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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?
It's basically a spark plug with a wide gap.
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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.
I posted a thread about these a while back and all the critics commented on how these would never work. It's funny how some people react to something they haven't seen before.

IMO, one of these lighters along with a crank USB charger are about as good as it gets for starting fires. They'll light in rain and wind and with a crank charger you'll never run out of fuel. The risk is if it breaks.
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Plasma type lighters just add an additional dimension to fire starting kits.
The more ways you have to lignite a fire, the better.

There's six (6) in the picture below

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I've had one of the atomic lighters a few months now. Recharged it only once and it probably didn't need to be. Played with it alot, lit several fires. Like the concept the top doesn't open enough IMO. Over all I like it.
$20 at Walmart in the as seen on TV stuff up front.


Picked up this one last week for the wife to light candles with. I'm going to steal it from her. Like it WAY more than the first one.
$14 same place at Walmart. They have a longer one too for $20.


Both fit the watch pocket on my jeans. Doubt the longer one would.
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Next trip to town one or more are coming home with me if our Walmart has them. Wind is always a problem here.
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Compared to each other with a bic mini.


Both open. Notice how limited access is on the fliptop.


Action shots
Stronger arc of the 2 from the single arc stick type.


Double arc looks weaker but there are 2.


Both work good and light things on fire equally well.
Harder to get the fliptop to tinder, bring tinder to the lighter is easier.
Both have a 10 second shut off. If it takes longer than 10 seconds to get a flame you gotta push the button again.
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Any of these gizmos indicate a UL rating (or are they from the recent/former hoverboard manufacturers)? A Chicom battery operated gimcrack is not a recipe for confidence in the product.
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Any of these gizmos indicate a UL rating (or are they from the recent/former hoverboard manufacturers)? A Chicom battery operated gimcrack is not a recipe for confidence in the product.
There are hundreds of brands of these things. I have no idea if they are UL or any other rating company rated. Not sure what gimcrack is but I guess it is used as some derogatory term for Chinese made goods. My confidence in a product has nothing to do with where it is made. Even Pakistan has some decent exports. I'm guessing you have confidence in your Chicom computer that you typed your message with.
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That's interesting but quite hard to believe.
The burning part is true. You can light someones clothes on fire with one. And they will give you a nasty burn. The shock part is way over hyped. They are uncomfortable but not stun gun level by any means.
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I prefer the type where the prongs extend.
Simply more versatile.



The ones built like a zippo fire tinder up.
But are a bit awkward when doing so.
Lid doesn't fully open & sparking tips appear closer together

They are also considerably heavier.
That said, it may be the internal battery may be bigger, with a higher capacity?
Which would be a good thing, if so?
Pro's & Con's with both.

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Ordered a couple different ones to try on your advise BB. Also found one of the Zippo style ones that opens all the way.

https://www.amazon.com/UST-TekFire-F...geable+lighter
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Any of these gizmos indicate a UL rating (or are they from the recent/former hoverboard manufacturers)? A Chicom battery operated gimcrack is not a recipe for confidence in the product.
I have somewhat the same feeling. The link that another poster provided had mostly good reviews, but the couple, few failures don't make me think that I would want to rely on it completely.

Then I clicked on higher end (maybe?) storm proof jet lighter, and the reviews were much better, in that the "worst" review, was that they thought the lighter would be bigger, or smaller than it was.

So, while I'd like to try one, I don't think it will replace anything. Probably a good supplement, though.
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I also bought a few kinds to play with after BB's thread here. One out of the three I bought, the Zippo style, would not charge at all. So I too question the reliability. Will not be changing out any my kit for one and will use them around the house.
Just my experience...
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Ordered a couple different ones to try on your advise BB. Also found one of the Zippo style ones that opens all the way.

https://www.amazon.com/UST-TekFire-F...geable+lighter
Now that I have received this and had a chance to play with it I do not recommend it. While the lid flipping all the way open makes it much better than others of the same style the prongs are too close together making it awkward to use.

The lipstick tube style one that I bought my wife is far more practical and user friendly.
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Thanks for the post BB. I've been curious about these for awhile now.
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Walmart had the removable cap model [picture by Harbinger], cost around $15. I use it about every other day to light my trash barrel. Been windy lately and it has always made me a fire. Usually I light newsprint.

The only criticisms I have are 1. I wish the cap was more sturdy and tethered to the body with a string or something. 2. I would like a way to hang it from a nail. [A string to tether the lid would allow this]
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Update on the lighter.

Just a discovery really.
Careful not to get build up on the electrodes. I had a combination of soot and wax on mine. Keep em clean.
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I bought two after I read this post back in March and used the smaller one all summer to start fires, no issues.

Thanks again bunker!
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Ordered a couple waterproof USB rechargeable Plasma lighters.
(off eBay / from China / about $8 each)

Object is to test as a survival lighter.

Appear well constructed & has a lanyard loop.





Appears easy to charge with a solar rechargeable power bank

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Like that design. Top opens alot compared to the top opening on mine.
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