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Permanent Match for Survival Kits and Camping

3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • ASIN: B000ANB9CK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,663 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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If you are going into survival situations you should carry three methods of lighting fires. This is a good one. The 'match' is a tube with a wick down the middle, when in the body of the lighter it wicks up fuel which it burns when you strike it on the flint on the side. Very useful for reaching into a stove or a fire, the Zippo lighter isn't designed for that sort of thing. Well worth the few bucks.
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I bought this to use as one of my "backup" fire starters (matches and a lighter being the other two of three).

I used cigarette lighter fluid and did as instructed on the paper provided.

I got maybe six or seven lights out of it.

Not really worth the money.
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This lighter seems to be well made. I like the reach the "match stick" part will give me with the wick material on the end. This should make lighting my propane stove at high altitude easier. The match is a little hard to light at first. I think this is due to lighter fluid on the striker. After a few seconds that evaporates and it lights every time. I did expect the container to hold more fluid than it does, but there is enough that it should still last a long time. The O ring on the "match stick" part seems to seal well and should keep the fluid in the lighter from evaporating.
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I read the instructions and it did not light with the kerosene it instructed on the printed back . Then I realized that this unit is based on the same principals of a "Zippo flint lighter". So I went back to the store and got "lighter Fuel" , I hurried back home just to see it work...the little guy worked !! Take your time filling it up. Well lited light needed to see the hole getting filled. It has cotton inside the container and it will absorb the liquid slowly. Wait a few seconds and continue to fill until it won't take anymore. so there you have it. For fixing information... You may want to go by an auto store and get an O-Ring of the same size "just in-case" the one on it cracks in a few years and may have a problem sizing the old one since they do "shrink" in time. Use neuprene "blue" ones if they have them. synthetic O-Rings made for air-conditioners are best !!! for the long haul ! you may pay a dollar more . The magnesium bar is easy to get ! just take apart a AA "dry-cell" battery that is dead ,and do it "under-water" and the center holds your precious rod ! cut it to size and superglue it back on ! . For the striker some of you are breaking with those rachet hands,.. Take the old one out that is still inside the tube carefully , add a spacer bar piece back in the tube first. Thats about the same size that broke, then add the old long piece back in . It should stick out far enough to smile again. No more crying about the little striker ! Be easy with it. I bought two of them !
I will take it to a gather and show it off. Well worth the price !!!! Donatillo Arteaga-Olivehurst,California
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I'm going to have to agree with Chris about this item. I purchased one eight months or so ago. I put lighter fluid in it and lit it a couple times then stuck it in the backpack. I have used it on two different occasions since then while camping and it worked perfectly. I just went and pulled it out of the backpack and it lit on the first try with the original lighter fluid in it.
If you want something for everyday use I suppose a zippo or bic would be a better idea but if you are looking for a cheap, novel way to back up your fire starting capability I would recommend one of these. I would suggest having another flint and a magnesium fire starter in your backpack along with a couple of bic lighters.
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I ordered three of these, two for myself as an additional way to make fire while camping, and one as a gift. Product doesnt work like it should, it takes about 10 strikes to get one flame, and on the FIRST day of my camping trip i broke both flint strikers. I wasnt pushing hard at all. I feel bad giving this as a gift now, you have to handle it extremely gently or else it will snap.
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This device if purchased should be used very carefully if not IT WILL BREAK it is very delicate and I don't advise buying it if you have any upper body strength at all and thats coming from a 130 lbs weakling.
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I thought this would be useful but it doesnt cut it. Once the cottony tip on the match head burns away there is nothing really to hold the fluid and thus becomes difficult to light. The more time you spend striking, the less likely it will flame. It is also really small and a pain to strike without getting fluid on your fingers. Having stated that; its probably good for single one time use as the rubber ring seal on the screw does a decent job of keeping the fluid inside the flask from evaporating. Might as well get a slightly thicker/oilier fluid and pour the whole flask onto what you want to light then strike.
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