Each has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, so I just has to buy both to work out which is best for my needs. Well they are cheap enough to buy heaps of them. At the end of the day both have a pulse plasma beam for lighting cigarettes, cigars and candles. So lets work out whats the most useful.
Saberlight Sparq Review
So the Saberlight Sparq was the first Arc Lighter I tried out for a few weeks. I firstly charged it up fully to see how long it would last under normal use. We were able to get through 2 weeks of use without having to recharge it.
I don’t smoke but I lent it out to the guys at work who do, as a tester unit for each time they needed a light. It sure made for some interesting conversations.
The Saberlight Sparq no flame lighter was used around 15 times a day for 2 weeks lighting cigarettes, no problems without needing a recharge. Cigars were another product we tested the Saber lighter on. It does ignite them but it requires a few more seconds of burn time compared to a flame lighter. A pocket butane torch will light a cigar the fastest. But is not always practical.
At home i was able to light candles and start the fireplace up using paper and twigs. It was also put to the test to light incense, paper, gas oven, wicks, fireworks, and much more. No more burnt fingers using matches or flame lighters.
It can be a little difficult to light cigars due to the larger surface area of the cigar, but if you just move the Sparq Lighter around you can light the cigar fast.
USB Arc Lighter Noise and Smell – Plasma
There is a slight high pitch arc noise that comes from the creation of the plasma arc. I quite like the sound. It’s not very loud and if you are a few feet away you wouldn’t even hear it.
Dont touch the plasma arc, you will get burnt and a slight electric shock.
If you turn on the plasma Lighter and hold it close to your nose as you press the button, there is a very slight burnt smell. This may be the residues of burnt paper / wood / wax that had touched the electrodes while it was in use. It could also be residue of ozone as it arcs across oxygen.
Ozone is created by a high voltage electrical discharge (arc / spark) as air passes through it. As the air moves through the arc, the oxygen molecules are temporarily separated into individual oxygen atoms. As they clear of the corona they start to recombine back into oxygen (O2) and ozone (O3).
Saberlight Tear down
So what is inside the Saberlight?
I decided to open up this USB arc lighter to see what make these taser lighters work. I have a habit of pulling apart objects. Like my daughters Samsung Tab3 tablet that needed its battery connection re terminated. But the only tool needed for this arc lighter tear down is a Philips head screwdriver.
I actually thought it would have a 18650 battery inside, but was pleasantly surprised to see a 3.7v lithium Ion flat pack battery, this one is rated at 280mAh.
A high voltage coil with a primary and secondary step up transformer is all cased in a black box. Possibly pumps out between 4000v-5000v
The circuit board has a few transistors, diodes, and a strong magnet to keep the lid closed and open. The circuit looks to be a single transistor oscillator. With an inbuilt USB charging circuit.
- Light Anything – You’re no longer limited by the narrow coil of older style plasma lighters
- Chemical/Butane Free
- Claims to be Splash Proof
- Airport approved
- 300 uses per charge (1 hour fast charge time)
Whats included with the Sabre Sparq:
- Saberlight Sparq rechargeable dual plasma beam lighter.
- USB charging Cable 10cm long
- All New design for 2017, the Sparq by Saberlight is the ultimate plasma beam torch lighter. It has been completely re-designed and re-engineered with an extra arc beam, so that it can be used with products that the traditional single arc lighters had trouble with. It’s the ultimate USB rechargeable electronic cigarette lighter.
- Traditional plasma beam igniter are limited by a narrow Tesla coil electrode, so they can’t light large objects with flat surfaces like cigars and pipes. The Sparq solves this issue using free-flowing pulse plasma arc energy. This means you can now light cigars by applying the plasma arc to the entire surface until its lit.
- The Saberlight Sparq uses light sabre like technology to create an extremely hot plasma wave that is hotter than fire. You can use the Sparq for anything a traditional butane fire lighter can do but better and safer.
- The Sparq uses a rechargeable lithium-ion cell instead of fuel. This Lithium cell is charged in an hour and is good for more than 3 hours of constant use. You also get a lifetime guarantee with each Sparq purchase. This means if Sparq fails you can simply return it for a full refund.
Best USB lighter
This was my favourite USB arc lighter. No more harmful butane gasses. Studies have shown that butane can be harmful to humans. The less harmful devices I have around my home the better. The Saber Sparq uses flame-less plasma technology to completely eliminate the need for this harmful chemical gas.
If you are a smoker and are doing some air travel, the Saberlight spark is TSA approved – this is because it has no dangerous fuel or gas. The Sparq Arc Lighter is flame-less so it is unaffected by wind or water. So you can use it under any conditions, rain or shine.
Sparq Saberlight is the one of the coolest rechargeable arc lighters around. It has been completely re-engineered with modern technology so that it can be used safely with most flammable objects. You can light a cigar by applying the plasma arc across the entire surface until it is completely lit. Traditional plasma beam lighters are limited by a narrow Tesla coil so they can’t light things like pipes and large cigars. Sparq solves this issue completely by moving the plasma electrodes at the top of the lighter to eliminate the narrow Tesla coil. With added dual plasma beams, you have the hottest plasma arc beam around.
