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Looking for a high-tech lighter

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Bandit99, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Idahoser

    Idahoser Monkey+++ Founding Member

    granted it's been a few years since I last tried it, and I can't say I've actually tried the blocks I've bought most recently (about $2 at Harbor Freight, stocking stuffers for co workers). But when I did last use one, they did not come with a scraper or whatever that thing is on the chain. You were meant to use your own blade. It does look like it dulls the edge, so I never used a good knife, but the metal did scrape well enough. It takes longer to get finer particles but it's easier to light. It would be difficult to keep the pieces together in a wind, so you want to arrange yourself so your body blocks it if possible. I'll see if I can find/make a video.

    well that was easy.

    Okay so now that I've watched that all the way through, what I did different was use the blade of a POS knife rather than the back of the blade. I can see I probably scraped easier that way. I also made more of a pile than he did of the magnesium. You can't even really see his that I could tell, but with mine it was a true pile, lots of it. And you could of course carry tinder but the point of the magnesium is, it will light damp kindling, that you find. It's just about the perfect "JIC" lighter.

    apparently, there IS a difference among them
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  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    If you use a piece of cloth or bark to catch the shavings, it is easier to make your pile. I went one step further. In my fire kit is a small tube, capped at both ends filled with magnesium dust from my belt sander. Lights very easily. You can also buy bags of the shavings if you want to have a ready stock.
    I've tried several of the fire starters blocks, and some of the shavings, you could not light with a bic lighter.
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  3. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I have used the blade of a not POS knife, and still been unable to shave more than a few slivers in as many minutes.
  4. hitchcock4

    hitchcock4 Monkey+

    If you want the lighter for cigarettes, this one I have is not the solution. But it will start the fire with steel wool or the "foil gum wrapper".
    I just got this about a month ago after backing the project on Kickstarter. It is called "Sparky".
    Sparky - Survival Fire Starter
    It uses two (2) AAA batteries to ignite steel wool. The 'Sparky' produces about 3.0-3.5 volts. This voltage is more than enough to ignite steel wool or a foil gum wrapper!

    Will get a fire started? YES. High-Tech? YES
    For cigarettes? Probably not.

    If you hurry to Spiffy Lab you will still be able to buy a few on his site.
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    So will this, and it's a lot cheaper.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    So will a car battery even if it is discharged way below enough to crank an engine if there's one handy. All that does NOT lessen Sparky's clever factor. But yeah, it is pricy.
  7. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    If you do use any battery style fire starter, make sure to keep it capped. My brother set his pants on fire with a 9vt battery, some loose change and a book of matches. He was not amused, but every lady in sight was, when we stripped him in public......:rolleyes::p:whistle:
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  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Back in the Day, when Police first started carrying Portable Radios, with NiCad Batteries, many an Officer put their spare Batteries in a Pocket, along with a few extra rounds of their Pistol Ammunition.... You can imagine the fun when a round got across the Battery Terminals, for a few seconds....
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  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    A magnifying glass is water proof .
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  10. aaraaron

    aaraaron Monkey

    I would not hesitate to recommend a plasma lighter. I have been using it for about a month and it is my only plasma weatherproof lighter, so far it does not require charging. The lighter itself has a very good sense of quality, and I am very satisfied with it.
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  11. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Not any more high tech than a Zippo, but will ride on a key chain and seems to fill most of your requirements. Needs refueling maybe monthly, not super quick to deploy, but compared to rubbing sticks together it's "high tech." My mini-peanut lighter is nearing 20 years old and had to have the rivet for the striker wheel re-staked, but it's always worked, wet, dry, sandy, or those rare days when it's cold here.

    This guy does a decent review.

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  12. john316

    john316 Monkey+++

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  13. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    That is about as high tech as you are going to find.
    Though I don't smoke, I have considered the Angel arc lighter my self, just to play with.
  14. ssonb

    ssonb Confederate American

    Tho I do not smoke I carry an old Zippo and once a week you will have to "fillerup" Lately I am experimenting with a Zippo and the use of a "ranger band" That is a 11/2 section of a bicycle intertube that slides over the lighter and seals the gap between the cap and base . So far it is almost three weeks and the lighter still works without a refill. I kinda figgered that if a tin of lighter fluid will stay in a sealed can for years then a sealed lighter just may hold some promise.
  15. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    You'll be impressed with the fuel life on a sealed Zippo. I had to look up my old Zippo thread just to see if it was really six months that I had one keep working. Close enough... from July 30 til December 17 stuffed inside the finger of a Nitrile exam glove, and it lit right up.
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  16. ssonb

    ssonb Confederate American

    An added plus with a Zippo is that you can use gasoline, diesel, lamp oil, kerosene to use as fuel for the wick.
  17. JediWoodsman

    JediWoodsman Monkey

    I don't smoke either, and also carry a zippo, I bought an aftermarket butane insert (zippo sells them now too) and I don't ever have to refill it due to evaporation.
    Because of this, I will now put the original insert into my bug out kit. Thanks for the idea!

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  18. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    1930's Ronson Touch Tip lighter.
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  19. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Clipper lighters. I use these regularly for pipe smoking, and they are very affordable. Even though they do look like disposable lighters, they are refillable with butane and the flint is also replaceable. I bought a dozen of these for around $1 ea. and they are still rocking along no issues.

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