Summary:When I was a kid, pocket lighters were Zippo or disposable Bic lighters. Today, however, there are m...
When I was a kid, pocket lighters were Zippo or disposable Bic lighters. Today, however, there are many types of lighters on the market with different fuels and features. Here's a breakdown of some of the most common pocket lighter styles:Waterproof Lighters
(aka Floating Lighters)
If you're an active person and want to stay ready for a rainy hike, scuba dive or jet ski trip then a waterproof lighter is a must have. They don't lose fuel and can be used for years without a refill, so they are a great option for anyone with an outdoor lifestyle.
If it's a breezy day and you want to keep your lighter tucked away in your pocket then you need a lighter that is windproof, also known as a no flame or electric lighter. These types of lighters don't have a spark ignition and are often made from plastic.
Butane is a common fuel used for cigarette lighters but it's not a pure liquid. Instead it is a blend of propane, propylene and other alkanes.
It's best to get a butane that is triple refined or at least high purity for a cleaner flame and reduced chances of impurities getting into your lighter. A cheap, haphazardly refined butane can damage your lighter and leave you with a poor flame and unpleasant aroma.
When it comes to refilling your lighter, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Shake the can of butane gas before you push it into the refill valve on your lighter and don't hold it in an upright position or you may inject air into your tank, which will cause your lighter to malfunction. Always bleed your lighter and wait 3 to 5 minutes before operating it again.