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Best windproof lighter 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated July 1, 2020
Best windproof lighter of 2018
I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best windproof lighter on the market. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below.
We’ve narrowed down our options based on the customer feedback (read positive reviews), functionality, material and size. In other words, we’ve put all fundamentals into consideration to come up with a comprehensive list that suits various needs. Not all windproof lighter are created equal though.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – Saberlight Sparq Rechargeable Splash and Wind Proof Flameless Butane Free Revolutionary Plasma Beam Lighter
Why did this windproof lighter win the first place?
I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this windproof lighter come in second place?
The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
Why did this windproof lighter take third place?
A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
windproof lighter Buyer’s Guide
This brass lighter family made to our top list simply because of its all brass metal construction. Zippo is a household name in the lighter industry and you will not regret buying these high quality windproof lighters. There are many reasons to buy this genuine Zippo product, lifetime warranty being one of them.
A US company, Zippo offers you a lighter that is provided with premium fluid liquid to keep it working forever. You can use it in windy conditions when you are camping or hiking without frustration.
Tesla Coil Lighters USB Rechargeable Arc Lighter
Tesla Coil windproof lighter is every camper’s and smoker’s delight for many reasons. This battery powered electric lighter can be charged using USB that means you can even use your Smartphone charger to charge its battery. On a full charge it can be used for almost a week giving you 100-300 clicks on average. There is fuel contained so it is very easy to maintain and use this lighter even under strong winds. The plasma arc beam can light most things with relative ease.
A portable and compact lighter it is ideal to be taken to camps. On the downside, the price of this lighter is a little bit higher because of use of lithium ion battery. Otherwise it is a fantastic electric lighter.
Zippo Black Matte Pocket Lighter
If you consider the quality and the premium build than the Zippo Black Matte Pocket Lighter has no difference from any other Zippo lighters. It is sturdy and durable as well as windproof. Again you get a lifetime warranty on this lighter from Zippo. The most attractive feature of this lighter is its black matte finish which makes it resistant to scratches. A very affordable windproof and refuelable lighter, you will find it ideal for your needs.
UCO Stormproof Windproof Torch
We mentioned about the utility of the stromproof lighters in the explanation below, and this UCO Stormproof Windproof Torch h meets the criteria i.e. it is both windproof as well as waterproof. Most water-resistant lighters are not really waterproof but this stormproof UCO lighter is truly water-resistant.
Zippo Chrome Lighters
Our list began with a Zippo product and it ends with a windproof classic lighter. Since 193Zippo is a leader in the lighter segment and it continues to retain its monopoly. A smooth functioning high quality lighter, this one does not require you to hold any button to keep it lit. Also, there is no chance of any accidental lighting spontaneously when you are closing the lid.
Maintenance of Windproof Lighters
There is no doubt that the best Zippo lighters are reliable and last forever, but the actual durability of these windproof tools depend on your handling and maintenance. Most of these lighters are refillable, reflintable and rewickable, which means you can use them literally forever as long as you maintain them. Just storing your lighter safely is not going to do the job, you need to be careful about the do’s and don’ts of windproof Zippo lighter.
Let’s start with the do’s. Do not wait till the flint is completely burned out to replace it. Cut the appropriate length of the flint and replace the older once it is shot enough to not soak in the fuel efficiently. Remember to consider the size of the flint used originally in your lighter. However, this does not mean that you should throwaway the flint if it’s a few millimeters shorter than the recommended size. We have seen users often committing this mistake. Even smaller flints work fine unless they are too small.
Now it’s turn to know what you should not do with your windproof Zippo lighter. Never ever use any other fuel in your lighter, while refillable lighter can work with most fuels, always use the lighter fuel only. Alternative fuels compromise the integrity of your lighter. If your lighter uses a wick then you need not to replace it often just because a section of the wick is burnt. You can easily pull out the wick with a needle and start using it. As far as your electric lighters are concerned never charge them using any other charger. Lighter chargers have different specification than most utility chargers. You may compromise on the battery life of your lighter if you use an incompatible charger with it.
Windproof is fine, but an ideal lighter have to be waterproof as well. While it may not make sense to you outright but if you get out a lot in rainy environment or venture into open water, then you need to be particular about choosing a lighter which is both windproof as well as waterproof. The products we have listed above work in most conditions but if you get particularly wet during your outings then you might want to consider special types of lighters called the stormproof lighters. But mostly, windproof lighters do the job and you do not need to spend extra money on waterproof ones.
