The Best Survival Lighters : 2017 Reviews

​When purchasing the best survival lighter, there are certain common-sense qualities you need to look for, which many people, to their sorrow, do not remember. First, a survival lighter must be rugged, reliable, waterproof, windproof, and be able to work at high altitude. If your survival lighter is lacking in any of these areas, you are asking for trouble. Have you ever heard the Boy Scouts motto “Be Prepared?” Anyone who brings the wrong survival lighter would have flunked out.

For some people, appearances are very important. Sure, pretty is nice. But when you need a dependable survival lighter, what use is that oh-so-sharp looking lighter if it’s broken? A good rugged lighter should require substantial force before it breaks. If a lighter is the least bit fragile, or in any way not reliable, “survival” should never be mentioned on the package. What possible use is a survival lighter that will not survive? Never buy a camping or backpacking lighter that won’t survive being knocked around a lot. If you do not bring a reliable lighter, you deserve to freeze, go hungry, or suffer any other problems that may occur with no fire.

UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof Lighter

A survival lighter that is not waterproof could be worse than useless. Even if it does not rain, how many people have never spilled something on their lighter or dropped it in the water? Also, don’t get one of those sissy “moisture-resistant” lighters. Being able to light when the air is damp just doesn’t cut it. Your lighter should be something that will light even if it gets very wet. Just drop it in the water. If a lighter won’t work after it gets wet, you don’t want one. If it is not windproof, since you won’t be camping inside, why take any risks? The flame that blows out when you need it is just a cruel tease.

There are also some of those “why didn’t I think of that?” considerations. Get a lighter that only requires on hand to light. Don’t get one of those lighters that forces you to hold one piece in each hand. If you bring a two-piece lighter and you injure your hand, just whose fault will those problems be? Some people like surprises. However, if you are hiking, camping, or backpacking and need a dependable lighter, surprises are the last thing you want.

When you pack up your gear, extra unnecessary weight is hardly desirable. When trying to limit the weight of the backpack you will be lugging, every little bit helps. All of the best survival lighters discussed in this article are light weight. A refillable lighter could also be an advantage, but this is not critical. If you like and are comfortable with a particular lighter, you would want to use it many times. The best survival lighters are all refillable or rechargeable.

Below is a list of the very best lighters for hiking, camping and, well, just surviving. Most lighters available have at least some serious deficiencies. As they say, nothing is perfect. However, these have the fewest flaws.

Top 7 Best ​Survival Lighters

SURVIVAL LIGHTERS

​Product

Product

​Image

Our Rating  

Higoss Military Tactical Waist Pack 5.0
2.8

Egooz Tactical Molle EDC Military Utility Pouch 5.0
4.0

UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof Lighter
WATERFLY Durable Waist Pack
3.​4

Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter
Huntvp Military Fanny Pack
​2.9

​3.0

​4.​1

​4.​7

When purchasing the best survival lighter, there are certain common-sense qualities you need to look for, which many people, to their sorrow, do not remember. First, a survival lighter must be rugged, reliable, waterproof, windproof, and be able to work at high altitude. If your survival lighter is lacking in any of these areas, you are asking for trouble. Have you ever heard the Boy Scouts motto “Be Prepared?” Anyone who brings the wrong survival lighter would have flunked out.

For some people, appearances are very important. Sure, pretty is nice. But when you need a dependable survival lighter, what use is that oh-so-sharp looking lighter if it’s broken? A good rugged lighter should require substantial force before it breaks. If a lighter is the least bit fragile, or in any way not reliable, “survival” should never be mentioned on the package. What possible use is a survival lighter that will not survive? Never buy a camping or backpacking lighter that won’t survive being knocked around a lot. If you do not bring a reliable lighter, you deserve to freeze, go hungry, or suffer any other problems that may occur with no fire.
A survival lighter that is not waterproof could be worse than useless. Even if it does not rain, how many people have never spilled something on their lighter or dropped it in the water? Also, don’t get one of those sissy “moisture-resistant” lighters. Being able to light when the air is damp just doesn’t cut it. Your lighter should be something that will light even if it gets very wet. Just drop it in the water. If a lighter won’t work after it gets wet, you don’t want one. If it is not windproof, since you won’t be camping inside, why take any risks? The flame that blows out when you need it is just a cruel tease.

There are also some of those “why didn’t I think of that?” considerations. Get a lighter that only requires on hand to light. Don’t get one of those lighters that forces you to hold one piece in each hand. If you bring a two-piece lighter and you injure your hand, just whose fault will those problems be? Some people like surprises. However, if you are hiking, camping, or backpacking and need a dependable lighter, surprises are the last thing you want.

When you pack up your gear, extra unnecessary weight is hardly desirable. When trying to limit the weight of the backpack you will be lugging, every little bit helps. All of the best survival lighters discussed in this article are light weight. A refillable lighter could also be an advantage, but this is not critical. If you like and are comfortable with a particular lighter, you would want to use it many times. The best survival lighters are all refillable or rechargeable.

Below is a list of the very best lighters for hiking, camping and, well, just surviving. Most lighters available have at least some serious deficiencies. As they say, nothing is perfect. However, these have the fewest flaws.

