|Lotus L29 Monarch Review|
One aspect of lighters finished with a high polish chrome that drives me nuts are all the highly visible scratches/swirls over time. This L29 is finished in a matte chrome making the natural wear and tear less noticeable. The attention to the small details on this all metal lighter are superb. The construction is top notch being all metal body, though, this does add to the weight.
The Monarch has a killer round single thumb action pusher to ignition located in the upper front center. Meaning once depressed the circular protective lid retracts and the single wind resistant flame fires up. Lotus included an always useful small fuel gauge window. Unfortunately, the Monarch has the dreaded fingernail style fuel adjustment. That said, though I am not a fan of this style, I did find it relatively easy to adjust. In my time with the lighter I found that there is a sweet spot for with the fuel adjustment for consistent lighting. Outside of that spot it fired very inconsistently. I use only Vector Quintuple butane, personally the best on the market in my opinion.
From a price perspective the Monarch L29 retails for $90 and are increasingly hard to find. For a lighter at this price point I would expect any of the following that are lacking from this Lotus: cigar punch cutter, 2+ torches, or a more user friendly fuel adjustment. All this considered if aesthetics is the name of the game the L29 is a clear front runner!
BEST Price CLR found: Lotus L29 Monarch
CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
10 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
4 - Flame (single torch/inconstant)
6.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 6.7
Fire It Up Test Results:
12 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - construction, aesthetics
Consideration - price vs. value, inconsistent firing