H/T Grandad for a kind of cigarette lighter I haven’t seen before: a USB-rechargeable electronic lighter.
Grandad didn’t give a name or a supplier, but I’d pretty soon tracked down a whole range of them on Amazon UK, including what looks like the exact same model, for pretty much the exact same low price as his: £1.79.
There were lots of other, more expensive, flip-top versions, including ones for cigars, and key-ring lighters.
Given the price, I ordered four of them.
I go through lighters at quite a rate. I usually buy the cheapest refillables. They only last a few weeks at most, before the ignition mechanism stops working. I usually have about half a dozen of them floating around.
With no moving parts, this sort of lighter might not be so prone to mechanical failure. Unless of course repeatedly pressing a cigarette against its heating element counts as mechanical wear.
Given that they’re totally electronic, I guess they must be called “e-lighters”. One day maybe there’ll be e-cigarettes that need e-lighters to get them working, and e-cigarettes will become even more analogous to cigarettes than they already are. In fact, if the heating element of e-cigs is moved to an e-lighter, there’d be no need for a battery in e-cigs. The e-cig would become as light as a cigarette, and could be held between lips just like a real cigarette. Or something like that…