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View Poll Results: Who Makes The Best Torch Linters
Colibri 4 25.00%
Prometheus 2 12.50%
Porsche 0 0%
Nibo 2 12.50%
Other 4 25.00%
Other 4 25.00%
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Old 02-10-2005, 01:04 PM   #1
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Trusty Torch Lighter

Well if anyone else out there has had the same problems I have had when it comes to torch lighters then you know where this poll is heading. I think of the 10 high end lighters I have purchased in my lifetime, only one lasted more than three years. So who makes the best in your opinion? My experience has been pretty split so I thought I would get some feedback from everyone before making my next purchase.
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Old 02-10-2005, 06:57 PM   #2
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you're a better man than me, if you can get a good light and ANY consistancy out of one of those flame throwers! i've scortched sticks and had a re-fill last 2 days and run out at the time you need it most.

i bought a cheap nibo, and a couple colibri; and had a prometheus given as a gift. i threw the nibo in the trash, gave away the colibris and sold the prometheus. all were a waste to me.

i've switched back to a colibri flint style butane lighter. not as good in the wind(but almost), and will give a great light EVERY time. also a lot easier to toast your smoke before lighting.
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:29 PM   #3
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One match and a cedar strip has always worked for me,
never used a torch, am I missing something?
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Old 02-11-2005, 04:13 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Psssniper
One match and a cedar strip has always worked for me,
never used a torch, am I missing something?
Probably not as long as you are indoors. It can be a pain to try and light up out doors with matches/cedar. I haven't been able to justify a torch yet, but I primarily smoke in doors.

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Old 02-11-2005, 07:07 PM   #5
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I have just bought my first torch lighter which is a "no name" brand.
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Old 02-12-2005, 11:50 AM   #6
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Well I stopped by the cigar shop today to pick up some sticks to fill my new humidor and I saw a low-end Colibri Firebird for only $14 so I'll give it a try. With any luck I'll avoid burning my eyebrows off on the first light.

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Old 02-12-2005, 06:38 PM   #7
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Firebird

Firebird has been doing me well the last 2 months. However, today I go to light up one of my La Aroma De Cuba churhills and it is acting "funny". The best way to describe it, is that the lighter is just weak like someone turned down the hight, but it is at full flame. I refilled my lighter and everything and it is just burning subpar. Any suggestions of what I can do to fix it?
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Old 02-13-2005, 06:09 AM   #8
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Do these things clog up? What type of Gas are you using? I was told that I needed to use some kind of triple filtered gas.

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Old 02-13-2005, 08:34 AM   #9
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Torch

I am using the colobri gas
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:00 PM   #10
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Torches

For the creme de la creme torch, I would say the Dupont "Extend" is IT. Unfortunately, that comes with a $135.00 price tag. Back to reality, I use the Colibri Quantum 921, which ran me about $35.00. It has run perfect so far. One caveat: use only Colibri fluid.


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Old 03-11-2005, 01:14 PM   #11
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I refilled my lighter and everything and it is just burning subpar.
This is probably becuase when you refilled it you did not give it some time to "recondense" fully. Meaning, there was probablly some liquid (other than what is in the resiviour) "stuck" in the lighter preventing a full flow of gas. One way to fix(hopefully) this is to ignite the lighter and then turn it partially upside down(at an angle)... this is to get that liquid out... be very careful. if the liquid does come out, it may ignite and produce a small flameball(lol it ant that big lol). If it doesnt come out within about a few seconds after turning it upside down. turn it off. you can try to repeat the process ater it has cooled down a bit. If that dosnt work. Try to expend all of the fluid that is in the lighter by igniting it for a while then repeat until it wont light anymore due to it being out of fluid...NOTE: The lighter should be using Butane lighter fluid. you say it is colabri fluid(which is probably just butane inside a calabri marked can and MAY have some sort of filter or who knows what in it lol...) also Butane is different from Zippo lighter fluid... Zippo is mostly kerosine with some other junk in it.))Then refill it for a few seconds (5-10) should be plenty if not too much(depending on how much pressure is in the refiller bottle. and dont light it for at least 5 minutes...just set it down...and be patient. this will give that extra fluid that is "stuck" somewhere to evaporate out or condense into the resiviour .do all of this while your not about to smoke(or just use another method of lighting). I hope this answers your question/problem...sorry for the long answer but love to share my pyrotechnic knowledge... enjoy
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:06 PM   #12
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Lighter may need to be purged. I've noticed that they tend to get air bound now and then. I tip mine upside down and depress the fill valve (Nibo makes a tool for this). Be careful because you will get some butane out this way, too. After a couple of second purge, I refill the lighter and things work just fine. This has always worked for me.