The Tesla Coil Lighters™ USB Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter has the attractive metallic finish and has the sleek and elegant look. It also has safety lid, which prevents any accidental issues. Being USB Rechargeable, this arc lighter is quite efficient. Moreover, it even lasts long and gives the fantastic performance.
The second one is a windproof lighter, i.e., Saberlight Sparq Rechargeable Splash and Wind Proof Flameless Butane Free Revolutionary Plasma Beam Lighter. This plasma beam lighter, as the manufacturer claims – it has been re-designed, re-engineered, re-imagined to work with almost anything. With its unique design and concept of being narrow, it won’t light up flat surfaces.
Saberlight Sparq Rechargeable Splash
It has Plasma Wave Technology through which the plasma wave, i.e., hotter than fire gets produced. The Saberlight Sparq Rechargeable Splash and Wind Proof Flameless Butane Free Revolutionary Plasma Beam Lighter use rechargeable lithium-ion cell, not fuel. The plasma lighter is butane free, and hence it is not harmful.
Zippo Matte Lighters
When used with genuine premium lighter fluid, flints and wicks – it will deliver fantastic results for the longer period. The Zippo Matte Lighters By Zippo is made in the USA product, and also manufacturer is offering the lifetime guarantee with this lighter. For various usages including Hiking, Tracking, Concerts, etc. you can keep the device handy.
Arc Lighter XBULL Electronic Lighter
SE MT300Deluxe Butane Power Torch
Due to the built-in ignition system, these torch butane lighters become popular among people. Moreover, the thumb release lock mechanism with an enormous backup time make this torch light exceptional than others torch.Again, 4.ounce light with x x inches dimension is very easy to carry.
Let us know details about some important features of the best butane lighter.
Built-in Ignition System
There is a CPSC approved lock mechanism introduced in this pocket torch lighter. This is a thumb release lock system. The convenient flame switch lies on a side. This mechanism ensures that there are no chances to turn on the light unintentionally.
Enough Backup Time
If this torch has full energy, then it can torch up to 60 minutes. Obviously, this backup time is sufficient for cool lighters. Moreover, it is usable in any jewelry make, hobbyist or culinary artist. The flame temperature of the best butane lighter is up to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit / 1,31degrees Celsius.
A butane torch light with an adjustable can make your task smoother. It is not possible to work without a fixed light. The attachable and table top stand remove the problem. Moreover, ensures the hands-free work.
Piezoelectric Ignition System with High Flame Temperature:Available piezoelectric ignition system indicates that it does not require any electric connection. The function based on pressurized molecular reaction. Moreover, it can produce a 2,500 degrees F blue torch flame which is enough to perform multiple tasks.
The sturdy metal body makes the best butane lighter lightweight and highly portable. Moreover, you can perform varieties of work such as cooking, soldering, camping or barbecuing with this. Moreover, you will not face any difficulties to carry this approximately eight inches tall by six inches wide and three inches torch.
Zippo Chrome Lighters
Xikar is a company that’s focused on making survival gear and other related products. They mainly manufacture knives, lighter and lighter fluids, so their experience in the industry is undisputed.
One of the best butane lighters, the 9660BK Stratosphere has a high-altitude windproof flame that’s ignited by a Piezo-electric system, that’s reliable, due to the great design of the thumb-action quick-ignition button. It’s made out of a composite body that’s light and durable.
Other features include a spring-assisted lid that protects the ignition system, making the device water-resistant. The reinforced lanyard will make it comfortable to carry and will last as long as the lighter does. While it does require a lot of fuel, it does have increased fuel capacity, so you won’t have to worry about charging it that often.
This is the best method. A chimney is a tube with an upper compartment and a lower compartment. First you stuff newspaper into the bottom compartment, add charcoal to the top compartment, then you light the paper, and after about five minutes, put on a glove and grab the handle and give a shake so the unlit coals on top will turn over and that’s about it. In about 1minutes the coals are white and ready. The hot air from the newspapers rises and sucks oxygen in through the bottom which ignites the coals and creates an updraft that grows rapidly in heat making the top of the chimney blowtorch hot.
Some folks have been known to drizzle some cooking oil on the newspaper to make it burn longer but I’ve never found this necessary. Another technique is to use firestarters on the chimney. Weber sells small cubes of paraffin that work just fine (above). The package says to use two per chimney, but one is really all you need. You can even make your own starter cubes, cheap and easy. Just take a look at the sidebar.
