@OnionSoup@SnakeJG I bought these on Morningsave.com and just received them Saturday. Not long enough to speak on the battery life but my son played around with one most of the night and it was still going strong. I just looked at Amazon reviews and see that most of the negative ones are about battery life. It reminded me that my brother had one of these types of lighters and his stopped working but the one his girlfriend had continued to work fine. It turns out my brother was using the same charger he used for his phone to charge it instead of the charger that came with his lighter. He figured they look the same and it fit, so it should be okay. It ruined his lighter. I’m betting a lot of those Amazon reviewers did the same thing, out of convenience, and ended up with a useless lighter. Just a thought. I think the lighters are really nice and are an excellent price. They were $19 for two on Morningsave. I’d take a chance.
I bought the two pack a while ago. They’re cool, I don’t smoke though and in the picture you can see how far back the lid goes. This makes it pretty useless as far as lighting candles goes after the first light.
I did light a cigarette for someone st a casino with it once though and he thought it was cool at least.
@jst1ofknd@sammydog01 - I always carry one too. It comes in very handy in a variety of electrical applications, particularly melting plastic sleeving on wiring, also heating metal edges. And of course it can ignite paper spills, to start sterno and so forth.
I have a fascination with plasma lighters in general, and I really want to buy these because of the attractive blue finish and dual arcs, but the bevy of poor Amazon reviews with respect to terrible battery life has me dissuaded. A shame because these look a lot cooler than the flat gray one I have now! I do also have a stick lighter equivalent with an open arc, used to light candles and incense, but it’s not as compact as this one is.
@PooltoyWolf I just got these in a 2 pack on morningsave.com and we liked them so much we ordered another 2 pack. For $19! Hoping I can cancel the order, but anyhow, this is a great price for 4 lighters. Basically half of what I paid. We just got them Saturday so I can’t speak of their battery life. We aren’t smokers but my son played around with one most of the night and it was still going strong. My advice is to take a chance because the price IS really good.
Is it possible to use in non-conventional ways? Say for instance, light a campfire without the intermediate inconvenience of kindling or, can I use them in bar by betting on it’s ability to lite vodka shots on fire for the purpose of impressing girls, or to facilitate pot smoking by lightning a pipe full of fragrant budskies (not the budskies Budweiser)? Almost forgot! Are they useful for lighting esoteric smoking devices like those used to, say, smokecrackor meth? Or even light a hooka.
Let’s not omit the
Your answers should come from the experience of test subjects in a double-blind study. I’ll leave the experimental design to your August (not July nor even September) panelists but I think a cross-over test makes the most sense.
A brief treatise about the bona fides of those involved in the report would be a welcomed addition too!
@barrywilliams No. I have not handled this specific model but in general they will not light anything that can not fit into the arc of current. And then, only easily burned things like say…cigarette paper. As an example, recently tried to use one to light the wick on a kerosene heater without success. I had to light a piece of tissue and then use that to light the wick. A match or lighter would have lit the wick instantly.
36 hours ago I ordered a 2 pack on Morningsave.com for $19. Just my luck that meh would have then for this cheap so soon. Hoping I can cancel the Morningsave order.
Besides lighting whatever you might be smoking, these lighters are good for lighting fireworks, melting paracord ends, lighting candles, paper, etc. They aren’t going to do everything a regular lighter can do, but they are still useful and also look pretty cool!
I bought a knockoff on eBay for $5. I’m not a smoker so I don’t know how well they work for cigarettes. It lights incense just fine. I ended up returning it because the finish was badly damaged and they didn’t want to give a discount. The lid doesn’t open wide enough to light a candle.
I never bought another one because it didn’t seem practical to me after the fact. I have a Zippo if I ever plan on going camping and need something resistant to the wind. I don’t keep it filled because the fuel evaporates. I don’t light it enough for it to be useful. Otherwise I have one of those longer BBQ/candle lighters. I don’t have to worry about it being uncharged, it’s easy to fill.
I was tempted to buy the plasma candle lighter style, but I think I just talked myself out of it again.
@RiotDemon - I too got myself a nice Zippo back in the day, but had your exact problem with the fuel. I tried carrying matches for a while, but the SaberLight is just easier to deal with. The trick is to use it to light a twist of paper when you need to light, say, a can of sterno or something like that. The arc takes a little while longer to ignite something than a match would, but it’s more reliable - and looks so cool!
These seem pretty neat for the price. However, similarly I do not buy cartons of cigarettes because I to think I am always on the brink of quitting. I don’t like to spend money to “commit” to this thing that is killing me.