The 8 Best Waterproof Lighters
This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Whether you’re in need of a flame to warm up and cook food out in the wilderness or you simply want to enjoy your cigar in wet conditions, one of these waterproof lighters will ensure that you are always well prepared, even in an emergency. Our options include a variety of fuel sources to choose from, including electric, kerosene, butane, and traditional lighter fluid models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 20, 2020:
For this update, we removed the Q&G Arc due to concerning complaints about its lid coming off soon after purchase, and replaced it with the JiaDa USB Plasma. This new addition is a similar plasma arc model, but with a sturdy lid that uses a safety latch to keep it securely in place. It also has a powerful LED flashlight on the bottom of the unit as well as a safety whistle, making it especially useful in emergency situations.
We also removed the Acetek X-Beam because of waterproofing issues. To replace it, we brought in an interesting option, the Exotac FireSleeve. This product isn’t technically a lighter, but rather a waterproof case that you can fit a standard Bic lighter inside. It has a nice durable construction and would make a great option for a survival kit, or someone who doesn’t care for the bells and whistles of other models. It also allows you to maintain a flame without having to push the gas button down the entire time, a very handy feature not found in basic lighters.
The two waterproof lighter styles in our guide are electric arc lighters, and more traditional liquid fuel models. Each have their own benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to decide which is best for you before purchasing.
Electrical arc lighters lack the big robust flame you’re used to seeing in classic fuel lighters, so they’re not the best for quickly igniting combustible material. That said, this lack of fuel makes them much safer, since there is no chance for an accidental explosion, and the smaller point of ignition makes them less hazardous than large flames.
Butane or liquid fuel lighters, on the other hand, are generally ideal for situations where getting a fire going is the main priority. Their large flame is great for quickly igniting whatever it is you have to light, and though they do need to be refilled with fuel from time to time, they aren’t reliant on electricity to recharge like arc lighters. You can toss a butane or lighter fluid bottle in your backpack for refilling, but finding a USB outlet to charge your arc lighter can be a bit more difficult, depending on the environment.
If you’re less concerned about water affecting your lighter, but still want a robust model that can handle inclement weather, consider a windproof lighter instead. These types of lighters usually lack the safety features of other models, so keep that in mind.