“ Brand: Cricket / Type: Household Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I purchased this from Tescos, however I believe they are available in other supermarkets. In the past I have brought similar products from the cheap shops but found them not to be very good so decided to try out this to see if it is any better. It cost around £3 and is worth paying the extra, I know matches are cheap but the safety aspect of this it is well worth the extra money, it also lasts ages. I was forever burning my fingers using matches, this has solved that issue and an added bonus is you don't get the sulphur smell like you do when you have lit a match
I purchased the black version, it is also available in red and grey. The handle is comfortable to hold with a soft easy grip section in a different shade and material than the rest of the item. The lighter is 8 ½" (22cm) long, with the handle 4 ½" (12cm) and the lighter section 4" (10cm) .
It can be used for most things that need lighting, however the safety label warns against using for cigarettes, cigars or pipes. It also states you must not keep lit for longer than 30 seconds but I have never needed to use it for longer than this. The long slim lighter section makes it idea for lightening candles and this is the main use for mine. It even gets into the bottom of a large yankee candle which would be very difficult to light using a match. I also use it on fireworks night to light sparkles and for bbqs and as it is easier and safer than a match.
The one criticism I have with this lighter is there is no option to alter the flame height which is a feature available on some other brands of these. This means that when the gas is running low the flame height is not very good, when full the length of the flame is approx 1" (25mm) The lighter is refillable, this is an important feature to look for with this type of lighter as some of them do not have this. Mine has been refilled once, it lasted ages before this needed doing, it would have lasted longer but I wanted it refilled, as the flame length was getting shorter. It does have the very important switch to turn if off and I make sure I always engage this before putting it away on a high shelf out of the reach of children.
I have got a lot more use out of this lighter than I though I would, I find myself using it more than the cheaper versions because it is nicer and easier to use, some of the cheaper versions the click switch to light the flame can be a bit temperamental and doesn't always work first click, but I have found this brand always lights first time.
I have taken off one star as I would like the flame height to be adjustable. I would still recommend this product and will definitely be purchasing another one if this one gets lost or broken.
So I don't have a gas oven which requires a light and I'm not a smoker. Two of the main reasons people may purchase a lighter. However there are an abundance of reasons why you may need one of these just lying about your house!
Firstly I must proclaim that I am a man with plenty of experience with barbequing! I can cook to perfection and satisfy everyone who tries the food. They said practice makes perfect and I had plenty of time for that. So I have to admit that maybe I haven't cooked a vast variety of food, nor have I used a real barbeque. What can I say, times are hard as a student! I've had to resort to tiny, foil tray, disposables. Nonetheless, with the amount of barbeques you can have in your spare evenings at University I've had plenty of time to perfect my skills and can still cook a mean burger and sausage! Obviously this isn't a review on my cooking nor disposable barbeques but simply introduces my biggest tool of the trade; the long handled lighter!
For those of you who have purchased a disposable BBQ, be it at the beach or in the garden, I'm sure you may have experienced a similar problem; the top of the barbeque has a wire grill! It's like a force field for the coal. All you want to do is light it up to begin your afternoon cooking and you can't even do the first step! First I tried a standard lighter which my friend chucked to me. Firstly, no matter which direction you flick it, the flame heads upwards. The two choices you have are to turn the lighter upside down and pressed against the grill in the hope that it catches, but you'll most likely burn your fingers in the process. The next option is to turn the BBQ upside down and put it on top of the light so the flame is in the right direction, but this is hardly wise. Useless! The next choice was good old-fashioned matches. With a match you can drop it between the holes in the grill to get to the lighting paper. If it's a windy day however you can get through a number of matches which can become quite frustrating. There must be a better solution!
Unleash the bad boy! By bad boy, of course I'm referring to my Cricket long handled lighter. I had to run to the shop to purchase this before we could even get it lit. It would of made so much more sense to get it at first I suppose, but we live and we learn. The long handle can easily fit between the gaps in the grill making it perfect to get inside. You can direct where you want the flame to go as it's on the end of essentially a stick. This also prevents you from burning yourself as the flame is a good distance away from your hand. Long story short, the cricket lighter is a must for barbeques!
Another one of my guilty pleasures at University was my love for scented candles and oils. I necessarily go out to buy them at first, but once my girlfriend introduced me I found them more relaxing. Also, in student's slums your nose will appreciate a fragrant smell every so often. At first I started with candles which burnt to a scent, but eventually moved onto scented oils. Even these oils need a candle and burner however. This is another fantastic job for this lighter. Previously I would have to tip the candle to an angle so the flame would touch the wick. This becomes even more of a problem once it gets burnt in slightly. With my candle burner, I'd never use a full tea light in one go should could relight it maybe 2 or 3 times. As lazy as it sounds, it's so much easier to put in a long handled lighter than take out the tea light, light it and put it back in. Some scents are to bring down stress, so who wants stress putting the tea light back in! (I know, my life sounds easy right?).
If scented oils or candles aren't your thing then maybe use them to try and be creative. After my girlfriend introduced me to the candles I had to repay the favour. However as she is 5,000 miles away it's hard to get a gift to her. On Valentines Day this was definitely a problem so we decided to just have an enjoyable Skype conversation rather than presents. I did want to give her a surprise however and the best I could manage would have been a photograph. As it was Valentines Day and she introduced me to the candles I wanted to incorporate these together. Therefore I decided to spell out 'Be My Valentine' with flickering tea lights so she had a lovely image to wake up to.
