The first electric plasma lighter we examined was the Ralix option. It's marketed as a wind-resistant, rechargeable, flameless solution for easily lighting candles, cigarettes, cigars and ships with a USB charger.
They say that all you have to do is simply click it and the electric lighter will provide a flame in a safe, efficient and effective manner. It's built from zinc alloy and doesn't use gas fluids- the manufacturer says that with a full charge it commonly lasts a little over a week or 300 ignitions.
- Buyers, for the most part, were fairly impressed saying that it's a great gift idea for the cigar or cigarette smoker in your family- with a high-tech appearance.
- As a two-electrode arc lighter it produces a simple arc flame and because of its matte finish it doesn't get messy with sweaty fingerprints.
- One important thing to note, it doesn't work with pipes or that well with large cigars.
The Tesla Coil
The second option we examined is the Tesla Coil USB rechargeable plasma lighter. The way it works, you press a button and it creates an electric flame arc you can use to light up Newport cigarettes or start a campfire in a windy area.
In terms of maintaining your plasma lighter for the long-haul, you'll want to ensure it doesn't sit out in the sun for long periods of time that it doesn't get punctured, that it doesn't stay lit for more than five seconds at a time.
- Some buyers wondered whether it makes a noise whenever it lights up and owners of this lighter tell us that it sounds like a taser when it's ignited.
- Reviewers say that this coil lighter works well- starting camp fires and that is solidly built to avoid breaking when dropped from several feet up.
The third rechargeable, flameless plasma lighter we examined is the Saberlight. This butane-free lighter utilizes plasma wave technology to create flames that are actually hotter than fire. Unlike traditional plasma beam lighters, it employs a narrow tesla coil so that it can work with pipes and bowls.
Perusing their promotional materials, they market it as a splash and windproof option that can provide 300 ignitions per charge with each charge taking about an hour. Reviewers say you should exercise caution with this lighter- never use it with metal pieces because it will shock you.
- Buyers say that you can get on the airplane with this option, which means it's better than a cigar torch in those instances when you are traveling.
- One cigar smoker says that while it is not as good as a match, a traditional lighter or a cigar torch, it is highly effective in the wind, and as we mentioned, you can travel with it because it is TSA compliant.
- One reviewer who suffers from arthritis that limits his finger and hand dexterity says that this was a handy workaround for him so that he can enjoy an afternoon cigar on his veranda.
The Novelty Wears
The fourth flameless plasma cigarette lighter we examined was provided by Novelty Wears- it comes in gold, black, neon, rose gold and other colors. It provides a double arc and butane free lighting experience packaged in a corrosion resistant casing.
- Buyers praise the quality of the electric flame, saying that it truly stands up to strong winds, charges quickly and features a variety of attractive colors.
The last option we examined was the Nova electric plasma lighter- this is, as the others are, a windproof option that ships with a USB charger.
- As other buyers have commented, the noise of ignition does seem to perturb pets-some likening it to a high pitch noise that's barely audible.
- One buyer takes it out on his boat where it is particularly windy- this is a great way to light up his Marlboro cigarettes as he's fishing.