002302 – Model Rocket Starters

(10 customer reviews)


Dependable, easy-to-use Estes Starters.
Works just like our 2301 Igniters.

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Ready to use Starters (formally known as 2301 Igniters) for your model rockets. Requires one per launch to ignite your engine. Six to a pack for your convenience.

Additional information

Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding are required – sold separately-unless otherwise specified.

10 reviews for 002302 – Model Rocket Starters

  1. Sine Nomine

    To be clear, the new-style starters “work”the same as the older style, in that you put them in the end of a motor, connect wires, and press a button. They aren’t the same, however. They are essentially two wires connected with a bit of goop that gets very hot when current goes through it from the launcher. The old ones were two wires connected by goop with a bit of ignition material that burned when current goes through it. If your launcher has high quality batteries in it, you won’t notice a difference. If you are using cruddy batteries or batteries that are almost out of juice, you will get failures, especially on cold days. Buy top quality, name brand batteries and keep fresh batteries in your launch gear to avoid issues.

  2. Joe

    Great starters.

    Cheap and better than anything you can make at home.

  3. kerry


    I am finding that the new “starters” do not ignite very well and have had many failed launches this summer. The older ones worked much better.
    After much testing I found that at least 3 out of a 6 pack barely even let off a little smoke but that was using the same battery for each test. I find that I need to use a brand new battery pretty much for each launch which can get extremely costly!
    Not a fan of the new starters :/ ESTES NOTE: If you are using the controller that is powered by a 9 V battery, the battery is likely the issue. It has to be a very high quality, super alkaline battery. Like a step above the Duracell Coppertop. We have sold several hundred thousand of the new starters and once the battery issue is addressed, 99% of the time, it was the battery and not the starter.

  4. storm


    these are good to have extras of but i wish either more came in a package or they were cheaper. just like hiedi said

  5. Heidi

    Good to have extras

    It’s nice to have extras of these in case one is bad. Wish they were cheaper and more in a package though.

  6. Thomas (verified owner)

    something new

    never used these before hope they work as good as the old ones

  7. Kirk G

    Safe Not Sorry

    I just want to echo what Juliet said about it being good to have an extra model rocket igniter pack on hand. Last club launch that I went to, I brought my last engine of a particular pack with me, and discovered as I was loading it that the ignitor had dropped out and been lost… the last of three in the blister pack! Fortunately, another club member had a spare pack and cut it open to hand me one. I’ll be forever grateful for that act of kindness, as I got my launch off and finished off my last engine of that value! When I got home, I discovered the missing ignitor in the bottom of my temporary storage box where I had place all things Rocektry before loading for the club meeting the next day! IT PAYS TO HAVE AN EXTRA SET IN YOUR JUMP KIT!

  8. Nephi

    Same thing, really

    This does the exact same thing as the old ones just under a different name.

  9. Fred

    “Starters” replace “Igniters”

    Just to clarify what Juliet was trying to say, the new “Starters” are almost identical to the familiar “Igniters” but the coating on the tip is different. So, they are not the same, but they function the same and they will ‘start’ your rocket motor just as easily as the old ‘igniters’.
    The coating was changed to make them easier to ship or mail. I’ve used these new “Starters” and they work fine.
    As always: remember to only use fresh ALKALINE batteries in your launch controller for instant ‘starting’.

  10. Juliet

    Same as Model Rocket Igniters

    These are the model rocket igniters, just under a different name. The igniters normally come with rocket engines, but it is always good to have extra model rocket igniters on hand.

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