Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric Lighter, retail $7.99
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Last updated 08-15-21

The Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric 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 estimated approx. 20Hz) arc estimated at ~4,000 volts jumps between a quartet of electrodes spaced approx. 0.5cm apart; this creates a plasma that's hot enough to ignite paper and dried tobacco -- the stuff that cigarettes are made from but you should be able to also light candles (tapers anyway) with it if the wick can be placed in the arc.

In my opinion, the best use of this lighter is for lighting cigarrettes and possibly cigarrilos (small-diameter cigars usually equipped with a plastic mouthpiece).

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the lighter, flip open the lid as you would on a Zippo lighter, and gently touch the blue-illuminated "lightning bolt" located on the front surface of the lighter just below the portion of the lighter where the lid swings up.

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 and swing the lid closed.

If the lid is left open, the arc will extingush itself after a total of 8 seconds of operation.

If you put your finger(s) in the lighter's "business end" while it is operating, you'll receive a very nasty shock, but the current flowing between the electrodes is far too low to convert you into worm food (or fish food if your final wishes are to be creamated).

I deliberately zapped my index finger -- it was SIGNIFICATLY stronger than the shock that I received from the Salcar Double-Arc Electric Lighter. It was a somewhat strong "tingly" "zap" sensation; approximately the same intensity that you might receive by putting your fingers into a live 120VAC 60Hz (North American household power) light socket.

This lighter is rechargeable, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove and huck into mouse hole so that a doormouse goes poddy on 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 port on your pee-cee or Mac, and plug the smaller end into the female receptacle on the bottom of the lighter. If it does not fit in the receptacle, turn the plug 180° and plug it up again.

One or more of the four blue LEDs on the side of the lighter will now turn on and at least one will be flashing.

When all four blue LEDs operate steadily, you may safely unplug the charger cable from both the lighter and the computer.

I tested how many "siggerets" can be fired up on a fully-charged battery, and came up with
25 successful "lights".
I expect to see this value increase as the battery is conditioned (goes through at least several full charge/discharge cycles).

Note that this is actual successful lights of cigarettes, not just timed actuations. It can take anywhere from three to six seconds to successfully light a smoke.

I performed a second battery discharge analysis and came up with
32 successful "lights".

A third battery discharge analysis resulted in
37 successful "lights".

A fourth battery discharge analysis resulted in
25 successful "lights".

A fifth battery discharge analysis resulted in
31 successful "lights".

A sixth battery discharge analysis resulted in
42 successful "lights".

A seventh battery discharge analysis resulted in
50 successful "lights".

An eighth battery discharge analysis resulted in
37 successful "lights".

A ninth battery discharge analysis resulted in
53 successful "lights".

A tenth battery discharge analysis resulted in
63 successful "lights".

Charge time from a totally flat battery was measured at
1:22 -- however I fell asleep at the switch as it were and queered the test, so this will be tested again.

A second charge time measurement from a totally flat battery was conducted, and I got a time of

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 cannoñata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" 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 cannoñata is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata 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 Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric Lighter's web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric 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.

The distance between electrode pairs was measured at 5.30mm.

Photograph that shows the electric arc itself.
That isn't a wire that you see on the chrome-colored surface; it's just a seam.

Beam terminus photograph of the blue LEDs at ~12".
This light isn't super bright, but you can use it to find a keyhole in the dark, for example.
Measures 430mcd on an Amprobe LM631A light meter.
This is blue light, so the intensity value is pretty well what I expected it to be.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in the lighter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in the lighter; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 450nm and 470nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 460.340nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at usbl.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Brief video showing the Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric Lighter being used.

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Brief video showing you the altered method I have to use with the Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric Lighter.

The product partially failed after I disassembled it in order to provide a photograph of its "guts" and to determine the chemistry and cpacity of its internal rechargeable cell.

Brief video showing you how my "bucking fusted" Rechargeable Double-Arc Electric Lighter has a new lease on life.
The black "button" on its side fell off and became lost several days ago; but for some reason gently pressing my finger against the opening where it used to reside results in a "light" each and every time.

Test unit was ordered on Ebay on 02-28-21 and was received at 10:49am PST on 03-05-21.

UPDATE: 07-26-21
Product fell out of my pocket while on my way home from flying a drone the evening before last; retracing my steps exactly yesterday morning failed to produce results, so the dreadful, "" icon will have to be appended to its listings on this website at once.

UPDATE: 07-27-21
Product was found.

UPDATE: 08-15-21
Product has failed; it produced a weak, somewhat P-whipped arc that isn't nearly strong enough to light a cigarette.
And yes, I was absolutely, positively, 100% certain that the lighter's battery was fully charged.

Therefore, the dreadful, "Failed or was destroyed during/after testing" icon will have to be appended to its listings on this website at once.

Here is a brief video demonstrating what's going on here:

    PRODUCT TYPE: Electric, fuelless cigarrette lighter
    No. OF LAMPS: 5 blue (4x battery charge status; 1x power) LED on product's side
    SWITCH TYPE: Touch swich; close lid to neutralise (auto-off at 8 seconds)
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/capacity internal rechargeable cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light sprinkle-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Gift box, USB charging cable
    SIZE: 73.40mm H x 34.20mm W x 11.60mm D
    WEIGHT: 78g (2.750 oz.) incl. battery
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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

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