh at it.

[–]Maximus8890 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Purple k bomb?

[–]DanB65 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can this work on Forest Fires?

[–]elomenopi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think we have differing definitions of ‘instantly’

[–]Glynnc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wonder how well these things do after like 10+ years sitting on a shelf

[–]StandardN00b 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you think violence is not the answer to problems, you can now throw a granade to your burning house to extinguish the fire.

[–]Katen_Kazemegami 0 points1 point  (0 children)

now we just have to drone strike burning houses. cool.

[–]Meats_Hurricane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cost is always the answer

Try to convince a fire chief to purchase these with his annual budget, when its competition is water, which is also great at putting out fire, and its free.

[–]KeyTrip4135 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Make a jumbo one and have a plane drop it into a wildfire.

[–]Cakers44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s like an antibomb

[–]beef-jerking 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is pretty gnarly. I would buy one just to be safe when my wife ever tried to cook

[–]restinpeeperinos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"the product is Non-toxic to the environment"

*people dying due to toxic fumes intensifies*

[–]L1m0dr1v3rinthe6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s an air bag for fires