Sunday, October 27, 2013

Colibri Enterprise III Lighter Review

Colibri Enterprise III Lighter
Colibri Enterprise III Triple Torch Lighter
  Colibri now makes the Enterprise in a Triple torch version. The Enterprise III is at the top of Colibri's price point, coming in at a MSRP of $100 USD. CLR recently did a review on the Xikar Pulsar that aesthetically look almost identical. There are few notable differences between the two, touch on this further in a bit.
  The version used for this review is the gunmetal and high polish combo. There is a nice weight to the lighter, pretty solid construction. Enterprise III has a single action pusher. Once depressed the lid flips up and triple windproof jets are ignited. There is no doubt these strong wind resistant torches will roast any cigar it is challenged with. CLR are big fans of side action pushers, ergonomically excellent positioning. Colibri rounded the squared edges of the pusher, adding to the masculine visual appeal of the Enterprise. 
Colibri Enterprise III
Colibri Enterprise III Top
  Colibri put their logo on the high polished lid, seen here reflecting the wood grain beautifully. Colibri means hummingbird, which is represented in the logo itself. CLR likes the choice of gunmetal color and its smooth brushed finish (satin). 
Colibri Enterprise III Cigar Punch/Cutter
  Like Xikar's Pulsar a 7mm cigar punch is integrated into the bottom of the lighter, cutter always a bonus. Pulsar and the Enterprise III are almost identical from an exterior standpoint and both will run you around $100 at list price. BUT in CLR's opinion there are two major differences that can not be ignored. First, the Pulsar has a large fuel adjustment knob. The Colibri requires a screwdriver to adjust or refuel with butane. This one was very difficult, not user friendly. Secondly, Xikar comes with a lifetime warranty. Colibri comes with limited two year warranty and is the biggest sticky point with CLR. Especially, at this price point. Plus more opportunity for issues when burning three jets down the road. The overall finish of the Pulsar is nicer as you can see between the two reviews. All this said, if we are only looking at the Enterprise III, it is very nice lighter. Though, dollar for dollar CLR knows which lighter would be doing the cigar roasting...
Best Price CLR Found here Enterprise III 

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
9 - Flame
5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6.5 - Value vs List Price
CLR Final Score - 7.3 

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 19 successful lights
Pros - triple torch, single action, fuel gauge window, cigar punch
Consideration - value vs. its closest competitor

Friday, October 18, 2013

ST Dupont Phoenix Black Limited Edition Ligne 2 Lighter

ST Dupont Phoenix Black Limited Edition Ligne 2
Phoenix Black Limited Edition Ligne 2 Lighter
  Looking for something truely unique and exclusive? The new Phoenix Black Limited Edition Ligne 2 lighter certainly would fill this void. A true stunner, not only a lighter, it is a piece of art. S.T. Dupont created only twelve Ligne 2 Lighters with this finish, making it one of S.T. Dupont's rarest productions to date. All twelve of these lighters are exclusively available at Lighters DirectThe craftsmanship and metal work of the white bronze is amazing, accented by 6 red rubies. Bronze will patina naturally over time. Each of the 12 pieces will take on their own unique characteristics, making no two alike. Very cool!

Phoenix Black Limited Edition Ligne 2
  Inspired by the dark, cyclical mortality of the mythical Phoenix each lighter features:
- Classic Ligne 2 Ignition
- Brilliant Cut Eyes
- 6 embedded Red Rubies on the Wings & Eye
- White Bronze with Hand Patina
- Double Cigar Burner
- Black Chinese Lacquer Body and Roller

  True exclusivity and the finer things in life have a price. The price for this beauty will set you back a cool $16,500. Value is in the eye of the beholder and this eye is packing a red ruby! There will be twelve very lucky individuals, hope you are one of them.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Xikar Ellipse III Lighter Review

Xikar Ellipse III Lighter
Xikar Ellipse III Triple Torch Lighter
  What's better than a new release by Xikar? When the lighter is done in Xikar's G2 finish. The new Ellipse III shown here in G2 is an all gunmetal finish, even the high polish. This is the third generation of the Ellipse featuring triple jet torches, using the proven Piezo electric ignition.
  Aesthetically, the Ellipse III is attractive, with a contemporary vibe. The one piece solid metal body has ribbed edges that look great and function well for better gripping. One of the best aspects of this lighter are the ergonomics. The best display of this is the design of the lid. The lid acts as the thumb action "pusher/trigger". Notice the shape of the lid, this allows the user to easily slide it back igniting the triple torches in one smooth motion. The gradual raised edge of the lid cradles the thumb without concern of slipping off.
  CLR did a review of the Bugatti Series 1 that also has a thumb activated lid. In retrospect, the lighter would have benefited greatly from Xikar's design. The Bugatti needed a lot more downward pressure to prevent the thumb from slipping. Xikar also used a knurled like texture on the surface of the lid to further assist in smooth operation. This is a nice subtle improvement over the Ellipse II, which has a smooth finish on top of the lid. Once slid back, a strong blue, windproof flame is emitted.
  There is an easy to view fuel gauge window located on the front spine of the lighter. The oversized fuel adjustment wheel is the smoothest wheel CLR has tested from Xikar. CLR was able to adjust the wheel using only a thumb making for quick butane refills. 
  This lighter does not have a cigar punch. If you are looking for a Xikar triple torch lighter with an integrated cutter, you will need to step up to the Pulsar (reviewed here). Quality comes at a price and Xikar is not going to be the least expensive option. That said, their high standards are evident throughout this lighter. The Ellipse III retails for $89.99 USD.

