Monday, May 2, 2016

Best Cigar Lighter Butane

Best Butane Xikar Vector Review
Best Lighter Butane? Xikar vs. Vector
  Let's get one thing straight, this is only my opinion! That said, I have obviously used a crap ton of lighters straight out of the box brand new. This review will have nothing to do purging and trouble shooting. Okay, I will say one thing on that topic, if you are having issues and do not know about or how to purge a lighter, Google is your friend...
  I noticed pretty early on when I first started CLR that not all butanes are the same. I had always had Xikar Premium (3x refined) and Vector Quintuple Refined (5x) butane on hand. In the early stages of CLR I initially did a lot of Xikar lighter reviews. Seemed appropriate then to use Xikar Premium Butane. 
  One day I had filled a new cigar lighter (a Bugatti) for review and it was misfiring quite a bit. Would only light around 50% of the time. I was of course prepared to point this out in my review. Then I had a fleeting thought about my can of Vector. I emptied the lighter, purged, and filled with my can of Vector Quintuple Refined Butane. Literally, the once inconsistent brand new lighter was firing up 100% of the time! This is not to knock on Xikar's Premium as it is a pretty solid butane option. The lighter for the review must of been on the sensitive side. 
  Since then I have noticed a few differences between the two options. First, is the consistency I feel is better with Vector. Secondly, keeping the butane adjustment setting the same and filling the same lighter with Xikar and Vector separately there seems to be differences. I tend to notice more consistent blue flames and flame conformation with Vector. Xikar I notice more flashes of orange on higher settings.
Vector Quintuple Butane
Vector Butane
Xikar Premium Butane
Xikar Butane










  

  I have made recommendations to folks over the years about trying Vector over whatever they are currently using to fixed their problem. This is of course after doing all the other proper steps such as purging. There are a lot of bad quality butanes, to be clear Xikar is not one them. I personally feel Vector's Quintuple Refined is one level above and tends to cost less (bonus).
  Lastly, a good quality butane is not a marketing ploy, it truly makes a huge difference. You would likely be happy with either Xikar or Vector 5x, but you know which one I would recommend. Blue flames to all my friends, fire 'em up!

BEST PRICES I Found Here: Vector Quintuple Refined Butane
  

Monday, March 7, 2016

Scorch Torch Dominator Review

Scorch Torch Dominator Triple Flame
Scorch Torch Dominator Triple Flame  
  The Scorch Torch brand is LONG overdue for a review on CLR. I have no excuse as to what took me so long, really why did I wait so long?! I picked this gem up for $12.95 off of Amazon. This is the Scorch Torch Dominator and the name is fitting for this beaut!
  The Dominator is a triple torch value packed powerhouse. It's very well thought from aesthetics to function. Aesthetically, the Dominator name is appropriate, with it's aggressive design. I purchased the gunmetal version for this review as I am a sucker for gunmetal. The overall construction is fantastic at this price point, with plastic only being used for butane adjustment from what I can tell. Scorch uses a simple single action thumb depressor to ignite the triple flames. The flame comes out orange and blue, then quickly turns all blue.
  There is a nicely integrated cigar punch cutter that is actuated from a locking side lever. Even if you are not a fan of a punch cut for your cigars, it is always handy to have in a time of need. I found the butane adjustment a bit challenging if trying to use your fingers/nails. Also, noticeably missing is a fuel gauge window. Would be particularly handy considering it is a triple torch lighter. More torches equals the more quickly butane gets eaten up. Lastly, Scorch includes a velvet pouch to store the lighter. Odds of me using this? Zero. Though, still a nice added touch.
Scorch Torch Dominator Punch
  At the end of the day it is hard to knock the Scorch Torch Dominator on any shortcomings due to the obvious value at this price point. A well designed, triple torch, with an integrated cigar punch for $12.95 hard to truly complain about.

BEST Price CLR Found: Scorch Torch Dominator


CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
9 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
8 - Flame
8 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
10 - Value vs. List Price (first time I have ever given a 10 here)
CLR Final Score: 8.6

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - triple torches, value, cigar punch cutter
Consideration - one year warranty, no fuel gauge window

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Prometheus Robusto II Lighter

Prometheus Robusto Lighter Built In Cutter
Prometheus Robusto Lighter And Cutter Review


From Prometheus:
Prometheus Robusto is a double torch flame lighter with a built-in guillotine cutter. The cutter swivels out, and after cutting the cigar, you can rotate it back to the locking position. It has a large gas tank window for the easy reading of when to refill. Another great cigar lighter from Prometheus! Light up your favorite cigar and celebrate!

CLR Additional Information: 
The Robusto II has a suggested retail price of $75. Considering this cigar lighter features a dual torch and built in cutter, possibly not a bad price point. This Prometheus appears to have one of the better cutter integration's I have seen. More impressively the cutter will take on a cigar ring gauge up to 60 (according to Prometheus website). Personally, not sure I would use the cutter as an everyday go to scenario, but would be great to have a solid option readily available. Lastly, if you could not tell from the pic, it is a dual torch lighter. Does not seem too shabby at all if found at the right price point.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Xikar Forte Torch Lighter

Xikar Forte Lighter Review
Xikar Forte Torch Lighter
From Xikar:
  "The hot rod inspired Forte is built on a newly designed chassis, delivering consistent performance, time after time.The all metal body features a built-in razor sharp 7mm cigar punch so you can always be prepared when the moment calls for a cigar. Designed for the on-the-go lifestyle, choose your style."
CLR Quick Non-Hands On Review:
  I Have not had a chance to get my hands on the New Forte by Xikar. My first impressions with out my standard hands is that this hits all the CLR hot buttons in a good way...almost. Has the bill fuel gauge wheel, cigar punch cutter, red hue for easier fuel level reading, and single thumb action. Aesthetically, the Forte is very appealing and without losing functionality. That said, it is a single torch lighter, with a suggested retail of $69.99 and $79.99 depending on the version desired.
  Appears to be another solid lighter by Xikar if found at the right price. Best price I found for the Forte can be found here: Xikar Forte Lighter

Friday, January 8, 2016

Black Label Shooter LBL600

Black Label Shooter Torch Lighter
Black Label Shooter LBL600 Review
  Before I begin this review, I will admit the Black Label Shooter (LBL600) shocked me...in a good way. Black Label puts out some very nice lighters, the ones I have reviewed usual cost a decent amount. In comes the Shooter, shown here in the bronze variation. 
  I am a bit on the fence with the whole bronze "thing" going on currently. Bronze in my opinion should patina, which none of the current Xikar or others will do. Well, to the best of my knowledge. Would be much cooler if they would patina. Then all bronze lighters would take on their own individual characteristics.
Black Label Shooter Duel Torch
  With that said, lets jump into this Black Label review. I have to start with the duel torches. Once ignited, form a dang near perfect pinpoint flame. To top this off the Shooter uses a single thumb action to fire up these twin beauties. There is a nice sized fuel gauge window in three window panes. The LBL600 is equipped with a cigar punch cutter integrated into the bottom of the lighter. Though, the fuel adjustment is not a wheel, I did find I was able to adjust the flame easily enough with my finger nail.
Black Label Shooter Punch Cutter
  Black Label has the retail price of the Shooter at $40. At the price it can be found on the internet, I think this might move into my favorite duel torch lighter. Seriously, it does not even feel cheaply made, nice overall weight. The flame is fantastic, has a punch cutter, single step to ignition, well made, and can easily be found under $30. It is the flame and this price point that makes the Black Label Shooter a real winner.

BEST Price CLR found: Black Label Shooter

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
7.5 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
9 - Flame
8.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
9 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 8.4

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - duel pinpoint torches, value, cigar punch cutter
Consideration - not a lifetime warranty - 2 years

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Xikar Volta Lighter Review

Xikar Volta Tabletop Lighter
Xikar Volta Lighter Review
  Leave it to Xikar to bring yet another fresh look to the world of cigar lighters. Today's review is a close look at the quad flame Volta, one serious tabletop lighter. The Volta is brand new for 2015, first unveiled at IPCRR.
  Not sure where to start....this thing is a beast! The Volta weighs in at just over 1 pound. Yep, not a mistype, 1 pound! Safe to say Xikar made an extremely well constructed tabletop lighter. Volta's body is all metal, no plastic. This stout cylinder shaped lighter is not what I would consider a "portable" lighter. Meant to be more of a dedicated lighter to highlight your favorite spot to chill out and enjoy a quality cigar. There is camera aperture influenced lid, once rotated opens up to reveal the strong quad jets. Xikar did not seem to miss a beat in the attention to detail department. There is a large oversized pusher, once depressed fires up four raging jet flames.
Xikar Volta
Xikar Volta Fuel Adjustment 
  






                      Something I have been seeing more of in the industry is a colored fuel gauge window. Big fan of this, much easier to to see the fuel level. Volta's fuel gauge turns red to the level of current butane. As with the Turrim recently reviewed, Xikar used a ratcheting fuel adjustment. Great concept, I even tend to find myself wanting to use the ratcheting just for fun. The only negative if I was being nit picky is with the aperture lid. Mine has two small black screws (wish they were silver in color) having a small edge that is felt if I run my fingers over. Not a big deal, but I did notice. It likely goes unsaid as with most Xikar lighters, Volta is extremely easy to refuel.
Xikar Volta Gauge
Xikar Volta Quad Flame
  









  Volta's heft comes with a bit of a hefty price at a suggested $149 for standard finishes. Personally, in lighter world well worth the price of admission. There is a Room 101 version for $10 more, looks amazing! If you are looking for that final center piece lighter to highlight your smoking room, Volta is at the top of list.

BEST Price CLR found: Xikar Volta

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
9 - Aesthetics
9 - Finish/Construction
10 - Flame
9 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
8 - Value vs. List Price (a real "lifetime warranty" factored in)
CLR Final Score: 9

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - solid construction, aesthetics, strong quad flames
Consideration - not inexpensive