Primus PowerLighter

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Designed as a pocket-sized torch, the Primus PowerLighter spits a flame said to reach 2,372 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s as hot as lava.

The lighter, which uses isobutene/propane fuel, weighs 2.4 ounces when empty. To fill it, Primus sells a $14 adapter that connects to a standard stove fuel canister.

Primus PowerLighter

In my initial tests, it’s hard to tell how full the lighter is or if it’s truly being filled. The adapter is relatively easy to use though. My other initial issue: Primus claims it’s wind resistant, but I can easily blow out the flame with a birthday-candle-strength breath from 8 inches away.

The PowerLighter is currently available for $17.

—Ryan Dionne

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.