This is an overview showing the functions of a new tabletop torch lighter, providing large dual jet flames with a very comfortable fit in the hand. Obviously sporting a huge reservoir, this unit will go for 20+ minutes in any conditions. It has a base to allow it to stand on a table, a large grip for any size hands, a solid adjustment dial, safety switch and locking ignition button. I found it to provide precise even flames in even windy outdoor weather, lighting every time! Obviously not something to use while on-the-go or even for many people in any case, it’s a great alternative to more expensive table sized units. Thank you very much to Lighters Direct for sending this in for review!
I get this question so much I had to make a video – even though it’s nothing magic! It’s kinda like doing touchups – there is so much mystery, myth and pure bullshit about the subject people just think there’s more to it than there really is. So here’s all it takes in a nutshell. Buy cooler. Wash Cooler. Dry cooler. Put in cigars, the more the better, including boxes. Use good beads. Enjoy! ANYTHING else is your personal choice, but nothing else is needed to function. I’ve been running this configuration for many years. The last 600+ reviews have been out of this exact setup. (more…)
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 (more…)
EDIT: Congratulations to: tinman472, smokethis, Jason Isbaner, Jbenoit79 & Jablaze! Email me your contact info and I’ll get your Perfecto Cigar Holders right out! email@example.com
The Perfecto Cigar Holder Review
Yes I realized I mis-read and mis-spoke in the video calling it the ‘perfect’ instead of ‘perfecto’ cigar holder – my bad! This is a holder aimed primarily at golfers who use carts. It’s quite simply a spring clamp with rubber feet to protect surfaces, and a sturdy plastic integrated tray up top, with a raised curved lip to rest your cigar so the hot cherry never touches anything. There’s (more…)
After a few years of very regular use my Xikar EX natural flame lighter became unresponsive. I intended on showing a video on how to fix it, since it’s probably the most common failure, but alas I could not return it to life. So I chose to try the Xikar Lifetime Warranty for the first time! That’s really the killer feature about the company. You may think paying a premium for a lighter or cutter is silly, but when you only have to pay it ONCE in your lifetime, it’s actually silly not to.
It was as simple as downloading and filling out the return form on their website then (more…)
Walnut Folding Cigar Ashtray with Accessories Review
This is a folding desktop ashtray unit sent in by 1st Class Cigar Humidors – thank you very much guys! My first impression is it looks GREAT and has quite a heft to it! It’s definitely something to compliment an office, end table, smoking room, etc. with a detailed walnut veneer and very thick lacquer finish. Opening the unit up it separates in to an ashtray and rest, with magnets holding the tray, a cutter plus a punch in place. The punch works great, with a spring loaded extractor, screw on cap and hole for attachment to a keychain. The cutter is a basic single guillotine that has ok results although no single blade cutter gives a very clean cut. It’s sharp enough to do the job though. Holding it in your hand it’s actually sharp edged and uncomfortable, however it’s not actually designed to be used in your hand. It’s to be placed in the unit to act as a stationary guillotine while placing the cigar on the rest. The results are not that great unfortunately. The other big negative for the unit is the construction. It’s made in China and has sub standard assembly. The hinges are not applied correctly, looking a bit sloppy with some play, and are placed so the unit does not open flat creating a rock when placing the whole thing down. The ashtray itself is a nice steel unit that easily removed by pressing to one side, where a slight indentation below creates a pivot allowing the bowl to be easily picked up. It’s a good size, enough for several cigars, although when using the cigar rest the ash will not be over the bowl for more than the start of a cigar, it’s separated by a couple inches.
This is a solid, all metal lighter with a spring action top cover to protect the burner and button. It’s actuated by a single thumb button that ignites a wind resistant natural flame, approximately 1″ high. It has quite a heft and feels rugged in the hand, being the prefect size for my larger hands and fingers. With a large bottom thumbscrew for burner adjustment, it gives a total burn time of just under 7 minutes. Thank you very much to Xikar for sending this for review, I greatly appreciate it!
ProClip Vehicle Mount & TomTom Navigation Dock Installation
Following the introduction and unboxing video, this shows the installation and mounting of the ProClip vehicle mount and the TomTom dock, along with the power and phone connections. I also demo the operation and ease of use! Installation is very simple taking just a couple minutes as promised in the instructions. The quality of both units is very high, proving a rock solid base for any device to mount to. The TomTom unit especially is rugged and feels on par with any OEM equipment. Providing Bluetooth hands-free operation, an enhanced GPS receiver, mic and volume control plus external speaker the unit really adds great functionality to the iPhone not only as a navigation tool but as a phone as well. Get yours from ProClipUSA.com! Photography by BGPictures.com
ProClip Vehicle Mount & TomTom Navigation Dock Unboxing
As a cigar smoker I often needs my hands free! Of course this kind of thing *I suppose* could be used for such things as in car calling, navigation, etc. too! This is an unboxing of a custom vehicle mount for a 2005 MINI Copper S, and the exclusive TomTom docking unit for the ProClip System. Both will be mounted in to my car, that video will follow at a later time. This system offers the conveninece of non-permanent yet very stable installation in to any vehicle. Mounts are avilable for consoles, vents, dash boards, etc. and device mounts are available in multiple configurations for just about anything you can think of. Visit the site ProClipUSA.com to get yours! Photography by BGPictures.com
This is an all-metal lighter from Promise featuring a natural flame that exits the side, also useful for pipes. It is by no means a high quality unit but is extremely inexpensive. The body is on the small side, and those with large hands such as myself will find it a bit uncomfortable to use for more than 10 seconds at a time. I consider units such as this great alternatives to disposables or ultra cheap plastic units found at little stores. As tested, the flame in this unit lasted 3:15 of usable flame. Thank you very much to buylighters.com for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it! Photography by bgpictures.com
This is a three blade scissor design that used hinged aperture blades to evenly cut the cigar cap from three sides simultaneously with one scissor action. The unit is aluminum and stainless steel with exceptional construction. The blades are razor sharp, the tolerances and finish impeccable. For those that prefer the rigor of cutting their cigars with scissors this may be something you really enjoy using! For those not used to scissors you might find the cuts to be a bit on the ragged side compared to a guillotine. No matter your personal taste in cutter design, this is an inexpensive unit that is sure to cause discussion whenever you bring it out! Thank you very much to Dos Caballos Cigars for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it! Photography by bgpictures.com
This is an inexpensive metal lighter from Jobon, a Chinese company. It features both a natural butane and jet torch flame in one unit, plus a flip out cigar punch on the bottom. It is marketed both to cigar and pipe smokers, with a little pipe cutout design on the side. It comes with a small carry pouch and features an adjustment screw under the punch on the bottom of the unit. Burn time for the natural flame was 4:00 while the torch lasted 3:45. Thank you very much to Buy Lighters.com for sending this unit for review! Photography by bgpictures.com