The 6 Best Electric Lighters of 2021

Be ready to light any flame with these rechargeable lighters

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The Rundown
Best Overall:
RONXS Lighter at Walmart
This lighter has a flexible neck so you can reach down into tall candle holders or grills.
This affordable lighter has a retractable tip and LED indicator, so you’ll always know when it’s time to charge up.
Pretty and practical, this lighter is attractive enough to sit out if you use it frequently.
Best for Candles and Grills:
Grillmatic USB Grill Lighter at Amazon
At almost 11 inches long, this lighter’s flexible neck can reach into grills or tall candle containers with ease.
This handsome lighter is a stylish addition to your pocket, purse, or home decor.
Feel free to take this waterproof lighter on your most extreme camping trips.

Whether it’s firing up the grill, lighting candles to add some ambience, or starting a campfire, lighters always have been a handy tool. But disposable lighters can’t be recycled and must be purchased again and again as needed. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly one billion disposable lighters are sold in the United States each year. Electric lighters, also called rechargeable lighters, are one small step toward keeping non-recyclable products out of landfills.

Charged by USB, these gadgets are flameless, so they don’t blow out if you’re lighting something in a windy location. They use no butane like traditional lighters and also can replace lighter fluid. They’re powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that creates a high intensity electric arc between two tiny electrodes at the tip. They’re also super-hot, with some companies claiming their lighters reach 2,012 degrees F. They come with a USB charging cable, and most also have a safety lock switch which must be depressed or pushed before pressing the ignition switch.  

 Ahead, our top picks for the best electric lighters:

Best Overall: RONXS Lighter

RONXS Lighter

This lighter has a flexible neck so you can reach down into tall or votive candle holders or grills. LED indicator lights remind you when it’s time to charge. The manufacturer says it you’ll get 600 uses on a full charge. It’s quieter than other lighters and it’s great for lighting candles quickly. However, if you have kids, note that there’s no child-safety lock.

Best Budget: Suprus Lighter Candle

Suprus Lighter Candle

With a retractable tip and LED indicator on the side, you’ll always know when it’s time to charge up this little lighter. At roughly 7 inches long, it’s also a good bet for tucking into your pocket for lighting beachside bonfires or campfires because the electrodes tuck away when not in use. It automatically shuts off if the ignition button is held for more than 7 seconds. It charges quickly, but some people find ignition sound to be unpleasant.

Best Design: The USB Lighter Company Soft-Touch USB Rechargeable Lighter

The USB Lighter Company Soft-Touch USB Rechargeable Lighter

Can a lighter be pretty and practical? Well, yes! This lighter comes in five colors and has an unobtrusive look and elegant shape so it’s attractive enough to sit out if you use it frequently. It has a soft rubberized feel to the exterior so it’s easy to grip and lasts up to 300 uses on a single charge. If you don't use it frequently, a single charge can last for months.

Best for Candles and Grills: Grillmatic USB Grill Lighter

Grillmatic USB Grill Lighter

At almost 11 inches long, this lighter’s flexible neck can reach into grills, candles, or campfires with ease. It’s one of the longest necks available in the marketplace and can be rotated 360 degrees. It can be used 200 times before recharging. For safety, the ignition spark will power off after seven seconds of continuous pressing and it has a child-safety lock. It works well in wind when a match would have blown out, but you may need to hold it very close to the fuel source because the spark is not huge.

Best Pocket-Sized: The USB Lighter Company USB Rechargeable Pocket Lighter

The USB Lighter Company USB Rechargeable Pocket Lighter

This handsome lighter looks like a traditional lighter and will fit neatly in your pocket or purse. It comes in four colors and lasts 300 uses on a single charge, which takes 1.5 hours to fully charge. We like its size, colors, and ease of use, but note that this style is not ideal for reaching into grills or deep candle holders.

Best Waterproof: Icfun Waterproof Lighter

lcfun Waterproof Lighter

This waterproof lighter, which resembles a traditional lighter, has a sealed cover with a latch. It’s meant for wet conditions such as camping and even can survive a quick dunk in water. It also comes with a lanyard for easy carrying or fishing out of your backpack. It’s lightweight and feels sturdy, although the case is plastic. It would also a great addition to your emergency pack.

Final Verdict

We like the RONXS Lighter (view at Walmart) for best overall, while the stylish The USB Lighter Company Soft-Touch Rechargeable Lighter (view at Food52) is attractive enough to stay out and within easy reach all the time.

What to Consider When Buying an Electric Lighter

How You'll Use It

If you’re looking to light grills, fires, or pilot lights, you’ll want a lighter with a long neck. If you plan to leave it out on your mantel to light decorative candles, you may want a more attractive design. If you’re looking for something to take camping, a waterproof design is good idea. 

Safety Features

If you have children, it’s best to get a design with a safety lock. Some designs also have automatic shut-off features that turn off the lighter off after a certain number of seconds (like five or seven), but these may be harder to use when trying to get a campfire going. 

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