Pre-packaged Pyro: 101
Pre-packaged pyro is the most professional, easiest, most consistent, and SAFEST methods to create the effects you are looking for. The following is a brief breakdown on the required controllers and hardware for such effects.
To safely use these effects, three parts are involved:
1. The Controller
There are several controller options listed below. These controllers are also available in a 3-pin XLR version, Bare Wire, or both.
Basic Controller Options:
CPH2214 1 CH Pyro Controller (Bare Wire)
The 1 channel mini controller is a useful device when needing to fire Pyro from a small place or where size and being discreet are important. This simple controller has all the much needed safety elements: key switch lock out, fire button, and continuity tester. A battery power supply is required and wires are provided to connect the external power supply. The external power offers you flexibility for your set up. The battery commonly used is a 9-volt. A larger battery (ex. 6-volt lantern battery) would be required for long wire runs. You must calculate the battery output to ensure the correct battery is selected.
CPH2213 4 Channel Mini Pyro Controller (Bare Wire)
The 4 channel Mini Controller is a useful device when needing to fire Pyro from small places or where size and being discreet are important. We included 4 channels in this controller so multiple devices could be fired from 1 small controller. This simple controller has all the all the needed safety elements: key switch lock out, fire button, continuity tester, and channel selector. A battery power supply is required and wires are provided to connect the external power supply. The external power offers you with flexibility for your set up. The battery commonly used is a 9-volt. As with the 1-CH version, you must calculate the battery output to ensure the correct battery is selected.
With either of the above controller options, you will also need CPH1109 Pyro Clips (two are required per effect location) and Zip Wire (the trade name for standard Lamp Cord Wire - available from your local hardware store) to interface this control set up with the cartridges.
Industrial Controller Options:
The 2-Way and 6-Way Pyro Controllers are battery operated cap discharge controllers suitable for use with both Pyroflash and Prostage II effects (ie. XLR or Bare-wire hookups)
Each of the channels can be fired individually with 165 feet of cable and up to 8 effects wired in series on each.
Has both 3-pin XLR (US Version) and turret connections, so is suitable for Pyroflash and wired effects.
Can be used with a main power supply or internal batteries
New Option - circuit test is available when armed AND unarmed
Power: 2 x 9v Batteries
Size L xWxH: 7 x 6.75 x 2.75 inches
Weight: 3.3 lbs
Wireless Controller Options:
The COBRA Wireless Firing Systems offer a wide range of products for everyone from outdoor pyro enthusiasts to professional shooters. These systems are built to withstand the rigors of Theatrical, Motion Picture, Military, and all other indoor and outdoor special effects and fireworks installs.
COBRA boasts affordability and ease-of-use at all levels. With our world class support, you can feel comfortable knowing you are in good hands if you need assistance at any level.
Please Note: A professional Pyro Controller must be used for pre-packaged pyro. Using “home-made” controllers or controlling via a Light Board or DMX controller is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and against the law in most (if not all) states. An NFPA1126 compliant Key-locked dedicated pyro controller like the ones listed above are the ONLY way to legally (and safely) control such effects.
The proper holders are required to safely secure the pyro effects to your stage and/or set pieces. These can be very simple single-effect holders or more complex “multi-use” or Multi-Shot pieces. The type of pyro you're using will determine the correct hardware needed to safely use the effects. While our web page is loaded with information on this subject, feel welcome to contact us for questions on what hardware is recommended and/or required for your effects.
3. Pyro Refills
Pre-packaged pyro is "ready to use" with no mixing/measuring required, thus making this style of pyro much more consistent from shot-to-shot and MUCH safer than any other means. These are disposable units, which are used once then discarded after each performance.
Important Shipping & Legal Information
Hazmat Fees: All pre-packaged pyro products will incur a one-time HAZ fee of $30, a box fee of $10, plus exact shipping cost for ground shipments. Air Shipments would incur a one-time HAZ fee of $80.00, a box fee of $10.00 plus exact shipping cost.
Remember that you will need to contact the proper authorities for approval of use of these products in your area. Many states/cities require licensing to operate ANY form of pyrotechnic effect. Furthermore, several states require licensing to even purchase such products. These effects are for professional adult use only; all set up and operation must be performed by someone 21 years of age or older. If you are not familiar with these types of effects, consultation with a professional pyrotechnician in your state/city will be required.
Please feel welcome to call us with any questions. 1-800-791-7646