When was the last time you used a disposable lighter? Unless you’re going to a convenience store or gas station, chances are you’re going to have a tricky time figuring out any other stores that carry them. The anti-smoking campaign hasn’t just stomped out cigarettes, they’re stomping out anything related to the habit.

But what about those who just need a light to go camping? Or how about lighting candles? For those of you annoyed with the ongoing pursuit, it’s about time you look into electronic lighters.

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Unlike gas lighters, electronic models don’t require you to load it up with lighter fluid. That automatically cuts the cost of having to maintain it full and usable.

More so, they don’t produce a flame, which means nothing affects them, including rain and wind. This is ideal for campers, or smokers who regularly have to search for isolated areas thanks to the anti-smoking campaign.

One drawback would have to be the price tag, however. Obviously the disposable lighters are cheap, so much so that everyone loses them. They’re nothing special. But an electronic lighter will be at least three times more expensive – about the same as a gas lighter. They’re not highly priced by any means, but they certainly are by comparison.


So what can these lighters do other than provide a stable, weather resistant light? For one thing, they tend to be lighter, because there is no gas inside the chamber. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery, which means you won’t invest in any fluid, but you will eventually have to replace the lighter itself once the battery ceases to charge, which could take years.

It’s a dream for smokers, since most electronic lighters will have enough sparks to last all day. That means you don’t need to keep it charging – just plug it in at night, then take it with you while you’re out and about.


The best thing about these lighters is how many different interesting options there are.

You’ll need to decide whether you want single plasma arc or dual arcs. Single arch are weaker, and won’t fair as well in bad weather, but dual most certainly will.

Of course, dual archs means a higher price tag, but even so, it’s not outrageous. Most models won’t run you more than $20-30.

Something else to consider is the number of sparks per model. If you’re a smoker, you’ll want a model with plenty of sparks to spare. Too few can lead to frustrating situations. Otherwise, if you’re just using it to light a candle, kindle a fire, or go camping, you might not need as much.

Finally, think about the size and style you want to purchase. It might not matter to nonsmokers, but size and style can impact a smoker’s use of the lighter. A mediocre or unappealing model probably won’t become a favorite. If it’s to be used multiple times daily, it should be something rather special.