Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lotus Droid L55 Lighter Review

Lotus Droid L55 Lighter
Lotus Droid L55 Torch Lighter Review
  This is a newer offering from Lotus, called Droid ref. L55. This is the L5530, black and gray variant. Out of the box, I was intrigued. The lighter has a bit of a retro-modern vibe about it. 
  The body of the Droid appears to have heavy layering of black paint applied. Suggesting, the lighter should be able to handle some wear and tear over time. Gray is used to highlight the Droid vertically (only on the front) and behind the pusher. There is a small vent just above these vertical lines as well. 
  The backside of the lighter seems 
a bit forgotten about. Straight 
black, with exception of a fuel gauge window. Cigar lighters should always have a fuel gauge window in CLR opinion, though, there is the occasional exception to the rule. The                                            backside does have a nice vertical 
angle, helping to break up the solid 
black (seen pictured). Lotus went with dual torches that will adequately handle any cigar that crosses it's path. What makes twin jet flames better? A single thumb action pusher of course. This pusher is locate on the front side, directly above "LOTUS". The lid slides back to expose to scorching blue flames. 
  There is a nice sized fuel adjustment knob in the standard location. CLR found the knob easy to use, not to tight, nor to loose. The bottom right side has an integrated 8mm cigar punch. Even if you are not a fan of a punch cut, they do come in handy. The current suggested MSRP of the Droid L55 is $49.99. In conclusion, CLR is on the fence at this price point because the lighter only has a two year warranty, BUT is packed full of great features. 

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

FIRE IT UP Results:
10 back to back lighting attempts, 9 successful lights
Pros - integrared 8mm punch, strong dual flame, good ergonomics
Consideration - price vs. warranty


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