Kansas City, MO – June 19, 2017 XIKAR, Inc. is proud to introduce PUROFINE® High Performance Premium Butane. Developed initially for use in high-altitude areas, this purest butane formula, at less than 15 parts per million, provides enhanced lighter performance to extend the life of your lighter.
XIKAR tested dozens of different butane mixtures, and after many trials, discovered a breakthrough formula, now available as PUROFINE® High Performance Premium Butane. This mixture was initially developed to enhance performance in high-altitude regions, where oxygen is less abundant creating difficult torch flame lighting conditions. The result of this mixture proved to be extremely successful in high-altitude regions, but also highly effective in low-altitude regions as well, increasing performance of existing jet flames lighters by providing taller and stronger flames.
XIKAR conducted a market test of 20 different retail locations using the new breakthrough formula at different elevation levels, to test the effectiveness of this new High Performance butane. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with higher elevation stores reporting enhanced performance and consistency. Locations at sea level reported taller and stronger flames, and rejuvenation of lighters on their “last leg.” Tom Brown at Stag Tobacconist in Colorado Springs, CO (elevation 6,035’) reports “For years we’ve struggled to get jet flame lighters to function reliably at 6,000’ while those same lighters work well at lesser elevations. XIKAR’s High Performance Butane has greatly reduced our lighter issues and allows us to use lighters that never worked before at this altitude.” James George of Fogue & Bates Tobacconists of Tulsa, OK (elevation 636’) notes “We’ve emptied and refilled close to 75 different lighters and there is noticeable difference in flame height. Lighters that had a weak or flickering flame now have a strong and viable flame.” XIKAR President Kurt Van Keppel responded to these comments saying “These results from our test panel confirm the enhanced performance that this High Performance Butane delivers. The formula was developed to address the issue of difficulty lighting in high-altitude areas, and after further development, proves to be a beneficial resource when lighting at any elevation. We are excited to launch this product nationally.”
Questions regarding this announcement can be directed to Kurt Van Keppel, CEO or David Frazier, VP of Sales at XIKAR.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, XIKAR is the leading cigar accessory brand. Creator of the revolutionary and iconic Xi1 cutter, XIKAR sells product in thousands of retail locations around the world.
In 1994, Kurt Van Keppel wanted to buy a good cigar cutter, but found that both the inexpensive and high-end models underperformed. So, he set out with Scott Almsberger to match good design (ergonomics and function) with the best styling and materials. The result was the Xi cutter, launched in 1996. On October 21, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office determined that XIKAR’s Xi Cutter had achieved iconic status, and awarded it with a trade dress Trademark #4,623,391. The Xi cutter design is protected from duplication indefinitely.
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