Reader “SuperDave2” writes to say he puts the chimney on the sideburner on his gas grill and “I can light my chimney with a push of a button, they are ready in half the time, and perfectly evenly lit.” Clever feller.
With a chimney there is no chemical aftertaste, no solvent smell in the air, and it’s a lot cheaper and safer than using lighter fluid. Just make sure you place it on something heatproof after you dump out the coals, and away from children and pets.
The Weber brand of chimney is my fave and it lasts longer than the cheaper models. But another feature of the chimney is that it is an excellent temperature controller for your cooking because it is a measuring cup! As you get experienced, you will learn just how high to fill the chimney in order to get your grill to the desired temp. A Weber chimney holds about five quarts, or about 80 briquets. For a Weber kettle, I put about half a chimney of unlit coals in the grill and put about half a chimney of fully lit coals on top to get to 225°F. To get to 325°F, 3/to a full chimney should do it. It all depends on the air temp, humidity, brand of charcoal, and other variables. You must do dry runs to calibrate your grill.
Use a chimney. Get repeatable heat every time and save your eyebrows.
The Looftlighter is a real boy toy. It is a hair drier flamethrower hybrid. Just make a pile of coals (try to count them first or use a giant coffee can to measure a fixed amount), place the tip of the Looftlighter against the coals, and within 20 seconds you’ll see sparks flying. Pull back a few inches, and in about a minute or two you have a ball of hot coals. Stir, and in about 1minutes you’re in biz. Looftlighter is an excellent way to start a chain of coals (there are occasions when you want to lay down a C-shaped chain of coals and light just one end).
The electric starter
This is an electric coil similar to the coils on a hotplate. Pour a pile of charcoal in your grill and jam the coil into it and plug it in. As the coals ignite, remove the coil, and mix the unlit and lit coals together with a fireplace shovel. Make sure you place the hot coil on something that is not flammable until it cools. It’s an OK firestarter, and unlike the Looftlighter, you can walk away while it is doing its thing. But I have a few quibbles with it: You need access to an outlet, you don’t want to be using it in the rain, it ignites only the coals it is in contact with so you need to stir them around to get them all lit, and then you need to move them to where you want them. Chimneys are faster, get the coals hotter faster with less fuss, and you can dump them right where you want them. Also, you don’t have the convenient measuring tool that the chimney is.
Then there’s the real flame thrower. Connect it to a propane tank, hit the spark, and whoosh! Within a few minutes a whole bag of charcoal is glowing and that makes it popular on the competition circuit. And propane, unlike gasoline or lighter fluid, is flavorless and odorless when burnt. It is also good for burning weeds from the cracks in your patio, and flushing enemy woodchucks. This is the kind of tool Karl Spackler would love. This model is the Red Dragon Torch.
Discard the dust
Empty the bottom of your grill. Ash is a great insulator and it reduces the amount of heat bouncing off the bottom of the cooker. On the other hand it reduces the amount of heat escaping through the bottom of the cooker. But too much ash can choke off oxygen, or be stirred up and coat your food with gray dust.
1) Put the parafin in a disposable aluminum pan, place the pan over a low heat source and melt the wax completely.
2) If you are using newspaper tear the pages into squares about 12″ x 12″, crumple into balls, and dip them into the wax holding one corner so it can act as the fuse when you light it. If you are using cotton balls simply hold a corner and dip into the melted wax. If you are using drier lint, make a ball about the size of a golf ball and dip.
3) Break open a cardboard box and lay it flat. Cover it with foil or parchment paper. Put the wax dipped starters on the foil and let them dry. Once the wax has had time to harden use a scrapper or spatula to break them free. Bag or box the cubes and store them in a cool area, away from direct sunlight or moisture.
To use the starters simply fill your chimney with charcoal place the starter on your grill grates and light one corner. Place the chimney over the lit starter and the coals will catch.
For long cooks
Part of the problem with charcoal is that it starts cold, heats up rapidly, hits a peak, and then slowly cools as the fuel is consumed.
They work well with one noteworthy problem. Freshly lit coals put out a lot of smoke, and it is thick white smoke, not the thin blue smoke that makes the best flavor.
