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Best EDC lighter for a nonsmoker...

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by bryan123, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Fusilier

    Fusilier Loaded Pockets

    Jun 13, 2009
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    I have two small peanut lighters but they dry out too fast to be of use to me. I think something that uses butane would better for EDC but only occasional use.

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  2. mauiblue

    mauiblue Loaded Pockets

    Nov 15, 2006
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    The first EDC lighter I bought was a Windmill Delta Stormproof lighter. I've owned it for almost 4 years now. I use it mainly for melting the ends of paracord when making my monkey fist keychains and sinnets. I've always wanted a Zippo style lighter and finally after all these years bought a Douglass Field S lighter. Wow, what a piece of kit! I've had it for almost a couple months now and it will be a great EDC lighter.
  3. gazz98

    gazz98 Loaded Pockets

    Oct 29, 2008
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    I don't smoke but my BOB, hiking, and camping kits all include Bics.
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  4. smokingfish

    smokingfish Loaded Pockets

    Apr 11, 2014
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    Bic lighters by far. I have never seen another lighter that is as durable and reliable as a bic, and they're so cheap in bulk.
    I stash these things everywhere, home car work.
    Of course you should always have a special lighter, but nothing beats a bic dollar for dollar.
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  5. madjoe86

    madjoe86 Loaded Pockets

    Jun 11, 2014
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    Bic for me too. I just usually carry one in my pants pocket & a spare in my bag.

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  6. baccar-3

    baccar-3 Loaded Pockets

    Apr 26, 2014
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    Ronson Jetlite
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  7. DrTom

    DrTom Empty Pockets

    Mar 29, 2016
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    D jeep disposables. Bic is great but these last at least 2x as long and are easier to light.
  8. adnj

    adnj Loaded Pockets

    Mar 10, 2009
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    I agree that they are twice the lighter but they usually cost about $3 vs $1 for the Bic. They're are also a bit larger, hence lasting longer. Djeep are not that easy to find but I have never been anywhere that didn't have a local store nearby with a carton of Bic lighters available for sale.

    If I were a smoker, I would definitely opt for something better than a Bic but for someone like me, the Bic is the best choice.

    It's ubiquitous, has plenty of accessories for carry and storage, inexpensive, reliable, and the only example of superior French design and manufacturing that I can think of.

    (btw: Djeep is French, also.)

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  9. broonzbane

    broonzbane Empty Pockets

    Mar 24, 2013
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    Vertigo Cyclone. Cheap and reliable. Triple torch butane. A favorite among cigar afficianados. Look no further.
  10. thatotherguy

    thatotherguy EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Feb 19, 2012
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    Rereading this thread gave me a couple more points I'd like to make- first, Zippos aren't bad lighters if you're using them a lot and can keep them dry. They're just not great for throwing in a bag and forgetting about for months on end- they do evaporate and they've got their little foibles, but now that it's handwarmer and woodstove season, I can justify having a zippo in my pocket. I use a lighter almost every day to start a fire in our fireplace insert, so it gets used fairly often.
    Also, perhaps you would be better served with a two- source system. Personally, I usually keep a lighter (bic or zippo) in my pocket, and both a mini-bic and a Marbles match safe full of penny matches and a couple of striker strips (because the new diamond brand green tipped strike anywhere matches are worthless without the striker pad) in my bag. That way I've got a source of fire no matter what. It doesn't take up much room or weight. Something to think about.
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  11. jcwagers

    jcwagers Loaded Pockets

    Jan 18, 2016
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    I don't know about the "best" but I saw one of the Grindworx peanut style lighters on Blade HQ for about $2.99 right now. Looks to have an o-ring so the fluid might not evaporate. I've considered trying one to see how they are but haven't made up my mind yet. Just figured I'd mention it in case some of you might be interested.... :)
  12. suburbDad

    suburbDad Loaded Pockets

    Jan 31, 2014
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    +1 for Ronson
  13. malraux72

    malraux72 Loaded Pockets

    Jan 27, 2009
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    Amen ! Sadly this is the truth. ........................ Although nothing compares to the feel & sound of a ZIPPO !
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  14. Cobra 6 Actual

    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

    Jan 1, 2010
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    Amen to that, @malraux72 ... that must be why I have a couple of hundred Zippos (although all of the 'users' have butane inserts) and I have very 'holy feelings' for three or four of those Zippos.

