Soto Pocket Torch
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
Replacement for matches and other lighters.
- Worked great right out of the box
- Nice flame
- No problems
- Haven't come across any yet...
Bought this lighter at REI over a year ago. Read where it only uses "square" lighters (Scripto). At first I couldn't readily find them but came across a pack of them at Walmart. Worked right out of the box.
I really like it. I don't need to keep "flicking" to get a flame and keep it like other lighters. I don't use it much but it's nice to have when I do.
Funny... I trained my Rottie not to charge the fence when a "certain" dog walks by lighting a firecracker. She hates the noise and will run into the house. After only 3 times all I have to do if another problem arises is grab this lighter and she heads right back into the house. :)
Bought one for my husband and put it in his Christmas stocking. He likes his too.
Price Paid: $20
Works very well, the only drawback is finding "square" lighters in some places but they can usually be found at discount stores.
The other problem I encountered is that the lighters I was able to find were too short. This was remedied by folding up a very smal piece of paperand placing it underneath the bottom of the lighter to raise it up 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. After that it fires every time.
Price Paid: $30
i got this for a birthday present. i got a nice $10 lighter for the inside and tried it out for 10 minutes and it did not work so i took it back for another one. it did not work too.
i did some research and ordered a iroda keychain torch and got it today and it worked right out of the box and i live in denver colorado which is high above the sea.
Price Paid: $19
I both experimented and searched on-line about how to trouble-shoot this lighter, and I failed to be able to make it work satisfactorily.
After looking for 2 weeks to find a disposable lighter that fit, I found them at the Dollar Store; however, the Soto will only remain ignited for 5 seconds and then will not light again for about half an hour.
I may remove the cheap lighter inside and it lights and remains lit every time. I have tried to place small "lifts" in the bottom of the Soto to try to improve fuel flow. I can hear the butane hissing when the Soto button is depressed, but after the initial 5 second burn, the Soto is out and will not re-light. Therefore, there is something wrong with my Soto.
I ordered it on line from REI and $19 is not worth the return shipping and repeated hassle for me.
If you get one make sure it stays lit for the amount of time you will need it. I test lit it and thought I was ready, because it initially ignited; however, when I needed it, it failed to remain ignited long enough for me to start my fire.
I will return to my larger, heavier, butane canister fed, adjustable-flame Williams and Sonoma kitchen torch.
Brought one after reading a leading outdoor magazine's editorial review giving it an award.
This is not a piece of gear for serious backcountry use. Found many drawbacks that limited the use of the lighter in most circumstances I would encounter outdoors.
Works well for someone who smokes a pipe and that's about it.
The instructions on my Soto Pocket Torch clearly specified that Bic lighters would not work, so maybe not every unit gets the same set of instructions. Perhaps the ones that have been sitting in stock longer don't have updated information.
I bought a pack of cheap lighters at the dollar store, and they worked fine. I took it on a backpacking trip, and it worked well in almost every situation.
The only thing that keeps it from getting a perfect score is it doesn't work in very windy conditions, unless it's shielded. Even then you can use it, if you're careful.
It was a big hit with everyone on the trip, and the first thing we would take out when it came to lighting a stove, or starting a fire. Great product.
Price Paid: $12
All of the advertisements and instructions indicate that this torch will work with any lighter.
Wrong. It will not work with Bics because they are too thick. It will not work with cheaper flat lighters found at the dollar store. It gives absolutely no recommendations about what lighter actually will work.
It is a great idea, but the advertisements and instruction are completely misleading.
Price Paid: $19
I picked up this little lighter at the local mountain gear shop while renting ice axes for a summit of Mt. Adams in southern Washington. It looked too good to be true, but I was wanting a torch style lighter, so I thought I'd try it out. I'm sure glad I did.
The flame isn't as big as some torch style lighters, but it's still impressively hot and completely functional for all camp use. Our base camp was at 7400 feet, and the lighter worked fine. At the higher elevation, it did take a few clicks to get it going, but it always lighted easily. It also worked fine in windy conditions, which we experienced on our second night.
The bonus with this little guy is that there is no messing around with recharging it. Just pop in a cheap cigarette lighter and you're ready to go. This product is a no-brainer for any backpacker or camper. At only nineteen bucks, this will be my gift item of choice for my outdoor friends.
Price Paid: $0 - Free demo
This lighter is way cool. The Pocket Torch was shown and given to me at a trade show. It's an interesting gadget just as a windproof/weatherproof mini torch, but didn't stand out from similar items from Brunton and eGear until the rep popped the top off to show the cheap, disposable lighter used as a fuel cartridge. That's the downside to other windproof lighters is finding butane canisters and then using them can become a hassle, but the lighters used in the Soto Pocket Torch are readily available at probably any truck stop, Wal-Mart, gas station, etc.
If you're looking for a bomber fire source that will hold up to rain, wind, and snow--this is it.
According to Soto, they're available at only three retailers in the U.S. starting in mid March 2010:
· Summit Hut in Tucson, Arizona, Phone: 520-618-1485
· Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in Virginia
· Fin & Feather, Iowa City, Iowa Phone: 319-354-2200
1.8 oz / 50 g (without disposable lighter)
4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in / 110 x 60 x 23 mm
approximately 20 minutes per disposable lighter
Where to Buy
We found the Soto Pocket Torch at 1 outdoor retailer: