Friday, April 24, 2015

Xikar Allume Single Torch Review

Xikar Allume Single Torch Lighter
Xikar Allume Single Torch Lighter
  A few months back I posted a press release for the new Xikar Allume series. I finally got my hands on the one I wanted to review. The Allume series is the replacement for the XTX line-up, which was a huge success for Xikar. Xikar went with the traditional colors as well as bold colors. Nice to see Xikar present a series totally different option wise than the standard old black, silver, gunmetal, etc.
Xikar Allume Single
  It only seems fitting then review the brightest and boldest in the series. This is the Allume single torch lighter. Shown in a blistering orange, Xikar calls "crush". The pictures do not do it justice. Think of the bright orange spray paint construction workers use, pretty darn close to that color. Allume is available in a staggering 8 total color/finish variations, from traditional to bold. This new series from Xikar is extremely similar to the XTX series now retired. A slight cosmetic change with the vents on either side now being straight horizontal cut outs. Also, I believe the mechanics with the lighter have been improved for more reliable/less downtime under warranty repairs. Remember, lifetime warranty, with no proof of purchase with Xikar lighters. I have said it hundreds of times and will again, the best in the business.
Xikar Allume Single Flame
  The side pusher snaps inwards firmly and confidently. A nice "click" is heard, followed by the lovely sound of a powerful single wind resistant flame. Xikar is using the ever popular and more reliable Piezo ignition system. I am usually a dual or triple flame guy, but I find myself rather fond of this little lighter. The dimensions of the single torch Allume are 1.3" width, 2.15" tall, and only .5" thick. This little powerhouse also has some weight to it considering size, coming in at roughly 2.02 oz on my scale. It has Xikar's signature oversized fuel adjustment wheel and a nice little fuel gauge window. Considering the compact size of this lighter, I will not knock the single torch Allume lacking an integrated cigar punch cutter.
  All in all, this lighter is a winner in my book. Given all the color options, great compact size, and reputation that comes with owning a Xkar (warranty), it's hard to go wrong with the single torch Allume. Suggested retail price is $59.99.

BEST Price CLR Found: Xikar Allume Single Torch

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.25 - Aesthetics
9.0 - Finish/Construction
7.5 - Flame
8.25 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
8.0 - Value vs. List Price (influenced by no proof lifetime warranty)
CLR Final Score: 8.2

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - aesthetics, construction, lower fuel consumption
Consideration - might be too small comfort wise for large hands  

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Visol Birati Torch Lighter Review

Visol Birati Torch Lighter Review
Visol Birati Torch Lighter Review
  Visol has seemingly endless amounts of cigar lighter options. Today I am doing a quick review on the Visol Birati double torch lighter in satin silver. This is a solid straight forward lighter, at an extremely reasonable price point. 
  Birati is a dual action lighter, meaning you must manually flip the lid back prior to lighting. To some no big deal, to others this is a no go. The thumb action pusher is generous in size, with a nice high polish square pattern finish. There is a mirror on the underside of the lid. This is typically used for you to see the foot of the cigar during lighting. Though, the mirror on the Visol Birati does not enable you to see the cigar foot due to the angle.
Visol Birati  Lighter
  There are a lot of positives to the Birati. It produces a very strong wind resistant double torch. Also, the lighter seems to be well constructed, coming in just over 3 oz in weight. The fuel tank is nicely sized, though, lacking a fuel gauge window. Located on the bottom of the Birati is a user friendly 7mm cigar punch cutter. Always nice to have, even if you are not a fan of the punch cut. Fuel adjustment is the screwdriver type. Good news, I found the one I reviewed to be easy to adjust with my fingernail.
Visol Birati Torch Flame
  Visol has the Birati priced at an suggested retail price of $25 USD. It can be found around $19 USD, making this a really nice score. Not really much I can find to complain about at this price.

BEST Price CLR Found: Visol Birati

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
7.5 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
8.25 - Flame
7.25 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
9 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 8

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - size, real wood, U.S.A made
Consideration - pricey, finish is lacking