Electric Arc Lighter – Will It Light A Cigar?

In case you haven’t been keeping up to date with the latest in lighter technologies, there is a new type on lighter on the block that is begging for attention. Let’s take a close up look at the “electric arc lighter” and see what all the fuss is about.

This style of lighter is an attractive one on initial view, and if your friends are not familiar with them, they are sure to draw attention. This is the exact model we purchased for testing here:


This lighter is pretty cheap cost wise coming in at $14 at the time of writing this article, but what other benefits does it have?

  1. Wind proof
  2. Rechargeable
  3. Uniqueness compared to traditional lighters

Electric arc lighters, due to the nature of how they light, are basically windproof. This is a very welcomed feature for anyone who often lights up in windy conditions. Being rechargeable is great, no batteries required is always a bonus.

So, how well does it actually light a cigar?

Well…actually it lights terribly.

When I tried to light up an excellent looking Churchill, all I got in return was burnt wrapper edges and a less than stellar burn. I found it to be very very difficult to light the center of the cigar with this lighter. The arc on the coil wasn’t high enough to actually be able to properly touch the center of the cigar.

Also, I noticed this lighter will only stay “lit” for about 7 seconds or so, then it turns off as a safety mechanism. Which means it takes a long time to light a full cigar because you are constantly re-lighting.

In short if you are looking at this as a means to light a full cigar, look elsewhere.

So, what does this lighter do well?

Well, I found one case where this lighter performed well and served its purpose. It was successfully able to light a cigarillo with some level of proficiency. So, if that is all you are looking for, this lighter should fit the bill.

Cigarillo lighting in action

If you picked up one of these lighters, let me know down in the comments how your experience with it went!

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