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Solar Spark Lighter and Survival Tool

4.2 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • unique pocket-size solar fire starter and lighter
  • designed to focus the sun's radiant energy to a precise focal point
  • can reach hundreds of degrees!

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The "Hottest" Product We Sell, Literally!The Solar Spark Lighter is a unique pocket-size solar fire starter and lighter. It is a stainless steel parabolic mirror, like the one used to light the Olympic torch. It is designed to focus the sun's radiant energy to a precise focal point that can reach hundreds of degrees! This great solar fire starter is perfect for backpacking, boating, hiking and as a great addition to a survival tool kit. Shown in the picture above with a cone of incense, just point it at the sun and it lights in seconds! Measures about 4.5" diameter.       

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002MUG0E6
  • UPC: 710531073038
  • Item model number: 700-21112-00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,635 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)

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I've done a lot of camping and discovered I need at least three methods to get a fire going way out in the woods. Using this solar igniter is just as good as flint and steel with charcloth and the flint rod with scraper to keep in your bug out bag. It's a quiet and safe method to ignite a piece of punk wood to create a coal you drop into a tinder bundle to blow into a larger source of heat. (Youtube flint, steel, and charcloth.) Bic lighters break and matches get wet, so I keep one of these with me as well as a couple of flint rods and my old back up of flint, steel, and charcloth to have fire in the woods for sterilizing water, cooking meals, or for light on cold, dark nights.
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As an outdoors enthusiast and world traveler have kept a metal parabolic solar lighter with my gear for forty years; more for fun than practicality. A parabolic solar lighter will never fail on a sunny day and is always a conversation starter.

There is now abundance of plastic solar cigarette lighters on the market, most are made in third world countries and none that I am familiar with could be considered a survival tool or be expected to last with time and use. They are small cheap novelty items and suitable for casual use only.

While a metal parabolic solar lighter can be used as a fire starter a small metal match or magnesium fire starter is a better emergency fire starting option, both work like high tech flint and steel throwing a very hot spark.

My original Solar Cigarette Lighter was purchased at Radio Shack in the 1970's. They discontinued it decades ago, I did however buy one for my son on an auction site recently. I hunted down the original after being disappointed with the larger size of the Solar Spark.

The Solar Spark Lighter from Sundance Solar is a slightly more robust model when compared with the earlier Radio Shack version:

The Solar Spark it is made from a heavier gauge metal, it may be more durable
The Solar Spark it is larger, a 4 5/8" circle, with a heavier rolled rim
The Solar Spark it has a 4 1/4" round parabolic reflector giving it 50% more power
The Solar Spark has twice the weight at 2oz
The Solar spark is too big for comfortable carrying in a shirt pocket

The older Radio Shack version with it 4x3" parabolic and plastic pouch was much more shirt pocket friendly.
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By Joe on December 5, 2012
Really cool gadget. It amazes everyone who sees it work. It starts working instantly.It's only $3.99 on ebay though. So check it out there.
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This Solar Spark Lighter and Survival Tool is great fun. It will light a cigarette in a stiff breaze and you don't even puff on the cigarette to get it to light. But, you do need the sun light, so no indoors or night lightings. Sorry, but that's why it's SOLAR. I had a slightly different one from Radio Shack about 30 years ago and lost it. If it will burn, then this will light your fire. It's a lot of fun.
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I have waited for awhile for this to become availabe again and it is worth the wait. You really need sunglasses when using this. It takes some practice to get right angle but really does work. It has been fun starting fires instead of frustration.
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I love having multiple firestarting devices on hand when I go camping and I found the simplicity of this device intriguing. My first attempt at lighting the included incense cone resulted in a few wisps of smoke, but no combustion. My experiment occurred mid morning before the sun was at full altitude, so that may have had something to do with it. I had made some char cotton balls a few weeks ago and figured I'd give them a shot. WOW. I burned the tips of my fingers because I didn't realize it was lit already. The best kind of tinder for this device is dark in color and very flammable. I will keep a little baggie of charcloth in with this lighter forevermore.
Making your own charcloth is really easy - search for charcloth on youtube for instructions.
Happy lighting!
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I read the reviews and some people were having no luck at all lighting any kind of tinder. I placed a scrunched-up, short section of char-cord in the holder and walked outside. Poof !!! It lit before I even had a chance to properly aim it at the sun. I was shocked. Then I panicked and tried to knock it loose with my fingers. (That was really stupid). Anyway, the date was February 12th, 2015 at 11:12 AM and the temperature was in the high 50's. There are plenty of videos online showing how to make char-cord or char-cloth with an old Altoids can and a barbecue. I was very impressed.
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Perfect for what I was looking for. Easy to start a fire with nothing but sunlight. I recommend for any hiker camper fisherman or survivalist.
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