Friday, December 28, 2012

Blazer Little Buddy Lighter Review

Blazer Little Buddy
Blazer Little Buddy Single Torch Cigar Lighter
  Gotta like a lighter called Little Buddy, the name says it all. The Blazer Little Buddy is a serious little cigar torching powerhouse. Conceptually, the concept is simple and Blazer nailed it. The lighter has a safety lock that is unlocked by rolling your thumb away from the lighter. Once unlocked, pushing down on the pusher flips open the lid and ignites a single wind resistant jet flame. Unlocking to lighting is done without removing your thumb, all done progressively. A great design, especially if you are concerned with children getting into your grown up toys.
Blazer Little Buddy Top
  There is a separate red locking mechanism, this is to be used for the continuous flame option. Simply slide the lever to lock and you have a nonstop torch. Well, until you run out of butane anyway. Fortunately, the Little Buddy has a very large fuel tank and is definitely needed if you intend on using this feature. There is a clear section near the bottom of the lighter to gauge when the butane is getting low. The Blazer Little Buddy is offered in yellow, red, and black used for this review. The lighter does have fair amount of plastic components. CLR would like to see less plastic for better long term durability, this is one downside of the lighter. That said, it is one heck of a cigar lighter and is worth the price of admission given its unique features.

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
7 - Flame
8.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
8 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score - 7.9

Pros - continuous flame option, large fuel tank
Consideration - amount of plastic components vs price
MSRP: $55

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