|Xikar Axia G2 Dual Torch Lighter Review|
The G2's finish is very interesting. It has the darker brushed gunmetal CLR is used to seeing. The body has a unique high polished gunmetal finish. It almost looks like a standard chrome stainless steel finish. Until you see the Axia G2 next to a lighter that has a regular high polished chrome finish. This is best demonstrated below, with a side by side comparison of the Axia and the Xikar Element. Very cool and unique!
The lighter has powerful dual jet torches. As my experience has always been with Xikar lighters, Axia puts out a raging blue flame, that is wind resistant. To light the lighter, you need to first flip the top open. Not a CLR favorite, much prefer a single thumb action pusher. Meaning, opens the lid and ignites the lighter in one motion. Ergonomically, the lighter is dang near perfect. By having the the pusher located in the front, you are naturally applying pressure to your hand on the backside of the lighter. Hard to articulate in writing, it just feels good. Axia is very slender and comfortable in my pocket. Also, no plastic components to speak of, always a positive.
The fuel tank is not very large. As an average, I would guess the typical user would get around 5 cigars fired up before needing to refill. The slender build may have compromised the size of the fuel tank? There is a small fuel gauge window on the backside to help with this shortcoming. That said, there is a nice oversized fuel adjustment wheel. Very easy to grip and make any on "the fly" needed adjustments.
Xikar prices the Axia 540G2 at $69, not an inexpensive lighter by any means. What you get is a superb finish, fantastic design, dual torch, full steel construction, and Xikar's no hassle lifetime warranty. What you do not get is a cigar punch, large fuel tank, or single thumb action to ignition. For me personally, this is one of my favorite lighters. Though, you are definitely paying a premium for what your get. Sometimes aesthetics override bang for the buck and rationalizing rules the day. Go rationalize yourself the Axia G2...
Best Price CLR found here: Xikar Axia Black
CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
9.5 - Aesthetics
9.5 - Finish/Construction
8 - Flame
8.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
7.5 - Value vs. List Price
FIRE IT UP Results:
20 back to back lighting attempts, 20 successful lights.
Pros - ergonomics, aesthetics, wind resistant, lifetime warranty
Consideration - no cigar punch, price