User Review: Soto Pocket Torch
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.