For total reliability, I use the old Naptha fueled Zippo.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:19 PM   #13
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got a $100.00 colibra for christmas last year, it lit 1 cigar[quite nicely] it never workedagain and cigar shop would not exchange. recently received a free colibra with cigar purchase, it works fine but needs filled daily. i usually buy $1.00 disposables, they last 2-3 weeks. 1 cigar at $100.00 or 50 cigars at $1.00. i will have to think about this a while before making a decision.
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Old 03-13-2005, 08:12 AM   #14
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I've got a Blazer Pocket Torch and a Blazer Ambassador. Both have worked quite well for me, over approximately 5 years. They're cheap money, about $30 I think nowa days. I've switched to the Lava fuel, and found that it lasts longer.
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Old 03-14-2005, 12:13 PM   #15
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The general message I'm getting from this thread is that buying butane lighters is risky business. I guess I'll probably be using matches from now on. Where can I get these cedar strips you're talking about? I heard about "cedar spill matches" and I inquired about them at my Smoke shop, but apparently they didn't carry them.
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Old 03-14-2005, 12:49 PM   #16
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First off, This is only informational. I am not putting your down at all We are all friends here.

The general message I'm getting from this thread is that buying butane lighters is risky business.
No . . . I believe the reason you are hearing some of these problems is normally due to user error, most by not refilling it correctly. A lighter - butane or zippo especially - is very simple mechanically. I do believe that buying a $100+ lighter (unless it is gifted or you have money to burn , pun intended) is freakin' rediculous. Buy a $10-35 lighter. any more and it seems to be a waste; nuthign in a lighter is worth that much...unless it is diamond studded... As I said, they are very simple tools. I guess the looks and the "extra" quality, such as chrome finish and metal instead of lighter (wieght) plastic are the factors of cost... but worth and extra $100? . . . your choice. Personally, I dont think I will get a better performing lighter at $100 rather than a $10 due to it's simplicity. And besides, bottom line... If the less expensive one does break I can still buy 9 more and not spend as much. You said you have some zippo's. [As long as the zippo is lit... then let it burn for a second... people say the gases change the taste of the cigar.... whatever... I do it just incase and becuase it gets the lighter burning evenly...] Personally, I think using a zippo to light a cigar is the "coolest" way, due to the sight, sound, the way you can flip it open and etc. To me it just feels better to use a zippo, BUT it doesnt keep fuel but for no more than a week and one of mine had leaked in my pocket and made a nice "pee" spot and smelled odd lol...i say use a zippo if you dont have any other lighters around. but keep it filled and sitting up...

As far as matches go, I have never lit a cigar with matches, which would obviously take longer and more than one or two matches. If you do smoke outside the realm of your house, I wouldn't want to have to carry around matches all over the place. A $1 lighter is just as expensive and last alot longer anf should perform better than a box of mathces. One of the main factors is lighting outside. The matches will not stay lit lit, while the torch will stay lit in a 25 mph wind (maybe more depending on lighter) Matches are nearly usless outdoor with any wind present. Bloofington said it best,
Remember, when you're out in a 15 mph wind on a 25 degree day and you have to light a cigar, you don't care about looks!
Also, you can't put the used matches back in your pocket as with the lighter. . . The previous sentence had no bearing at all; it was just to find one more dumb excuse to use a lighter Have a good day good luck with that humidor!
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