The Best Lighters for Smoking Weed in 2020

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Lighters are readily available at any gas station or convenience store, but for those of you who want to venture out of BIC-land, here are some of the best lighters for smoking weed. 

Zippo Lighters ~$16 – $12,000


Zippo Lighters come in many eye-catching and culturally significant designs. The most basic of their lighters are around $20.

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The more elaborate designs fall between $100 and $300. Their most expensive lighter is an 18 karat solid gold piece retailing for $11,893.95. 

Pros:

  • Aesthetically appealing 
  • Windproof
  • All metal construction 
  • Refillable lighter guarantees lifetime use
  • Made in the USA

Cons:

  • Uses butane fluid 
  • If you’re used to a simple, cheap gas station lighter, the prices might seem excessive. 
  • Lighter fluid is sold separately, so the upfront cost is even greater

Why buy it?

Zippo Lighters are an ideal choice for smokers who want a wind-resistant flame. These lighters can last for many years. Given the variety of finishes, it’s also likely that you’ll find one that suits your personality. 

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Plazmatic X ~$60

The Plazmatic makes a series of lighters called Plazmatic X. They come in many designs and promises that you’ll be completely satisfied with your purchase. If not, you’ll get your money back, no questions asked if you aren’t happy with your purchase in the first 30 days.  

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Pros:

  • USB rechargeable 
  • Windproof 
  • Butane/fuel free
  • Child lock 
  • TSA safe 

Cons:

  • Not as effective for pipes since it doesn’t spread like a flame. 
  • Easy to accidentally turn on 

Why buy it?

The Plazmatic X Lighter is pricey, but its makers are so confident about its quality that they offer a no-questions asked money back guarantee before 30 days. If you are looking for the best electric lighter out there, this is the choice for you, especially if you primarily smoke cannabis rolls. 

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The Tesla Coil Lighter ~$30


The Tesla Coil Lighter is electric, so it’s great for anyone who wants to avoid the hassles (and health hazards) of butane. 

Pros:

  • Aesthetically appealing 
  • Fluid and flame-free
  • Rechargeable 
  • Windproof 
  • TSA safe 

Cons:

  • Questionable durability 
  • Pricey compared to cheaper options
  • Susceptible to water damage 
  • Better for cigarettes, joints, or blunts than pipes 
  • Requires access to electricity to stay functional

Why buy it?

The Tesla Coil Lighter is a good choice for smokers who prefer to smoke rolls over pipes. It’s a great option for your health and the environment because it completely avoids butane. It is also cheaper than competitor electric lighters, though the quality is comparable. 

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Toker Poker ~ $10 – $13


The Toker Poker is actually a lighter attachment that includes a retractable poker and a metal tamper on its bottom. The poker is perfect for unclogging bowls and the tamper works great to pack or put bowls out. For the hemp wick users, Toker Poker can hold up to 5 feet. 

Pros:

  • Versatility (poker can even be used as a dabber) 
  • Comes in multiple designs 
  • Holds hemp wick 
  • Convenience (all in one tool rather than carrying a bunch of smoking tools around)

Cons:

  • Lighter not included 
  • Only fits full-size BIC lighters (or the equivalent)

Why buy it?

This isn’t a lighter, but it is definitely a must-have lighter accessory.  Toker Pokers are a great sleeve for BIC lighters.

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If you use a BIC or a BIC + hemp wick, this accessory is a great way for you to keep your wick, lighter, poker, and tamper all in one portable and convenient place. 

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Newport Mini Torch ~$35


For the dabber who doesn’t want to walk around with a flame thrower, the Newport Zero 5.5” Mini Torch offers the ideal solution. 

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Pros:

  • Child proof safety lock 
  • Safety adjustable flame 
  • Ergonomic design 
  • Multi-angle use 
  • Refillable 
  • Comes in many colors 

Cons:

  • Requires frequent refills due to its small size 
  • Uses butane fluid 

Why buy it?

The Newport Mini Torch is a good choice for the occasional dabber who doesn’t always keep a full-size torch blower.

Although it is small and requires frequent refills, it works well and is extremely portable. 

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Twisted Bee Organic Hemp Wick ~$13 – $19


If health is your primary concern when choosing a lighter, you may want to try Twisted Bee Organic Hemp Wick as an alternative.

You still need a lighter to light the wick, but you use the wick to light your weed.

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This prevents any additional chemicals (like the butane from lighter fluid) from contaminating your smoke session. 

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Pros:

  • Organic 
  • No wax drip 
  • No odor 
  • Burns slowly 

Cons:

  • Still requires use of a lighter 
  • Not wind or waterproof 

Why buy it?

Twisted Bee Organic Hemp Wick is for the health-conscious smoker looking for an organic, non-toxic alternative to lighters.

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If you don’t mind sacrificing some time and convenience (hemp wick is susceptible to wind and may take a bit longer to light a smoke than a traditional lighter) to gain the health benefits, this is the choice for you. 

Clipper ~$10 


Clipper produces multiple lighters, each with its own set of advantages. The pocket lighter is known for expanding its flame when tilted down, a helpful feature if you’re using it to light a pipe. The micro lighter is slightly smaller than the large lighter, but with the same benefits. The jet flame is wind resistant and can be used for dabs since the flame is easily controlled and effective from multiple angles. 

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Pros:

  • Refillable 
  • Comes in many unique styles  
  • Available as a large pocket lighter, a micro (mini) pocket lighter, or a jet flame 
  • Low cost 

Cons:

  • Uses butane fluid 

Why buy it?

Clippers lighters are perfect for the smoker who’s been fine with BIC lighters, but is looking for a slight upgrade.

The competitive pricing makes it an easy purchase while the many designs available make it a unique one as well.

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