Today, lighters are a common object that we forget that a lighter is an extraordinary invention. Anywhere, anytime you can press a button or turn a wheel and you have fire !!! The history of lighters starts about 200 years ago in Germany. 1816 the First Lighter The lighter was invented in 1816, was nicknamed Dobereiner's Lamp (German chemist Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner ), but the Dobereiner lighter did not use butane or gasoline as fuel but hydrogen that was very explosive. So it is not the object that was invented by Dobereiner but the fact that the fuel was ignited at the touch of a finger.