Monday, June 2, 2014

Colibri Stealth 3 Lighter Review

Colibri Stealth 3 Cigar Lighter Review
Colibri Stealth 3 Torch Lighter Review
  The Stealth 3 (III) is a new fresh release from Colibri. It is an inline triple torch lighter. Only fair to mention this Colibri is very similar to the Xikar Trezo. Many a cigar smokers favorite go to lighter. I did a full review a while back here on CLR Trezo for comparison purposes. Both lighters have their own advantages over the other.
   The Colibri Stealth 3 is just that, stealthy and sleek in design. Admittedly, here on CLR, I am big fan of heavier lighters. This generally means better construction, with less plastic body components. No doubt the Stealth 3 feels quality made, very heavy. The contemporary angles and blue fuel gauge window make this an aesthetic show stopper. Blue indicates the fuel level as seen in pic below. A simple flip of the thumb reveals the 3 inline jets. The outer two jets are angled slightly inwards. Depressing the large thumb pusher produces a beautiful, wind resistant, pyramid blue torch. Though, the flame continued for 6 seconds after I released the pusher! Might be the longest I have ever tested. It lasted so long, it made me think to time it. An easy to turn large fuel adjust wheel located on the bottom of the lighter increases/decreases the amount of butane used. As with the Trezo it is lacking an integrated cigar punch/cutter.
  Aesthetically, I like the Colibri Stealth 3 a bit better than the Trezo. Also, the blue fuel gauge window is much easier to read, with a better location. Xikar clearly shines through with their no proof of purchase lifetime warranty. Colibri only offers their standard two year warranty. The decision really comes down to Stealth 3 sleek apeal or Trezo's better overall quality and warranty. For $100 retail, you can probably guess which way CLR is leaning.

Best Price CLR found here: Colibri Stealth 3

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
9 - Aesthetics
7.75 - Finish/Construction
7.5 - Flame (due to long shut down)
8.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
7 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.95

FIRE IT UP Results
20 lighting attempts, 20 successful fire ups.
Pros - modern design, heft, inline triple torch
Consideration - expensive lighter for only a two year warranty 

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