Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Black Ops Kilo Lighter Review

Black Ops Kilo Triple Torch Cigar Lighter
  Oh boy! This is not the review I thought I would be doing...I ordered up the Black-Ops Kilo and I was excited to receive this lighter. Found the lighter at a great price and prior to arrival, thought this was going to be one heck of a lighter for the money. What's not to like? The Kilo has a single thumb action pusher to ignite the triple jet torches and features an integrated cigar punch. 
  Here is what not to like, the Kilo dang near blew up in my hand. Imagine my surprise when I went to fire it up and the following three events occurred. I depressed the pusher multiple times, nothing happened beyond the usual spark. Though, I could hear the gas escaping from the three jets. I am no quitter! So I grabbed another lighter to light the gas coming out of jets:
  I was blown away (almost literally) by what happened next. A quick "poof" noise and my hand filled with flames:
  After the initial blast of flames the lighter gave off one gigantic flame. I could have used this thing as a tiki torch. Seriously. 
  Now the room smells has the lovely sent of burnt hair. It was time to cut my losses before it got any worse. Clearly, this Black-Ops Kilo has a fuel leak coming from somewhere. The flames where even coming out from the cracks of the pusher. I am inclined to think this was unfortunate and happened to get a bad lighter. Black-Ops would not be in business very long if this was the norm. This was a new experience for me and hopefully one I will not experience again. 
  Let's pretend this did not happen for a moment. The Kilo appears to have pretty decent solid construction, with a nice weight about it. The fuel adjustment was very difficult to operate, no quick adjustment knob. It took me quite a few attempts with different screw drivers to find one that would fit properly. From an overall design standpoint, Kilo is quite comfortable in the hand. The lighter goes for around $50 retail and can be found for much less. If it had worked well, likely I would have given the Kilo a raving review, with it's triple torches, cigar punch, single thumb action ignition, and low price it can be found for on the internet. Maybe this is a "one off" scenario or maybe it is a hint at quality control? Either way, my knuckles no longer have any hair. 

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
7.5 - Finish/Construction
1 - Flame
7 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score - 5.8

FIRE IT UP Results:
Let's just say it failed miserably  
Pros - triple jet torches, integrated cigar punch
Consideration - overall quality, fuel adjustment is not the best

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