If I remember it took over 100 tea lights and lighting each one by hand is very tiresome. As it was my birthday the night before I was battling through a self inflicted hangover so this didn't make it any more enjoyable. I went to my local corner shop and picked up a box of long matches to do the job. These were a nightmare! At first it was taking 3 to 5 matches per tea light! I had also arranged all of the lettering so every time I had to pick up a candle to light it ruined my display. I couldn't cope so I ended up jogging in the rain to Tesco (truly committed!) just to get a replacement Cricket lighter. When I got home this done the job perfectly. I will add that the reason I had to go to get another lighter from Tesco is because I misplaced the first. The product itself is very durable and has never actually broken on me. I can just be very clumsy sometimes!
So here are my three main uses for this lighter, but I am there are plenty more benefits that other people will have. I know many smokers that keep these in their house, and while they're not practical to keep in your pocket, they make an exceptional tool to have around the house.
Feel free to add any of your uses in the comments!
P.S - I must add, I didn't actually review design or colours of the lighter. Look up and hey presto, you can see a picture. It's looks just like a long handled lighter. No visual design awards here ;-)
---Why We Bought This---
Not one of my purchases, but actually something hubby bought.
Not known for his shopping skills, but he does enjoy time in our large garden since ill health forced early retirement. He often has little B.B.Q.s and also has a little gas stove in one of his sheds - a real man's den - so he obviously thought this was a necessary gadget.
Cricket make many types of small lighters and these Firepower lighters.
They first made lighters in the 1960s and the large Firepower were on sale from 2003.
Refillable long gas lighter.
9 inches long, coloured body with a 2 inch silver colour top.
Available in different colours and also in a mini version.
One press button to release flame from tip.
Safety button which when slid across prevents the lighter being activated.
Has a sticker with lots of safety information, mostly basic - do not use to light cigarettes, do not use near face, keep away from children etc.
Just click the button and you get an instant 2 inch flame out of the end.
£3 from Tesco online but can be bought in many outlets
Well although this was bought by my husband I now use it a lot as well.
Hubby primarily got it for use doing his B.B.Q.s and bonfires in the garden, but as it was left on the kitchen table a lot I found it has many other uses.
Before I would buy matches for my candles and oil burners, plus for lighting the log burner. Now this long lighter makes these jobs so much easier.
At the click of one button you get a bright flame of 1.5 to 2 inches to light candles or fires quick easily.
No more fiddling with short matches going out or trying to get your hand into a large jar candle to reach the wick at the bottom.
These lighters are handy as they stand up. We have the dark red coloured one. The gas inside lasts absolutely ages as you only use it for a few seconds at a time. It is easily refillable from the bottom and hubby has bought extra gas from a stall at out local Sunday Market - but I am sure it is available in many outlets.
As with any lighter product or matches they need to be kept away from children, but as ours are now adult we mostly keep this either on the kitchen table or on the worktop so it is easily accessible to both me for my tart burners and candles and to hubby for taking out to his garden shed - luckily he always remembers to bring it back!
Definitely something I am glad that he decided to buy as it is used almost daily for one purpose or other.
---Would I Recommend?---
It's not often that we find ourselves needing matches in this house - birthday cakes, the occasional romantic candle and the ever annoying power cut - but when we do need them, we never seem to have any. A while ago I hosted a Party Lite candle party and the presenter introduced me to this very handy little gadget - the Cricket Fire Power Long Handled Lighter! I could immediately see that it would be very useful for a number of reasons so I decided to buy one!
This is a very basic implement but so very handy too. The first thing to mention that it is 22cm long which means that the reach is very good. I have a couple of glass jar candle holders which you place votives inside. The opening is not that wide and without this lighter I would risk getting my fingers burned every time that I tried to light one.
The lighter has a plastic covering and comes in a variety of colours - ours is black. It has a comfortable grip that you curl most of your fingers around but leaving free your index finger in order to operate. With this, you need to apply a reasonable amount of pressure to the push down switch in order to ignite the flame. This is almost instantaneous and provides a surprisingly tall flame immediately. It is ideal for lighting anything that you would have used matches before either indoor or out, and you don't have to worry about it blowing out before completing the job or about burning your fingers.
I was a bit concerned about what might happen if my daughters got their hands on it so it is always kept out of their reach. However, even if they did get hold of it, it is equipped with a lock to de-activate the button. There is an off or on switch so as long as it is always slid to off, they cannot light it by mistake. This is really useful although I would still always advise children that it is not a toy!
The other good thing to say about this lighter is that it is really not very expensive and it does seem to last for ages. I bought mine from Sainsburys about eighteen months ago for £2.99 and it does still seem to be selling for a similar price in a number of stores - most supermarkets and hardware type stores. Also it does seem to last because I have used it a lot of times (I've been more inclined to light decorative candles since I've had it) and it shows no sign of running out after eighteen months.
The best thing about it is that it seems so safe to use especially outdoors. It is very practically, and provided you can remember where you keep it, I recommend that it is the first thing that you grab in a power cut. It's so good that I think that every house should have one!