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Best EDC lighter for a nonsmoker...

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

  1. neo71665

    neo71665 Loaded Pockets

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    Not too long ago I was given one of the usb rechargeable arc lighters. It's one of the cheap chinese copies of some high dollar brand but so far I've actually been impressed.

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    Mine isn't rainbow colored but it has the same x "flame" and zippo shape. Not even sure of the brand since it's not marked.
     
  2. Moshe ben David

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    For the zippo, take a look at the butane inserts on the market. I have a Vector Thunderbird in my zippo; holds fuel easily for months and lights just like a zippo should. I have a 'soft flame' pipe lighter insert btw.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  3. Jdjernigan

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    Bic because of cost and ease of replacement


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  4. adnj

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    Like today when my dog grabbed a Bic lighter off the bench in the yard and decided to chew it in half.
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  5. Mitch_Aus

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    I can agree with Moshe ben David, the butane inserts for the zippo lighters are a great upgrade.
     
  6. Flexxx

    Flexxx BST/Marketplace ban

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    Bic, always has been reliable and cheap.

    It reminds me of the movie "the great outdoors" LOL
     
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  7. SOS24

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    Ijust got a few Clipper and Clipper minis, because I also like refillable.
     
  8. Moshe ben David

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    I'm also a past fan of Bic lighters. I say 'past' because I remember when they used to have adjustable flame heights. Or maybe I'm living in some past fantasy? At any rate, all the Bic lighters (and for that matter other 'disposable' butane lighters) I find in the stores now no longer have adjustable flame heights. Worse from my point of view is that the flames are so small that they seem only adequate for lighting something like a cigarette or a candle wick. Virtually useless for example for lighting a cigar or for outdoor lighting of some sort of natural tinder.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  9. SOS24

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    I also remember the adjustable flame height on Bics, but haven’t seen one in a long time. I do have a cheap disposable transparent lighter a friend left at my house that has the adjustable flame height.
     
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  10. Moshe ben David

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    Guess they're all importing from the same cheap-:censored: factory somewhere in the '3rd world'... :(

    Excepting of course the lighter your friend left behind.... ;)

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  11. Elmiro Dungfoot

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    I opted for an Exotac titanLIGHT. It's totally waterproof, and doesn't leak fuel like a Zippo. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum. Made and assembled in USA. Uses Coleman Fuel or Naptha.

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  12. Neo9710

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    Saw their video on this not long ago. Interested to see how it holds up. $50.00 isn't exactly cheap. Trying to see how this holds up compared to the Countycomm Peanut XL (titanium, brass. whatever).
     
  13. indigo_wolf

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    I have a hard time remembering the last time I saw a BIC with an adjustable flame.

    Quite honestly, most soft flames with an adjustable flame are just an invitation for 2nd degree burns with even the softest breeze.

    Cigarettes are best accommodated with jet or plasma lighters. Candles are best handled with something like a Zippo MPL.

    BICs are ubiquitous (and best in white for fuel checks), but definitely the lowest common denominator.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  14. Elmiro Dungfoot

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    My Exotac has a fairly-high flame is reasonably windproof.

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  15. dan.05

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    My what a big ... flame you have there.


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    After using it for a year and a half I can now safely recommend my HONEST butane lighter for non-smokers EDC carry. It checks all the boxes i could personally wish for in a lighter;
    Its refillable butane (so no evaporating petrol)
    Adjustable flame height
    Its got reliable flint ignition that you could take out for spark purposes if you needed to
    Flint is replaceable
    Its a metal case lighter
    As long as the lid is open the flame will stay on (no need to press a button non-stop)
    It is tiny and flat, so unlike exotac or even a zippo you can drop it in a pocket or bag and never know its there (and its flatter than a bic)
    Its cheap so if you lose or break it you wont cry for very long

    The two downsides are that 1) The paint on it is horrible, it will chip off but after its done that youll have a beefy looking matte metal lighter and 2) Availability, you need to import it from china really and currently most places i can find it do not have it in stock anymore.

    Here's some pictures, if you ever find this model in your local shop know that its a great and reliable little lighter to pick up;
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    If i even find any in stock ill post back here.
     
  17. Elmiro Dungfoot

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    Thanks. Saved me when I needed a fire fast! :eek:
     
  19. patientcero

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    I've ordered two of these based on similar feedback across the web. I chose the torch for mine, we shall see how that works.
     
  20. patientcero

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    It seemed to have gone away around the time of the "child safe" implementation of starting the flame I think.