|Bugatti CEO Triple Torch Lighter|
The CEO looks decent aesthetically, nothing overly remarkable to speak of in regards to uniqueness. The lighter fits very well in the hand, though, is on the larger side for pants pockets. It has a nice brushed gunmetal finish, with Bugatti predominantly displayed vertically. CLR was disappointed when it arrived with the black textured section for gripping. Expecting it to be more of a rubber or like finish. Instead it is hard plastic, taking away from the overall feel of the CEO. More design of function in CLR's opinion. The pusher does have nice black rubber for gripping integrated for superior feel when operating. It is not a single step to ignition action. The lid must be flipped up prior to ignition. Usually, this would be a hang up for CLR. But the lid snaps back extremely responsively.
Once the triple jets are ignited a beautiful raging blue windproof flame is ready to take down any stick put in front of the CEO. The fuel tank Bugatti used is larger than most. This is good as it keeps down on the number of refuels needed. Triple flames eat up a lot of butane! The fuel gauge window is a decent size. That said, CLR found it somewhat difficult to see the amount of fuel remaining through the window. The fuel is adjusted using a screwdriver or CLR found a fingernail worked well too. A fuel wheel would of rounded out the lighter better. There is also a flip down 8mm cigar punch located on the bottom. Always nice to have even if you do not prefer a punch cutter in general.
Bugatti offers a lifetime warranty for the CEO. Though, if you are accustomed to Xikar's lifetime warranty, this one falls short. From convenience to what is actually covered. The CEO can be found around the $49 mark vs. the suggested $100. CLR liked this lighter, but more at a $29 price point.
CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
7.5 - Aesthetics
7.5 - Finish/Construction
9.5 - Flames
7.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
7 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.8
Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - excellent triple flame, cigar punch
Consideration - plastic on body, a little bulky overall