MK-001 USB Electric Arc Cigarette Lighter, retail $9.30 (
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 10-17-16

The MK-001 USB Electric Arc Cigarette Lighter (hereinafter, probably just called a, "lighter" on this web page) is a product designed to light tobacco products.

Instead of fuel like butane or Ronsonol lighter fluid, this lighter uses an electric arc as its heat source!
Its internal battery is rechargeable, so you never have to worry about finding disposable batteries for it.

A pulsed DC (pulse rep rate approx. 20Hz) arc estimated at ~5,000 volts jumps between a pair of electrodes spaced approx. 1cm apart; this creates a plasma that's hot enough to ignite paper and dried tobacco -- the stuff that cigarettes are made from.

To use the lighter, flip open the lid as you would on a Zippo lighter, press & hold down the ridged, silvery circular button (it looks like the flint wheel in a Zippo), place the "business-end" of your cigarrette directly into the arc, and puff on the cigarette.

When you're all fired up, pull the lighter down from your smoke, release pressure on the button, and swing the lid closed.

This lighter is rechargeable, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove and huck into an open-pit gadolinium or uranium mine so that a piece of heavy machinery can run over & destroy it, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

To charge its internal battery, plug the larger end of the included charger cable into any available USB ports on your pee-cee or Mac, and plug the smaller end into the female receptacle on the bottom of the lighter.

A red LED on the underside of the lighter will now turn on.

When the light turns off, you may safely unplug the charger cable from both the lighter and the computer.

This lighter is meant to be used as a cigarette lighter, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around all the time, thrashed, and abused; so I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar slang term for a fudge bunny}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform with a large readout, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or inflict upon it punishments that I might inflict upon a flashlight.

So this section of the MK-001 USB Electric Arc Cigarette Lighter's web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The MK-001 USB Electric Arc Cigarette Lighter can produce a small quantity of ozone (O3; which is a molecule composed of three oxygen atoms) if the arc is blown onto fairly sharply with your other hand cupped around the top of the product; this compound is easily detectable using your sense of stink SMELL.

Does this eval. look an awful lot like the one I made for this lighter?
Thought you'd say so.
That's because they appear to be functionally and electrically identical; differing only in case color and charging cable terminus. So I was able to use its evaluation as a template for this one.

Photograph that shows the electric arc itself.

Photograph that shows the electric arc itself; magnified to show a bit more detail.

Brief video showing the MK-001 Electric Arc Windproof Cigar Lighter* being used.

Actually, it kinda "maiks" "ewe" "wontt" "tu" "kik" "ovorr" "won" "uv" "thoz" "Penile-WhearŪ" "liggecher-rezistent" "prizen" "commbies" "ahnd" "thenn" "pruhseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "uhn "olde" "orr" "uzed" "harebrusche" doesn't it?

This video is 4.096794337833 megabytes (4,125,825 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than twenty one minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

* I used the video for this lighter because both lighters are functionally similar to one another. My digital camera have become lost or stolen, and shooting new video using my tablet computer would be difficult at best.

Test unit was ordered on the GearBest website on 07-20-16; and was received sometime mid-August 2016.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Electric, fuelless cigarrette lighter
    No. OF LAMPS: 1 red, "Charge cycle in progress" LED on product's underside
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbutton on/off under lighter's lid
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown capacity/chemistry internal rechargeable cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light sprinkle-resistant at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: For Heaven sakes NOOOOOOOO!!!
    ACCESSORIES: USB charging cable
    SIZE: 58mm H x 38.5mm W (incl. lid hinge) x 13mm D
    WEIGHT: 51.40g (1.810 oz.) incl. battery
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Unknown; though probably an Oriental country
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Lighter is not a flashlight, R/C vehicle, or laser -- so no Star rating will be assigned.

MK-001 USB Electric Arc Cigarette Lighter *

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