Top 5 Best Survival Lighters 2016: Waterproof, Windproof Lighters
Nothing is more frustrating than finding yourself without a reliable lighter when you really need one. Now, imagine having that feeling, which is duly amplified, in a true emergency situation. Not only is it incredibly frustrating, but there may even be times it could be life threatening!
You definitely need a reliable way to start a fire in an emergency situation, for more than one reason. First, you may need to start a fire to cook with, to warm yourself with or to dry clothing that has gotten wet. You might also need to boil water for purification purposes. You might need to light candles, lanterns, torches, road flares, or any one of a hundred other necessary situations. The fact of the matter is that when you are in the midst of an emergency, a device to start a fire is an absolute necessity.
So make sure that you have something reliable and easy to use. In order to help you make an informed choice, we are going to go over the top five survival lighters here today. You should come away with a better understanding of what types of lighters are available and what will fit your own specific needs.
Here are our Top Picks
|Company||Zippo||Tesla||Ultimate Survival Technologies||Capsule Lighter|
|Type||Flint and Tinder||Electrical Arch||Butane with Piezzo Ignition||Liquid Naphtha and Flint|
|Size||6.1 x 3.9 x 1.7 inches||3 x 1.75 x 0.5 inches||2.5 x 0.5 x 1.5 inches||0.2 x 2 x 4 inches|
|Weight||1.44 ounces||4 ounces||1.4 ounces||.8 ounces|
|Price||See Price on Amazon||See Price on Amazon||See Price on Amazon||See Price on Amazon|
Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Review
The first item is the Zippo Emergency Fire Starter. It comes in a lightweight plastic case with a water resistant o-ring seal that keeps the contents nice and dry. The reliable flint wheel ignition creates a spark that then ignites the frayed wax tinder stick. Four of those are included and refills can be purchased. You can also change the flints, just as you do with a regular Zippo lighter.
With this waterproof lighter, there is no need for fuels of any type and no need to worry about wicks. The tinder sticks do need to be replenished and it is advisable to go ahead and stock up on these when you purchase the lighter, but since you never have to worry about fuel this is a great survival or camping lighter.
The Zippo name is a trusted one in the field of lighters to begin with, but this lighter also comes with the Seal of Approval by the North American Hunting Club.
- Dimensions: 6.1 x 3.9 x 1.7 inches
- Weight: 0.09 pounds
- Type: Flint and tinder
Tesla Coils Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter Review
Next is the Tesla Coils Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter. This electric lighter requires no flame, butane, wicks or flints so there is absolutely no hassle.
All you have to do is charge it up via USB and it will create an arc of electricity with the simple push of a button. Since there is no flame, there is no need for it to be a wind resistant lighter, and it is economical as well as environmentally friendly. The lighter also has the safety feature of not being able to be lit while the lid is closed, which makes for no worries in just tossing it into your bug out bag and forgetting about it until it is needed.
The Tesla Coils lighter is great in any situation, for camping, backpacking, storms, emergencies, etc. You can turn it completely upside down to light virtually anything and there is no blowback from a flame to burn your fingers. Holding it in an on position will not create a lighter that is too hot to touch either.
- Dimensions: 3 x 1.75 x 0.5 inches
- Weight: 4 ounces
- Type: Electrical arch
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter Review
The Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter is a floating butane lighter with a piezzo ignition that works against the odds in the most adverse of conditions. It holds 14 ounces of quadruple refined fuel, but is shipped empty. Its design is not only water resistant with an o-ring seal, but also windproof up to 80 miles per hour and comes with a two-year warranty. Talk about a windproof waterproof lighter.
This device was designed specifically with the toughest users in mind and quality tested to ensure that its durability to meet the roughest standards with which it might be faced, making it one of the best windproof lighters on the market.
Having one of these in your supplies will be a plus, as anyone can operate it, much like a normal every day lighter.
- Dimensions: 2.5 x 0.5 x 1.5 inches
- Weight: 1.4 ounces
- Type: Butane with piezzo ignition
Waterproof Peanut Capsule Survival Lighter Review
For something a little different, we have the Waterproof Peanut Capsule Survival Lighter. This lighter uses liquid Naphtha fuel and regular flints that can be purchased anywhere you can buy fuel and flints for a Zippo lighter. Refilling and changing the flint is also done just as you would do with a Zippo, just pull out the insert and pour fuel into the cotton. Postal regulations dictate that these types of lighters must be shipped empty.
There is an o-ring seal between the top and the bottom that eliminates the worry of fluid loss and keeps the lighter safe from leaks. It attaches easily to key rings and lanyards with its open and close chain. It is a handy lighter to have in your gear, there is no doubt about that. The ease of use and refillable options mean that it will be something you can count on for many years to come.
- Dimensions: 0.2 x 2 x 4 inches
- Weight: 0.05 pounds
- Type: Liquid Naphtha and flint
Everstryke Match Pro Survival and Emergency Lighter Review
Our last item for review is the Everstryke Match Pro Survival and Emergency Lighter. Completely redesigned from previous models, this waterproof lighter now boasts a replaceable flint and a wick that lasts about 10 times longer than competitors last last and is replaceable as well. It strikes hot the first time with a flame that burns at over 600 degrees F. It contains a built in o-ring to indefinitely keep fluid from leaking out and has a lifetime lighting capacity of about 15,000 strikes.
This is an invaluable lighter to keep with you just about anywhere: your gear bag, purse, tool box, tackle box or even your wallet. It comes with a clip attachment that makes it easy to attach to just about anything without fear of losing it or having it fall off at inopportune moments. Made of solid stainless steel, it can take all the rugged adventures you care to take it along on and more.
One drawback we have found is that due to the small size of this lighter, it could become hard to manipulate if your fingers are very cold or if you are trying to light it with gloved hands. Take this into consideration if you are including it in a bug out bag and plan to have a spare, bigger lighter available if you might find yourself in this type of situation.
- Dimensions: 0.63 x 0.63 x 1.88 inches
- Weight: 0.06 pounds
- Type: Regular Lighter Fluid and Flint
My Vote for Best Survival Lighter
My favorite pick of the five would have to be the Zippo Emergency Fire Starter. For emergency situations, having a lighter that does not depend on any type of fluid or wicks is a big plus. There could be times when those items are not easily found or not obtainable. It does depend on flints, however, so making sure to have a good supply of those, as well as the tinder sticks, would be the best option.
It is also a great added extra that this lighter is waterproof with the o-ring seal and tight sealing snap lid to keep the contents dry, which is the most important thing.
It is also important as a favorite pick, that it carries the Zippo name with the extra bonus of having the Seal of Approval from the North American Hunting Club. All of these things together make for a trustworthy lighter you can count on when the time comes for its necessity.