|Black Ops Kilo Triple Torch Cigar Lighter|
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