Being able to ignite a fire is an essential part of both everyday life and during emergencies. That’s why it is critical to have multiple methods of starting fires, all the fuel in the world doesn’t do you any good if you can’t burn it. I have matches, magnesium ingots, and sparking devices in my inventory. But there is one tool that every household should also have on-hand to start fires. Which brings us to lighters, here are the models I currently own.

Lighters

I also have a Scripto long-necked lighter but it is almost out of butane and it can’t be refilled so it won’t be in my inventory for much longer.

My criteria for owning a lighter is that it should be re-fillable, durable, and reliable. I don’t use them regularly so I need lighters that can sit around for several months but still produce a flame on command. Here are the ones in my inventory.

Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter

There are a lot of flex neck lighters in the marketplace today, but the Zippo one stands out in my mind. I use this one for camping because it’s flexible tube comes in handy for lighting campfires, stoves, lanterns, and other items. It’s flexibility is what makes it the most useful of all my lighters. The build quality is top-notch and it lights reliably, this is the one I will reach for if I am at home and there is an emergency.

Zippo Outdoor Utility Lighter

This lighter is the big dog from my collection. The OUL® is big, solid, and rugged, which makes it perfect for outdoor use. However, it’s size and ruggedness cut both ways. The Flex Neck model is somewhat smaller and just as reliable, so I wind up using that one instead of the OUL. Of all the lighters I have, this one is more ornamental than functional because I can get by with smaller units. That said, this is an impressive lighter.

Zippo Candle Lighter

I’ve used this lighter quite a bit over the past year or so because it is perfect for lighting candles. The design is sleek and the build quality is solid, it really is a great lighter. The only catch is it is discontinued, which is sad. It’s too bad because it is the perfect size for around the house. Maybe Zippo will reconsider and bring it back sometime, I sure hope so.

Zippo Windproof Lighter

A while back, I wrote a review on this American classic so I won’t repeat what I said in it. Even though I don’t really use it, this lighter is dependable and built to last. It is a back-up unit that I keep around simply because I like it. Oh, it is effective at starting fires and sounds cool too…

UST Floating Lighter

I’ve actually owned at least one of these handy lighters for the past twelve years or so. The reasons are simple; they are light, they float, and they produce an intense flame every time I click the button. I have one in my car kit, my go bag, my bike bag, and in my garage. For around $20 you can’t go wrong, this is the one I would recommend to anybody who needs a reliable butane lighter.

In the future, I may purchase additional lighters to use and evaluate. For now however, these are the ones in my inventory and I am glad I have them handy. Stay tuned for more reviews on these units once the weather cools off.

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