Buying the Best Lighter.
What to look for in Top Cigar and Pipe Lighters
Is there a "best ligher"? Well isn't this a loaded question....
Believe it or not, there is no correct answer to this!
There are many factors that need to be considered before you chose a lighter for your use. We will outline below what we like to call our infamous 7 step decision process offered to you only by Cigar Manor:
Step 1: Budget. This is clearly the most important. How much do you plan on spending on a lighter? $2, $25, $50, $100, more? Do you really need a new lighter? Can you afford the expense? Set your limits before moving forward.
Step 2: Your habits. Do you tend to lose things? Do you tend to break things accidentally? Do you always want to buy the newest best model of something? You get the drift.
Step 3: Usage. Will you use your lighter daily? Will you primarily use your lighter for cigars, pipes, a bottle opener, at high altitudes, on golf courses, to show off to your friends? Do you need a lighter with a large fuel capacity? If you use your lighter daily, one that is refillable such as a Zippo or any butane lighter would make the most sense as your cost of use will clearly out way buying disposable lighters once a month. If you use your lighter to primarily light pipes, you might want to consider one with a 90 deg angled flame such as the IM Corona Old Boy line. Using at high altitudes or on the golf course, the Xikar Stratosphere or Vertigo Golf Lighter would be a great choice. If you use your lighter as a bottle opener, you might want to stick with those disposables.
Step 4: Convenience, do you want a built in cutter or punch? Do you want your lighter to have a fuel level window? Is weight or size an issue?
Step 5: Power. Do you want to cremate what you intend to ignite? Do you demand precision? Do you prefer the reliable flint based soft flame lighters? There are many options out there from, IM Corona Soft Flame lighters (these are all works of art), the precision of the Black Label Dictators Flat Flame or will you be using this in your man cave? A table top torch lighter such as the Lamborghini Mugello might be a good choice
Step 6: Manufactures customer service and product reviews. Customer reviews are almost a necessary evil, read them. Whether they are all accurate or not, you will learn. You should certainly look into the manufacturers policies and read reviews about their customer service, companies are different and have different methodologies.
Step 7: Research the many manufacturers pricing policy. A pricing policy basically means that the retailer can only discount their products by a specific percentage dollar amount. It is important to know about this, especially when investing in a moderate to higher priced lighter and buying this online. Many stores will simply discount the product violating the manufactures policy. You might say, "That's great!". Well, yes and no. Yes, because you get the product cheaper, but no, because many manufacturers will not honor the product warranty if this situation arises, make sure you know what you are buying when you are buying. One way to find out more information about this would be to call the manufacturer directly and ask to speak with their warranty department. If this becomes to difficult to obtain, with some research and common sense you should be able to figure it out. For example, lets assume product "abc" is for sale on 10 websites and 2 local brick and mortar stores. The brick and mortar stores are selling the product for $100, 7 websites are selling the product for $90, 2 websites are selling the product for $65 and one website is selling the product for $89.99. A safe assumption here would be that the manufacturer allows a 10% maximum pricing discount from MSRP.
You might wonder why we didn't mention the exterior finish or color of choice. This is because many manufactures have adapted to their markets, offering them a variety of choices for their next purchase.
Good luck and if we can be of any help, please don't hesitate to contact us directly!