Introduction to the Soto Pocket Torch
The Soto Pocket Torch is one of our favorite cigar accessories. What’s so special about the Soto Pocket Torch? Three letters. . . TSA. You can take the Soto Pocket Torch through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints at the airport. Seriously? Yep! Before I tell you the secret to getting a torch lighter on a flight, here are the details on the Soto Pocket Torch.
Description and Specifications
The Soto Pocket Torch is a single flame torch lighter that uses disposable lighters as the fuel source. This is truly unique and makes life easy, especially when traveling. You can throw the Soto Pocket Torch and a few disposable lighters in your bag, and you are good to go. The lighter has a piezo electronic ignition for ease of ignition just like your other favorite torch lighter. The lighter is wind-resistant as well. The Soto Pocket Torch weights 1.8 ounces and is 4.25 inches long by .55 inches wide by .47 inches deep. The lighter will burn for approximately 20 minutes per disposable lighter. The Soto Pocket Torch uses a variety of disposable lighters but is not compatible with all disposable lighters. For a list of compatible disposable lighters click HERE. Here are a few pictures and a video of the lighter:
Where to Buy
You can find the lighter at a variety of e-commerce sites, such as REI and others for around $20. Amazon used to sell them but as of the date of this post, they are not in stock. Additionally, REI sells the lighter at their brick and mortar locations.
The TSA Trick
OK, here’s how you can carry the lighter on your next flight. First, there is some risk. TSA prohibits torch lighters in both carry on and checked baggage. However, here is their definition of a torch lighter: “Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 F) and more intense than those from common lighters. Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held.” I take the Soto Pocket Torch lighter apart into the two main pieces and put them in a small Ziploc bag. I place this in my checked baggage. Then, I put a couple of disposable lighters in my carry on baggage. If I am not checking a bag, I put the Soto Pocket Torch in my backpack and disposable lighters in my carry on bag or vice versa. In my view, the Soto Pocket Torch is not a torch lighter as defined by TSA when it is taken apart and not capable of holding lighter fluid. I’ve carried the Soto Pocket Torch many times over the last few years and have NEVER been asked about it. My guess is that the Soto Pocket Torch does not look like a torch lighter when taken apart and x-rayed. Good luck!