2.8
Our Rating

The Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter has a very durable coating which is exceptionally impact-resistant. It is also almost completely waterproof. One user claimed he could not destroy the lighter despite kicking it around trying to burn it and even claimed to have accidentally run the lighter over with his truck.

The Windmill Delta lighter can withstand strong winds. It produces very hot flames, which some users said allowed them to set fire to wet tinder. So, if you need a survival lighter, get a Windmill Delta Stormproof, beat the crap out of it and have fun.

4.0
Our Rating

The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter won’t win any points for beauty, but when you need a very durable and dependable lighter, all of that is forgiven. A pretty lighter that doesn’t work is much worse than just a waste of space.

The Zippo Fire Starter has a lightweight but very strong plastic case that has been sealed with an O-ring that keeps moisture out and fuel in. As well as being one tough little lighter, the Zippo Fire Starter comes with an extra feature. If you don’t have dry tinder, this comes with four waxed, water resistant tinder sticks. So, it may not be pretty, but the Zippo is certainly very tough.

One thing to be wary of when purchasing Zippo lighters are the many fakes being sold. One way to tell a fake from a genuine Zippo is check the bottom of the lighter, which should have the Zippo logo. All Zippo lighters are made in the U.S.A, so be sure he box says so.

It is probably safest to buy only from the Zippo store or accredited sellers.


​3.4
Our Rating

When it comes to resisting a strong wind, the UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof Lighter lives up to its name. The windproof flame is also fully adjustable, meaning that you should be able to get a fire going regardless of what weather conditions you are in. Of course, none of the best survival lighters are really any good unless they are waterproof. The UCO Stormproof has a cover that locks tight, and it comes with a bottle opener installed onto its base that you can use to reopen it.

The UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof lighter is a true survivalists’ or outdoorsman’s lighter. The lighter is made of a very durable silicon and ABS material inside and out. It is also easy to carry, as an aluminum carabiner is provided that allows the lighter to be attached to a backpack or a belt. Unless you are one of those people who looks all around for a missing cellphone before realizing it is attached to your waist, the UCO Stormfront should be a difficult lighter.to lose.

Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter

​2.9
Our Rating

The Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter is not only very rugged, reliable and windproof, the tight waterproof casing makes it a good choice for boating. It is also lightweight, and very reliable under most conditions.

The Scout features a 2500ºF piezo electronic ignition which is exceptionally reliable. You can also adjust the flame easily with the flame adjustment screw and refill easily via the refill valve. Just in case you were wondering, one can easily tell that a refill is needed by looking at the fuel level sight glass. If the color matters to you, this lighter comes in camouflage and bright yellow.

Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter

3.0
Our Rating

The best feature about the NIBO Space 6 Butane Lighter is its durable, mechanical design that is built to outlast the roughest of conditions. This makes the NIBO Space 6 one of the best lighters to have in your survival pack or EDC bag. The flame is also strong and wind resistant. This gives you the capability of lighting a large fire, even without the greatest amount of kindling. This lighter is also inexpensive, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a camping lighter on a budget.

Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter

4.1
Our Rating

If you would like something more high-tech, one of the better electric lighters might be one way to go. The Tesla Coil Windproof Arc Lighter does not even use a flame. Instead, it creates an electric arc when a button is pressed. Since there is no flame to blow out, the Tesla is completely windproof. Yes, this electric lighter is waterproof, too. The company was bright enough to realize wind and rain can be a problem for outdoorsmen.

The Telsa Coil lighter is certainly not some delicate piece of electronics. Although not as strong as the Zippo or Windmill Delta, it is surprisingly rugged. There is no fuel to worry about, and it can be recharged via a USB on most electric devices. One good charging choice might be one of the rechargeable cell phone chargers.

Many people prefer an electric lighter over a fuel one for environmental reasons, too. If you like an electric option, the Tesla Coil USB Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter is one of the best lighters for camping that you can buy. Each charge on this lighter will last between one hundred to three hundred uses, so you will not be constantly having to recharge. Sometimes, even out in the wilderness, high tech can be good. The Tesla is often very good. This is a strong contender for the best backpacking lighter.

Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter

4.7
Our Rating

It may sound strange, but there are cheap, old-school BIC lighters which can make excellent backups to your primary lighter. These lighters aren’t waterproof, so you have to be careful about getting them too wet. However, the BICs are very cheap (they average about $1 each when you buy a pack of six) and weigh almost nothing. So, throw a couple of them in your pack along with the main lighter. The BIC lighter will also light in cold temperatures, just in case your primary lighter will not. To borrow a horribly overused phrase, if all else fails, just flick your BIC.