The Minion Method
The Minion Method came first. Named after Jim Minion, a caterer who invented the technique, you start by pouring a Weber chimney full of unlit coals (80 briquets) into the grill or smoker and bury about three chunks of wood in the pile. Then put 1/a Weber chimney (40 briquets) of hot coals on top of cold coals, and a lump of wood on top. The exact number of coals will vary depending on the brand you use, the smoker, and the weather. It is the standard technique now for the very popular Weber Smokey Mountain bullet smoker.
The fuse method
To light the fuse, known as the snake, C, or U method, you put the coals in a C or U shape, ignite one end, and walk away. It works remarkably well. Here is how it looks on a Weber Kettle or a bullet smoker.
Here is how it looks on a Backwoods Smoker, but it can be adapted to many others.
As you can see that I have divided the coal tray with two bricks. No special firebricks, just bricks. The coals are spread out around the U and there is wood scattered along the path. Hot coals lit in a chimney are poured in one end on top of a wood chunk and the door is closed.
Power Probe MT Micro Torch Light
Power Probe torchlight can reach a maximum temperature of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is way more than any other torchlight at the market.
Electric ignition system will make sure to always provide you with a strong flame, which you can adjust to your needs.
While the only thing that you will expect from the best windproof lighter is to work as expected in heavy winds, some lighters come with additional features which are good value for money. Some windproof lighters such as Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter offer a waterproof, floating design, other lighters such as the UST Delta Stormproof Lighter have an impact resistance design, making them an attractive buy. It is worthwhile to check if your choice has any such features.
For its tradition, superior quality and durability, the Zippo Chrome Lighter is our Editor’s choice for the best flame windproof lighter.
The Tesla Coil Arc Lighter is a rechargeable electric lighter that requires no flame, no butane and is absolutely hassle-free. This innovative lighter works by creating an electric arc with one press of a button. It can be charged up through a USB cable (included) with a single charge lasting for 100 to 300 uses or a full one week. Since the lighter uses no flame, it is not only windproof but also economical and environmentally friendly. There are no lighter fluid refills or disposal hassle. The lighter has a safety feature which prevents it from lighting up when the lid is closed, even if you accidentally press the ignition button. The lighter is about inches in height and weighs a mere ounces. It has an arc length of 5mm.
The Tesla Coil Lighter is simple, safe, reliable and our pick for the best electric windproof lighter.
The Scorch Torch Premium lighter is a high-quality butane refillable windproof lighter. The lighter has a textured grip and slide-switch operation for fast and easy use. It features an adjustable triple jet flame which is hot enough to light up a cigar in seconds.
At a size of only inches and a weight of four ounces, it is one of the most compact jet flame lighter to carry around.
The lighter features an automatic-open safety cap and a cigar hole punch tool for cigars. And like other Scorch Lighters, the Scorch Torch Triple Jet Flame Lighter is backed by a one-year hassle-free manufacturer warranty.
The Scorch Torch Premium lighter is our pick for the best butane jet flame lighter for camping and other outdoor activities.
Windproof Lighter Accessories
There are a lot of useful accessories and items available in the market for reuse and maintenance of your favorite windproof lighter. One of the most important items required for any fuel based lighter is the appropriate fuel. If you are looking for fuel for your lighter, you can consider the following items. Many packages that include fuel with lighter are also available online.
Zippo Black Lighter Pouch with Clip
Windproof lighters are one of the multiple ways to start a fire in the wild. Other options include disposable lighters such as Bic disposable lighters, Stormproof Matches such as UCO Stormproof matches and ferrocerium fire-starters. Do check out our detailed article on best camping firestarters if you are looking for one.
The choice of your preferred mechanism depends upon factors such as weather and personal preference. Windproof Lighters offer distinctive advantage such as they are multi-purpose, reusable and can be used to start hundreds of fires without a fuss. They work well in inclement weather conditions. However as mentioned above, they use petroleum-based fuel which can evaporate and hence they are not preferred for long-term survival kits and bug-out bags .
As a recommendation, we would suggest having two mediums of creating fire. They can be a lighter backed up by a box of stormproof matches or a fire-starter.
Zippo Spade Card Pocket Lighter, Black Ice: A Zippo lighter with translucent powder coat, Black ice, classic size case, finished with a Ace filigree design. This lighter requires fluid fuel. The lighter is supplied un-fueled for safety during shipping.
