MARATAC’s family of lighters come in multiple sizes, weights, metals, and finishes. As a result, there are several options to choose from and there can be some hesitancy when it comes time to make a purchase.
Our goal is to help layout all the options for you and hopefully answer some fo the questions you are trying to find answers for. Before we get into all of the ways these models are different, let’s take a time of how they are similar.
MARATAC’s lighter family all use standard lighter fluid (not included) and can be carried in your pocket, keychain, EDC kit, or stored with your camping gear for a long period of time without the fluid drying out.
The bottom of these lighters is flat, allowing them to stand up if need be. With that feature, it can easily serve as a hands-free source of light in a pinch or can free up your hands when you are using the flame to do more precise work.
The solid brass insert can be removed and the outer “shell” can be used as a small, water-tight container (pill vial) to hold medication, survival gear, or any other small items. The possibilities are up to your imagination.
The solid construction allows these lighters to handle being used without fear of having to be delicate.
MARATAC lighters are made in the USA by CountyComm.
Metals and Finishes
MARATAC’s lighter family comes in the following metals and finishes:
- Stainless Steel
- Anodized Aluminum
- Type III Clear
MARATAC copper lighters are made out of commercially pure grade copper and as such, they will naturally oxide and the look will change daily with use. The copper can be kept looking fresh with lemon juice, Tarnex, or any other commercial product approved for copper. Copper, as well as brass, also have antimicrobial properties that help set it apart from some of the other metals.
MARATAC titanium lighters are made out of 6Al-4V series grade 5 titanium. It is a commonly used titanium alloy with high corrosion resistance and great strength to weight ratio. If customization is your thing, this titanium is easily colored with heat.
MARATAC uses is a 300 Series Stainless Steel, which is a widely used chromium-nickel alloy. This metal resists corrosion and offers a nice weight and strength.
MARATAC brass lighters and manufactured out of solid brass stock. It is the heaviest of all the metals used and offers smooth threads. As a bonus, like copper, brass has antimicrobial properties if that’s something you’re looking for.
MARATAC uses T6061 aerospace-grade aluminum to manufacture its anodized versions. The aluminum is the lightest of all the metals they use and is a good choice if you are trying to keep weight down. It makes it much easier to carry a larger size for those who are weight conscious.
The colors offered are:
- Matte Black
- Gloss Green
- Royal Blue
- Tumbled OD Green
- Tumbled Red
The anodizing will show wear after extended use and is something to be mindful of.
MARATAC’s lighter family comes in the following sizes:
- Split Pea
- Split Pea Flush Mount
- Peanut Flush Mount
- Peanut XL
(.5″ x 1.3″)
|Split Pea Flush Mount|
(.5″ x 1.3″)
(.5″ x 1.9″)
(.5″ x 1.8″)
(.8″ x 2.8″)
|Titanium||0.5 oz.||0.7 oz.||1.9 oz.|
|Stainless Steel||0.8 oz.||1.0 oz.||2.8 oz.|
|Brass||0.8 oz.||1.0 oz.||1.3 oz.||3.0 oz.|
|Anodized||0.5 oz.||0.6 oz.||1.5 oz.|
The Split Pea Lighter is the smallest of the models coming in at a minuscule size of .5″ in diameter and 1.3″ long. What the Split Pea lacks in fuel capacity it makes up in carryability (is that even a word). The small size allows it to be carried in a lot of forms and fashions while taking up little space. It can go on a keyring, in a pocket, on a zipper pull or pretty much anywhere else you can think of.
MARATAC’S Peanut Lighter is the middle-size option in the MARATAC lighter family. It’s larger than the Split Pea Lighter (holds 40% more fuel) and smaller than the Peanut XL Lighter (holds 66% less fuel). The Peanut Lighter is perfect for having a little bit extra fuel for fire starting.
Peanut Flush Mount
MARATAC’S Flush Mount Peanut Lighter fits in with the standard Peanut in terms of being in the middle of the pack. Unlike the standard Peanut Lighter, this version has a flush mount o-ring attachment, making it slightly shorter in length and flat on both ends. It is slightly heavier as well.
MARATAC’S Peanut Lighter XL is the largest in the MARATAC lighter family and is bigger than both the Split Pea and the Peanut. With the size of the spark wheel increased and even easier to use with and without gloves, the Peanut Lighter XL has a much larger runtime than the smaller Split Pea and Peanut Lighters.
The XL holds approximately 3 times more fuel than the Peanut and 5 times more fuel than the Split Pea. As a result, it is a much better option when extended use is expected or anticipated. MARATAC reports a burn time of up to 15 minutes of continuous use.
Where to buy
Check out CountyComm to browse the current inventory they have in stock.
You can also find these two versions on Amazon:
All in all, these lighters provide a robust option for everyday carry. The trick is being able to find what works for you in terms of balancing weight and fuel capacity. The simplistic design, multiple carry options, and a variety of metals and finishes provide numerous options when it comes to finding something that fits your personality.