Elements Used in Flameless Cigarette Lighters

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Elements Used in Flameless Cigarette Lighters
Flameless cigarette lighters are an alternative to lighters that ignite. (auto lighter image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

The several types of flameless cigarette lighters include car lighters, wall-mounted lighters and portable lighters. The user manually activates an electronic push-button power source and must wait several seconds for the heating element to become fully warm.

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Power Source

All flameless lighters need an electronic power source. Car lighters receive a 12-volt charge of power from the car battery when pressed in, and other flameless lighters work much the same as a car lighter, heating up at the touch of a button. Stationary flameless lighters are available in wall-mounted battery- or socket-powered versions; portable flameless lighters use a battery.

NiChrome Wire

Flameless lighters contain a metal element that heats up when touched to the power source. NiChrome --- typically the material used for the heating element, chosen for its high melting temperature --- is wrapped into wire coils on the inside of the lighter.

Pop-Out System

When a flameless lighter heats to the proper temperature, it will push itself away from the heat source. This motion, caused by a thermostatic action where the internal parts of the lighter expand when heated, prevents the lighter from continuing to heat.

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