Your Guide to Buying a Windproof Lighter
If you go camping or hiking, you might find that you’ll need to light a fire in all sorts of weather conditions. Or, maybe you enjoy smoking, and you’re in a situation where lighting a pipe, cigar or cigarette might be too difficult because of the strong winds outside. That’s when a windproof lighter can come in handy. There are a number of devices that allow you to light a small fire, even if it’s rainy or windy. There is a surprising variety of windproof lighters, that work on some ingenious principles. Here is a guide to some of the best windproof lighters on the market.
Types of Windproof Lighters
USB lighter: These get their power by means of a USB connection. There are several designs:
Heating element: This works much like the cigarette lighter in your car, by means of a heating element that becomes hot. When you turn it on, it operates a heating element, which will get hot enough to allow you to light a cigarette, a match or dry leaves, tissue or toilet paper, which in turn will allow you to start a campfire.
Tesla coil: This makes a high-frequency, high voltage, small current over a spark gap. That will be enough to ignite something flammable, which you can use to light a campfire. Or you can use it to light up a cigarette. This is preferable, since you don’t have to fill it with butane. The Bolt lighter works on the principle of a Tesla coil.
Butane lighter: The Zippo windproof lighter is rather large (around 30 cm. long), and works much like a regular cooking torch. There are windproof lighters, such as the Visol, that work on butane just like a regular cigarette lighter. The difference here is that they shoot out a high-pressure stream of fuel, that isn’t diverted by strong winds. The flame this produces is resistant to the average wind (but not serious storm winds). They can have 1, 2 or 3 jets of butane—the more jets of fuel, the stronger the resulting flame. The UST Klipp lighter uses a piezoelectric spark to light the butane. By pushing on a crystal, it produces a spark that ignites the butane fuel. It doesn’t require any batteries to make that spark. In fact, it’s so powerful, it’ll even work if the lighter is wet!
What People are Saying
Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:
Height adjustment: Some people who had problems with their windproof lighter realized that they might have to raise the flame level slightly. Most windproof lighters will have a means for adjusting the height.
Prefer the USB powered lighters: Some butane lighters can get pressed, or have their fuel leak out accidentally. The USB powered lighters are more dependable in that regard.
Useful Tips for Shoppers
Childproof button: Since lighters can be dangerous, some lighters have a childproof button. You have to press the “on” button together with the childproof button in order to operate the lighter.
Safety: It’s not recommended to have the Tesla coil lighter lit for more than 5 minutes at a time. It will seriously overheat. (You probably won’t need to keep it on that long for regular use anyway.)
Number of lights per charge: The Tesla coil lighters are very economical—some advertise that they can light up 300 times for every time you charge up the battery. The heating element-type lighters are not as efficient: they advertise being able to light up 50 times for each time they are charged up.
Butane level viewer: If you use the butane type lighter, you have to keep in mind that there is a sufficient amount of fuel in the lighter. Some of them allow you to see the butane level inside.
Special butane fuel: Some of the lighters require especially refined butane in order to function. The UST Klipp requires that you buy quadruple-refined butane for it to work.
Ultimate Survival Technologies—was founded in 1936, and they manufacture and provide survival and camping equipment. They are based in Jacksonville, Florida. They make LED lights, fire starters, mirrors, outdoor cutting tools and sporting goods, first aid kits, camp kitchen products, and more.
Bolt Lighter—is a make of a USB rechargeable windproof electric plasma arc lighter. It is provided with a USB charging cable. When fully charged, it can work for somewhere between 100-300 lightings.
Firedog— is a maker of a number of butane and heating element-type lighters. They also make military gear.
3 Oaks—makes a series of survival tools: multi-functional knives, eating utensils, lighters, and more. Their cigarette lighter is charged from any USB connection, and works on a heating element. When you slide out the USB connection, you can recharge it. When you slide out the heating element, the device starts to heat up.
Visol—are makers of a wide range of smoking and bar accessories. They are located in Plano, Texas. They make lighters, cigar and cigarette paraphernalia, drinking mugs, as well as other aids for the home and kitchen.