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Bought a couple of them off ebay, to test.
As wind can be an issue igniting tinder/kindling with a flame.

Great for instantly igniting alcohol fueled stoves, Coleman type lanterns, stoves & kerosene wick lamps

Tested igniting dry paper, dry grass/pine needles, Vaseline-cotton balls, a candle, thin wood shavings, wax dipped make-up remover pads, a sparkler & cannon fuse.

Both quickly ignited all of the above.

Since I generally carry solar chargers in the field anyway





And a hvy duty rechargeable battery for quickly recharging other things
(minus the jumper clamps - when backpacking)



I thought, why not, as they are compact & only weigh about 2 ounces.

As a side note, they could also be used as a close in weapon (of sorts), as reading the reviews, a couple people noted applied to skin they will burn/shock you worse than a stun gun.
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Do you have a link for those? I have one, but it's shaped like a standard cigarette lighter and really only good for lighting cigarettes or tinder. Not much good for poking into a campfire or lantern.
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i've never heard of these before. is it basically a stun gun where more of the energy is released as heat?

how many "lights" do you get off a full charge?
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Do you have a link for those? I have one, but it's shaped like a standard cigarette lighter and really only good for lighting cigarettes or tinder. Not much good for poking into a campfire or lantern.

Below are a couple links of MANY on eBay.

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tacklife-EL...8AAOSw38Bagbeu

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rechargeabl...53.m1438.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-US....c100854.m4779
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I got one of those that looks like a regular lighter. Having it with me makes more sense than a zippo that always leaked in my pocket and dried up before I need it... I don't even smoke.
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i've never heard of these before. is it basically a stun gun where more of the energy is released as heat?

how many "lights" do you get off a full charge?
Well, its a "lighter", not a "stun gun".

But, they do generate a considerable amount of heat, because they quickly ignited everything I tested them on.

I'm not going to apply to my skin to test the stun gun effect.

Their advertising says good for 15000 ignitions from a fully charged battery & rechargeable 500 times.

But that's advertising, so apply a few grains of disbelief.

I call BS on the 15000 ignitions from a fully charged battery.
A hundred (100) ignitions per charge would great.

Another brand says 400 ignitions per charge.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tacklife-EL...8AAOSw38Bagbeu

Here are some of the spec's on the black one, with the flexible neck.
(the other one didn't come with a spec sheet)

Features:
1.Non-sparking, odorless, comfortable for everyday use; with longer handle to keep distance away from burning hands. And the switch is designed to be safe to charge.

2.Rechargeable battery - USB charging, more convenient.

3.The source light will blink when the battery is low. Built-in 200mAh lithium-ion battery, the lighter can use more 15,000-18000 times when you change a new battery , and the battery can be recharged more than 500 times.

4.Weatherability is good, easy to carry - suitable for camping, tourism, barbecue, and outdoor activities.

5.Power saving and sliding switch structure - 10 seconds automatically shut down to save energy; long handle and flexible elbow design, the front can be rotated 360 degrees, very useful, suitable for different places.

6.There are two Insulated ceramic pieces on the both sides of the head the lighter.

7.Flame-free and windproof design helps to quickly ignite.

8.Hidden ignition design and safety buttons to protect children's safety.

9.USB Charging: The rechargeable function comes with a USB charging cable that does not require gas or liquid.

10. The charging port is on the left side, use a USB cable to charge, please do not use it while it’s charging.

Here are a couple of the WARNINGS

2.Do not touch the electric spark, for there is the risk of high temperature and voltage

5.Do not lit for more than 10 seconds ,in order to avoid the high temperature to burn the skin and affect product life ;

6.Ignite arc lighter away form face ,skin ,clothing and combustible substances.

Caveat - These are not built military tough.

I'm going to order a couple others with an exposed prong type arc, that are built about like a Zippo lighter. To see how well they work, as they appear more compact & durable.

Something like this type

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rechargeabl...wpixaozyU#rwid
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Very nice find. Looking forward to your report on the others and hopefully a recommendation of the best one you've tested. Thank you!
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that's very interesting bunkerbuster. i wonder if anyone has tested it at very low temps? given that batteries tend not to have great performance at low temps.
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that's very interesting bunkerbuster. i wonder if anyone has tested it at very low temps? given that batteries tend not to have great performance at low temps.
I will stick one in a freezer for a couple hours, then test.
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Out of all of them, I have looked at.
(advantage USA supplier, not wait 3 weeks for slow China shipping)

This one appears to be the most compact, short, durable & sturdy one
(I say "appears", as I don't have it in hand yet)



https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tacklife-EL...EAAOSwFMdae4la

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tacklife-EL...4AAOSw3ZBanRqP
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The black one spent six (6) hours in the freezer & still has what appears to be a full charge.

Again, I say "appears" as the light diode on the side isn't blinking & is supposed to when the battery is low and needs charging.

It works & ignites flammable material as if fully charged.

So, by all appearances, it will stand up to cold weather & freezing temperatures well.
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The black one spent six (6) hours in the freezer & still has what appears to be a full charge.

Again, I say "appears" as the light diode on the side isn't blinking & is supposed to when the battery is low and needs charging.

It works & ignites flammable material as if fully charged.

So, by all appearances, it will stand up to cold weather & freezing temperatures well.
I'm a gram wheenie so I have to ask, what's it weigh? Thanks!
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The black one pictured weighs 61 grams.

This one weighs 45.3 grams

https://www.ebay.com/itm/122956442852?rmvSB=true
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I bought a cigarette lighter style one of those last summer. They work good and recharge off of my folding solar panels without a problem. There are some videos on youtube of fools zapping themselves with these lighters. They appear to just give a minor zap if you touch the electrodes. They won't jump to your skin.
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I was looking at a number of those, but every one I looked at had mixed reviews on them. I ended up getting a SOTO lighter torch for backpacking because it uses the cheap disposable lighters as the fuel. I still might get one of the plasma torches because I like the idea of a rechargeable lighter. Never have to worry about fuel as long as the battery continues to charge.
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Best of the bunch - so far.

Compact, as effective as the others.
(disposable lighter for scale)

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Built a sturdy waterproof buoyant case for this one.
Snug fit & doesn't rattle



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Nice, I have the lighter like ones, but this is better.
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Bought a couple of them off ebay, to test.
As wind can be an issue igniting tinder/kindling with a flame......

As a side note, they could also be used as a close in weapon (of sorts), as reading the reviews, a couple people noted applied to skin they will burn/shock you worse than a stun gun.
That's interesting but quite hard to believe.
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