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Storm lighter: test & recommendations (05/21)

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Anyone who has ever wanted to start a fire in nature in strong winds knows about the immense value of a storm lighter. A storm lighter with engraving, for example, is an aesthetic and functionally higher quality alternative to disposable lighters, such as those that have already been received in so many promotional gifts. Whether a normal wind-protected flame or one or more jet flames, a storm lighter will never let you down in nature.

In our big storm lighter test 2021, we compared the three existing types, storm lighter with gasoline, with gas and the electronic storm lighter and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages in order to be able to optimally support you in your search for the perfect storm lighter.

the essentials in brief

  • A storm lighter is a special type of lighter that can generate a very hot and stable flame regardless of any environmental influences. They were originally developed for the military in order to be able to light a flame in nature regardless of the weather.
  • There are basically three different types, storm lighters with gas, with gasoline or electric storm lighters, which differ in their structure and mode of operation.
  • Basically, you can fill up any storm lighter, although the required utensils differ significantly between the three different types. Depending on the type, you need lighter fuel, butane gas or a USB charging cable.

Storm lighter test: favorites of the editors

The best storm lighter with all-round features

The original EASY TORCH8 jet outdoor gas storm lighter is a solid gas torch lighter from the supplier “Easy Torch8”, which is supplied in a pack of 3. It has a jet flame and a rubberized surface and can be refilled with gas. The bottom of the lighter is transparent so that you can see the gas level.

For the comparatively very low price per lighter, as a beginner you definitely can't go wrong with this storm lighter pack and you won't get a spectacular but rock solid product.

The best storm lighter with gasoline

The Zippo brand petrol lighter has a silver, brushed chrome look and consists of a robust brass housing with a smooth, unengraved surface. It is delivered unfilled as the gasoline would evaporate during storage, but it can easily be topped up and refilled with lighter fluid at home. It weighs 50 grams and has dimensions of 3.81 x 1.27 x 5.72 cm. Zippo also offers a guarantee on each of its products, the guarantee certificate is included.

A customer who values ​​a noble storm lighter with gasoline and a robust flame is well advised with this classic from the Zippo brand.

The best storm lighter with gas

The VVAY 4 jet flame storm lighter is a storm lighter with gas and four red jet flames. It consists of a zinc alloy and is only available in silver. It has an integrated window for reading the gas level as well as a cigar drill, with which a clean and quick cut on the cigar is possible. It comes without gas, but can be easily topped up with butane gas at home.

The dimensions of the lighter are 9.65 x 8.13 x 2.54 cm and it weighs 40 grams. The price is slightly higher compared to other models, but the customer receives one of the best storm lighter thanks to the easy handling, the four red flames and the integrated features Gas on the market.

The best storm lighter with electronic operation

The electronic storm lighter TESLA Lighter T13 with 2 arcs and a battery indicator is supplied together with the required charging cable and the 1 lithium-ion battery. The lighter is available in a total of 9 different colors. In addition, the manufacturer TESLA offers an individual engraving of the lighter on its online shop with in-house laser engraving. It has the dimensions 3.5 x 1.1 x 7.2 cm and weighs 83 grams.

Compared to other electronic lighters, the TESLA storm lighter offers a very good and inexpensive alternative to the classic storm and gas lighters.

Purchase and evaluation criteria for storm lighters

In the following we will show which properties are decisive so that you can find the right storm lighter for you.

The criteria by which you can compare the storm lighters with one another include:

The next few paragraphs will go into more detail about the individual purchase and evaluation criteria and explain what you should pay attention to.

Storm lighter type

There are basically three different types of storm lighters that can be differentiated between, petrol, gas or electric. A distinction is made between the way and the fuel with which the robust flame is generated and kept alive.

Storm lighters with gasoline require special lighter fluid with which the cotton wool stored in the lighter is moistened.

