Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Xikar Pulsar Torch Lighter Review

Xikar Pulsar Triple Torch Lighter
Xikar Pulsar Triple Torch Lighter
  This is a new release from Xikar, called Pulsar. CLR has always felt Xikar fell a little short in the triple torch offerings arena, with the exception of Xikar's tabletop lighters. Well, those days are now over! As you might have guessed Pulsar is triple torch lighter. THE best lighter CLR has reviewed to date. Yep, that good! 
  If CLR was to design a lighter, it would include the following:
  • Triple torch
  • One step to ignition, meaning depress pusher and lights (no opening lid, etc.)
  • Large fuel adjustment wheel, operated by hand (no screwdriver, etc.)
  • Fuel gauge window
  • Integrated cigar punch/cutter
  • Solid exterior construction, with minimal to no plastic
  • Attention to detail in regards to fit & finish
  • Aesthetically pleasing 
  • No proof of purchase lifetime warranty  
  Xikar has nailed every aspect of CLR's wish list. Xikar's Pulsar is the first to do so in the laundry list of lighters reviewed up till now. The Pulsar pictured is reference number 567SL, with brushed and high polished stainless steel finishes. That said, my favorite version is the G2 (567GM). All gunmetal, including a high polished gunmetal. It is an extremely cool finish, for better perspective visually I reviewed the Axia in G2 here (Axia review). 
Xikar Pulsar Torch Lid Open
The Pulsar has a large push button ignition located on the side of the lighter. Once fully depressed, the lid flips up and the triple jet torches fire on all cylinders. A very strong windproof triple flame is now ready for any cigar to cross it's blue furry. 
Xikar Pulsar Strong Blue Flame
Xikar Pulsar Strong Blue Flame
  There is a 7mm cigar punch integrated into the bottom of the lighter. This is where Xikar hit another home run in regards to attention to detail. When the punch is flipped open, the underside of the lid and lighter reveal a knurled finish. This same detail is seen when the lid flips surrounding the three torches.
These types of details are what let you know the fit and finish was not overlooked. 
Xikar Pulsar Fuel Adjustment And Cigar Punch

  Pulsar is equipped with a nice oversized fuel adjustment wheel and fuel gauge window. CLR's only complaint with the Pulsar (at least the one used for review) is the fuel wheel was hard to turn. Due to the location of the wheel, I was unable to grip it on either side without my fingers slipping off. I used my finger nail instead and the wheel turned smoothly. The fuel window is adequate in size and is a much needed feature when firing up triple jets. The pulsar is not shy in the butane consumption department as to be expected.
  Xikar put a price tag of $99 USD on this badboy. You wanna know something? It is worth the price of admission. The lighter has it all! Refer back to the bullet points at the biginning of this review, its all there. If you want a lighter that is back by the industries best warranty, crammed with every feature you could ask for, look no furhter as the Pulsar has arrived.

Best Price CLR found here: Xikar Pulsar

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
9 - Finish/Construction
10 - Flame
9.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
8.5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 9.1

FIRE IT UP Results:
- 20 back to back lighting attempts, 20 successful lights. 
Pros - to many to list
Consideration - Price, not because it is overpriced, just not inexpensive.  


My Pulsar is on the way, and I'm excited about it. Thank you for the great reviews. Due to you, I've made a couple Xikar Vitara purchases for friends, and then finally was able to find a good deal on the Pulsar which I covetted after reading your review. One recommendation for reviews. You may want to consider creating a fuel capacity score. I found a video review that compared the Pulsar to the Trezo, and the capacity is night and day between the two, with the Trezo having much more room for fuel since it has a manual top. I already had a lotus with minimum capacity so that would have been a deciding factor and may be a good note going forward. Again thank you for all the good info your site has provided.

Hi Annie,
Thank you for the great feedback, glad CLR was of help! Also, I appreciate your suggestion, it is a good one. Enjoy your new LIGHTER!

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