Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Xikar Axia Lighter Review

Xikar Axia Lighter
Xikar Axia G2 Dual Torch Lighter Review
  The Xikar Axia has been around for quite a few years now, proving to be a successful series for the folks at Xikar. For this review, I will be taking an in depth look at the Axia and it's new finish. The Axia 540G2 has a full gunmetal finish, a new finish being offered in the series. Truth be told, I have always been a big fan of the Axia aesthetically. When I opened the Xikar presentation box and laid eyes on the G2, I said to myself "now that is a killer finish". The Axia has never looked so good, not to blingy, contemporary, and manages to still be all class. 
  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!
Xikar Axia G2 Comparison
  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
CLR Final Score: 8.6

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


I've had this for a few weeks and aside from the small fuel capacity, it gets VERY hot after a short time. Hot to the point where you can't hold it. Not something you would use with a bunch of guys lighting up together.

I can see that happening if you are using back to back lighting. Not uncommon for a multiple torch, they definitely get hotter much quicker than a single torch. I have used on about 10 cigars without issue. Does get warm/hot, though, not more than I would expect personally. Thanks for your input.

Got a Xikar lighter and it broke 2 times in 2 years. It may be lifetime warranty, but from Canada shipping cost as much as the lighter after 2 exchanges.
Great look but very poor reliability.

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