In the eight years after 1816 Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner created the precursor to the modern cigar lighter. This invention was soon looking to usurp the humble match from the pockets of smokers all over Europe. Dobereiner’s Lamp was far from portable but it had the technology that made today’s products available.
The lamp was an expensive yet much sort after item. It worked by filling a bottomless bottle with a combination of sulphuric acid and a zinc coil. The reaction was the creating of hydrogen which was then mixed with Oxygen and contacting a platinum sponge. This contact created the spark for the instant light.
There were risks with this item. These derived from the production of hydrogen, a highly volatile gas, which over time could cause problems for the product and its users. Professor Dobereiner never applied for the patent and never received fiscal reward despite its burgeoning group of fans. By World War I It had been replaced by cheaper and more portable lighters. Despite this, thousands of the lamps were created demonstrating not only the popularity but also establishing the items heritage as the father of the modern lighter.
An increase in the popularity of cigars, as both a luxury product and status symbol, have led many to look into how best to add prestige to this endearing symbol of affluence. The Dobereiner Lamp has become a symbol of the discerning cigar fan, adding a level of class that can be attached to this original cigar lighter.