What if you could light things on fire without, uh, fire? Electric lighters like the Sparkr Mini seem like a (rad as hell) novelty, but they actually fix the three biggest problems with traditional lighters:
- Fuel - This lighter doesn’t need fuel; you recharge it over USB. How cool is that?
- Wind - Since it’s using tiny electrical coils to create heat rather than an open flame, it can’t be blown out.
- Orientation - You can use a plasma lighter upside down without burning your fingers, which makes lighting candles a lot easier.
We covered the Sparkr Mini here, and now you can get the latest version of the lighter for just $16 right now after clipping the $4 coupon. This is actually a new model with an upgraded hinge, as well as the tweaked flashlight button that prevents it from turning on in your pocket.
The Sparkr Mini is one of the most compact electric lighters out there, but it’s undoubtedly the most fun to use, featuring two criss-crossing arcs for a more reliable spark, a built-in flashlight, and an extremely satisfying, clicky flip top. Seriously, I’ve spent hours just repeatedly and absentmindedly flipping the top open and closed. It also uses a different frequency than cheaper electric lighters, to (mostly) eliminate the high-pitched buzzing that’s commonplace with these products.
If you’re just curious about trying out one of these, this model from Tacklife is also down to $6 with promo code MSUVL7NI. It only has one arc instead of two, so it won’t light things quite as easily, and it does have a high-pitched wine. But for $6, it’ll get the job done.