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It does not feel like it would survive long in a pocket with a ...
on 6 August 2013
This lighter has just arrived, and it works perfectly. I have tested it, and now it is currently being given a full charge. My initial impression however is that it is made of very flimsy plastic. The sliding switch mechanism does not fill me with confidence but only time will tell if it holds up or not. It does not feel like it would survive long in a pocket with a bunch of keys.
Update: I have now been using this lighter for twenty something days and there have been no issues with the flimsyness or the sliding mechanism. I have got a couple of other observations. Because you have to place the cigarette in contact with the heated coil to light it, inevitably bit of cigarette and ash start to build up in the coil, and tar around the sliding part. I suspect that ash is also getting into the lighter, everytime it is slid closed. This means that the lighte is starting to smell like an old dirty ashtray, and I dont see how to clean it out without damaging the delicate coil. It also takes longer to light a cigarette with this than it does with a flame, especially as the coil only heats for a few seconds. Sometimes it is necessary to close and open the lighter a second time to get it going (along with lots of puffing to prevent that little glowing spot from going out.
2nd update: Two months on from the last update, the lighter has stopped working. The LED lights up at all the right times when charging, or in use, suggesting that it is working, but the coil no longer heats up and it cannot light cigarettes anymore. I have reduced my rating to 2 stars - it may be cheap for an interesting bit of technology, but it is overpriced for the disposable lighter it has turned out to be.