Quick Info On Torch Lighters
Torch lighters are very hot, much hotter than bics. Their flame is much more intense, and the heat above is much hotter than a bic. Therefore, you must keep much more distance between your lighter and pipe than with a bic. It will vary according to lighter type, pipe thickness, and especially flame size; but my flame is maybe between 1/and 1/of an inch, and my lighter stays 1-inches away from the pipe; with me increasing distance the longer its lit. -Also, you do not heat the bowl with a torch lighter for long periods of time like you do a bic. Once it begins to smoke, quit using the lighter, and only reapply once the liquid quits moving when you twist the pipe. Also, be sure to twist pipe while lighting the whole time with a torch lighter, even if it is slowly. You cannot really get away with heating in one spot for a short period of time like you can with a bic.
Premelt: -Keeping your flame 1-inches below the bowl, roll flame in a circle around the perimeter of your product, so the outermost portion begins to liquify. Remember to continue moving the flame. -As it begins to liquify, begin twisting the pipe back and forth. You want to heat the edges of the product and then the glass adjacent to the edges to make it flow there. However, when reversing the direction of the twist, make sure to heat the inside/middle for a moment as well so that it will melt once the dope bordering it has melted. -Eventually you will have a puddle of liquid that is mobile-stop heating! COntinue to twist the pipe to spread the stuff around and wait for it to recrystalize (turn back into a liquid). You can speed this up by touching pipe with damp rag/paper towels/etc, but I like to let it cool by itself the first time. Wait for the pipe to cool down-its worth it. (this is assuming you are covering the mouthpiece and have the pipe angled like I mentioned in positioning) -Now you should have a thin puddle of clear crystals stuff. Once again, heat with flame around the perimeter (much bigger this time, but it will also melt faster now because its thinner). Once melted, it should soon begin to smoke. Cease lighting once it begins smoking a fair bit and continue to twist. -Because you have your finger over the mouthpiece and the pipe angled, the hot vapor will travel up the stem, and be trapped. Once vapor begins to emerge out of the carb hole, quickly take your finger off the stem and begin inhaling (do this quick because the stem is filled with vapor).
You do not need to actually suck most of the time. With the pipe angled, simply forming a seal on the mouthpiece is usually enough, and if you have to inhale, do not suck like smoking. Instead, inhale like you are breathing but VERY slowly/softly. It takes very little pressure and the bigger hit you get, the better IMO.
Fire is Life Itself
Having a fire provides warmth, it boosts morale, and it allows you to boil water to treat wounds. It allows you to boil water that might be unsafe to drink, freeing it from viruses and bacteria. Lighting up a fire also provides light on a dark night where there is no electricity, it repels insects, and it keeps predators at bay in the wilderness.
As with everything today, you have choices, and when it comes to fire lighters, there are some very affordable, simple, effective lighters and there are more expensive, branded choices.
Choosing the best lighter will require you to look at important features, such as whether it is water resistant, whether it can be recharged or refilled, and what its size is. Whatever your choice, this is one item you don’t want to be without in your survival kit.
Tesla Coil Lighters USB
This windproof butane lighter is stormproof. The word stormproof means that this is both a wind and waterproof lighter. It is refillable, featuring an adjustable triple jet flame that isn’t deterred by windy conditions. It’s a durable lighter, made with ABS and silicone. It has an aluminum carabiner that allows you to attach it to your belt.
You feel confident with a lighter like this on your hiking trips. The lighter has butane to light up at least 700 times, coming with a special piezoelectric ignition system. Weighing just 3.ounces, this lighter’s dimensions are 1.8x 1.2x 4.12.’’Two styles are available and sold separately. One comes with utility tape, which is useful for any repair work, and one comes with a bottle opener. This is a great survival, outdoor, hiking and camping lighter.
This all-weather lighter from Ultimate Survival Technologies, is a refillable butane survival lighter made of polycarbonate. The lighter can withstand winds of 70-80 miles per hour. It holds 1g of fuel and has a fuel level so you can see precisely when the lighter requires more fuel.
Coney Large Tank Lighter
The Saberlight Sparq is the best plasma lighter for those who want a cool lightsaber looking plasma electric lighter that is fully windproof. It charges via USB and can last longer than traditional butane lighters. It is also safer and non-flammable.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your windproof lighter wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of windproof lighter
- №1 — Saberlight Sparq Rechargeable Splash and Wind Proof Flameless Butane Free Revolutionary Plasma Beam Lighter
- №2 — Dual Arc Plasma Lighter USB Rechargeable Windproof Flameless Butane Free Electric Lighter for…
- №3 — Tesla Coil Lighters™ USB Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter