The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (2022)

When I was a kid, “lighter” meant a Zippo or disposable Bic lighter. Now, there are many types of lighters, including types with multiple flames, electric ignition, and different fuels.

Here’s what you need to know about types of lighters, pros and cons, and what the best lighter is for your needs.

What Makes One Lighter Different than Another?

A lighter is any portable device which creates a flame, usually by igniting fuel held within its case. When dividing lighters into types, there are six key differences:

  1. Ignition method
  2. What fuel is used
  3. How long the fuel lasts
  4. Strength and directionality of the flame
  5. Number of flames
  6. Features, such as case design or waterproofness

Types of Lighters

Note that there is a lot of crossover in these types of lighters. For example, utility lighters can also be spark ignition or electric arc lighters.

1. Plastic Sparkwheel Lighters

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These are plastic lighters that have a wheel made out of serrated steel. A flint is located below the wheel.

When you spin the wheel with enough speed, it rubs on the flint and creates a spark. Pressing down on the “fork” (the plastic lever below the sparkwheel) opens a valve so fuel can be released.

The spark ignites the fuel and produces a flame.

Note that many plastic sparkwheel lighters are actually refillable (see how to refill a BIC lighter). However, because they are so cheap, most people treat them as disposable.

In a SHTF situation, you can use an empty sparkwheel light to create a flame. Read about how to start a fire with no matches.

Features

Number of lights: 3,000
Fuel type: Butane
Ignition method: Spinning a sparkwheel
Casing: Plastic

Refillable: Sometimes
Windproof: No
Waterproof: Somewhat

Pros

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (2)Cheap
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (3)Flame size is usually adjustable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (4)Come in large and small sizes
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (5)Sometimes are refillable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (6)In a pinch, can still be used when empty

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (7)Most can’t be refilled
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (8)Sparkwheel gets hot when lit for a long time
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (9)Don’t work well in windy or wet conditions
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (10)Hard to use while wearing gloves or with sweaty hands

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2. Piezo Spark Ignition Lighters

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This type of lighter uses a button instead of a sparkwheel.

When you press the button, it hits a quart element. Quartz is piezoelectric, meaning it creates electric voltage when hit. The electric voltage is what ignites the fuel inside the lighter.

Features

Number of lights: 1,800
Fuel type: Butane
Ignition method: Push-button creates electric spark
Casing: Plastic

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Refillable: Sometimes
Windproof: No
Waterproof: Somewhat

Pros

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (12)Cheap
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (13)Flame size is usually adjustable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (14)Childproof models available
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (15)Easy to light, even with sweaty hands

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (16)Disposable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (17)Make a loud clicking noise
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (18)Don’t work well in windy or wet conditions
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (19)Not reliable – the ignition often fails

3. Zippo-Style Lighters

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Zippo lighters have been around for nearly 100 years. They work by spinning a sparkwheel against a flint inside the Zippo. This creates a spark that ignites fluid in a wick.

Unlike disposable sparkwheel lighters, a Zippo wick will stay lit until you cut off the oxygen supply by closing the lid. You can even leave a Zippo burning like a candle. The downside, however, is that the eyelet which exposes the fuel-filled wick is always exposed. This can result in fuel leakage (and a nasty rash on your skin).

Air exposure means Zippo fuel will evaporate quickly. At best, expect a Zippo to last 10 days before refueling. An odd thing about Zippo lighters is that the fuel lasts longer if you use it frequently. If you don’t light the Zippo often, the fuel might evaporate in just 3-4 days.

Because Zippo fuel evaporates quickly, they aren’t recommended for camping or emergency prep. Zippos are meant for regular smokers who want a cool, personalized lighter.

While Zippo lighters last virtually forever (you can even buy antique Zippos, which work fine), the flint and wick will need to be replaced eventually.

On the plus side, Zippo fluid is made of a petroleum distillate which ignites easily and burns cleanly.

It also works better in freezing temperatures than butane lighters.

In a pinch, you can also use other fuels in a Zippo lighter, including butane, naptha (also called white gas or Coleman fuel), or gasoline.

I’ve heard of people using 99% isopropyl alcohol, methylated spirits, or Bacardi 151. However, alternative fuels aren’t recommended in Zippos because they might clog the Zippo. Some alternative fuels, like Charcoal fuel, can cause your Zippo to explode.

Note: Some cool “peanut lighters” also work the same way as Zippo-type lighters do. The benefit is that these are tiny and great for EDC. The lid sometimes screws on tightly, so there isn’t as much fuel evaporation.

Features

Number of lights: About 3-7 days of lighting
Fuel type: Zippo fuel but alternative fuels also work
Ignition method: Sparkwheel
Casing: Metal

Refillable: Yes
Windproof: Yes
Waterproof: No

Pros

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  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (21)Stays light without holding any button
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (22)Large sparkwheel is easier to use
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (23)Multiple fuel options in a pinch
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (24)Refillable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (25)Works well in windy conditions
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (26)Stylish
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (27)Lifetime guarantee

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (28)Fuel evaporates very quickly
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (29)Often leak fuel
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (30)Flints wear out and need to be replaced
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (31)Require some maintenance
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (32)Not waterproof

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4. Butane Torch Lighters

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Also called jet lighters, turbo lighters, or cigar lighters, butane torch lighters contain butane stored in a pressurized chamber. The fuel is forced through a nozzle with air, creating a very intense, strong, and hot flame. They are basically like mini Bunsen burners.

The benefit of torch lighters is that you can aim the flame in any direction, even upside down. Because of this, they are often used for lighting pipes. They are also often used as cigar lighters because they get hot.

As you’d expect from a lighter, which makes such an intense flame, jet torch lighters blow through fuel very quickly. How long a torch lighter will last varies drastically depending on the number of flames, size of the fuel chamber, and pressure level.

Note that torch lighters are not allowed on airplanes, even in checked luggage. Do not take one of these with you while traveling by air!

Features

Multiple flames
Pressurized flame
Fuel type: Butane
Ignition method: Piezo or battery

Refillable: Yes
Windproof: Yes
Waterproof: Usually

Pros

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (35)Strong, hot flame
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (36)Can point flame in any direction
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (37)Works in very windy conditions

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (38)Burns through fuel quickly
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (39)Piezo ignition often fails
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (40)Many cheap brands fail quickly

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5. Electric Coil Lighter

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Also called flameless lighters, these are battery-operated lighters. Electricity from the battery heats a coil inside the lighter, which can then be used to light cigarettes or other things pressed against the coils.

These lighters are easy to use, reusable, don’t require any fuel, and are usually charged via USB. However, the coils make it challenging to light anything other than a cigarette or maybe candles. They aren’t ideal for camping, emergency preparedness, or other basic uses.

Features

Fuel type: Electricity charged via USB
Ignition method: Electric

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Windproof: Yes
Waterproof: No

Pros

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (42)Easy to use
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (43)Safe
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (44)USB chargeable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (45)Stylish

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (46)Won’t ignite tinder or anything thick easily
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (47)Charge doesn’t last very long
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (48)Many cheap brands fail quickly

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6. Electric Arc Lighter (Plasma Lighters)

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These are also flameless lighters but are very different from the electric coil lighters above. With an arc lighter, high-voltage electricity makes an arc of charged plasma between two electrodes.

The plasma arc is hotter than a traditional flame and won’t be blown out by the wind. Some electric arc lighters have four electrodes to produce two arcs.

These lighters have become very popular because they work in windy conditions, require no fuel, are rechargeable, and are simply cool. Price varies drastically. Pay attention to brand reputation and battery life when choosing an arc lighter.

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Features

Number of lights: About 100 per charge
Fuel type: USB-chargeable Lithium-ion battery
Ignition method: Electric button

Refillable: Sometimes
Windproof: Yes
Waterproof: Mostly no but see below

Pros

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (50)Windproof
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (51)Generally very reliable
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (52)Sleek, cool design
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (53)No fuel required
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (54)Easy to use while wearing gloves

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (55)Not many lights per charge
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (56)Battery will need to be replaced after about 400 charges
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (57)Charge time varies; usually at least 2 hours
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (58)Can short circuit if it gets wet

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7. Permanent Match

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Also known as a forever match, this type of lighter is a cross between matches and a lighter. It consists of a metal chamber that holds fuel. A spark stick with a wick inside is screwed into the chamber.

The wick absorbs fuel from within the chamber. To use the permanent match, you remove the spark stick and strike it against an abrasive striking surface on the chamber.

Permanent matches have gotten a lot of hype from the survivalist community. Yes, they are cool, and you get many more lights out of them than with standard matches. The flame is also more resistant to wind than a standard match. However, much of the info about permanent matches is a bit misleading.

For starters, most permanent matches advertise that they will last 15,000 lights. However, you will need to refuel the lighter long before this. The wick inside the permanent match will also need to be replaced. It varies depending on the brand, but don’t expect more than 100 lights before refilling or replacing the wick.

On the plus side, permanent matches have a gasket that prevents fuel evaporation. If you need something to put in a bug out bag, these can sit there for years without losing fuel.

*Important: You must blow out the “match” before putting it back in the fuel canister!

Features

Number of lights: 15,000
Fuel type: Naptha
Ignition method: Striking like match
Casing: Metal

Refillable: Yes
Windproof: Somewhat
Waterproof: Yes

Pros

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (60)Small, cool designs available
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (61)Fuel doesn’t evaporate
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (62)Good for Bug Out Bags
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (63)Waterproof
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (64)Works decently in windy conditions

Cons

  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (65)Lots of cheap, defective ones available
  • The 9 Types of Lighters Explained (66)Need to refuel and replace wick fairly often

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8. Candle Lighters

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Also called utility lighters, this type of lighter has a very long neck. The long neck makes it easier to reach candle wicks, especially without burning your fingers on the flame.

Some candle lighters have curved or flexible necks. A Piezo spark usually ignites cheap candle lighters, but there are some electric arc candle lighters too.

They share the same pros/cons as their parent type of lighter.
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9. Pipe Lighters

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Pipes can be difficult to light with traditional lighters; the flame can burn your fingers when you turn it upside down towards the pipe.

Pipe lighters solve this by changing the design of the lighter. Instead of having the flame come out of the top, the flame comes out of the side of the lighter. In other designs, the flame is encased in metal so it can be pointed down into a pipe.

Most pipe lighters are butane sparkweel lighters. Sometimes butane torch lighters are also called pipe lighters because the intense flame can be easily directed into a pipe.

They share the same features and pros/cons as Piezo lighters.
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FAQs

What happens if you keep a lighter lit for 30 seconds? ›

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.

What happens if you light a lighter upside down? ›

If you've tried turning the refillable lighter upside down in order to light something from above, you may have noticed that the lighter will go out when completely inverted. This is because, while the butane fuel inside the lighter is in liquid form, the lighter actually burns gaseous butane.

What is a ghost lighter? ›

A ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theatre is dark.

What type of lighter is the best? ›

Most Dependable: Zippo Windproof Lighter

It'll spark no matter the conditions, making it great for camping or outdoor activities. Zippo's lighter fluid provides a smooth, reliable flame. Replace the wick and occasionally the sparking wheel to keep the lighter in top shape for a lifetime.

How long should you wait after refilling a lighter? ›

Once the tank is full, wait for 3 to 5 minutes before you try to operate the lighter. Doing so allows any excess butane (on the exterior of your lighter) to evaporate and it gives the lighter time to return to room temperature.

Does shaking a lighter help? ›

By shaking it, the fuel experiences frictional heating as the fuel molecules rub against each other and the side of the lighter. In this process some of the fuel becomes vapour, which increases the pressure inside the lighter.

Why did my lighter explode? ›

"With the lighter exposed to hot temperatures, the fluid and gases inside the lighter expanded, causing internal pressure to rise," Dr Wiesner said. "That increases stresses in the container of the lighter, and then it ruptured — and that would've caused the mechanical explosion of the lighter.

Can you save a lighter after dropping it in water? ›

If you ever find yourself with a soaked lighter you can dry it out quickly using this trick. Simply turn the lighter upside down and rub it quickly on a solid surface. You'll want to turn the wheel of the lighter directly on the solid surface. Rub it back and forth for 20 or 30 seconds.

What can you not do with a lighter? ›

But there are some rules surrounding lighter use that everyone should know.
...
7 Rules of Lighter Etiquette
  1. Always have a lighter. ...
  2. Don't light anyone on fire. ...
  3. Never steal one. ...
  4. Don't play with it excessively. ...
  5. Keep it fueled. ...
  6. If you have a fancy one, display it.

Why can't I light a lighter? ›

Make sure that there is no debris, dirt or lint clogging or blocking the lighter's operation. Even a small amount of debris can stop a lighter from functioning correctly. Exercise care when checking for blockages and keep your fingers well away from the igniter.

Why are Bic lighters so good? ›

Made of rock, mainly composed of chalcedony and quartz, it has a life cycle twice as long as the other brands' flints, and does not easily wear down.

What's a crackhead lighter? ›

Also, a crack lighter is a lighter that has been turned down a great deal to the point which it barely produces a flame. This allows crackheads to spend less money on lighters and more on crack.

What is a dragon breath lighter? ›

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Our Immortal Lighter is 3x more powerful than normal lighters and it even works after being submerged in water. The masterfully crafted leather is embossed directly onto the holster, making it rugged and almost indestructible. The last lighter you will ever need.

What is a Cricket lighter? ›

The Cricket Deluxe lighter is our most luxurious and durable lighter to date. With the casting made out of metal, a turbo flame making it windproof, the possibility to refill and reflint it, this high quality lighter is made to last the test of times.

What is the longest lasting lighter? ›

Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter

This survival lighter features a super tough and water-resistant case, but also comes with a viewing window so you can see exactly how much fuel is in the reservoir. It's also very lightweight, said to last through 30,000 uses, and can withstand up to 80 mph winds while staying lit.

What is the most popular lighter in the world? ›

The undisputed king of EDC lighters must be the classic flip-top Zippo. These refillable, windproof wonders have been made for decades and are available in just about any color or finish you can imagine.

What is the safest lighter? ›

The BIC® Lighter is recognized as a worldwide leader in producing a safe, reliable flame for millions of consumers every day, in more than 160 countries around the world. There can be no compromise on lighter safety. That's why safety is BIC's number one priority.

What happens if a lighter is left in the sun? ›

Lighters. Lighters may be tiny, but they can pack a punch when overheated. The flammable fuel inside these little plastic tubes can expand and breach the lighter casing when exposed to high heat, creating a fire hazard.

Why is a person lighter in water? ›

When objects are placed in water, their mass does not change. They seem to feel lighter, though, because of buoyancy. Archemedes's principle states that the force pushing on an object under water, is equal to the mass of the water it has pushed out of the way.

What to do with a leaking lighter? ›

A temporary hissing sound is common when you refill a butane lighter as fuel and air escapes in the process. But, if the noise persists, butane is leaking out, which is dangerous because it can ignite. Send your lighter out for repair, or toss it away, if won't stop hissing when you refill it.

How do you know when a lighter is too full? ›

You can tell that the lighter is full because the butane will start to leak from the stem and won't go into the lighter. Depending on how empty the lighter is, it may take 2-3 bursts to fill it. Some lighters have a gauge that shows the fuel level.

How many times can a lighter be used? ›

The BIC lighter can provide more than 4,000 lights. However, it really depends on the burn-time of the flame. If you are lighting a stove, you will likely use a 0.75 second flame and burn around 0.001 grams of fuel. This means you have about 4,500 short lights from a full sized BIC lighter.

How many times can you spark a lighter? ›

Disposable lighters are not meant to be refilled. You should be able to get up to 3,000 lights from a full-sized Bic lighter.

Why do people put their lighters in the air? ›

Phone flashlights may have passed the proverbial torch, but for decades fans attending concerts would wave lighters in the air to cheer on their favourite act. It's a phenomenon seen around the world, but like the sphynx cat and insulin, many may be unaware that the tradition originated right here in Toronto.

How do you hold a lighter so it doesn't burn you? ›

“Righties face the lighter to right, lefties face the lighters to the left.” When the lighter is facing the correct direction the flame will bend away from your hand, which means fewer burns and boo-boos.

Can lighters go on planes? ›

Absorbed liquid and butane lighters are limited to one lighter per passenger in carry-on or on one's person. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, any lighter in the carry-on must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.

Why does my lighter shock? ›

It's usually because of the excess electrical charge that accumulates in insulating materials through which electricity does not circulate very well. When this insulating material enters into contact with any other object that has a positive charge, it releases electrons, and this is what causes that dreadful shock.

What happens if you light a lighter during a gas leak? ›

A natural gas leak can cause an explosion if ignited by a spark.

Can you refill a Bic lighter? ›

ARE BIC® LIGHTERS REFILLABLE? No. All BIC® lighters (pocket and Multi-purpose) are non-refillable.

Are lighters waterproof? ›

Weather-Resistance. There is no perfectly windproof or waterproof backpacking lighter.

Does touching a lighter hurt? ›

A: Touching the electric arcs will feel like a sharp bite or the shock you get from static electricity, but about 10 times stronger. It will definitely wake you up! We do not recommend touching the arcs. However, if you do, there is no permanent damage other than a few small red marks on your skin.

Where is the safest place to keep a lighter? ›

Children as young as two years old have been able to operate lighters and start fires with them. Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Store in a high cabinet, preferably a locked one. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to start and quickly burn out of control.

Why do people put duct tape on lighters? ›

Wrap the lighter with several feet of duct or electrical tape: You will use the tape for everything, and it may pad the body, offering some shock protection if the lighter is dropped. Some duct tape is also a good firestarter (Check this out before you need to use it.)

Can you use a Bic on a cigar? ›

Soft flame lighters, like a standard inexpensive Bic, should be used with a bit of caution too. Hold your cigar at a safe distance from a soft flame. A soft flame lighter is less likely to scorch the foot of your cigar, though.

What happens if you keep a lighter lit for more than 30 seconds? ›

The reason is that in an ideal fuel lighter the gas used is slightly less combustible to ensure safety of the lighter. Thus the lighter is unable to keep up it's flame for more than 20–40 seconds.

Why does a lighter not have a shadow? ›

Since the flame is much hotter than the surrounding air, it bends the light near the flame, creating the that wiggly line. Also, soot from the wick combusting can be seen as well. The light from the flame though, has no shadow.

What can work as a lighter? ›

Here are four lighter alternatives for lighting your weed pipe.
  • Hemp wicks. The standard lighter uses butane and sometimes that flavor can carry into the smoking experience. ...
  • Flame-free lighters. Don't let the name fuel you! ...
  • Glass wands/Greevo sticks. ...
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What makes Zippo lighters so special? ›

Zippo lighters, which have gained popularity as “windproof” lighters, are able to stay lit in harsh weather, due to the design of the windscreen and adequate rate of fuel delivery. A consequence of the windproofing is that it is hard to extinguish a Zippo by blowing out the flame.

What lighter is better than Zippo? ›

One of the best refillable lighters is the $35 Maratac Peanut (not the Zippo or butane cigar lighters). A great EDC lighter — which also serves as the best windproof lighter and best electric lighter — is the $35 Survival Frog Micro-USB Rechargeable Tesla. Updated prices.

What are the old fashioned lighters called? ›

In 1823, a German chemist perfected the world's first lighter, and it was referred to as the Feuerzeug or the Döbereiner's Lamp, in honor of its inventor, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner.

What does BIC mean lighter? ›

WHAT DOES BIC STAND FOR? "BIC" is actually a shortened version of founder Marcel Bich's last name. Click here for a complete history of BIC.

What type of lighter is a Bic? ›

BIC Classic Full-Size Pocket Lighters are made with pure isobutane fuel, with up to 3,000 lights per lighter. Each pocket lighter is child-resistant, provides a steady flame, and is safe even when used at a 45-degree angle.

What is an old boy lighter? ›

Old-fashioned and durable, the Old Boy lighter from im Corona has been a favorite of pipe smokers since the 1930s. The soft flame is ignited by a flint and wheel. There is a pipe tamper built into the lighter which can also be used to adjust the height of the flame.

Can a Bic lighter get you high? ›

Butane is a highly flammable and toxic gas that can also cause a high if inhaled. It is often found in lighters, but is used in other products as well, such as aerosol sprays, lighter refill cartridges, and cartridges for portable stoves.

Why is Zippo so famous? ›

Zippo lighters, which have gained popularity as “windproof” lighters, are able to stay lit in harsh weather, due to the design of the windscreen and adequate rate of fuel delivery. A consequence of the windproofing is that it is hard to extinguish a Zippo by blowing out the flame.

What was the first lighter invented? ›

The first such pioneer was a lighter invented in 1816. The first lighter was called "Dobereiner's Lamp" (named after its creator, a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner). But his lighter did not use butane or oil as fuel, it used the highly explosive hydrogen.

What is the oldest cigarette lighter? ›

1823 - Döbereiner's lamp

In 1823, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, a German chemist and professor at the University of Jena, invented one of the earliest lighters; however, it looked nothing like a modern-day lighter.

Are Cricket lighters still made? ›

We do. Ever since 1992 when we designed the first child resistant lighter in the world and set a new standard on safety.

What is the cotton in a lighter for? ›

The Zippo "Cotton" (wadding) retains the petrol in you lighter and keeps the wick saturated. Overtime the "Cotton" retains less and less fuel and your Zippo lighter will need refilling more often. The "Felt" is also included in this pack. This is the part that is lifted up to fill your zippo lighter.

Why is there a hole in the bottom of a Bic lighter? ›

Step 1: Open Valve At Bottom of Lighter

There is a small ball in that hole that seals the gas in the reservoir. You want to push that ball inside the lighter.

What are round lighters called? ›

Clipper was the first original refillable lighter and has been made in Barcelona, Spain since 1972. Its unique round shape and special features have made it popular in more than 80 countries and is the world's best-selling lighter.

What is the proper name for cigarette lighter? ›

An automobile auxiliary power outlet (also known as car cigarette lighter or auxiliary power outlet) in an automobile was initially designed to power an electrically heated cigarette lighter, but became a de facto standard DC connector to supply electrical power for portable accessories used in or near an automobile ...

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