It’s tough out there if you’re a smoker. With the anti-smoking campaign in full swing, it’s become increasingly difficult to find a secure spot where you can light up in peace without being ostracized, let alone, protected from the elements.
It’s made even worse when there really is bad weather, such as wind or rain, and you have to somehow light up. Those disposable lighters often fail to work, and gas lighters will often run out of fuel at the worst of times. Not to mention, with the right weather conditions, even Zippos won’t work.
Should you use a flameless lighter? For roughly 3x the cost of a pack of disposable lighters, about the same price range as gas lighters, flameless lighters will save you the hassle of having to worry about the rain, wind, snow, or anything else.
What Are Flameless Lighters?
Flameless lighters are just that – flameless, meaning things like inclement weather won’t affect it because there’s no flame to disrupt.
It runs on electricity, which means you don’t need to worry about fuel. You won’t need to toss it in the trash can as quickly as a disposable lighter either. With flameless lighters, you simply plug it in and let it recharge.
And the way it works will remind you of class: an electromagnetic field is created, causing little plasma arcs of electricity. It’s the heat from those arcs that lights up a cigarette, candle, kindling for a fire, or anything else for that matter.
Aren’t They Expensive?
Surprisingly, flameless lighters aren’t expensive at all. You can get a decent one for $15-20 in most stores these days. Of course, there are some higher end models, but even those won’t be more than about $30.
The price tag really depends on what kind of flameless light you’re going for. If you want a single arc, it’s not going to be as strong, won’t fair as well in inclement weather, and therefore, will be cheaper than a dual arc model.
That being said, investing a small amount of money in a dual arc isn’t going to leave your wallet empty. And not having to constantly purchase lighter fluid will save you even more money than smokers who use gas lighters.
Why Not Just Get Disposable?
Although you may certainly purchase disposable lighters, they’re not meant to last, hence the name. This leads many smokers to lose their lighters, take them for granted, damage them unintentionally, or just give them away to other smokers.
With a flameless light, you’re bound to take better care of it, and enjoy it for a long time to come. Recharge and reuse, without having to deal with any mess or hassle.
Also, let’s go back to the main point: smokers don’t get to choose where they can smoke anymore. Might as well get a lighter that can stand up to the challenge with you, rather than work against you. Your wallet may thank you down the line.