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  • Backpacker April 10 says of the Soto Pocket Torch, Just put a 50-cent lighter into this little widget, and you get a mini blowtorch that produces a searing-hot blue flame.
  • Pocket Torch accepts rectangular disposable lighters (not included); does not fit round disposable lighters, such as Bic lighters
  • Perfect for lighting stoves and starting campfires; can also be used around the house to cut rope, solder small objects and light your mood candles
  • Designed for use below 5,000 ft. in elevation
  • Soto Pocket Torch weighs only 1.8 oz. (without lighter) and measures 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in.


Before starting a fire outdoors, review Leave No Trace principles and safe extinguishing practices. Always check the land manager’s current regulations for information on where to build a fire, appropriate wood to use and potential burn bans.

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Best Use Backpacking
Material(s) Plastic
Windproof Yes
Dimensions 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
Weight 1.8 ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great concept, but needs some work The reason I bought this lighter is because I had a bunch of disposable lighters I got from an uncle that quit smoking, not sure if they would fit I bought this with the peace of mind that if there were a problem, REI would handle it. Fortunately it all worked out well, the A-liters fit just fine into the Soto Pocket Torch, and the flame worked just as I hoped. While I like this product, there are still some improvements to be made, namely the ergonomics of this Lighter, the way it's made is not comfortable for the thumb to click and hold. One thing that you may want to do is to turn the light output on high before you stick it in the the Pocket Torch, makes the flame a bit stronger that way.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mine works great! I received mine yesterday and I have to say it fires up on the first click everytime. I think having the right lighter in it (Scripto) has a big impact on performance. I use Scripto view disposables. The lighter fits tight into the polycarbonate sleeve and there is very little to no rattle of the lighter inside the case. I tried lighting it in every position including upside down and it lit without fail the first time everytime. The build looks quality and it is made in Japan not china as some have said. Remember not to keep it lit for more than one minute at a time or the heat will melt the head of the torch!
Date published: 2010-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skeptical no longer Due the simplicity of this product, I found it a bit hard to believe it would work as advertised. Since REI has always had such a great return policy, I figured it was worth the risk. Simply put: It works great. I use it at work, as well as outdoors. It's affected slightly by high winds, but certainly much less than a lighter would be on its own. It's just a great idea, with the slickest, simplest possible source of fuel anyone could think to use. Also, as well as the flame improvement over a lighter, you can keep the flame going for as long as you want, without the handle heating up. An amazng little device.
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS INCREDIBLE! Used this in decent conditions, a little cold, fairly dry. Worked with damp wood too. Worked like a charm every time, just make you push down all the way and hold it for a second or two (like the directions say). Not sure why people are lowering their rating because they couldn't find a lighter right away that fit or because they didn't read the instructions. If you go to soto's website they have a list of lighters and where you can find them. Any rectangular lighter should work, the ones that have curved sides i.e. B*c will not. Don't leave for a camping/backpacking trip without this. This is incredible!!!
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Functions as it's own backup I beat the living tar out of it. I never put this thing away. I use it to light cigars, seal the ends of paracord, and of course, light all kinds of fires. I kept it with me working on a farm all summer and through Halloween. I dropped in dirty mud, kept it in my pocket which accumulated all kinds of dirt and debris, and it held up. It started to take a few attempts to light and the flame was pretty sparse, so I took it apart, cleaned out the fuel channel and put it back together and it's bodacious again. Buy one for your yourself, or your idiot friend.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool pocket torch that uses disposable lighters! The directions weren't very clear on the type of disposable lighters needed. Me being a non-smoker, I took the SOTO to a local smoke shop. The clerk didn't know either. A smoke shop customer recognized the SOTO, and pointed to a bucket of cheap lighters right in front of us on the counter. Problem solved. Thank you good samaritan. To adjust the intensity of the flame output, the "+ -" adjuster is on the disposable lighter. The higher your altitude, the more "+" adjustment needed. May not work above 5,000 sea level.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great For The Price I've used this lighter for a full year now, and for[$], it's a keeper. It was given Backpacker Magazine Editors Choice Award, which is why I bought it.The ignitor, you need to click once and then click again in succession to start it, but then it puts out a good jet of flame Not a fault of the lighter, but because the gas needs to escape the disposable lighter into the SOTO chamber.It would be nice to have the option of using any disposable in it (can't use round BICs), but I bought a 6 pack of rectangle Scripto lighters for a couple bucks and no problem. My only Mod is I put a tiny rectangle of soda-can aluminum in the bottom so the disposable doesn't jiggle around.Compared to a high end refillable lighter this is a great deal, I recommend it. - Cheers
Date published: 2011-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Hand Torch But... Nice torch works on the second click every time. Quite wind proof and can be re-ignited quickly if it blows out. The flame is compact and HOT. I use it for fusing synthetic rope ends for Scout projects. The flame is compact and very close to your hand so igniting stoves, lanturns or fuel laden charcoal is tricky. The big plunger button is easy to use with gloves or cold fingers (think To Build a Fire) but this same fature makes me think twice about carrying it around in my pocket. If you have ever butt dialed a cellphone or set off your car alarm from your pocket the potential for lighting this in your pocket is clear. Nice tool if you carry it carefully.
Date published: 2011-05-17
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I'm not expecting it to work as well as a welding torch but will it cut through metal?

Asked by: Oroju
​This product is not intended for metal working.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-26

I am having trouble finding a flat lighter that will work in my Soto lighter. Most lighters have too small flint wheel. I cannot find a square Square Scripto lighter.

Asked by: whale
We have found that Circle K brand lighters found at any Circle K work well with the Pocket Torch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17

TSA requires a special DOT-approved container to fly with blue-light torches. If this item doesn't contain a lighter or fuel, do you know if I still need an approved container? TSA info seems unclear about this matter.

Asked by: Tramper Camper
​Please contact the TSA directly to inquire about their rules and regulations.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-18

How does it work in colder weather (like 10 F - 30 F)? I am looking for something that can be used to deice my ski carrier key and locks in freezing temperatures.

Asked by: cramblda
Performance is similar to a store bought lighter, however, we do not recommend using this lighter for de-icing because it may melt something.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17
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