The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter won’t win any points for beauty, but when you need a very durable and dependable lighter, all of that is forgiven. A pretty lighter that doesn’t work is much worse than just a waste of space. The Zippo Fire Starter has a lightweight but very strong plastic case that has been sealed with an O-ring that keeps moisture out and fuel in. As well as being one tough little lighter, the Zippo Fire Starter comes with an extra feature. If you don’t have dry tinder, this comes with four waxed, water resistant tinder sticks. So, it may not be pretty, but the Zippo is certainly very tough.
One thing to be wary of when purchasing Zippo lighters are the many fakes being sold. One way to tell a fake from a genuine Zippo is check the bottom of the lighter, which should have the Zippo logo. All Zippo lighters are made in the U.S.A, so be sure he box says so.
It is probably safest to buy only from the Zippo store or accredited sellers.
When it comes to resisting a strong wind, the UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof Lighter lives up to its name. The windproof flame is also fully adjustable, meaning that you should be able to get a fire going regardless of what weather conditions you are in. Of course, none of the best survival lighters are really any good unless they are waterproof. The UCO Stormproof has a cover that locks tight, and it comes with a bottle opener installed onto its base that you can use to reopen it.
The UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof lighter is a true survivalists’ or outdoorsman’s lighter. The lighter is made of a very durable silicon and ABS material inside and out. It is also easy to carry, as an aluminum carabiner is provided that allows the lighter to be attached to a backpack or a belt. Unless you are one of those people who looks all around for a missing cellphone before realizing it is attached to your waist, the UCO Stormfront should be a difficult lighter.to lose.
The Blazer 189-9150 Scout Torch Lighter is not only very rugged, reliable and windproof, the tight waterproof casing makes it a good choice for boating. It is also lightweight, and very reliable under most conditions.
The Scout features a 2500ºF piezo electronic ignition which is exceptionally reliable. You can also adjust the flame easily with the flame adjustment screw and refill easily via the refill valve. Just in case you were wondering, one can easily tell that a refill is needed by looking at the fuel level sight glass. If the color matters to you, this lighter comes in camouflage and bright yellow.
The best feature about the NIBO Space 6 Butane Lighter is its durable, mechanical design that is built to outlast the roughest of conditions. This makes the NIBO Space 6 one of the best lighters to have in your survival pack or EDC bag. The flame is also strong and wind resistant. This gives you the capability of lighting a large fire, even without the greatest amount of kindling. This lighter is also inexpensive, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a camping lighter on a budget.
BIC Disposable Lighter
If you would like something more high-tech, one of the better electric lighters might be one way to go. The Tesla Coil Windproof Arc Lighter does not even use a flame. Instead, it creates an electric arc when a button is pressed. Since there is no flame to blow out, the Tesla is completely windproof. Yes, this electric lighter is waterproof, too. The company was bright enough to realize wind and rain can be a problem for outdoorsmen.
The Telsa Coil lighter is certainly not some delicate piece of electronics. Although not as strong as the Zippo or Windmill Delta, it is surprisingly rugged. There is no fuel to worry about, and it can be recharged via a USB on most electric devices. One good charging choice might be one of the rechargeable cell phone chargers.
Many people prefer an electric lighter over a fuel one for environmental reasons, too. If you like an electric option, the Tesla Coil USB Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter is one of the best lighters for camping that you can buy. Each charge on this lighter will last between one hundred to three hundred uses, so you will not be constantly having to recharge. Sometimes, even out in the wilderness, high tech can be good. The Tesla is often very good. This is a strong contender for the best backpacking lighter.

​In conclusion

In conclusion
It may sound strange, but there are cheap, old-school BIC lighters which can make excellent backups to your primary lighter. These lighters aren’t waterproof, so you have to be careful about getting them too wet. However, the BICs are very cheap (they average about $1 each when you buy a pack of six) and weigh almost nothing. So, throw a couple of them in your pack along with the main lighter. The BIC lighter will also light in cold temperatures, just in case your primary lighter will not. To borrow a horribly overused phrase, if all else fails, just flick your BIC.


Some people will often say the best way to choose something is through trial and error. However, before just blindly trying to see for yourself, consider the above suggestions. Any of the best survival lighters will not only be very rugged, they will also be dependable, waterproof, windproof, and have a very strong flame (Unless you choose a Telsa, which has a dependable electric arc.)  The ultimate survival lighter will have all of these qualities and also be able to work in cold temperatures. The absolute worst time for your lighter to fail is when it is very cold. A surprisingly larger number of so-called survival lighters won’t work in the cold. How dumb is that? If you want to avoid being cold or hungry, make sure to purchase one of the best survival lighters. This is the best way to make sure your hiking and camping trips are truly fun. Remember, when talking about the best survival lighters, your very life may depend on it. (OK, maybe that was a little over the top, but buying the best survival lighter is extremely important.)

​Some people will often say the best way to choose something is through trial and error. However, before just blindly trying to see for yourself, consider the above suggestions. Any of the best survival lighters will not only be very rugged, they will also be dependable, waterproof, windproof, and have a very strong flame (Unless you choose a Telsa, which has a dependable electric arc.)  The ultimate survival lighter will have all of these qualities and also be able to work in cold temperatures. The absolute worst time for your lighter to fail is when it is very cold. A surprisingly larger number of so-called survival lighters won’t work in the cold. How dumb is that? If you want to avoid being cold or hungry, make sure to purchase one of the best survival lighters. This is the best way to make sure your hiking and camping trips are truly fun. Remember, when talking about the best survival lighters, your very life may depend on it. (OK, maybe that was a little over the top, but buying the best survival lighter is extremely important.)