UST’s TekFire: Portable Rechargeable Fuel-Free Fire Starter


UST’s TekFire: Portable Rechargeable Fuel-Free Fire Starter

As I passed by the UST (Ultimate Survival Technologies) booth at the SHOT Show, I noticed that it was much more full than it had been in the past. They’ve really expanded on their product line, but what really jumped out at me was their new TekFire electric fire starter.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

The TekFire is a light, compact electric lighter that creates an electrical arc between two contacts, which can be used to light fires in windy conditions. It needs no adjustments for altitude and because it produces no flame, it doesn’t need butane or any other gas or fuel.

TekFire has a flip-open cover, which is secured with a wire clip. Remove the clip by swinging it out of the way, and press the small black button on the side to release the spring-loaded lid, which hinges open to one side.

Press the side button (under my thumb in this pic) to create an arc between the contacts. It is glowing in the photo below, but lighting conditions weren’t great for the photo.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)
(Photo: Russ Chastain)

When it was demonstrated for me using UST’s ParaTinder paracord–which has a red core thread that is easily ignited for fire-starting–the TekFire quickly and easily produced a flame. It would probably work well with other forms of tinder as well.

(Photo: UST)
(Photo: UST)

The TekFire is rechargeable via a USB port located on the bottom. The port has a weather-resistant cover, which is folded back under my thumb in this photo.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)
(Photo: Russ Chastain)

Manufacturer Specs

  • Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Green indicator light: glows when in use and fully charged
  • Red indicator light: glows when charge is low and flashes when charging
  • 10 second time-out safety feature
  • Complete use and care instructions included
  • Item number: 20-00041
  • UPC: 815608020424
  • Two-Year Limited Warranty
  • MSRP: $24.99

I’m hoping to get my hands on one to test and review for you here.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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