Primus Powerlighter Review

An efficient and reliable lighter can really simplify your outdoor life. Everything from lighting the storm kitchen to starting a campfire will be much easier. One of the more common lighters is the Primus PowerLighter. A storm lighter that we have used for many years. But the question is whether we should continue with it or switch to another model.

Primus is one of the largest manufacturers of gas-related outdoor equipment. Something that is clear when you look at their product range. They manufacture everything from multi-fuel kitchens to lighters, cutlery and tents. But today we will look at their lighter called Primus PowerLighter.

Although this is a lighter we have used for many years, we are honestly a little unsure why. Do not missunderstand us. It is in many ways a very good lighter. Robust construction and good flame in a small format. But of the 5 lighters that have passed our team’s ownership, 2 have inexplicably stopped working. We should also mention that another still works well despite a crack in the tank. The problem lies in it’s reliability. An assessment that many others also talk about in various Facebook groups.

Can you trust the Primus Powerlighter?

The problem with Primus PowerLighter is that we can not really trust it. As we wrote, 2 out of 5 have inexplicably stopped working. Despite correct gas, outdoor temperature and so on. It makes us uncertain whether one dares to have this as the only source of fire. On the other hand, we advocate that you should always bring at least two ways to make a fire. But it should not be for the reason that you live with the knowledge that the primary lighter can stop working at any time. You have to be able to trust your equipment, but backup for the fire is important.

We do not know exactly what it is that breaks. Maybe the gas pipe melts together. Or the spark maker breaks. It’s unknown. On the positive side, however, the stores where we bought these have not hesitated to give us new ones when we showed the problem. But that should not be the way to go. Replace lighter after lighter.

Hard to find a replacement

We have tried to find other brands that work better. But it generally seems difficult to find a lighter that works 100%. In addition to an classic, cheap BIC. Although their flame leaves a lot to be desired. Until we find a suitable replacement, Primus Powerlighter will therefore be allowed to continue following us on adventures. But with backup if it should stop working. Because we really want to like this lighter. Much because we like the format and how easy it is to handle with just one hand. But we dare not trust it.

We would also like to mention that this is advantageously combined with the filling adapter to be able to use outdoor gas in the lighter. You can then fill it when you are out hiking. But keep in mind that the strength of the gas flame can be tricky to adjust as it requires something a little narrow and flat. Without an adjustment sometimes, the lighter can be a bit inefficient.

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