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Tobacco lighters are just one of the many smoking accessories sold on the market today. They are the preferred lighting method of most smokers because of their convenience, safety, and the better quality of flame produced. Most modern lighters use butane fuel, which is made with butane gas compressed into a liquid state. Butane is an ideal fuel for lighters, as the flame can be sustained even by just a small amount at a time.
However, not all lighters are made the same. Some smokers even prefer custom lighters personalized to suit their own style. By looking into the types of lighters available and at their different ignition mechanisms, you can decide which type of lighter is best suited for your needs.
What's in a Lighter?
A typical lighter is fueled by liquid butane, which is stored in a pressurized chamber. It is released by pressing down on a button, letting the butane return to its gaseous state. Typically, the gas is then ignited by a spark, producing a flame. This is produced either by means of a hammer hitting a piezo crystal (creating an effect similar to a car's spark plug) or by a serrated steel wheel that strikes against a flint when rotated.
Butane lighters typically produce flame with a flint-type ignition. While these are the cheapest kinds of lighters, most being disposable, there are some brands of butane lighters that are refillable. These lighters produce a soft flame that can easily be blown out, but are ideal for lighting cigarettes, and are very cost-effective.
Some lighters, such as those produced by Clipper, are considered highly collectable because of their trendy designs.
Torch lighters create a straight and much hotter flame than ordinary lighters, and are ideal for evenly lighting cigars with large ring gauges. They are wind-resistant and produce a precise flame. Some types produce two or even three jets of flame at once, making lighting large cigars even easier.
When you are lighting cigars with this type of lighter, it should be handled with care. The ignition chamber must be kept as clean as possible to prevent it from malfunctioning. Do not put your cigar or cigarette directly into the burning vapor. Instead, hold it about an inch away to prevent ashes from falling into the lighter.
The right lighter can be a perfect complement to any of the premium cigars from our extensive collection. For more information on tobacco lighters and other smoking products, browse the rest of our online smoke shop today.