Chapter in this post:
- 1 arc lighter: USB lighter of the future
- 2 Electric lighters: Nice models with Double Arc on Amazon
- 3 Often more practical: an electric arc stick lighter
- 4 How does an arc lighter work without gas and petrol?
- 5 So why does an arc lighter buzz or beep sometimes?
- 6 Frequently asked questions about arc and plasma lighter answered in brief
- 7 Can you light candles, cigarettes or the fireplace with an electric arc lighter?
- 8 is an electric arc lighter also suitable for pipe smokers to light the pipe?
- 9 Can you use an arc lighter on New Year's Eve to light firecrackers and rockets?
- 10 Is a plasma lighter suitable for children on New Year's Eve, for example?
- 11 What happens when you reach into the arc?
- 12 Your opinion on the subject of USB arc lighter
Have you ever used a so-called arc lighter from the brand Tesla Lighter or VVAY or so? There are a myriad of these lighters that can be charged via USB, in a very elegant design, as a stick lighter, with effect paint, cuboid, cylindrical and so on. For me (and for this blog here) the coolest thing is the fact that the arc lighters can be charged via USB, on the Mac, on the power bank or even on the solar panel. They generate an electric arc, which is why they are also called plasma lighter (and also Electric lighter or electric lighter) hold. So you don't need petrol, gas or the like.
Arc lighter: USB lighter of the future
For this article, I consider it a blessing and a curse that I don't smoke. Because those who smoke often need a lighter - and are happy about one with a beautiful design. There are really great models, especially when it comes to arc lighters. The electric USB lighters are also ideally designed for cigarettes. However, there remains a consolation for us non-smokers: with an arc lighter (or plasma lighter or electric stick lighter or other search term) you can also light candles. But only as long as the wick fits between the contacts that create the arc.
Whether on Amazon or on the manufacturer's website - I somehow like the plasma lighters. I think that they will also prevail over conventional lighters in the future. Then we could finally see that lighters are being used a little more carefully. Those with gas / petrol are thrown afterwards - an electric arc lighter with a rechargeable battery and other technology in it is sure not to be left lying around, so that you need a new one quickly. The battery, which can also be replaced in an emergency, also creates less waste. The more expensive models in particular are durable (I think I read the reviews on Amazon). A step towards sustainability - also for smokers;)
Never again without a fire: Combines the electronic lighter with this power bank ;)
Electric lighters: Nice models with Double Arc on Amazon
In addition to the Tesla Lighter models, Amazon also offers a few other brands. The construction is often the same, but the more expensive models are supposed to last longer. There are also some very nice specimens. So if you are looking for a noble electric lighter, then I have a small selection here:
Often more practical: an electric arc stick lighter
For pipe smokers or people who like to use candles, a stick lighter is definitely a better "shape" than a normal plasma lighter, as the stick lighter is much easier to get into tight spaces (pipe, burnt candle or tea light, etc.).
How does an arc lighter work without gas and petrol?
If you want to buy an electric arc lighter, you may come across reviews (on the cheap models) that describe a buzz or a low beep during operation. Therefore, and because you should know your devices, here is a little insight into the functionality of such a lighter. This is how an arc lighter works:
The USB lighter is rechargeable because it has a battery inside. This in turn “fires” a transformer, which consists of copper coils. Depending on the number of arcs, called arc, there is the number of transformers in the arc lighter. From the coils, the transformed current flows through the contacts (four for two arcs) and is so strong that it ignites flammable materials. So that the lighter cannot go off in the pocket, an arc lighter has fuses (coupled with the flap hinge, among other things). All of this is connected via a small circuit board that contains the corresponding electronics and links all of the components.
If you want to get more information, I can also give you the website www.lichtbogenfeuerzeuge.de recommend, on which I put together all possible information about these USB lighters.
So why does an arc lighter buzz or beep sometimes?
This is probably due to the fact that the current is constantly switched on and off for a "stable" arc. Each time it is switched on, there is only a flash of light. In order to have a permanent arc, the current is switched on by the electronics many thousands of times per second. The "crack" that an arc makes when it is switched on, which is repeated very often per second, causes the lighter to beep or buzz. In some cases, this is so high frequency that it can hardly be heard, but it is there. Since this only happens during operation, it shouldn't be that annoying.
Frequently asked questions about the arc or plasma lighter answered in brief
Can you light candles, cigarettes or the fireplace with an arc lighter?
yes you can The arc is over 1000 degrees hot, while a normal lighter "only" manages 800 degrees Celsius in the burned flame area. In the blue flame area, however, up to 1300 degrees. So the temperatures here are similar. Accordingly, the arc also burns wood and other materials, just like a normal lighter does. Only the arc is much smaller than a flame and is "trapped" between the two metal ends between which it is created. If you get the arc to the appropriate places such as the candle wick, the cigarette holder or the chimney lighter, then it will come on.
Is an arc lighter also suitable for pipe smokers to light the pipe?
The problem here is that you have to get the tobacco close to the arc for it to burn. Unfortunately, it cannot be "sucked in" like a lighter flame. But when you plug it in for the first time, it's certainly no problem with any arc lighter. If the whistle has burned down a bit and you want to light it again, then you can be sure Electric arc lighter a good choice as it is more likely to get into the pipe.
Can you use an arc lighter on New Year's Eve to light firecrackers and rockets?
Yes, especially for New Year's Eve, these lighters are perfect, as you can infect something very specifically. The arc is only 5-6 millimeters long and that's where the heat is. So you can hardly burn your fingers. And the arc remains stable even in storms and strong winds.
Is a plasma lighter suitable for children on New Year's Eve, for example?
Basically, with every lighter you have to consider whether you trust your child to be able to use it safely. Personally, I would find an arc lighter to be safer for children ages 8 and up than other open flame lighters. And by turning on the USB lighters with the push of a button, they are very easy for children to use. From my point of view, a thumbs up for New Year's Eve or other occasions when you want to give children a lighter.
What happens when you reach into the arc?
As already described, the arc is a good 1100 degrees Celsius. If you come near the arc with your finger, you will burn your finger first. If you touch the two contacts with your finger, the current flows through the finger, which leads to a painful electric shock. You may know this from the lighters with piezo igniters. However, these only emit a short current pulse, while the plasma lighters emit current as long as you keep the button pressed.
Your opinion on the subject of USB arc lighter
Do you have such an electronic lighter? Do you think that the electric lighter that can be charged via USB (also mobile on a laptop, power bank, etc.) will replace the established lighters? Would you rather buy an expensive and therefore high-quality arc lighter or a cheap one that might not last that long? Feel free to leave your opinion on the new trend in lighters and USB - I'm curious!
Here I also have a quick compilation of my first arc lighter: an eFuego. You can already see in the video that you can burn wood and paper with the lighter. And of course you can also light up candles if you get to the wick with the arc.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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