Turbo flame lighters

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28/03/2012 at 20:05
I was looking at getting a more powerful lighter (I have always just used cheap disposable ones). It would be used for lighting stoves etc. I've seen them used to light a Trangia when the meths were too cold to light any other way (personally I try to avoid Trangias, but sometimes have no choice).

Hs anyone had any experience with Turboflame in particular (I hear they are a well known brand) or any other, cheaper ones?
28/03/2012 at 20:07

I've had several over the years, usually gifts.

Everyone has without exception been utterly useless, there's no way i'd rely on one.


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28/03/2012 at 20:16
Ah right ok...is there anything else you could recommend for lighting cold meths, apart from just heat it for longer?
28/03/2012 at 20:18
what he says!
work for about 5 minutes...

waste of money. of you need to light meths, use a grass dip wick or make one from wire and little bit string. keep meths warm in subzero temps.
28/03/2012 at 20:19
edd175 wrote (see)
Ah right ok...is there anything else you could recommend for lighting cold meths, apart from just heat it for longer?

Use a bit of tin foil under the burner as a priming plate to prime it. ?

Personally i add a wick to my winter burners, though i've only ever needed to use it once and i've camped down to -10. 

http://i40.tinypic.com/23hlfzm.jpg



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Edited: 28/03/2012 at 20:21
28/03/2012 at 20:20
Starting to see a bit of a trend here...

Just out of interest, how do they actually fail, like what goes wrong?
28/03/2012 at 20:21
I'm guessing the tin foil is spread the heat through the meths?
28/03/2012 at 20:26
edd175 wrote (see)
I'm guessing the tin foil is spread the heat through the meths?

Drip a few drops around the bottom of the burner and light it to help the burner and meths warm through.

The drops will light far easier than a pool of meths, as in the burner. 


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28/03/2012 at 20:55
When using a meths stove, I always use a fire steel, the sparks coming off it are so hot, they are not affected by wind or damp.
28/03/2012 at 21:06
Is there any particular one/brand you would recommend?
28/03/2012 at 21:10
jhb 0510 wrote (see)
When using a meths stove, I always use a fire steel, the sparks coming off it are so hot, they are not affected by wind or damp.

For those that haven't lit a meths stove with a flint before, be sure to hold the striker and pull the flint away from you, the opposite way to what you'd normally do.

You really don't want to knock over a pool of meths whilst lighting it, especially if in your porch. 


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28/03/2012 at 21:50
http://www.theattitudegadgets.co.uk/images/uploads/turbo_flame_lighter_blue.jpg




Back to Turboflame for a min, I actually reckon they're good! I've got two, had them for over 10 years now I reckon, and both are still going strong, never failed to light or malfunctioned in any way. I really like the strong, directional flame on them, good in breezy conditions and great for pointing horizontally or downwards at a burner without getting burnt fingers.

Btw, mine are the original (afaik) design like the picture. I couldn't say if any of the other versions are any good.

Edited: 28/03/2012 at 21:51
29/03/2012 at 08:29
I've been using a Silva Helios for more than 12 years and it still works very well indeed. Lights anything in just about any conditions, including winds I can hardly stand up in. To be fair though I've hardly read a good review of it anywhere, so maybe I was just lucky, or got a well made early version.
29/03/2012 at 09:37
save yourself some cash and get one of these from deal extreme:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/compact-1300-c-butane-jet-lighter-4179

Could get a few and it would still be cheaper than a turbo flame.

You have to wait for like 3 -4 weeks for postage, but it's worth it.

I've had one for 2 years and been using it pretty regularly for lighting meths. It's been great, only thing that has gone wrong is the head started to come loose. I just tightened up the screws on the side and it's perfect now.
29/03/2012 at 19:17
I've bought a couple of cheap ones off Ebay so if they don't work I've only lost like a couple if quid...will probably get a Flint as well just as another back up. Judging from the reviews the branded ones don't seen too good!
29/03/2012 at 20:05
I've been using a zippo blu for a fair few years now, it lights pretty much anything in any weather, will take plenty of abuse and the flint ignition could easily light a gas stove if ever you are out of gas for the lighter itself.  The only downside is the weight and price.;
29/03/2012 at 21:08
edd175 wrote (see)
Starting to see a bit of a trend here...

Just out of interest, how do they actually fail, like what goes wrong?


Mine lasted about 3 weeks, it only had light use, I'm not a smoker.

It would hardly ever light even when full of gas. The spark seemed ok, it just wouldn't ignite the gas. Sometimes if you played with the mix it would light, but it took ages. I blistered my thumb trying.

I should have got a refund, but never got around to it.

29/03/2012 at 22:55
Forget all the others, the original and the best is the PB207

http://www.blazerproducts.com/tools/pb207.html
http://www.hill.u-net.com/blue-flame-products.html

I've had mine for a few years now and its been utterly reliable. It doesn't like it when its cold but if its in your pocket or somewhere similar then its fine. I use it for lighting my meths stoves, lighting fires and getting my bushbuddy going

You can light something without burning your fingers, its a truly fantastic piece of kit. I carry matches as a back up but I would do this with any lighter, I've never needed to use them
29/03/2012 at 23:00
£38.50 for a lighter?, i get 10 for a quid and carry 2.

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29/03/2012 at 23:07
cheap and cheerful anytime like!
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