Does the Forever Lighter Really Work?


Does the Forever Lighter work?Forever Lighter markets itself as the first update to a standard lighter in several decades. This is interesting since an ordinary disposable lighter is sold everywhere and for the most part seems to be getting the job done. So let’s see what they think makes this better.

Overview
Ever since early man discovered fire we’ve been looking for a way to wield it in the palm of our hands. We pretty much nailed it with a lighter, and they work so well that the design and function has gone unchanged for such a long time. In just a flick you can have a flame, and it’s used by countless smokers, campers, and candle-lighters the world over. There are a few essential drawbacks to these lighters. First they are disposable, and they don’t always light the first time, even when there isn’t any wind around, but it definitely becomes harder the windier it gets.

The Claim
The makers of Forever Lighter say that it doesn’t use any lighter fluid or flints to make a flame, and that you simply recharge it in a USB slot in order to keep it working. They say it’s good for over 100 lights per charge and that it’s windproof like the cigarette lighters that cars used to have. They also say that it can end up saving you money over the long term.

The Hype
They do a good job of showing how this would work and it’s various features without going overboard on the claims or how you’d be able to use them. If you regularly use a lighter you can see the value in this almost immediately.

The Cost
You get two Forever Lighters for $24. So at a price of $12 each you’d have to buy 12 or fewer disposable lighters, and that’s if you can find them for around $1 sold at various locations. Of course you can also buy lighters in bulk, driving down their cost, but they’ll still be disposable and you’ll have to buy more at some point. You can opt for a Zippo or similar lighter but then you end up having to buy replacement flints and more lighter fluid.

The Commitment
This should be able to successfully replace your current disposable lighter, and can even replace a Zippo and the need to buy lighter fluid for it. If the thought of not having to buy a lighter appeals to you, this is going to be a successful purchase for you.

Evaluation
They’ve really thought of everything with this lighter by making it easy to charge on any computer, and by making it so it doesn’t actually produce a flame, but rather has heated coils similar to the car lighters that used to come standard in most cars. These days those lighters have been replaced and only serve as a way to charge up your smartphone or other electronic devices while driving. They’ve also used up as much of the lighter as they can, figuring out a way to sneak an LED light in it so that it doubles as a pocket light for times when you need one.

There are only a few ways that these could let you down. First, the coils could break or get damaged and stop getting hot enough to light your cigarette. Next, the pop out USB charger could stop coming out, or could break and stop charging the unit. But we haven’t seen any feedback that would suggest this is the case, and it seems like it’s built well enough to withstand repeated use. At some point of course it will break down, as it’s going to get hot again and again, and it’s got electronic circuitry in it that just can’t last forever.

Final Forever Lighter Review

The Forever Lighter is getting our Thumbs Up rating, as they’ve successfully figured out how to give you all of the features of a lighter with none of the drawbacks. Because you can recharge this and use it in the harshest winds, it’s clear that it’s a winner. A disposable light may only cost a buck from any gas station or convenience store, but that can add up over time. You just have to make sure not to misplace your new lighter because that could get expensive.

When comparing this to an ordinary lighter it’s pretty easy to see that this would be preferable, since it comes with a light in it as well, and you can use it again and again.

Our Recommendation
This is a handy product to have if you’re tired of going through lighter after lighter, or tired of trying to light a cigarette in the wind or even a light breeze. It might not last “forever” but it should provide repeated and reliable use until you either lose it or it finally breaks from wear and tear.

What do you think? Does the Forever Lighter work or not?


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Andres Vargas July 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I bought these as soon as I saw them. $24 fro two seemed like a really good price because I always need a lighter and I love gadgets. But then there are drawbacks. NOt in the function, which is great, but in the fact that pretty much as soon as I got them, it occurred to me that I didn’t really need them, when I can buy like, a packet of disposable lighters for less than $5 which pretty much lasts me a whole year or more. But then I like the sustainability of these. It uses less resources. Plus they light in any weather which is a total bonus. Definitely recommend.

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LS August 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Thanks for the recommendation, Andres. I read the review on this product but was not sure whether or not it was really worth my money. The fact that it will light in any and all weather conditions is the one feature about the product, in addition to the fact that it will last a lot longer than disposable lighters, that really grabbed my attention and made me think that this product would be worthwhile. I am glad you were able to test it out and to find that it does, indeed, work as promised. I am going to purchase one now.

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Allison July 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I wish there was at least one review on the Forever Lighter because I am beyond intrigued to see if it really works! My husband and I used to be smokers and had lighters laying all over the place. We kicked the nasty habit but that doesn’t mean that we no longer need the use of fire. We have candles both inside and outside our home. I have never cared for having the cheapy little Bics lying around and would love to have one central lighter in one place. No lighter fluid sounds great so if I ever come across the product, I’ll give it a try.

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Kris September 15, 2013 at 5:04 am

I don’t think these would be suitable for candles…

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Rhonda August 4, 2013 at 3:12 am

I am buying the Forever lighter. I never seen this until today and I am going to see if they have it down at Walmart. Walmart always gets the As Seen On Tv products quickly. I spend $2.00 on a Bic lighter that last about a month. I will gladly pay ten dollars for a lighter that will last forever. Think of the savings that I can get with it. I’m not one to lose a lighter, but it seems that they don’t last like they use to so I will get these and put in a review and let you know how they work.

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Jennifer H. August 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

I use lighters to light candles, and that’s pretty much all. I guess the fact that these don’t blow out in the wind could be useful if you take it camping or something. Still, I would find it hard to justify paying around $24 for a lighter. If it really does last forever, then it’s worth it in the long run, but I have my doubts. It’s a great idea, though, and might make a fun (albeit costly, considering what it is) gift for someone who uses lighters much more regularly than my family. For me personally, it just wouldn’t be worth it.

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mike B September 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

The coils lose connection to the power. The light is the only thing that works.

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Gary Bichell September 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

This Forever Lighter DOES WORK I just bought mine for $10 at Boscov and I think it’s really cool and at first I was like yeah ok till it said just like the old car lighter and they did work good when they worked. Now far as lasting forever I doubt that nothing last forever if it last a year then I’ll be happy. My only complaint is that it’s hard to see the coil get hot in the day time so I think the little red light they have should turn orange when it’s hot or maybe just red when it’s hot and not when it’s just open. Also should have a green light or blue to let u know when it’s finished charging

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