|A Soto Pocket Torch|
Well, I guess, but it's pretty darned nice lighter. Let me tell you what I like about it.
First, it's got a piezoelectric ignition. A good one. One that works pretty reliably. It usually takes two clicks, but it very consistently lights on the second click.
Second, it's a torch. In other words, that flame comes out of the nozzle with some force. It's not like a candle flame that can be blown out easily. It's got decent wind resistance, and I can turn it different directions including sideways and straight down which is pretty nice for lighting certain stoves.
What's that you say? Hand held lighters with piezoelectric ignitions don't work very well at altitude? Well, you're absolutely right about that. I've had lighters with piezo ignitions fail as low as 8,000 feet/2400m and succeed as high as 10,000 feet/3000m. Somewhere in there, most piezoelectric ignitions on hand held lighters are going to fail. But that's really not a problem with the Soto Pocket Torch. Just pull the head off, and underneath the covers is an everyday Scripto lighter.
|A normal Scripto lighter resides inside the body of a Soto Pocket Torch|
|The flint and steel wheel type ignition on a Scripto lighter.|
|Checking the fuel level on a Scripto Lighter|
So, there you have it, Hikin' Jim's recommendation for a lighter. It's not exactly ultra light, but it is ultra convenient.
Hope that's a helpful gear tip,