Have you ever noticed that whenever a person in TV or movies possesses the ability to throw flames or start fires, they’re always doing anti-social things? Why doesn’t somebody invite them to a BBQ and let them vent off on making a grill hot enough for cooking some steaks or burgers? Okay, that might sound like fantasy — it is – but the Bison Airlighter Portable Firestarter is real. And how.
The Airlighter looks like a weed-wacker and a steroid-powered hair dryer got melded together in another dimension. It charges up via USB with a battery level indicator (yeah, like a portable speaker but different, you bet!). This powers, besides the firestarter’s main purpose, a 2-bulb LED flashlight for seeing in the dark (great for handling night BBQ’ing) and has a built-in bottle opener for the all important task of opening bottles (and we all know what kind that would be).
The Airlighter also has a hanging hook for when it’s not needed and most, important of all, safety locks so that it’s “hot” option can’t be activated accidentally. Of course it’s not to use around children or treated as a toy, but kept safe until needed and then used with respect.
Now let’s get to what the “real” purpose of the Airlighter is — to start a fire (i.e., why else have “Firestarter” included in the name?). The fuel being used is Butane, which can be acquired commercially but isn’t necessary since 3 sets of refills are included right off the bat (and more can be gotten obviously). When the long tube that is the barrel is aimed and the trigger mechanism given the go-signal, out comes a harsh but aimed flame that will last up to 15 minutes — long enough to get the coals well into their white-hot state over a number of times. That barrel, by the way, employs a simple air flow principle so as to keep it from becoming ridiculously hot. That’s another smart safety option, but anyone with sense should know to keep hands off — that’s the purpose of the adjustable handle, for holding onto. And it’s not just for safety purposes, because once the flames have been used (about 20 seconds on the average seems to be right), then hitting the airflow to come out of the barrel lets you fan the flames and get them going to the needed cookable state.
The internal batteries of the Airlighter function for about 30 minutes or so, which is more than enough time for the average, or even bigger-than-average, BBQ session (that’s sensible since the total recharge can take up to Obviously being cordless makes a real difference, as does the fact that the flame from this guy isn’t puny. Nor is the construction itself — being of both stainless steel and impact-resistant plastic.
The Bison Airlighter Portable Firestarter retails for $79.95 and is well worth the cost for those to whom BBQ’ing is an adventure in eating.