Fire. One of the most essential, primordial things in life, and a huge part of being outdoors. Camping isn’t camping without the crackle and smell of a campfire. And if you ever find yourself in a life-or-death survival situation, it could literally mean the difference between life and death. And while matches or flint and tinder (or even twigs) are a nice way to start a fire, it might just be worth investing in pocket torch – like the Soto.

The Soto Pocket Torch allows you to start a fire in windy, wet and less-than-ideal conditions – all with the press of a button. Simply insert one of those $0.99 Bic lighters you can pick up at the gas station, plop it into the base of the torch, and you’re ready to go. It will reach temperatures up to 3200 degrees, and can actually increase the length of the disposable lighter by up to 60 percent. No more fiddling with unreliable cheap lighters with flickering flames, or scratching your thumb raw. It uses an electronic ignition and spark to ignite. It’s that easy.

If you like, Soto also makes a whole variety of different pocket torches to choose from. The only drawback is that they may not work reliably above 5000 feet. High-altitude climbers, stick with the matches.

Soto Pocket Torch Features

  • Electronic ignition
  • Strong wind-resistant burner
  • Uses convenient disposable lighters
  • Reaches temperatures up to  3200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • May not ignite under colder temperatures or altitudes above 5,000 ft.
  • Can increase lifespan of a disposal lighter for up to 60%



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