When it comes to finding cool lighters, there’s a whole world beyond Bic. While we’re by no means hating on the ever-popular disposable classic, there are more and more eco-friendly reusable options available to us now than in years past. Instead, make a spark with these much more stylish, cool lighter alternatives that are sure to earn a compliment. Plus, their ability to last gives them an heirloom quality that a basic plastic lighter could never have.
Lighting up is far from the only use of a cool lighter. If you’re looking for luxury, a survival accessory, or something tiny enough to fit on your keychain, there are plenty of cool lighters for EDC in 2022. If you’re lighting a cigar, it might be best to use a powerful torch lighter. If you prefer to recharge your light instead of refilling it, plasma-heated products allow you to light anything without an actual flame.
Get to know the most impressive and coolest lighters you can buy online — browse below to find your coolest lighter perfect match.
1. Tsubota Pearl Hard Edge Petrol Lighter
The transparent orange color scheme on this cool lighter by Tsubota Pearl has a vintage-inspired coolness that maintains a modern look. Over the years, this Tokyo-born brand has perfected minimalist, functional lighters that never go out of style. By many, they’re considered a Japanese take on the classic Zippo. This hard-edged model features a boxy look and a flip cap with a cotton wick. An heirloom-quality find that’s nothing short of sophisticated and lasts a lifetime.
2. Dissim Inverted Lighter
Available via EDC superstore Huckberry, the Dissim Inverted Lighter has a clever design (and $50 price tag) that keeps your fingers away from the flame when you’re trying to light a candle (or anything, for that matter). If you want a lighter that will make everyone say, “Hey, where did you get that?” this is the coolest lighter you’ll find for your EDC kit.
3. Zippo Matte Lighter
There are a lot of unique lighters on this list, from ultra-durable outdoor lighters to modern arc lighters. However, “cool” doesn’t have to mean “flashy,” and for people who need a lighter in their EDC kit, it doesn’t get better than Zippo. Zippo’s Matte lighters come in over a dozen colors.
4. Tsubota Pearl Queue Glossy Petrol Lighter
A much-needed pop of color in your EDC gear, this vibrant stick cool lighter comes in orange and turquoise and is anything but traditional. Made from steel and polycarbonate, it’s a durable but super slim style ideal for any smokers trying to be inconspicuous. Its construction quality is premium, and despite its delicate silhouette, it’s still wind-resistant. While it’s not the same low price as your disposable drugstore lighter, it’s still reasonable given the luxury aesthetic.
5. Tokyo Pipe Co Douglass Field L Lighter
BEST HEIRLOOM QUALITY PICK
This striking Douglass Field L Lighter by Tokyo Pipe Co. looks like one of those cool lighters you’d find going through your grandpa’s old stuff. With its antiqued aesthetic and unusual silhouette, this cylindrical lighter isn’t cheap, but it offers exquisite hand-crafted quality that mass-production plastic lighters can’t hold a flame to. The attention to detail makes the investment well worth it, as does the unique look that will earn compliments. Unlike Zippo, this air-tight device won’t lead to fuel evaporation over time.
6. Gingko Element Flameless Lighter
BEST FLAMELESS PICK
Flameless lighters are a convenient piece of EDC gear — they can be recharged, help minimize your carbon footprint, and don’t generate any fumes from fuel. This one from Gingko comes in the form of a wooden cylinder with a brushed metal cap. To light it, unscrew the cap, blow on the metal heating element inside and wait a few seconds for it to heat up. Complete with an automatic shut-off feature, this is one of the sleekest, most practical and coolest lighter offerings we’ve come across.
7. Smoke Honest Stash Case and Lighter Duo
BEST FOR STONERS
If you love cannabis or know someone who does, you’re probably using your lighter to get a spliff going. Storing joints in your pocket or bag without a case can cause them to get flattened, bent or ripped. We don’t need to tell you this. Instead, opt for this Smoke Honest 2-in-1 stash case lighter, which keeps joints, hand-rolled cigarettes, or small blunts safe. Available in black and silver, this stash-case portion is waterproof and airtight, meaning it will contain your herb’s delicious smell.
8. TRUE Rechargeable Plasma Lighter
BEST OUTDOORS PICK
This cool lighter is incredibly effective outdoors, and it’s also water, dust, and impact-resistant with a flameless lighting function. You’ll never lose sight of this rugged offering by TRUE, featuring a visible blue cap that acts as a protective locking cover. It’ll get you through the windy hikes, pool parties, and any other adventure that life might throw your way. A compact plasma arc option that’s perfect for any setting.
9. S.T. Dupont Slim 7 Lighter
French company S.T. Dupont has been an authority in luxury lighters for years, and this slender beauty is one of their classics. Although it’s offered in a range of colors, there’s something about that black lacquer and gold combination that serves up major James Bond energy. While the cost is controversial with some buyers, it’s top of the line regarding performance and style. At under $150, it’s one of the cheaper S.T. Dupont models.
10. Zippo Black Ice Lighter & Pipe Insert Set
No matter how many new brands come on the scene, Zippo still reigns as the coolest lighter of all time. So it’s no wonder we have to call them out twice. This Zippo’s worn-in and distressed vibe automatically give it a vintage aesthetic. It has the classic Zippo shape and is a soft gunmetal-tone dubbed “Black Ice.” This lighter will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your EDC collection, and it also features a pipe insert, so you can hold the lighter sideways without getting your hands burnt.
