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There is nothing more obnoxious than wanting to light something and the liquid in your lighter is gone. Worse still, all the match heads break off on contact. That's why, this time, we want to show you how great it is to have an electric lighter and the best ones on the market.

Whether it's the kitchen, the grill or whatever, having a lighter is for the cautious. Especially if it's one of the safest and longest lasting of all, electric lighters. There are so many of them and in so many forms, that it's hard to choose the best one, so we'll help you with our buying guide to find the right one.

Forget the other reviews, in MONEDEROsmart you will get all the information you are looking for, in a simple, entertaining and above all, honest way. Here you will find technical aspects, relevant details, news, advantages, disadvantages, product variants, the most important purchasing factors and user reviews.




The most important facts

  • An electric lighter is a device that can use electricity to generate fire to light paper, cookers, candles, fireworks, bonfires, and more. They work thanks to a lithium battery inside, which makes them eco-friendly as they do not need any gas or oil.
  • There are actually 3 types of electric lighters on the market. The first is a plasma lighter with a flexible neck, the second is a plasma lighter with a double arc and the last is a coil lighter, also known as a resistor. Each is best developed for certain uses.
  • Like any product, the electric lighter has factors to look out for in order to make a good purchase. Those factors that make one product better than another and that give us a criterion. For these, it is better to pay attention to its use, its materials, its durability and other elements that you will see below.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about an electric lighter

Knowing everything you need to know about the product you are going to buy ensures you get the best in its class. With our buying guide you won't miss a single detail, because we'll tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of electric lighters, their variants and everything else you need to know.

Electric coil lighters are aimed at cigarette consumers. (Photo: Natalia Vinokurova / 123RF)
Advantages
  • Safe and reliable
  • Durable
  • Can be charged for reuse
  • Eco-friendly
  • Can be used to light campfires
Disadvantages
  • They are more expensive
  • Must be charged to use
  • Emit a sound that may be irritating to some natoque

Electric arc lighter with flexible neck, double arc and coil - what should you pay attention to?

You need to know which type of electric lighter to buy, as they do not all have the same capabilities, nor can they all perform the same tasks. When buying these lighters you will have three options: the first is the arc with a flexible neck, the second is the double arc and the last is the coil.

Arc with flexible neck. The single arc and flexible neck electric lighters are ideal for starting fires in difficult places such as cookers, grills and candles. The long neck ensures total safety, this type of lighter is often used in kitchens, but you can take it anywhere.

Double arc. Double arc electric lighters have two small metal prongs through which the current flows. This allows anything that comes into contact with the current to start a fire. However, it is difficult to use this lighter in narrow places.

Coil. These alarm clocks, unlike the previous two, are intended to light smaller things like cigarettes. They work with lithium batteries like all of them, but you should get as close as possible to the coil, which when it receives current and heats up enough to generate fire.

Arc with flexible neck Double arc Double arc Coil
Use All possible Lighting cigarettes, cookers, easy to reach places Cigarettes or very small things
Charging time 30 min to 1 hour 1 to 3 hours 1 hour
Price Medium High Low Low

Purchasing criteria

Whether you are a first time buyer of electric lighters or an expert, there are criteria that you should always have when buying electric lighters. Criteria are those factors that make a product better than its equal, those that guarantee you a quality object or appliance. Here are the factors for buying electric lighters.

Uses

It is obvious that the purpose of a lighter, electric or not, is to create fire, but sometimes, and especially with electric lighters, we cannot start a fire in everything we want. For this reason, it is necessary to be clear about the uses that can be given to the lighters before making a purchase.

Cooking and grilling. If you are looking to use an electric lighter to flame your grill or light your cooker, we recommend that you purchase plasma lighters with an arc and a flexible neck. Let a dangerous place and a bad tool keep you from cooking delicious meals with family and friends.

Outdoors and camping. It is always good to have a lighter, especially if you are hiking, camping or doing other outdoor activities. For this, we recommend the use of flexible neck or double arc electric lighters, they are stronger and work better in relatively large areas.

Events and special occasions. If you are celebrating parties, anniversaries and other festive occasions that require the use of fireworks, wishing balloons, candles or others, any lighter you choose is fine. Whether flexible neck with a bow, double bow or coil/resistor lighters, they will do the job perfectly.

Other uses. Smokers tend to prefer the coil or resistance type of lighter to give their cigar a flame. They also tend to choose the double arc over the flexible neck type, because come on! It would look a bit ridiculous to walk down the street with a magic wand. Whereas, with the others, you gain a point in style.

Manufacturing materials

The manufacturing materials of an electric lighter is another important factor that not only affects its durability, but also its price. Because let's face it, a plastic lighter won't cost the same as an aluminium one, let alone a bronze or silver one. Just as its exterior is important, so is its exterior.

Check that both the inside and the outside of the lighter are made of excellent materials. It is recommended that the exterior of an electric lighter is made of a quality metal, and if it is made of plastic, that it has a strong or insulating coating. Our best ally when buying an electric lighter is our eyes and hands.

Durability

It is no coincidence that we have talked about the materials of manufacture before durability, in fact the former can have an impact on the latter. If you manage to acquire, which we know you will, an electric lighter with good materials, you will have a long-lasting device. The life of a product like this can vary between 5 and 10 years.

Bad materials will result in a reduced lifetime. Another factor that can directly influence durability is how you manage the life of your battery. Don't let your electric lighter reach 0% battery, but also don't keep charging it if it is already at its maximum. This will keep your battery and your lighter alive.

Other factors: Design and charging time

Have you seen how cool an electric lighter looks? It makes you buy them just because of the way they look and the best thing is that there are designs to suit all tastes. Undoubtedly, one of the most attractive factors when it comes to buying them. A factor determined entirely by you and your ability to choose something that suits your style.

Equally as cool is that the lighter can be charged without wasting a lot of time. Most of these devices can take as little as 1 hour to have a full battery, but there are others that take their time. If you're not anxious about waiting, no problem, but if you prefer something fast, this factor becomes a determining factor.

(Featured image source: Natalia Vinokurova/ 123rf.com)

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