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5 5

Great Lighter, Reliable, easy.

Got this lighter for backpacking trips and i love it. works great, lights up first time, every time. I like the flame control too. (very useful feature). I have one and am considering getting a couple more for emergancy kits. Only suggestion is to put a cord through the hole in the cap so you don't lose it. this allows you to clip it to your pack or hang it around your neck when not in use.

For the people who are complaining/debating about the weight, just get off your computer and go for a hike already. 1 .6 ounces or 2.4 ounces. Who Cares???!!! If you are concerned about that much weight you have bigger problems.

4 5

Good lighter

Used this lighter on a recent backpacking trip on the AT in the smokies. Worked well, but found out quickly that takes a couple strikes to light at 5000+ elevation (* * This piezo lighter may have trouble operating at altitudes above 8,000 feet. *stated above) and at temperatures below 40F. Unlike when I tried it at home in Florida at sea level and warm temperatures, where it works the first time you depress the button. Bottom line great lighter and not Brunton's fault for physical properties of butane at varying pressures and temperatures.

Got this lighter, but can't seem to find...

Got this lighter, but can't seem to find butane for this type of lighter anywhere locally. Any ideas would be appreciated. No camping stores where I am.

Best Answer Responded on

You can find Vector butane @ kitchen supply stores, e.g. Williams-Sonoma or Colibri, Ronson butane etc. @ tobacco shops if you can handle all the second hand smoke within. They all come with an assortment of different adapters to fit any size orifice.

3 5

Its a freakin lighter

Forty bucks is like forty Bic lighters but this lighter looks cool.

1 5


Generally speaking I have liked Brunton gear but this thing is garbage. Like one of the other reviewers I have gone through two of these, gifting one and keeping one for myself and both of us can't believe what a poor quality product this is for the price. The flame is poor even with high quality fuel and this will not work at any kind of altitude. I routinely backpack in the Sierra Nevada's and at 6-8k feet forget it, you're much better off cupping you hand around a 2 dollar Bic. The compass is cheese and the little mirror inside is useless and both should have been left out to preserve weight and size. The "waterproof" aspect lasts only as long as you can manage not to loose the two low grade barely held in place O rings, both of which are gone from mine... along with the screw cap lid that won't hold on at all without the O ring. Putting the lanyard on the lid was also a poor design choice and the belt clip if you can call it that has no grip on it's inside and falls off incredibly easy. I would have been more satisfied with a 60 dollar block of magnesium and Brunton should be ashamed for selling this junk lighter at anything more than 10 bucks, which is what you would pay for a similar quality torch at any roadside liquor store.

1 5

Not worth the bucks

Bought this on a trip and was pretty excited about it at the time as my other non-waterproof butane lighter had kicked the bucket. It gets a star for being waterproof. However for it's primary purpose of starting a fire I have to say a 10cent Bic does a better job. The first time I filled it, before it was even near full it began to leak. It leaked for 5 minutes or so and wouldn't even ignite. I can get it going now but I need to push the button 10 or more times. Once lit it tends to sputter a bit. I contacted Brunton about the problem and no response. Poor quality, poor customer service. I had the same experience with a Brunton Lantern I bought (was able to successfully return that one). Last Brunton product I will ever buy.

5 5

worn the paint off!

I've used this one two seasons backpacking and carry it in my pocket every day for chores that need flame around the farm. the only time it doesnt light is when its empty. mine has brass showing from where the paint has worn off, looks like an old friend. I've tried several high tech lighters and this one is the only one i've found that is worth the cash(i'm sure there are others i havent tried tho).

2 5

Poor choice

I have tried a couple of these and the flame output is not impressive, and flame control is pretty poor. The reason I tried two is that I read that the fuel quality made a difference so for the second one I used Colibri premium butane, but the lighter still performed poorly.
For the same price I got a much better Colibri branded unit.

3 5

dont you hate people that think they know everything

its just wrong specs. brunton says its 1.6 ounces (45g). Butane might be lighter than air, if it was at standard temp/pressure, but its compressed and therefore heavier.

5 5

Dont you just hate poeple who dont think before reviewing?

The reason it weighs 2.04 empty, and 1.6 full is that the butane is lighter then air. Thus, it makes the lighter lighter (no pun intended). The more butane in it, the lighter it is!

Grade 4 Science right there... do your research

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Butane is lighter than air... when both elements are in a gaseous state. While in a liquid state, butane is heavier than air (when air is in a gaseous state) because it's molecules are much more densely packed together. Whether or not its lighter than air doesn't mean it won't have mass, and therefore weight. You can't add mass to an object that already contains mass and get less mass (simple math). If you think this isn't the case, try picking up a full oxygen tank, and then try again when it's empty. I'm just sayin'...

By the way, my simple math trumps your 4th grade science.

Responded on

Butane is heavier than air, even at STP. Try this: cup your hand. With the other hand release butane from a standard lighter into the "cup." let it sit for a moment and light it. You will soon see butane is heavier than air.

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Oh, and BTW, Chris, your math is wrong, too. If the empty butane space was a vacuum when empty, sure, adding butane would add mass. However, when you "fill" a butane lighter, you actually replace the air that is originally in the lighter with butane. Thus, if butane were, in fact, lighter than air (it isn't, so Obbear is wrong, too) it would make it lighter. (Helium balloon is lighter than the same sized balloon filled with air.)