11. Nomatiq Rechargeable Electric Dual Arc Lighters
SLEEKEST ELECTRIC PICK
This elegant arc lighter is coming for the Zippo — and this reliable electric creation by Nomatiq might be the coolest lighter of 2022. While convenience store lighters are affordable, there’s nothing worse than running out of fuel. With a rechargeable USB connection and a simple push button to activate, fully electric arc lighters mean no more messing around with butane sticks or gas refills. Looking for a pop of color? It’s also available in this deep blue ombre color.
12. Soto Pocket Torch With Refillable Lighter
Not sure if you should choose between a torch lighter or a regular lighter? This convertible option by Soto means that you don’t have to. The included refillable lighter can be used for candles or smoking, and if you need a torch lighter for cigars or any other occasion, snap on the trigger igniter attachment. While this works with other rectangular disposable lighters, it won’t be effective with rounded brands such as Bic.
13. Flower X Edie Parker Tabletop Lighter
BEST TABLE LIGHTER
Ideal for indoor smokers or cigar lovers, a table lighter can act as a decor piece as well as a functional lighter. Inspired by vintage table lighters of eras past, this acrylic lighter comes nestled arrived a matching ashtray. With a black marbled finish, it’s a heavyweight coffee table piece that will command attention in any space. If you want to splurge on some additional whimsy, check out their Sandwich Tabletop Lighter.
14. Snow Peak GigaPower Torch
BEST FOR CAMPING
If you’re looking for a powerful campfire or BBQ lighter that will get the job done even in damp conditions, look no further than the Snow Peak GigaPower torch. With an ergonomic wooden handle and a body that can easily get packed down, this fire starter can tackle anything you need, even in windy conditions. One buyer shares a useful hack: “The Gigatorch fits perfectly inside the smaller 35 sheet Lysol wipes container; you just have to squeeze the opening to get it in and out.”
15. JopooLighter Pipe Lighter with Metal Tools
BEST PIPE LIGHTER
This is one of the coolest lighters for pipes – it includes a 3-in-1 set of attached tools to help you clean out your device, removing soot and residue. The flame is also adjustable — just turn the switch at the bottom to raise or reduce the level. One reviewer says, “Build quality is surprisingly good for the price point, the attached tools open easily with one hand, but they’re not too loose either.” Combined with the stylish leather-look exterior, this is an EDC necessity that any pipe smoker will appreciate.
16. Yeuligo Mini Butane Torch Lighter
BEST POCKET PICK
The tiny rectangular shape of this mini butane lighter makes it an attractive alternative to peanut lighters and other portable alternatives. With a fully adjustable flame and a built-in cover, this refillable metal lighter has all the perks of a regular one with the added benefit of being compact. At half an inch thick, it can even fit in your wallet. Despite its small size, this lighter is surprisingly easy to fill.
17. RONXS Electric Candle Lighter
BEST HANGING PICK
We all have an “everything” drawer where household items can get buried, but thanks to this rechargeable lighter with a hanging hook, you don’t have to deal with that anymore. The lighter can hang on your mantle or kitchen with a battery indicator. Sold in an attractive champagne tone, this aluminum lighter has a safety lock and will automatically self-extinguish within 7 seconds. A must-have for candle lovers.
18. Tsubota Pearl Queue Polished Metal Lighter
Stick lighters are an alternative and more elegant alternative to your average Bic or Zippo. However, like the Zippo, this is a smoke accessory that will never go out of style. This slim and petite metal lighter has an expensive, polished look and is designed by Japanese brand Tsubota Pearl. A more low-key alternative to the brand’s more colorful stick lighters and a great gifting option for friends and family.
19. Blackrock Electric Cigarette Lighter for Phones
BEST PHONE ACCESSORY
Alas, our cool lighters are often misplaced – but our phones are an accessory that we’re never caught without. That’s why Black Rock came up with this electric cigarette lighter that attaches to mobile phones and dashboards. This USB rechargeable flameless lighter also has a mechanism that allows it to function as a kickstand and finger ring grip, making it a multi-functional tech accessory for both smokers and non-smokers.
20. Carl Mertens Medio Lighter
BEST KITCHEN LIGHTER
Are you looking for a new kitchen lighter that fits in alongside your appliances? German brand Carl Mertens offers this stylish silver stick lighter with a satin finish. Made from stainless steel, this is not your mother’s candle lighter. It provides an uninterrupted flame to light fires, candles and more. The long and elegant look on this refillable gas lighter it’s a much-needed alternative to those bright and bendy budget arc lighters that are an eyesore on your counter.
21. UO Frog Keychain Electric Lighter
BEST KEYCHAIN PICK
Investing in a keychain might be a good idea if you’re constantly losing your keys. This green frog keychain doubles as a cool electric lighter and makes a great gift or multi-function accessory for your collection. When it’s in use, the frog’s eyes light up. One customer calls it “perfect for a daily walk.”
22. Porsche Design Deister Torch Jet Flame Lighter
The Porsche brand may not have the same reputation among millennials and Gen Z that it does among Baby Boomers, but anyone will appreciate this torch lighter from Porsche Design. This sexy matte black lighter features a petroleum-based torch jet, a slim silhouette and a fuel level gauge.