How To Quickly Dry Out a Soaked Lighter

Many backpackers depend heavily on a lighter for starting a fire to cook on or to create heat. For the most part, a good lighter (or two) is an okay option for backpackers as they are pretty reliable but what do you do when your lighter gets wet? Relax, we've got a quick solution to help you dry out your lighter quickly so you can get a fire started. This TrailTime Tip will dry out a wet lighter in less than a minute.

The Situation 

As you're setting up camp and preparing to cook dinner, you go down to the river to collect some water. Somehow, the lighter accidentally falls out of your pocket and into the water. Your soaked lighter will not light and you start to panic because you didn't bring any stormproof matches.

fix a soaked lighter

The Fix 

If you ever find yourself with a soaked lighter you can dry it out quickly using this trick. Simply turn the lighter upside down and rub it quickly on a solid surface. You'll want to turn the wheel of the lighter directly on the solid surface. Rub it back and forth for 20 or 30 seconds. You can use a log or a rock as long as it gives you a long enough area to run the lighter over. We have tried this on a pant leg, but we suggest you find a log for the best results.

See This Tip In Action:

Why Bother?

If you've ever had a wet lighter, you know they can take a long time to dry out. Using this trick dries it out very quickly. Hopefully you'll never be in this situation but if you are we hope you'll remember this trick.

What do you think of this TrailTime Tip? Do you find it helpful? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out these other TrailTime Tips:

How to Build a Smokeless Campfire
How to Make Stormproof Matches
Avoid Water Contamination
Stake a Tent on Rocky Ground
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
Comments (4)
6/24/2017 at 1:51 AM
This worked thank you so much
7/6/2018 at 9:45 PM
This saved my smoke sesh. God Bless your soul.
7/30/2018 at 5:40 AM
Wow, this is really brilliant, i just tested that and it actually works, What if you got a butane torch? :D We can send you one to test it out and tell us how to warm it
8/1/2018 at 5:53 PM
I really needed a smoke but I left my only lighter outside and then it rained. I didnt have a rock or log handy, but I used the bottom of my shoe and after a few minutes of trying it worked.
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