Friday, February 28, 2014

Siglo Bean Torch Lighter Review

Siglo Bean Torch Lighter
Siglo Bean Single Torch Lighter Review
  Siglo is relatively young company, launching in 2003 out of Hong Kong. Since then the brand has gained respect by putting out quality and contemporary designed lighters. Today I am taking a look at the Siglo Bean single torch. About a 1.5 years ago I reviewed the Alec Bradley Hendrex, exact same design and shape. Yep, exact same design, but with some positive notable differences. Unfortunately, I do not have the Hendrix anymore for an exact comparison.
  The red on this lighter is very deep in color, changing from a brighter red to a deeper maroon depending on how the light is reflecting on the varying curves. The Bean gets it's name from its shape. The lighter feels excellent in my hand, very comfortable fit with its smooth curvatures. This Siglo has a nice heft about it that I do not recall having with the Alec Bradley Hendrix. Also, the bean appears to have a much nicer finish. Hard to see in the picture "Siglo" is engraved into the case side, opposed to simply being printed on. The lid is somewhat unremarkable, flips backs easily on a small hinge.


  The thumb action pusher adds to the uniqueness aesthetically and in a strange way fun to operate. Once depressed it produces a strong wind resistant blue torch flame. Adjusting the flame is a bit of a pain requiring a screwdriver. This type of fuel adjustment has always been a sticking point here on CLR. Sometimes you are able to use a fingernail, I had no such luck with the Bean. On a positive note, the fuel tank is more than ample. Combine the amount of butane the tank holds and a single torch flame it will light up plenty of cigars before needing to be refueled. Lacking from the Bean are an integrated cigar punch/cutter and a fuel gauge window.
  The Siglo Bean is definitely a nice lighter. Though, at a price point of roughly $65 it's tough for me to justify personally. That said, if you are looking for a different lighter than typically seen at your local cigar shop that feels great in the hand it "might" be worth consideration.

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
7.25 - Finish/Construction
7.5 - Flame
7.0 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6.0 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.25

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - design/shape, strong single flame
Consideration - fuel adjustment, cost vs. value


I have owned porsche design. prince and many others. I find siglo to be far and away the most reliable

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