Xikar Crossover Warranty Replacement Is In

by Bryan Glynn, April 21, 2013

I had to send back my Xikar Crossover torch, it was just plain worn out after a few years and thousands of uses. I always maintained it well, but the flame just kept getting smaller and smaller as time went by, so it needed to be replaced. I knew the model wasn’t made anymore, but I thought just the design of the case would be different. I guess they retired the whole square format. This Axia replacement functions VERY well as a lighter, with two very powerful torch units in it, but with my big hands it doesn’t fit me well at all, feeling undersized and slippery. Too bad, I think they went the wrong way from a very classic design to something less so. Bring back the standard format Xikar!! I’ll do a proper review of this new unit soon.

  • ryan b

    hmm dissapointing, too bad they dont give you any sort of choice…

  • brineil

    Whatever became of the slide dual flame model you reviewed favorably some time back? Do you ever use it since it offers both types of flame? I still don’t fully understand the value of the soft flame. It seems to leave a sooty residue on the wrapper.

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      I gave about 20 away, still have a couple. It’s good, but the flames aren’t nearly as big or good outside in the wind, as the Xikars. I explain the differences in tomorrow’s vid.

      • Sinsandman

        Looking forward to that video, never gave much thought to the minor differences in lighters.

        • Dale

          Lighter 101. Sounds good.

      • Craig

        I have a Xikar and I have a Ronson Torch I got at Wal-Mart for $3.95. I find I carry and use the Ronson more than the Xikar. I like the Xikar, but the cheap one feels better in my hands and at that price I’m not afraid of breaking it or losing it.

  • Brandonsr81

    Never had a Xikar product yet, I like all the Colibri cutters and torches that I have.

  • Bpope31

    That stinks. I’m disappointed for you. I liked the design of your old one much better. Looked more durable.

  • JJO

    This is why I stick with my $2.97 torch from Hong Kong. It’s been perfect through two years of near-daily use. If it breaks or I lose it, no big deal; at that price, I have extras.

    • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000529939931 Chris Tivnan

      I only get my lighters from MERICA

  • weimerad

    Awesome to hear

  • david121

    That’s a bummer :/
    I was thinking about picking up one of those lighters but now looks like I can’t if they discontinued that line! ugh. Good luck with your new lighter!

  • eric.hanson

    Hey Bryan, too bad about the lighter. As other people said I would contact them after you’ve used it a few times if you’re still not happy with it and let them know. If you’re looking for a good torch lighter from Xikar, I got an Ellipse II about a year ago and love the thing! By far the best lighter I’ve ever had!

  • Christopher

    This is not the easiest thing to do, but I almost always use matches. It’s a total hassle at the worst of times, but I find the the taste of the cigar to be so much better. I started off using lighters, but I always noticed a funny taste that almost put me off smoking cigars before I even really got started!

    I know that the word is that butane has no affect on the taste of the cigar, but I find it does. Anybody else out there feel the same way or am I the lone weirdo out there?

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      Butane is indeed flavorless and neutral – but matches aren’t. Perhaps you just like the flavors the burning wood is adding.

      • Christopher

        That’s a possibility or maybe it was the first batch of sticks I bought that I didn’t enjoy. It was always near the midway point of the cigar that a funky flavor came over the cigar and it really turned me off. I’ve never had that issue with a match lit cigar and I’ve enjoyed smoking cigars so much more now…which is the most important thing!

        • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

          Anything past just a few puffs in has nothing to do with how you lit a cigar.

          • Christopher

            Good to know, thanks for the reply Bryan. I`ll have to try out a lighter in the near future with a stick I know the flavor of…while you are here, are you going to be doing a new favorite list in the near future.

  • stevenknisley

    That light seems so small in your hands. It doesn’t even look cool like the old xikar.

  • primox1

    Disappointing replacement by Xikar :(


    Tiny little thing.

  • Derek

    I’m looking at getting an EXII or a Versa. Does anyone have either? What are your thoughts on it?

  • Zombieno1

    Xikar at this moment is probably refurbishing your old lighter and mailing that baby back to you. I know I would if I owned that company and my number one promoter wasn’t pleased.

  • MorganGeo

    Sometimes products do not need to be updated to look ‘modern’. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Pokesfan

    You sure have a lot of stuff sitting on the ol’ table there….

  • neocigaro

    I need to get one of these lighters. Been using matches.

  • drewmcneice

    I’ve never been a fan of using this style of lighter…I love matches, and I love my zippo, that’s all I really need.

  • Brandonsr81

    Send that crap back….

  • puffrey

    Too bad on that replacement Bryan. On a sidenote, while I was watching the video and couldn’t help but want laugh while you were struggling with that box there were all those tools in front of you. Maybe my humor is just weird.

    • Zombieno1

      That didn’t even cross my mind either. Screwdriver would have worked wonders. Unless he wanted to keep the box minty fresh. I know when opening mine, I was very careful.