*Update – The pocket torch broke after a while in my backpack which was disappointing. It work great, just wasn’t design to take abuse. I wouldn’t recommend buying it until the make a stronger model.*
A while back I went to REI and stumbled upon the SOTO Pocket Torch used for igniting and I have been meaning to a write post on it because this thing is so handy. Basically the whole point of a SOTO Hand Held Pocket Torch boils down to not having to bother with butane for fuel and instead using cheap disposable lighters. Other befits include a 2,300 °F (1300 °C) flame, electron ignition, its pretty much wind resistant, you know home much fuel you have left, and if it breaks you still have a lighter. Now the best part of the SOTO Pocket Torch is that you can break/turn the lighter up just like you did as a kid to play a joke on someone to produce a ridiculous flame and get a ridiculous strong little pocket torch. Also the SOTO Pocket Torch has won The Backpacker Editors’ Choice in 2010 and they have a nice little video demoing the it on a mountain.
The manufacturer website is SOTO Outdoors and I bought it at REI for $19.99.
The Specs are as follows:
- Size: 110 x 60 x 23 mm (4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 inch)
- Weight: 50g (1.8 oz.) without disposable lighter
- Burner Diameter: OD 14 mm (0.55 inch) ID 12 mm (0.47 inch)
- Flame temperature: 1300°C (Approx. 2,300 °F)
- Flame size: Diameter 3 x 12 mm (0.1 x 0.47 inch)
- Flame shape: Superfine centralized flame
- Burning time: Approx. 20 minutes (per disposable lighter)
- Fuel cartridge: Disposable lighter