edit: LTR Windmill Trekker Lighter Jenn
- Hi Jenn,
Thanks for the test series, it seems like everyone had higher elevation issues with this one. Your report looks fine, I wondered if you had any durability issues? Did it get scratched- did it ever need to be cleaned? Not a huge issue but note if applicable please!
Upload at will, looks great.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jenn K. jennksnowy" <jennksnowy@...> wrote:
> Here is my LTR on the Windmill Trekker Lighter. Thank you in advance for the edits.
> Testing Locations
> Cleveland National Forest, California: This was a one night backpacking trip with a first-timer friend of mine. The low temperatures hovered around 40 F (4 C). The elevation at camp was 1,600 ft (488 m).
> Near Red Rocks, Nevada: This was a one night camping trip. It was very warm at night with the temperatures in the upper 70's F (24 C) and the elevation was around 4,500 ft (1,400 m).
> Corona Del Mar, California: I used the Trekker on the beach on two occasions to light a fire pit BBQ at sea level. The winds were light.
> Wasatch-Cache Mountain National Forest, Utah: I used the Trekker Lighter here at elevations ranging from 4,823 ft (1,470 m) to 8,200 ft (2,499 m).
> Performance in the Field
> Over the past two months I tried to use the Trekker daily at my home at an elevation of 62 ft (to light candles and just to see if it would light everyday. I am living at about 67 ft (19 m) above sea level. I am happy to say that lighter has never failed at this elevation. It worked on the first try.
> I have some bad news though. I tested the Trekker Lighter in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah and it failed at 8,200 ft (2,499 m) while trying to light a backpacking stove. The flame appeared for a brief moment and then went out completely. Wind was not an issue since there was only a light breeze. I tried changing the setting of the flame adjuster and I had no success. However, in this same mountain range the Trekker Lighter worked fine with no issues at 4,823 ft (1,470 m) and 6,900 ft (2,103 m). It was very disappointing to me that the Trekker failed at higher elevations. I will say that the flame adjuster is not easy to use without a screwdriver. My nails are not long enough to turn the dial and I was without my multi-tool on this trip. I opted to use a coin. It worked, but it would be nice to have a plastic piece at the end of the lanyard to use for adjusting the dial.
> Near Red Rocks Nevada I used the Trekker Lighter to light my stove for breakfast. The winds were gusty (over 30 mph - 48 kph) and there were no issues getting the lighter to ignite.
> I like the idea that I can see how much fuel is remaining for use. When it was getting low I could see that I needed to add more fuel. It is also nice to see when filling the Trekker how much fuel needs to be added before it is completely full. I had to refill the lighter one time during the past two months and the process was very easy and straight forward. I did not overfill it as I looked in the window to see when it was full.
> This is a durable lighter that works with the push of a button at all elevations I encountered up to 8,200 ft (2,499 m). The flame is hot and there is no need to push it completely into the item or the fuel I wish to light. The cap stays latched and the Trekker works well in wind and light precipitation. The lanyard has no real purpose for my usage, but I would find it handier if it had a plastic piece to use for turning the flame adjuster. The lighter is easy to fill and I think it is great for lower elevation use.
> Things That Rock:
> * Looks durable
> * Hot flame
> * One button ignition
> * Fuel window
> * Latched cap
> * Easy to fill
> Things That Are So-So:
> * Can do without the lanyard
> * Did not work at high elevation
> This concludes my reporting on the Windmill Trekker Lighter. Thank you Essential Gear and backpackgeartest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test this product.
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