the lighter on the left is around 7 years old and was purchased by my wife when were at Jeff borysiewicz corona cigar company store in Orlando. It has never failed me and has always lit up every cigar of every shape,gauge and lenght you can think of. all xikar lighters have a lifetime warranty but as is the case with this one. I don't think it will ever be needed. As a long term product test this one certainly has passed all tests you could think of. it has traveled to several countries (yeah I know but you can still get away with it on an airline;Just have to be smart about it). it has a nice patina forming on the center band and the brushed stainless body is scratched and nicked showing a pleasant history.While I have many other lighters,this one is my go to.
Cigar torch lighters have come a long way from the 90's when your lighter no matter who made it would take a shitter after only a coupl of months. There are some pointers I would like to mention ,but before this I should mention that there are many video's and posts on the proper way to fill a lighter. OK so here some points. Xikar,zippo and vector all are triple (or more) refined and I have found that these have always worked for me very well. A can of compressed air is a must.When you purge your lighter COMPLETELY of air and left over butane,you should give the burner a good shot or two from each direction to clear out the debris. Almost all lighters have flame adjustments,some are better than others,but usually its all the way or nothing when it comes to adjustments. a butane lighter thing makes things way easier also(reviewed here) One other thing bares worth mentioning and its a pet peeve of mine. Keep your lighter away from cigarette smokers. most of em jam their cigarette into the lighter and you are sure to have your jets clogged with ash. ALL THE BEST! SMOKINJOE