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by ElusivEaglefromBroke within a WeekWithin a week the lighter stopped working.
Date published: 2011-07-02
Rated 1out of5
by shadhefffromSave your moneyI wanted something other than the throw-away style lighter, but this is just an expensive version. It's hit or miss on lighting and for the price is a complete waste; I'm returning it immediately. Also, it says on the label may not work at elevations over 5,000...I'm in CO, my house is at 6,000...wish that had been in the specs when I was researching.
Date published: 2011-10-18
Rated 3out of5
by ttkfromAddendumThis is an addendum to a previous post.
I previously commented that ignition is hit or miss, but actually ignition is ok. The problem is that the gas cuts off when the torch is inverted (burner down) for 3 to 20 seconds. This does not happen when the torch is in a horizontal to upright vertical position. The sharper the downward angle, the faster it shuts off. Function goes back to normal with the next click (if it is still inverted it will go out again within the next 10 seconds or so).
Once you know the trick you can usually work around it. I deducted one star.
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 4out of5
by cf23fromGreat Lighter with a few problemsAll and all this is a great lighter. I have used it quite a bit since I have gotten it about 2 weeks ago and have loved it except for a few things.
1. When u have had the lighter running for along time (5-10 seconds) the lighter runs extra time when the button is released.
2. The lighter lock mechanism still lets some fuel out when locked
3. Blows out occasional
Great lighter long run time on full fill up, good price, great fuel height adjuster and flame exit point retractor overall a incredible butane lighter i am quite impressed
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 4out of5
by ttkfromBig ImprovementThis in not like your typical butane lighter. It burns like your butane stove. The flame is much hotter than you are used to and it sucks butane like crazy.
The extending head keeps the fire away from your hands and gloves. This allows you to ignite stoves safely or get the flame under a stack of tinder. The plunger has a lock that can be easily disengaged even when wearing gloves. The lock does not re-engage automatically but it does tend to get pushed back to the safe position with handling. This should be safe to carry in a pocket without setting your pants on fire.
It will not ignite on the first click because there is dead volume in between the valve and the burner head. On the second and subsequent clicks it is hard to tell if it ignited or not. The flame is hard to see in daylight. It does make some noise when lit but not much. I found myself looking for smoke from the tinder for clues that the lighter had ignited. Overall the ignition was hit or miss.
The flame is extremely hot. It will set a pile of twigs blazing in 10 seconds. It is not as wind proof as some other lighters. Avoid the temptation to shield the flame from the wind with your hand because the flame is so hot and hard to see you can burn your hand or glove.
The burner and extendable stem get very hot. There is a plastic tab on the burner to use to extend or retract the stem without burning yourself. Make sure to let the burner cool before you put it back into your pocket.
It is labeled for use under 5000 feet which is out of range for many REI shoppers. For me at sea level it works well enough.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5out of5
by xxdfromPerfectly Featured LighterThis lighter is small and feels well built. Strong sharp flame. Extension head to keep your hands away from heat. Tank window so you can see the fill level.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 5out of5
by Mike OddfromBest lighter by farI have taken this lighter with me everywhere and it serves its function easily and has never let me down. I have owned several butane lighters, including the Soto, and this one beats them all hands down. It is easy to use, has a smart safety catch and the extension feature is fantastic for lighting stoves, coals and anything you don't want your fingers to get close to. Everyone I have lent this lighter to has gotten one of their own.
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 1out of5
by Beacon Terra OnefromWhat you see is not what you get...I saw this torch and fell instantly in love. Nice-looking, beautifully-conceived. The arm extends & retracts! Made in Japan! I couldn't wait to get my package from REI.
And here it is. That unitary, yellow control button you see in the REI photo? Not there anymore. Since people are careless, it's been replaced with an all-black, two-piece button (see my photo). A sticker on the unit gives almost meaningless instructions on how to operate the new button. Push-in on the center-slider of the new control, with your thumb at your first joint, and then, without lifting your thumb, push down on the top. Sure, that would be nice if it worked with anything other than extreme difficulty. It required pressure of an uncomfortable level to get that procedure to work even intermittently. The "grip" grooves in the slider are effectively useless. In most cases, it requires a second hand; use another finger to push in the slider, and then push down on the main part of the new type control button. Fail number one.
The new control button would be barely acceptable if the unit lit consistently each time. It doesn't, enhancing the difficulty of the new control button. It takes several tries to get it to go, unless you click-fail it once, and hold the button for a few seconds to let butane well up. Not exactly the best way to do it (hold it too long, and you'll get a small fire-cloud). I'm using high-quality butane, so it's not a matter of fuel (fuel that works perfectly with other butane tools). It also doesn't like to remain lit at any angle other than straight-up.
Oh, how I wish Soto had thought the execution of this product through. Aesthetics: A, conception: A; execution, F(AIL).
Date published: 2014-04-10
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