The Gló e-torch is the most high-tech lighter we’ve seen – so much so that it doesn’t feel quite right to call it a “lighter” as it’s meant to replace both the lighter in your pocket and the butane flashlight currently in use with your dab rig.
This device is essentially a ceramic battery-operated heating point, reaching – as advertised – to 600 degrees in about ten seconds, with 60 heating cycles of over a minute each per battery charge.
The makers of the Gló say the high flameless heat given off by the small tip allows for “precision vaping” – meaning the days of “accidentally” dabbing an entire gram and losing the afternoon are over. And because there is no butane, you get more flavor. Will you?
You can say goodbye to buying cans of butane. You can use this on your dab rig to warm up the concentrate you have placed on the surface of your choice (we recommend a quartz banger or nail). With less random vaping, some of the need for a carb cap is obviated, although the boxy design and high cost may leave some dabheads wondering “why bother?” — and only the most transparent butane haters will see the economy by paying $165 to never use a lighter again.
Cool Factor: Big and elongated, the Gló won’t win too many design awards, as it’s little more than a container for the ceramic tip and the power needed to heat it to 600 degrees. That said, the ability to start a joint in high winds is undeniably cool – and it’s very easy to use, which is never not cool.
practical: It’s not heavy, but it’s not small, about the size of a decent-sized remote (remember that one?). It will live happily on your coffee table, and is the right size for car camping or going to festivals – although it gets old to carry this in your pocket instead of a lighter.
Affordability: At $165 — or the cost of about eighty lighters — butane-less heat isn’t cheap. But that’s the cost of lighting up in a storm, laughing at the less-equipped lighter wrestling around you.
General: Undoubtedly a luxury item, with a design that is more utilitarian than wow-inducing. A high-end gift for the smoker who thinks he has everything.
Photo by Jessica Christian