The lighter comes in various colors with different logos, but they all have the same build and functionality. The lighter measures in at 3 5/8 inches tall, 2 1/4 inches wide and 7/8 inch deep. The MSRP for the lighter is $99.95. There are plungers on both sides that require you to depress them both to ignite. Once pressed, they open up the two piece gate covering the burners and ignite the quad flame. There is also a six vent air supply. It is able to be lit at a 90 degree angle from vertical, but once you get past that, the plungers will not depress. The warranty is for 2 years.
It fits very comfortably in the hand and is not too heavy. When using the lighter, I find that I can very rarely get it to fire on the first try and need to do a second or third try. I tried it with multiple settings for flame height and it seemed to be consistent. This isn’t a huge deal to me as long as the lighter fires within the first few tries, but I know some want it to always fire on the first try.
I typically use a single flame torch, so moving up to this quad torch was a bit of an adjustment for me. The lighter is quite powerful, so I typically used it on the lowest setting that still allowed a consistent flame. You’ll want to be very aware of the flame location when lighting a cigar with this. I can see it being very useful for lighting larger ring gauge cigars. Just like with anything, you’ll want to use the right tool for the job, so just like you wouldn’t use a sledge hammer to tap in a nail to hang a small picture flame, you’re probably not going to use this to light up Lanceros or Coronas.
The lighter carries a premium price, but knowing that everything with the Tommy Bahama name on it carries a higher price tag, it’s to be expected.
A beast of a quad flame lighter. To the touch, the feel is substantial, best suited for someone that has chubster hands such as mine. The size and weight reminds me of a solid piece of rock. In terms of functionality, it takes a little getting used to. To ensure proper ignition, it is best to give it a little squeeze so the fuel is heard and then completely press down. Not a big deal because once it’s mastered, it becomes almost second nature. Aside from that, a nice big pull out flame regulator makes for an easy adjustable flame. The downside is the lack of fuel window present. But given the fact that I have lit up close to 20 cigars (with various touch up lights) with a single tank without entirely depleting the fuel tells me the tank is pretty big.
A stout and durable table top lighter matched by great marketing. The core functionalities are all there with a slightly tricky ignition, easy to use flame adjuster and solid flames. But is the near $100 entry worth it with only a two year warranty? That’s for you to decide.
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