Zimo’s Gear: Blow torch lighter



I really like having an all-weather lighter and the Soto Pocket Torch XT is great for camping or whatever.

It has an extendable burner head that makes it easy to light hard-to-reach places, such as stove burners, lanterns and candles.

It’s only 4.3 x 1.4 x 0.7 inches in size but the burner head extends to 7.25 in. in length, which makes it easy to carry in your pocket.

I’ve found that it works in an Oregon Coast downpour or at 6,000 feet in elevation on a cross-country ski trek. The company says it is only rated for 5,000 feet and less.

It has a powerful wind-resistant burner which puts out a blue flame that reaches temperatures up to 2,300°F so it lights stuff fast. It burns butane fuel and can be refilled with a butane refill cartridge.

The company says, besides lighting stoves and stuff, it can also be used around the house for odd jobs like cutting plastic rope and small solder projects. I haven’t tried soldering yet.

The one thing that is a pain in the neck (or fingers) is the child safety feature on the lighter’s button. It’s very difficult to operate but the lighter is still worth having along on a camping trip.

Cost: $24.95; seen online and at REI.

Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman


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