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Do all lighters use butane? Absolutely no, that depends on what kinds of lighters you’re using. There are several versions of lighters that use butane as a fuel source, so what is the fuel source that you should be filling your lighter with? Gas lighters are lighters that use butane gas as the raw material for ignition. You should always keep the gas in the fuselage so you can ignite the lighter.

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Why the fuel source of the gas lighter is butane instead of methane?

The commonly used fuel gas is butane, which has the characteristics of easy combustion, easy liquefaction, easy storage, and low cost. A large amount of butane will be produced in the process of oil separation and purification, so butane lighter has a lower production cost, and it also comes with high combustion calorific value at a good cost performance. 

Simultaneously, butane can be easily compressed and liquefied by pressurization. When you press the button of the lighter, the compressed butane quickly turns into a gas and is ignited by a spark. However, methane is liquid at atmospheric pressure and cannot quickly turn into a gas and ignite. Therefore, most torch butane lighter can be used normally in low-altitude areas such as hills, and plains, for example, Jobon lighters for outdoor camping life cooking.

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New torch butane lighter works intermittently?

If the lighter stops working, please check the corresponding problems first. It is usually caused by running out of gas fuel or blocking the fire outlet, etc. Let’s follow our article “5 common issues that torch lighter won’t light how to fix” for troubleshooting. Refilling a butane lighter is also not a big deal, you could refer to this how to refill my butane lighter tutorial to follow step by step.

Does altitude affect butane lighters?

Many people travel or travel to high-altitude areas, and it is not recommended to carry lighters fueled by butane. At 10,000 feet butane boils at 12F, as the temperature of the surrounding environment is very low, lower than the boiling point of -0.5 degrees Celsius, the released butane has a high possibility of still being released and exists in liquid form. At high altitudes, the oxygen content of the air is thin, and due to its high ignition point and low degree of mixing with air, that’s why butane lighter doesn’t work at high altitudes.

butane lighter won't work in high altitude

Electric or arc lighters are best at high altitudes. The fuel of plateau lighters is mainly methane, which is characterized by a high ignition point (about 600 degrees Celsius), a low boiling point (-88.6 degrees Celsius), and a high critical pressure (about 46 standard atmospheres). Since the ambient temperature at high altitude is definitely not as low as -88.6 degrees Celsius, the methane released will be gasified soon after it is released, and only the same mole of oxygen is required for the combustion of methane per unit Pamol (butane needs 4 times the oxygen), so it burns easily.

Electric or arc lighters are best at high altitudes

What lighters are worth buying in 2022?

The lighters are bigger around than the pictures look, about 3/4 of an inch across the top and about 6 inches long which was ok for men’s hands which are long and somewhat large. The flame is adjustable from about an inch to around 4 inches and clicks when lit. The switch is relatively easily engaged (much easier on the thumb than a bic) and must be held in position for the flame to stay lit. Overall, it’s a better solution for lighting compared to the big and bulky cooking butane torch. These little guys fit the bill perfectly and do a great job.

The lighters are bigger around than the pictures look, about 3/4 of an inch across the top and about 6 inches long which was ok for men’s hands which are long and somewhat large. The flame is adjustable from about an inch to around 4 inches and clicks when lit. The switch is relatively easily engaged (much easier on the thumb than a bic) and must be held in position for the flame to stay lit. Overall, it’s a better solution for lighting compared to the big and bulky cooking butane torch. These little guys fit the bill perfectly and do a great job.

It is the favorite lighter of all my friends, sleek, hefty, and with triple beautiful blue wind-proof flame. I’ve had no issues with filling it or using it. Jets are nice and strong in the factory setting. I would say you could go lower and conserve fuel if you’re lighting cigars with it. If you want to play with it as a torch you can turn it up. I plan on taking it with me when camping in the event that I really need to cook some wet tinder to get it going.

Cool and Creative Design. The foldable gun-shaped lighter is made of zinc alloy + ABS with a multi-layer electroplating process. Built with dual flame function. Turn on the valve switch on the side, slide the wheel to ignite the soft flame, and pull the “trigger” will transform into a blue jet flame. Easy change and simple operation. Cool and unique. Similar to what you’d find at a convenience store. If you want a signature lighter, look no further.

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