Exotac titanLIGHT Survival Lighter
The team from Exotac continues to blow us away every year, and 2019 is no exception. This winter we tested out two great products from Exotac; today we are focusing on the titanLIGHT refillable survival lighter. There is no question that having a lighter as well as a quality ferro rod striking tool can keep you alive in many circumstances. Fire is good for the soul and good for just about any survival situation.
The titanLIGHT is precision-machined, waterproof and handles just about any standard lighter fluid. It is built with two O-ring seals to prevent fuel from leaking. The titanLIGHT has air vents built in which keep it lit in wind. With the flame guard, it holds up nicely in pretty severe wind. The screw-off cap on the lighter is used to measure the amount of fuel to put into the lighter, approximately 3 ml. We used this lighter to light stoves and start fires. We particularly like that it will sit on the base hands free, allowing us to start a fire by setting it down and building a fire around it and over it. This is helpful in a heavy wind. Simply remove it once the fire begins to get going. The lighter is light weight and an attractive piece of gear in your kit.
I would like to see the titanLIGHT come with a replacement flint built in to the unit. Additionally, I think a lanyard like the tinderZIP should come standard. Luckily, the TinderZIP is incredibly affordable so you can just add it to your purchase. You will want these on your pack at all times anyway so putting an extra one on your titanLIGHT is a no-brainer. I recommend this product in orange: it’s an attractive color and it is easy to find in the bottom of your pack. The good news is that you will never need another lighter in your lifetime unless you lose this one.
Obviously a disposable lighter is less than 10% of the cost of the titanLIGHT. That said, the titanLIGHT has a distinct advantage. When you find yourself in a cold survival situation, your hands will be freezing and the lighter will not light. Having a lighter with refillable fuel and an actual wick covered in fuel versus compressed fuel makes all of the difference. Cold compressed fuel lighters will not light in cold weather, nor will they light if the wheel gets wet. This baby still lights even if your hands are freezing and wet. Pick up a flint kit and the tinderZIP and absolutely buy the titanLIGHT and a tinderTIN and keep it handy in your kit.