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Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)

in First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories

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b d
( bdavis )

Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop) on 01/27/2007 18:30:42 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Spark-Lite Fire Starter in the box

Spark-Lite Fire Starter stiker and starter out of the box

This is a sure fire way to start a fire -- if there is anything dry enough to burn in the area.

The cotton starters just need to be broken up a bit at one end or the other. Then the striker (like a mini bic lighter flint and striker system) is used to put a spark on the cotton starter. It has not failed any number of tests, to start.

Then, it burns hot enough to start even damper small twigs or whatever, which then can be used to start larger pieces of wood. Here are some pictures of getting a BushBuddy ready to make tea at a walk stop. Total time from start to finish, inlcuding heating water and drinking tea was about 15 minutes:

Setting up kindling for Spark-Lite and BushBuddy

Spark-Lite starter pod inside stove body. Pine needles, even when damp at first are heated and lit. Then its pretty much a piece of cake:

Spark-Lite fire starter pod in stove

Spark-Lite fire getting going in BushBuddy

Spark-Lite fire in BushBuddy starting to heat water

Spark-Lite fire adding wood to BushBuddy

Fire safety is important, this is a damp environment, with a stream all along one side, and it is permissible to use wood fires at this time here. This system will not always work because fire season when no fires are allowed will limit its use, but the pure pleasure of this system in the fall, winter, and spring is a 5. No other stove, and a total of about 5.5 oz. for as much cooking as you could ever do. And, free fuel.

I am giving these Spark-Lite fire starter kits to friends as gifts because they are so much fun.

The box included, without the instruction sheet and carboard holder for the cottin jobbies is about 1 oz., without the box is less -- and I have cut starters in half and should probably cut the handle of the striker off to really make it light.

The Gear Shop web page and photos are:

Spark-Lite Basic kit from BPL Gear Shop

BPL has tested this product and finds it very durable and tough after testing it:

"Test #1: Water Resistance. We submerged each kit's firestarter in water, and stored the tinder in a saturated humidity environment (suspended in a cheesecloth bag in the headspace of an aerated fish tank) for 24 hours. The Spark-Lite was the only firestarting kit that lit its tinder within five attempts at activating the firestarting mechanism.

Test #2: Weight and Size.We weighed the bare minimum kit to start a fire. The Spark-Lite Firestarter (0.19 oz / 5.4 g) and the Spark-Lite Tinder-Quick Fire Tabs (0.024 oz ea / 0.7 g) combined to make the lightest - and most compact - kit possible.

Test #3: Wind Resistance. Once the Tinder-Quick Fire Tabs are lit, they resist wind very well. We were able to expose the tabs to significant winds and they remained lit, burned hot, and kept their flame for an average time of 2:15 (mm:ss). At 0.024 oz apiece, the Tinder-Quick Fire Tabs offer outstanding performance."

Edited by bdavis on 01/27/2007 18:42:33 MST.

Jeffrey Bryant
( jbryant )
Reliable spark, lightweight, easy to use on 09/12/2008 15:39:26 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I own and have used numerous other fire starting tools and the Spark-Lite is my overall favorite.

It is tiny compared to some such as the Blast Match.It can be used one handed (hold the handle in your palm and use your thumb to roll the wheel against the flint), unlike the separate flints and steel that require both hands.

It is very reliable. Every turn of the roller produces sparks. Some flint strikers take a few strikes to get sparks going.

It is the standard fire starter in US military survival kits. In this case the military uses something that is not overbuilt and heavy. It is the optimal balance of small, reliable and effective.

I often carry other fire starting means such as butane lighter, storm matches, or a Boy Scout sparker, etc. but the Spark-Lite is my all time favorite and "always with me" tool.

Mike M
( mtwarden )

small, light & works! on 07/11/2010 20:37:21 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

great little piece of kit, while I carry a mini bic- the sparklite is my backup source of fire making and a darn good one at that.

with the tinder tab nice and fluffed I've never had any difficulty to get it take a spark, the tinder tabs are a great little invention in there own right

every kit should include a sparklite and several tinder tabs- it weighs next to nothing and takes up very (very) little room and the cost is very reasonable

Dan Durston
( dandydan )

Good but FireLite Mini is better on 10/28/2010 23:21:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I have this kit and the FireLite Mini kit. This sparker is a bit lighter than the FireLite Mini but I don't trust this sparker 100% like I do the FireLite.

This sparker doesn't work well when it's wet and I accidentally tried to use mine once with an slightly oily finger. The oil got transferred from my finger to the wheel and then to the flint and that stopped the sparking.

The FireLite Mini also provides a lot more sparks. The SparkLite is a good product and it's weight is unbeatable, but I'd rather carry a few more grams and be 100% sure I can start a fire in anything.

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