This kind of a smoke machine is a transparent tube with an electronic cigarette inserted into it. Normally, the tube is made of plexiglass. You blow into it, the smoke appears. Very light thing, it looks beautiful and aesthetic. As soon as you needed some smoke during your bubble show, you blow into the tube and smoke comes out of it. The electrical contacts are triggered there, and the evaporator, the heating element, is turned on. Everything is very simple, fast and without delay. It works great.
In the case of using an electronic cigarette, the principle of its operation changes. If we usually suck smoke in our mouths, here, everything happens the other way around: we blow smoke out of it. Hence, such a short lifespan of this manual smoke generator.
This is my broken electronic cigarette from the tube-shaped generator. A battery, a tank with liquid smoke and a device that evaporates smoke.
This is a more cumbersome option, such pistols are slightly cheaper than blue ones. They have several drawbacks: they are hefty and oblong, and they also have an extra device with a button that produces percussion movements on the membrane. That's how the rings are produced. But this extra device is not needed at all. We need an evaporator, a tank for liquids, a tank for smoke, a compartment with batteries and a switch. The rest can be scrapped.
There are no extra buttons and devices that cannot be removed. It's a rather aesthetically-looking smoke generator for bubble shows.
There's the tank, where the evaporator-heater fluid is located, from which smoke is produced. The fluid goes there after pressing the button.
The detergent penetrates through this lid and the oxidation process begins. Sometimes you have to clean the contacts and replace the batteries frequently. There is still a Russian way of fixing things – hit the bottom with your hand, and it will work. Not for long, though.
Working with smoke is always attractive and fascinating for both children and adults.
Normally, such a prop lasts for six months of intensive work. Besides, its heating element (irreparable) may burn out, so you dispose of the smoke gun entirely.
This is the evaporator that makes smoke from liquid. In fact, this liquid consists of certain proportions of water, glycerin and alcohol. Alcohol is for rapid evaporation, glycerin is needed so that the steam does not mix with air for a long time. Indeed, hovering steam is smoke.
Here's an example of a show element where smoke is used with a glowing desk. The trick is called "volcano". Such a bubble of smoke cannot be inflated with a smoke gun – you'll need a smoke generator with more power.
This is the smoke generator that I use. Compact and lightweight. Lot of wires, though, but it gives a lot of smoke.
Now it is heating up. Heat up time – 3 minutes.
Everything is standard for a smoke generator or bubbles. 220V mains cable, fuses, a power button, the connector for hooking a controller. In our case, it will be a footswitch or a remote control. The most interesting thing is that almost all smoke generators have such a connector, but not all of them are sold with footswitches. Be aware of that. For a bubble show this is very important. It is more convenient to work with a footswitch.
Power supply 220V / 50Hz
Power consumption: 400 W
Device weight: 1.8 kg
Most likely the weight is indicated without fluid, wires, remote controls and buttons.
Smoke comes out of the generator when you press the button. I took the photo in my apartment, so I let out just a little smoke. By the way, when working with a large amount of smoke, the fire alarm might get triggered.