The trusty candle has been providing light and burning down structures for centuries, but there’s one problem with it that’s never quite been defeated. And that’s the fact that candles inevitably burn down to nothing. The Rekindle is trying to solve that problem, or at least spare you from buying candles for a long, long time.
The Rekindle is, at root, fairly simple. As the wax drips down the sides of your candle, it flows into a reservoir contained within the candlestick. A new wick is dangling down for the wax to coalesce around, so, as your candle gets lower and lower, the bottom of the Rekindle fills with wax.
Once it’s full, pop out your new candle, light it, and you’re ready to repeat the whole process.
Kindling An Idea
It may sound like a gimmick, but if you stop and think about it, it’s actually a smart idea. It’s true that there are problems in “recycling” some forms of candle wax, but you’re still getting more use out of the candle than you were previously, and it also helps keeps the candle going. Otherwise, you’ll be throwing out a bunch of candle wax that could otherwise go to use. Yes, you’ll still have to buy candles eventually… but you can at least get the most out of your candle-buying dollar.
Candle In the Wind
The Rekindle is currently patent-pending; its inventor is still working on a few ideas and a few kinks before he brings a full product to market. Nonetheless, the Rekindle is a fascinating idea that brings new meaning to the term “recycling”, and it’s likely one you’re going to see a lot more of as people decide they want a bit more out of what they buy. Keep an eye out for the Rekindle sometime next year.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.