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

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