Arc Lighter

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  1. CharClothed

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    Any experience with this? This may have already been posted but I didn't see it. I just ordered one of these electric arc lighters from Plasmatic. I risked it and did a seller's pick option, here's hoping I don't get a weed inspired one, but I'm really excited for this. I was curious if anyone had any experience with these and how they will work to light fires. This is the video that turned me onto it, for those who don't know what I'm talking about. For anyone who wants a different version, Plastmatic offers a stick like version which is smaller, does the same, and can be just placed into a fire super simple.

     
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    Not trying to rain on your parade but it seem kinda "gimmicky" to me.
    I would very much appreciate hearing your thoughts when you receive it.
     
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    Read the title and thought "yeah, B-52s would definitely start a fire".
     
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    Please post a review of this when you get it. I would especially like to see how it does with plain wood tinder (basically a little stick.)
     
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    I remember the B-52 Arc Light missions in Nam 68.
     
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    If you go to the website you can read several reviews and form a better opinion.
     
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    My son has one (or similar) - USB chargeable. Seems to work for lighting stuff on fire.
     
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  8. CharClothed

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    Leave a list of materials and if I have it, I'll try it.
     
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    I had seen something similar to this posted before...I found the video. Here you go brought to you from UST:


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    -Twig
    -Cotton ball
    -Candle
    -Some sort of chemical fuel block (esbit, trioxane, dryfire, etc)

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm sure I can find a twig somewhere, the same with a cotton ball and candle. I don't know about the chemical fuel block though. Wonder if there's something around here I can make with that in mind.
     
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    Hey, whatever you can do is coolio. Don't go out of your way unless you feel like it.
     
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    That really tiny area between the electrodes seems like it would annoy me. Barely enough to stick a cigarette in.

    A few things I'm wondering about with it being a plasma arc:
    1. Unlike a large flame, the plasma arc isn't a progression of heat as you get closer to it.
    2. Plasma arc requires a decent amount of energy. I had one of the lighters that was a single stream of plasma and I had to recharge it constantly.
    3. Will it travel through a thicker piece of material that makes for a really poor conductor? Such as wood?
    4. Do they give an estimate on the longevity of the electrodes?

    I really hope these things work well and gives us another option. Especially for when everything is wet and I can't get a fire going.

    Seeing this lighter though, the first thing I thought of was my welding days, and when we would put our face on the steel bench in order to light a cigarette with our plasma cutters at low amps.
     
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    I'm worried about the electrodes too. I did see this version however. Might be another option. More a stick form with the electrodes that seem to be flush with the top. Would seem to get into those hard to reach places.

     
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    works great in the rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! find out!
     
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    They say it's water resistant. Asked if they planned on making a relative water proof version, but no dice.
     
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    DAMN!!!! I have the fire starter bug now!
     
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    I wonder if Bear Grylls would endorse this?

    2 1/2 hr charge time and it's basically a taser.

    Too many ways this thing can fail.
     
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    The Arc Lighter Has Arrived. I ordered a random design and I am happy with the one I got. Here it is.
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    Here we have it lighting a piece of fat wood @OMRebel sent me.
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    A Candle
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    A Wet Fire Cube. This went up mega fast.
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    And some Instant Fire stuff I got at Walmart for a $1
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    Thats a wicked looking lighter!
     
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    I'd be interested in how it does with lighting a plain feather stick. I'm guessing it would work quite well. I'm tempted to resume looking for a plasma insert for a Zippo again. I know they made them in the past, but stopped making them. Maybe they ran into legal issues with marketing them as inserts for Zippo lighter cases?
     
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    Don't burn your apartment complex down. Sweet crack lighter.
     
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    I do like these kind of lighters but they don't burn super hot. If you want a reliable fire-starter and you're not at a too high a elevation I would suggest a torch-lighter, they burn so hot that they can be used to dry & ignite even some of the damper stuff.

    There is a lot of unreliable stuff out there though. I've tried everything from St. Dupont to cheap no brand China lighters and I'm sticking to the Xikar brand from now on. Great lighters, nice large fuel capacity and if they do end up failing they got your back with a solid lifetime warranty. My fav is the windproof model Cirro.
     
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