The Weedmaps Buyers’ Guide: Lighters and Torches
In the world of weed accessories, designer lighters and torches are far less popular than swaggy stoner favorites like smoking devices, smell-proof gear, and branded apparel.
Perhaps it’s because lighters are so incredibly losable, appearing in your pockets in great abundance at the beginning of a night out, before all but vanishing come sunrise — like pumpkins from some sort of Cinderella-esque patch. Or, perhaps, in the same vein, they’re losable, they’re also perpetually free, popping up regularly enough in your life that you are rarely forced to actually purchase one yourself.
Either way, it’s funny how lighters are so overlooked in the world of stoner swag given how instrumental they are in the act of actually getting high. Whether you’re combusting cannabis flower to toke up the traditional way or heating concentrate at mind-numbing temperatures, here is a comprehensive guide to the best lighters and torches on the market. It’s 2020, time to up your flame game.
The Wick Light
Every once in a while you’ll come across a stoner so into all things “green,” that they’ll take issue with literally everything. This includes your lighter, which is supposedly saturating their homegrown flower with butane and should immediately be replaced with a hemp wick.
The Wick Light ingeniously melds the traditional Bic lighter with the hemp wick in one handy little design, pleasing even the most environmentally sound cannabis user.
Dream Bay Waterproof Lighter
If you’re a super stoner like me, you’re stoned all the time. And I don’t mean every time you’re at your friend’s house watching movies, I mean all the time bar nothing. So you need a lighter that will light up anywhere — just like you do.
The Dream Bay Waterproof Lighter is a fabulous little tool for those of us who like to take life to the limits. Clip it onto any keychain and go, rest assured that no matter where nature finds you, your lighter will rise to the elements.
BlueSteel LighterBro Generation 2
While the LighterBro is actually a lighter case and not a lighter itself, it’s perfect for any stoner on-the-go and more than worthy of an appearance on this guide. This multi-tool features a knife, a screwdriver, poker, and scissors, as well as a bottle opener that’s integrated into the bottom of the case. Fits both Bic and Clipper lighters.
Tesla Coil Lighter
The Tesla Coil Lighter is a bit of a mindfuck. It doesn’t use butane, or even have an actual flame, making it an extremely clean way to smoke flower when its rolled into a joint or spliff.
These futuristic lighters work by creating an electric arc that is completely flameless and windproof. They’re USB rechargeable, and one charge can last a full week or 300 uses — no refills, no nothing.
Design My BIC Lighter
While all these lighters are really great, let’s be real here. What lighters do people really use to smoke weed, and almost everything else for that matter? BIC Lighters, pure and simple.
For a fun twist on a stoner staple, try designing your own Bic on their website. Simply upload an image, position it on the lighter, add text and voila! Two weeks later you have (at least) 200 of your own customized lighters to disperse into the lost lighter universe.
Big Shot Butane Torch
Falling somewhere between practicality and physical comedy, the Big Shot Butane Torch is perfect for the unapologetic dabber of your dreams. Not only is this giant torch capable of heating large amounts of concentrates with its 2,500°F flame in a single sitting, but it’s also guaranteed to make any normal-sized object look funny in comparison. Win, win.
Foxfirers Pen Torch
Here we have a sleek and sexy alternative to the average torch, a product genre not exactly synonymous with sex appeal. In addition to being downright chic, the Foxfirers Pen Torch is refillable, waterproof and comes with adjustable flame settings.
Vertigo Cyclone Torch
Like all astute and investigative stoners, we’re well aware that when a torch is marketed as a “cigar lighter,” they actually mean “miniature lightsaber created for the sole purpose of vaporizing pure THC.” The Vertigo Cyclone Torch is no exception.
The Saberlight Sparq has taken the plasma beam torch idea utilized by the Tesla Coil Lighter we listed above and made it way, way more weed-friendly. While traditional plasma beam lighters are limited by a single, narrow tesla coil which can only light things like joints and blunts, the Sparq can light anything.
By using free form plasma energy instead of the single-coil, flat surfaces like bowls, bongs and pipes are all fair game. Even Tesla himself would have been proud.
Dragon’s Breath Jumbo Torch
In case you haven’t noticed, all torches are pretty much the same. There are butane torches, there are plasma torches, there are size and design choices, but when it comes down to it, a torch is a torch.
So, why not get weird with it and throw everyone for a loop with this ridiculous Dragon’s Breath Jumbo Torch. It does everything every other butane torch and lighter can do, but instead of looking normal, it looks like a medieval rendering of a dragon. What more could one possibly want?Who knew lighters and torches could be so cool, sleek, tech-forward, and flat out weird? We did. And now you do with this handy buyers guide.
How and Why to Smoke Without a Butane Lighter
While butane lighters are perhaps the most common way to light a joint, bong, or pipe, they may not always be the most preferable way.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the butane used in consumer products like lighters is known to be an allergen for those who are sensitive to it. Butane fumes can irritate the eyes and skin, and when inhaled it can cause damage to lung tissue. In large quantities, such as in the case of “huffing,” butane can lead to suffocation. It can also increase heart rate and lead to neurotoxicity. However, while butane has great potential to cause harm, the chance that it would have such an effect on someone who’s smoking it, no matter how frequent, is low. Moreover, it’s thought that the flame from a lighter would burn off the butane, anyways.
That said, it’s still possible that small amounts of butane remain present. For heavy smokers, it’s best to minimize how much butane you’re exposed to, especially when lighting a joint or pipe so close to your face.
For those worried about the taste of what you’re smoking, you may want to opt for something other than butane, as well. Many cigar and blunt smokers, for instance, are very sensitive to its flavor. According to the Cigar Store, “Whatever burns in your cigar’s going to end up in the taste…Whatever you use to light your cigar is also burning.” While the Cigar Store advocates that cigar smokers use “clean burning” butane lighters, most cannabis smokers and especially vapers, who have a more refined sense of taste, can pick up notes of butane and often dislike it.
So whether you’re looking for more health-conscious or tastier ways to smoke, or you simply lost your lighter, here are a few ways you can spark up instead.
Duh. Matches are the simplest way to light up, and smell good, too.
Using the stove, a match, or a butane lighter you’re trying to keep far from your face, light a hemp wick and set it to your bud. The wick’s length is easy to manage and will keep you from having to have other forms of fire too close to your face.
You’ll need a lot of sunlight for this one, and preferably a bong for safety reasons. Place the magnifying glass a few inches from the bud and let the light shine through it until the cannabis starts to spark up itself.
If you can, start with a new candle, since the longer its wick, the easier it will be for you to light up. This method also works best with joints or bongs, as having a candle too close to your face with a pipe could be dangerous.
These “windproof” or flame-free lighters are designed with plasma coils or arcs that reach very high temperatures capable of lighting up tip of a joint or a cannabis pipe. Some are also rechargeable, and as an added bonus, their lack of flame makes them a little safer for kids to be around.If you lost your lighter or prefer not to use a butane lighter, there are other ways to spark up by using hemp wick, candles, matches, and more. ]]>