Battery Operated Candles — everybody loves ’em. In our almost 12 years in business, we’ve watched the evolution of BOCs. We first carried small, white, plastic, flickering LED ‘flame’, tealight size BOCs that used a flat disk shaped battery and came 50 pieces in a display box. We tentatively purchased one box and extra batteries, thinking it was a great idea, but not sure anyone else would think the same. We turned one on and sat it on the counter and sold out in about a week – with many customers buying 4 or five and more at a time!
Within a couple months, one of our vendors made available small, wax covered tealights and tapers in a very country/primitive look that our customers loved. The tapers needed only 1 or 2 AA batteries and were a really big hit. They still are, but the next step was putting a timer right into those little BOCs so they turn themselves off and on — and that made them an even bigger hit!
Currently, many different companies produce many different kinds of BOCs – most are wax covered to resemble (as close as possible) a real candle — some are made of resin and can be used outdoors with some water resistance — some are manufactured right in the candle holder and even lanterns, all as one piece.
One of the latest versions is the BOC with a moving flame. From across a room or even closer, it appears that you are looking at a real candle burning, complete with a flickering flame. It probably won’t be long before even these are improved on! In fact, two of our candle vendors have begun adding on layers of candle wax to give these flickering flame pillar candles a more country/primitive look!
Take a look at these videos of our newest BOCs displayed in the shop – made of wax, needing 2 AA batteries (120 hour operating time), 5 hour timer option, 5″, 7″ 9″ pillars and 7″, 9″ tapers!! A tiny LED shines on the ‘flame’ and makes it dance and flicker as a real flame would.