    I may have several Bics and use them as needed. But, they remain anonymous to me: I couldn't tell you which is the oldest or the most used or my favorite ( ... since I don't have a favorite one). Totally interchangeable and unmemorable.
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  15. sino2

    sino2 Loaded Pockets

    Dec 26, 2007
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    I would recommend a minibic for EDC, its small and light. Butanegas dont evaporate. If you like a little twist and something more unique try a "Clipper", "Miniclipper" or a "Cricket" lighter. They are like Bics,plasticfantastic. The Clippers are widely used by youngpeople because of reasons and they are refill- and reflintable.nice, "cool" designs, too.

    But be warned, this newyears eve i tried to light up some firecracker with my minibic. It was very cold, and a little windy. The bic failed me. I wished,i had my imco with me. so for special events,i recommend a gaslighter like zippo or imco, or a jet lighter.They have more power.
  16. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

    Jun 30, 2015
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    +1 on jet/torch lighters in the wind. Ask any cigar smoker!


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  17. crwoody

    crwoody Loaded Pockets

    Jun 2, 2017
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    Well, funny story, my dad smokes and he has a few Zippos. I thought they were so so cool, so when I was about 7 or so, I asked dad for one. Both he and my mother tried to talk it down... but I really wanted it!! So eventually they caved and I ended up with a zippo. I never used it until recently. I don't smoke, but for general firestarting needs, campfires or backyard bonfires, it works well.

    HOWEVER: I will admit that the Zippy is not the best choice you could have. While it's classic and durable, it definitely has it's issues. Jet lighters are what my friend uses and he loves them. So, it is all personal preference! But, here is a funny example of a non-smoker who does carry a lighter on camping trips.

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  18. Westerdutch

    Westerdutch Loaded Pockets

    Apr 1, 2009
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    Classic St Dupont gatsby style lighters will beat both the feel and sound of a zippo. Gotta love that ping!
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  19. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis Loaded Pockets

    Jul 21, 2009
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    To echo a few choices and add a few comments of my own:

    Mini BIC lighters are tiny, reliable and cheap, so you can easily buy multiples and hide them everywhere without worry. There are two issues I tend to have with them though, the first is that I am always wary of the fact the fuel button is exposed, so you risk the chance of having one empty in a bag is there - and options like putting a zip tie under the button are a bit awkward if you want to use it with any regularity. The second issue is that they use a momentary button - so I can't light it and sit it on a table to allow me to use two hands melting the ends of some paracord, or hold it by the base to stick it into the bottom of a fire.
    It is also perhaps worth mentioning that there are BIC branded lighters and generic 'five for a dollar' disposable lighters, and they are not the same - the mini BIC in particular seems to have hit a sweet spot of decent quality, cheap price and a very neat package that is easy to carry - there are also the larger BIC lighter and brands like Clipper that are pretty solid choices as alternatives to the mini BIC, but also unfortunately a vast array of cheap disposables that are just poor quality - while you may be able to buy a pack of five for the price of one BIC, there is a reason why they are so much cheaper and BIC have such a good reputation...

    Zippo's solve both of these problems nicely by closing when not in use, and by being 'on while open' (once you spark them at least). They also come in a brilliant form factor that is a nice size, tough and available in a design to suit pretty much everyone. The big downsides to them being the fact they cost about twenty times the cost of a BIC, and require constant maintenance in the form of fuel to keep them running.
    The downsides can be solved though - butane insert are available in both traditional flame and jet forms that can fix the fuel and the momentary function issues, with the downside of being another added cost to the lighter...

    I have also been playing with peanut lighters recently - I have a True Utility branded one that sits somewhere in between the two choices above - compact and not too expensive, with the mechanism of a Zippo, but sealed so that the fuel won't evaporate. So far I have been very happy with mine, which does the job exactly as intended. I have only really managed short term tests on mine, but so far it has done pretty well - easily lighting over a month after being filled, at which point mine ran out more from the fact I was using it (and it has a fairly small fuel tank) than the sealing.

    So for long term storage, min BIC's
    For something nicer, a Zippo with Butane insert
    For a nice halfway, a peanut style lighter.
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  20. The Sixth Beatle

    The Sixth Beatle Loaded Pockets

    Jun 16, 2016
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    When I smoked I had a clipper lighter which I fitted inside a shotgun cartridge (used). Now I'm nicotine free I have a few cheap butane lighters bought from the pound shop (YES ! Everything's a pound), £1 for a pack of 5