Tesla Coil Lighters Review
The Tesla Coil lighter is a Zippo style USB electric coil lighter. They come in two versions the single and double plasma arc lighter.
I found them the perfect size to fit in your pocket and use every day. It’s the main reason Zippo became so popular. Like the Saberlight this Tesla Coil lighter uses high voltage to activate a high-frequency plasma beam.
The Tesla Coil Lighters, are rechargeable electric lighters that require no butane and has no flame. Only a high voltage plasma electric arc is produced.
This electric arc which is a visible plasma discharge between two electrodes, it’s usually pink or purple in color. This is due to the electrical current ionizing gasses in the air. Electric arcs often occur in nature in the form of lightning.
USB Flameless Lighter Safety features
The Tesla Coil Lighter also has a great safety feature, it will not light up when the lid is closed. So no issues with you accidentally pressing the power button when it’s in your pocket or a hand bag. Thus slowly giving the plasma lighter flat battery.
This Tesla Coil Lighter is simple, safe, reliable, long-lasting and with its sleek design, it will make a great gift for yourself or your friends.
The Saberlight Sparq has a small on off switch on the bottom, this must be activated before pressing the arc button. Not a deal breaker but just one more step. They will both time out after around 10 seconds of plasma arc run time.
About the Tesla product
- 1 – Tesla Coil Lighters Arc Lighter
- Size: 3” x 1.75” x 0.5” / Weight 3 oz (Arc length: 5mm)
- USB Rechargeable
- Safe and easy to use, lights at the click of a button
- A full charge can last up to a week or 100-300 uses
Whats Included in the Tesla Arc Lighter Box
Included in the package I received was a nice little soft velvet pouch to store the plasma lighter in, as well as a small length of micro USB cable. This is the charging cable that use can use from either your computer or a phone wall charger outlet to top up your Tesla Coil Lighter with electricity.
How to Recharge a USB Tesla Lighter
Simply charge up via the included micro USB cable and you’re ready to go. It will fast charge in around 1 hour depending on the phone charger you use.
Plug one end of the micro USB cable into your computer or wall charger, and the other end into the micro USB slot on the arc igniter.
Since the lighter uses no flame, it is not only windproof but also economical and environmentally friendly. No lighter fluid refills or throwing out those cheap plastic lighters and matches. So its environmentally friendly and cheaper, as all it needs is a recharge from time to time.
Tear Down of a Tesla Arc Lighter
Thanks to bigclive for the teardown and disassembly of a traditional electronic Zippo style arc lighter. There is also a warning of not to touch the plasma arc with a metal object. Ouch!
USB Arc Lighter FAQ
What can Plasma Lighter Set on Fire
These USB Plasma Arc Lighters can burn incense, paper, candles, portable gas and propane BBQ’s, wicks, fireworks, cigarettes, small cigars and much more.
How many arc lights do I get out of an electronic USB lighter?
You can get up to 300 activation’s per full charge depending on the time required to light your flammable materials. Or 1-3 hours of full use. The battery will last for months if not used, before requiring a recharge.
How long does it take to charge?
When the battery goes flat, it can be recharged within 1-2 hours. This is dependant on the type of wall or computer charger used. Wall chargers typically charge faster than the USB output of a computer.
How do I know when the USB Arc lighter is fully charged?
The blue light on the device will turn off. It’s wise to unplug the lighter after its fully charged.
How hot does the Plasma Beam Arc temperature get to?
The Electric Lighter arc will heat up to approximately 1,100 degrees Celsius or 2,012 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a super hot electric beam.
What kind of battery does Tesla and Sparq Arc Lighters use?
These Electric arc lighters use a quality rechargeable Lithium-ion battery similar to the flat lithium batteries found in smart phones and tablets. So they are very safe.
Can the battery in Tesla lighters be replaced?
In normal circumstances No. The lithium-ion battery is built-in to the device and cannot be replaced. Although if you are handy with working on electronics and have a soldering iron you could, in theory, replace the battery. Just like a mobile phone, you will get many years of trouble-free use out of a Plasma Beam lighter.
Are there any issues with shipping arc lighters internationally?
No, unlike a traditional lighter, these arc lighters do not contain any flammable fuel like butane. As it does contain a lithium Ion battery there may be a warning message on the out side of the postal package.
Can I get a shock if I stick my fingers in between the 2 electrodes at the tip?
Just like a regular flame lighter you should never play around with any type of fire starter. Both the Tesla Lighter and the Sabre lighter have exposed high voltage elements. if you do touch these you can expect to receive a mild electric shock.
I defiantly do not recommend using a Plasma Arc lighter on metal cigarette pipes. As you will receive an electric shock.
What are some of the charging characteristics of the Arc Lighter?
- Nominal Voltage: 3.7-4.2V
- Nominal Capacity: 150mAh – 300mah depending on the size of the USB arc lighter
- Input: 5V (+/- 0.05V)
- Output: 4V
What safety features are included in electric arc lighters?
Safety is high on these lighters. That’s why these Electric Arc Lighters includes safety features like:
- Safety Cover,
- No flame or fuel
- Less heat at the tip of the device when not in use.
- Extra On / Off switch at the base of the Sabre Lighter Sparq