On the one hand, it serves to ignite the flame on the wick, and on the other hand, it continues to prepare the wick with the fuel.

Storm lighters with gas mainly require butane gas for the flame, sometimes a mixture of butane and propane is sufficient. After the ignition process, the gas burns in the upper part of a helical spring.

An electronic storm lighter, also known as a plasma lighter, creates a very hot arc through an electrical spark jump between two electrodes. Therefore it does not have to be filled with gas or petrol, but can be charged at a socket using a USB cable.

Outer material

Storm lighters are available in many different materials, depending on the manufacturer and price range. Most of them are made of different metals to protect them from falling damage.

In general, your storm lighter should always be made of the most robust material possible.

The outer material of a high quality and therefore more expensive storm lighter (for example from Zippo or Tesla) is made of brushed chrome, full metal, brass or other stable metal alloys.

A robust outer material is important so that the storm lighters are protected from falls, especially in the outdoor area. The material should not be damaged, even at great heights, as this can lead to malfunctions in the lighter.


The refilling of storm lighters differ depending on the type of lighter, which was already subdivided at the beginning. Refilling the level of difficulty is not demanding for all three types, but different materials are required.

A storm lighter with gasoline needs special lighter gasoline, which is very easily available in stores
The petrol is dripped onto cotton wool on the underside of the lighter. When not in use, the filling will last up to 2 weeks. 125 milliliters of lighter fuel cost between 3 and 5 euros, depending on the provider.

A storm lighter with gas requires butane gas; a mixture of butane and propane gas may also be sufficient to create a flame. The gas is filled into the lighter with a gas cartridge on a valve. Depending on the provider and the mixture of gas, 100 milliliters cost between 2 and 4 euros.

Refilling is cheapest for an electronic lighter. It does not require gas or petrol but can simply be charged with a USB cable at the socket at home. A fully charged lighter battery can be used up to 300 times, although there are of course differences between the respective providers.


The flame of a lighter is the most important part of a lighter, after all, it is the basic intention behind the purchase. With storm lighters, the flame differs significantly between the lighter types.

The storm lighter with gas in most cases has a so-called jet flame, in some cases even 3 or 4 jet flames in a lighter. A jet flame is easy to recognize by its bluish color and has a temperature of around 2000 ° C. It has similarities to the flame of a bunsen burner.

If you value an authentic yellow flame, you should use a petrol lighter.

The gasoline storm lighters emit a classic wind-protected flame through the wick soaked in gasoline. It has a characteristic yellow-reddish color and reaches a temperature between 800 and 1300 ° C.

Compared to the ones described above, the electric storm lighters do not emit a flame, but only an arc. This can get up to 1100 ° C, but has a much more concentrated heat compared to the other types due to the shape of the “flame”.

Decision: What types of storm lighters are there and which one is right for me?

If you want to get yourself a storm lighter, there are basically three types of products you can choose between.

Type advantages disadvantage
Storm lighter with gasoline noble and authentic design, robust and reliable flame Influence on taste, intense smell
Storm lighter with gas Odorless and tasteless, easy to refill Malfunctions at low temperatures
Electric storm lighter no petrol or gas required, arc cannot be influenced slightly more expensive than average, no open flame

You can learn more about the three different types of storm lighters in the following paragraphs.

Storm lighter gasoline

The big plus point of a storm lighter with gasoline is the aesthetics of the noble design and the feeling it gives when using it. Most people associate a storm lighter with the sound of opening it, a wind-protected yellowish flame and killing the flame by closing the lid. The gasoline storm lighter, the classic among storm lighters, offers all of this.

Due to the outer material with high heat resistance, storm lighters with gasoline are very robust and stable against damage from the outside world. This helps you to be able to use your lighter for several decades without any problems. In addition, many suppliers of petrol lighters such as “Zippo” give a guarantee on the lighter purchased.

  • Aesthetic flame
  • appealing and elegant design
  • Open flame protected from the wind
  • works at any temperature
  • Gasoline affects taste
  • unpleasant smell
  • comparatively difficult to refill
  • Petrol will volatilize over time, even if it is not used

A storm lighter with gasoline can be refilled with lighter fluid, but this requires a more difficult procedure compared to the other types, as many parts of the lighter have to be removed and then reinserted correctly.

The flame of a gasoline storm lighter gives off its own smell when used due to its fuel, which can also have an impact on the lit tobacco product. Therefore, they are probably not suitable for the consumption of tobacco products.

A storm lighter made of gasoline offers a great advantage mainly because of its authentic and aesthetic appearance for people who want to convey a noble image with their storm lighter. Nevertheless, it has some disadvantages in use compared to the other types.

Storm lighter gas

The gas storm lighter has the great advantage that it emits not only a very hot, but also a very strong and stable flame that will burn in wind and weather. In addition, there are versions of the lighter with not just one, but several flames, which increases the reliability of the lighter again extremely.

The flame is odorless and tasteless, so that there are no unpleasant side effects associated with the flame when using the lighter or when consuming tobacco products.

Refilling with lighter gas is comparatively very easy, since only the gas cartridge has to be pressed against the valve provided for it. No other utensils are necessary and can be done within half a minute. The gas also has to be refilled less often and remains in the lighter even when not in use.

  • Odorless and tasteless flame
  • reliable and stable flame
  • numerous different designs with different mechanisms
  • long-lasting gas
  • easy to refill
  • works poorly at temperatures below 0 ° C
  • not a conventional flame
  • Gas container partially unstable

A major disadvantage of gas storm lighters is that they work poorly, sometimes not at all, at very cold temperatures of below 0 ° C. The reason for this is that cold gas has a lower density, which means that the pressure in the gas container is too low to ignite.

In addition, gas lighters may not work properly even after they have been filled. The reason for this could be that the gas container is unstable, which means that the gas cannot be used as usual. However, this is more likely to occur with cheaper models.

So if you value an authentic flame and problem-free use even at extreme temperatures, you would probably be well advised to use a different type of storm lighter. However, the gas lighter is a perfect inexpensive alternative to the gasoline storm lighter.

Electric storm lighter

An electric storm lighter requires neither lighter fuel nor butane gas to function. The only thing that is needed for charging is the matching USB for the lighter. And that's the biggest advantage of an electric storm lighter. You will never have the problem of needing a lighter but not being able to use it at home due to a lack of gas or petrol.

Another advantage is that the “flame” in this case is an arc, which is completely independent of external influences, be it cold, wind or a friend who wants to blow out the flame. The very hot arc will glow under any circumstances as long as the lighter is sufficiently charged.

For the economical buyer, the electric storm lighter offers the advantage that any additional costs for gasoline, gas, a new wick, etc. are eliminated. The electric lighter, if used properly, will not incur any additional costs apart from possible spare parts and marginal electricity costs.

  • no gas or petrol required
  • easy refilling
  • stable and hot arc
  • no extra costs
  • simple ignition at the push of a button
  • Charging requires power source
  • no big open flame
  • usually a little more expensive than other types of storm lighter

A major disadvantage that arc lighters have applies to all campers and hikers. A power source is always required to charge the lighter, which is not too easy to find in nature. People who are interested in long hiking tours or survival adventures and are looking for the right lighter should refrain from using an electric lighter.

Along with this, the lack of a flame in an electric storm lighter is another disadvantage. Only a very hot arc is generated between two electrodes, but not an open flame as with the other two types. Electric lighters are therefore ideal for lighting small items such as cigarettes, but you may encounter difficulties with larger objects.

Advice: Frequently asked questions about storm lighters answered in detail

The following guide is intended to answer the most important and most popular questions on the subject of storm lighters. After reading through, you will have learned everything you need to know about storm lighters and you will be able to finalize your decision.

What is a storm lighter?