Q. What are they made of?
A. Lanterns made of flame-retardant tissue paper, a bamboo ring at the bottom and a thin cross-wire supporting a square of wax paper, the fuel for the lantern.
Q. How do you use a sky lantern?
A. Once you open the package and lay your lantern flat to open it up. You can now write your wish on the lantern and get it ready to fly. Once you have everything ready grab a lighter or flame and light the square wax paper. The lantern will inflate and you slowly let it raise up and fill with air. Once its full you can gently let it go and watch it dissapear into the night sky!
Q. How are the sky lanterns shipped?
A. Your lanterns are shipped to you folded flat in plastic wrap, each indivudally wrapped.
Q. Are sky lanterns safe?
A. They are safe as long as you use them properly. Sky lanterns should never be flown when there is any noticeable wind present. Wait for a calm day. Wind may blow the sides of the sky lantern in, forcing the hot air out and causing the sky lantern to fall back to earth, possibly causing a fire.
Q. Is launch permission required?
A. In most cases, no, but it is advisable to contact your local authorities including the coast guard, if applicable, for advice on possible regulations.
Do not use near main roads or in area where Sky Lanterns could be misinterpreted as a distress signal.
Important: The use of Sky Lanterns abroad must be approved by the local authorities of the country in question. The user in the respective country is responsible for following the set safety guidelines and regulations.
Q. What is the most appropriate launch site for the Sky Lanterns?
A. We recommend using Sky Lanterns in a clear open space free from obstructions, i.e. power cables, trees or buildings. For maximum visibility, a clear sky is preferable. Keep away from sites with flammable gases and liquids.
Q. What are the suitable weather conditions for launching Sky Lanterns?
Best Conditions, for launching: Still weather conditions with little wind. A maximum wind force of 2 on the Beaufort scale (4 - 7 miles per hour) must not be exceeded at the time of launching the lanterns, due to the risk of the lantern flying off course.
We do not recommend using Sky Lanterns when it is raining. Light precipitation/drizzling may still allow Sky Lanterns to fly, but we strongly discourage using them in heavy downpours.
Q. How high do the Sky Lanterns fly, and for how long?
A. One Sky Lantern burns and flies for approximately 5 - 10 minutes, in optimal weather conditions, the Sky Lanterns can reach heights between 700 ft and 1640 ft. Factors affecting Sky Lanterns flight include: Size of lantern, Size of heat source (fuel cell), Ambient temperature at launch site (Ground Degrees Celsius/Fahrenheit), Temperature fluctuations at various heights above launch site (Air Temperature), Location of Launch site (valley, mountain, launch site shaded by wind etc), Wind speed and direction at launch site (Ground), Wind speed and direction above launch site (In Air).
Q. What happens once the fuel source has been exhausted?
A. Once the Fuel Cell has expired, there is no flame or fuel material left, so the lanterns float gently back to the Earth. Falling Lanterns with extinguished fuel cell pose no fire risk.
The Sky lantern and fuel cell may in no way be modified or altered from its original state.
Sky Lanterns are made from biodegradable materials; Rice or Mulberry paper, on a Bamboo frame, which means they decompose in the shortest of times.