Best Price CLR found here: Xikar Ellipse III

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
9 - Finish/Construction
9 - Flame
9 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score - 8.3

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - ergonomics, aesthetics, lifetime warranty
Consideration - if used to side action pusher the slide lid might not be to your liking, no cigar punch

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

JetLine Magna Quad Lighter

JetLine Magna Quad torch
JetLine Magna Quad Lighter
  Jetline loves quad torches. They might have the most four torch options of all the different lighter brands. Enter the impressive Magna Quad lighter for review. CLR was pleasantly surprised by the packaging. It arrived in a nice gift box and as a bonus even includes a black carrying case.
JetLine Magna Quad

  The Magna looks innocent enough upon first glance. A quick thumb flick of the lid reveals one little powerhouse of a lighter. Now that the four jets are exposed it is ready for take off. One depression of the pusher fires up this bad boy. The wind resistant flame is orange to pinkish, often turning fire red. CLR is always a bigger fan of the hotter blue flame. That said, no doubt you will not have an issue lighting larger ring gauged cigar put in front of these quad flames. The body of lighter is much more substantial than some other offerings from Jetline. For example the New York, which is comprised of mostly plastic. Magna is hefty in weight, with a good amount of metal in the overall construction. 
JetLine Magna Quad Punch
  The Magna Quad shown here is in the black finish. The finish is textured making for a better tactile feel. CLR likes this version better than the increasingly popular gunmetal finish. Admittedly, usually gunmetal is CLR's favorite finish choice. Jetline integrated a good sized fuel gauge window, along with a decent sized fuel tank. Though, not essential, great to have when the lighter is burning through a lot fuel. To adjust the fuel a screwdriver is required. CLR prefers the more convenient option of a fuel adjustment wheel. Lastly, there is an integrated 8mm cigar punch. Whether a punch fan or not, it does come in handy to have when in a pinch. The Lighter has a suggested retail of $39.99 and can be found around the $24 mark. One last important thing to note, Jetline includes a lifetime warranty (see reader comments below). No doubt Magna Quad offers a ton of value.

Best Price CLR found here: Magna Quad

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
7.5 - Finish/Construction
7 - Flame
5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
9 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.3

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - quad flames, well constructed, lifetime warranty
Consideration - burns lots of fuel, two steps to ignition

Friday, October 4, 2013

Zippo Blu2 Ace of Spades Review

Zippo Blu2 Ace of Spades Lighter
Zippo Blu2 Ace of Spades
  The time has come for the well overdue proper representation of Zippo on CLR. Zippo is hands down one of the most iconic lighters produced today. Zippo is well known for their beautiful soft flame. Many may not realize Zippo has a torch flame option, while still staying true to Zippo's roots. This includes being proudly USA made since 1933. CLR saw the Zippo Blu2 Ace of Spades (ref. 30201) and knew this was the one to be reviewed.
  Ace of Spades uses Zippo's Blu2 design, which gives the lighter a torch flame vs. the traditional soft flame. The first attempt at a torch flame by Zippo was Blu. The biggest difference from Blu to Blu2 is the shape of the lighter itself. Blu had a noticeable different shape than the iconic Zippo design. With Blu2, the shape is now much closer to what Zippo fans are accustomed to, naysayers step aside! Blu2 produces a clean burning flame for your cigar roasting needs.
Zippo Blu2 Lighter
  The Ace of Spades is an eye catcher, with the high polished finish and design. The body of this lighter is cloaked in spades and very well balanced aesthetically. From pictures online it looks like the design is etched out, turns out it is printed. The backside of the lighter is all high polished steel. Looks great, but loves to collect fingerprints. One snap back of the lid and you are instantly reminded this is all Zippo. There is a flint wheel and pusher. The use of flint is an important aspect for all the Zippo fans out there. There are torch inserts on the market that will turn a standard Zippo into a torch lighter. These fall short as they lack flint, ruining the romance that comes with owning a Zippo. One continuous down stroke of flint onto the pusher ignites a single blue flame. The flame is on the skinnier side and will take a little more work for the increasing popular larger gauged cigars.

Once done, the familiar snap back of the lid puts the Ace of Spades to rest. The body and lid seem a bit "tinny", more so than CLR expected. Lastly, should your Zippo fail you, Zippo backs it with a lifetime warranty free of charge.
  Sure the lighter lacks a cigar punch and a fuel gauge window. If these were incorporated into the Zippo, they would be as out of place as ketchup on scrambled eggs. CLR has no complaints here. Ace of Spades comes in on the high side at a suggested MSRP of $69.99 USD. A little searching can find this lighter at much more palatable price point. The good news is Zippo has made a lighter worthy of toasting your favorite cigar without tasting fumes.
Best Price CLR found here Ace Blu2

CLR Overall Ratings (10 best, added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
6.5 - Finish/Construction
6 - Flame
8 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 6.9

Fire It Up Test:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - Blu2, still feels like a Zippo
Consideration - no frills lighter by design