This reliable, well-built lighter eliminates the need for disposable butane models, making it far more environmentally friendly. Rechargeable with the included USB cable. Good for pipe smokers.
Bulkier than other models; awkward to hold in a pocket.
This simple, elegant lighter is ultra lightweight, and excellent for outdoor use since it’s wind-resistant and rainproof. Can operate for four days with a single charge. More burn area than single-arc lighters. Comes in six colors and patterns.
Pricier than some models with similar specifications.
This single-beam lighter is an excellent, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional butane models. A full charge lasts up to a week. Comes in six attractive colors. Designed not to light up with the lid closed.
Best for cigarettes or candles due to its limited burn area.
Larger burn area makes it a popular choice for recreational smokers. Windproof, waterproof and rechargeable with an included USB cable. Built-in safety features prevent accidental burns. Stylish gun metal finish.
Some owners have had problems with the flip-top cap coming loose.
This futuristic-looking lighter is sleek and compact. The rechargeable Lithium-ion battery eliminates the need for butane. Comes with a USB cable. Built to last and relatively inexpensive. Excellent overall value (2-pack).
Despite company’s airport-approved claim, some users have reported TSA seizing their lighters.
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The most reliable type of lighter is easily a plasma lighter with wind-proof functionality and near-instant lighting. Plasma lighters are electric and typically have rechargeable batteries for a power source. Some feature USB charging, which allows you to plug them into your computer for easy recharging. With regular use, most lighters will carry a charge for 4 to 7 days, but this depends on the lighter, battery, and amount of usage. Some plasma lighters are waterproof, making them great for camping. One major factor is the position and number of plasma arcs. A 2-arc “X” shape is common and quick for lighting just about everything, but the shape of the lighter determines whether it will work for campfires as well as candles.
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