Solar Spark Lighter and Survival Tool
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Making your own charcloth is really easy - search for charcloth on youtube for instructions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pros: Light, not very complicated and easy to figure out. Comes with good instructions.
Cons: Takes time and full sunlight in order to get this to work. Read more
Very easy to use. Starts in seconds. I live in northern Oklahoma and received this item in January. Went outside to try it with a dried stick. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rusty Coleman
It arrived promptly. Wear sunglasses when handling this outside or in sunny areas!Published 25 days ago by Henry Froelich
Have my doubts about this one. Think I should have gotten the one in a case. This one is just the dish and holder. I can see the holder getting bent or lost easily.Published 1 month ago by Evilrick
It does work, don't know if it is good survival gear. Only because it does depend on the sun....Summer sun. but when the sun is out this thing will burn wood fast.Published 2 months ago by JR