The 8 Best Cigar Torches for Lighting Your Cubans
Cigars are truly things of beauty, and what we love most about them are all the subtle nuances and details that make every one unique. But there’s more to the process than just the cigar. Because what’s a cigar if you don’t light it on fire? A rolled up bunch of leaves, that’s what.
Unlike other smokables, cigars can be difficult to light. Some people can do it with a standard match or Bic lighter, and we respect those people. But if you want to get a guaranteed light every time, you need a cigar torch.
The Scorch Torch
We’ve featured the scorch torch before on our “Best Cigar Cutters” list, and we’re including it here too, because it’s a tremendously good lighter that perfectly plays the role of all-in-one cigar tool. This triple-jet torch is lightweight, compact, and famous for its reliability. Oh, and the cigar punch is an excellent addition. It’s one of the most widely reviewed torches in the world, and there’s a good reason why. $13
Moretti Vertigo Churchill
Churchills are named after the one and only Winston Churchill, the man who kept the U.K. on its feet during its darkest and most trying hours in WWII, and the same man who is purported to have smoked over a quarter million cigars in his lifetime. They are believed by many to be the manliest cigar style of them all, so it’s fitting that Moretti named this badass quadruple-torch flame after him. The all-metal finish comes wrapped with a grippy rubber casing to ensure a firm handle on it at all times, as well as a full viewing window and a built-in cigar punch. $13
Culinary Butane Torch
This one is kinda cheating, but it’s something we consider a “hidden in plain sight” secret among cigar aficionados. Any culinary-grade butane torch works wonderfully on cigars because they come with angled flames—usually at between 45 and 90 degrees—which means you can always see what you’re burning. It’s especially useful if you’re new to the game. This particular torch is still small enough for pocket carry, but heavy duty enough to get the job done anywhere. Common on most culinary torches, this one also features precision controls to keep the flame exactly where you want it, and it’s easy to refill and use. $18
Alec Bradley “The Burner”
We’re big at-home smokers, and while we love a good torch, we don’t necessarily need something that can fit in our pockets all the time. The Burner by Alec Bradley is an absolutely gorgeous tabletop cigar lighter that looks more like a retro Bunsen burner than anything. It’s easy to light, easy to adjust, and built like a brick. It looks good anywhere from a garage workshop to the backyard patio, and it’s a conversation piece, if nothing else. $34
If you’re a fan of bigger ring cigars, the Bolero from JetLine is a gorgeous, minimal, and super high quality three-jet torch that’ll burn anything you can throw at it. The square body is compact, beautiful, and feels solid in the hand. The push-button igniter is located in the center of the body, which gives it a unique look when used. It also comes with a punch, as well as a butane sight window. The only real gripe we have with it is that it tends to burn butane quickly (three jets will do that), but doesn’t really hold that much to begin with. Nevertheless, we’re huge fans. $35
Xikar Cirro High Altitude Lighter
Despite its name, you don’t need to be hiking Everest to find yourself attracted to this torch. It comes in a sleek and beautiful all-metal frame and features a single high altitude windproof torch, a flame adjustment wheel, a full fuel window, and a protective lid. Reviews say it lights every time even in higher altitude where lesser lighters fail, but it’ll look just as great on your outdoor patio at sea level. And for 40 bucks, it won’t burn a hole in your wallet. $40
Black Label Dictator Flat Flame Cigar Torch
The Dictator by Black Label is a cigar torch unlike any we’ve seen. Aside from its bulletproof design, this torch features a flat flame that basically forms a wide sheet of fire. As you can imagine, it makes short work out of lighting even the thickest sticks, and it looks as cool as can be. It’s a little pricey in the $100+ range, but if you’re looking for a torch that’ll turn heads and flawlessly light your cigar every time, the Dictator is great. $115Cigars can be difficult to light. Some can do it with a match, and we respect those people. But if you want to get a light every time, you need a cigar torch.
The 12 Best Cigar Lighters You Can Buy in 2020 (Reviews)
Updated September 11, 2020 by Randy Ray
If you have no time to waste, here are my top 4 cigar lighter recommendations:
- Best Affordable Cigar Lighter: Windblaze(Only $29)
- Best Mid-Range Lighter: Xikar Volta Quad(This is a tabletop lighter.)
- Best Luxury Lighter: S.T. Dupont Defi Extreme
- Super Luxury: Davidoff Prestige Diamond Cut Lines Gold Lighter
This post offers reviews of the 12 best cigar lighters you can buy in 2020.
You don’t have to smoke cigars for long before you realize that cheap matches or plastic, convenience-store lighters won’t be good enough. In fact, you should never light a cigar with a cigarette lighter or cigarette matches. You can easily ruin a good cigar with these.
You need a lighter specific to your cigar smoking needs. The tobacco used in cigarettes is dry tobacco, but the tobacco in a cigar is moist. You need fuel for the lighter that won’t damage your cigar’s taste (i.e. butane), and the size of the flame needs to be wider to give you a more even light.
So use this guide to pick out the perfect cigar lighter for your budget and preferred flame.
I’m also including more tips and advice about how to choose the best lighter for your budget and other circumstances.
1- WindBlaze Torch Lighter
The WindBlaze Torch Lighter is a newcomer to the cigar lighter scene. It’s a fantastic cigar lighter that I think you’ll enjoy as much as I do.
The pocket-sized lighter is great because of its reliability. The windproof design makes it easy to light your cigar in any environment. The torch flame is windproof and at an angle, making it easy to light any cigar.
The ergonomic construction makes the WindBlaze a must for any cigar connoisseur. I have bigger hands and sometimes have issues with smaller lighter mechanisms. The WindBlaze is easy to use for larger hands and smaller hands alike.
What really makes this cigar lighter my top pick is the price and look. The WindBlaze Torch Lighter comes in at just under $30.00.
And the gunmetal casing is a real eye-catcher. I’ve had several friends ask about it when we’ve been smoking cigars at my house.
Last time I checked, you could buy the WindBlaze Torch Lighter for $29.00 directly from the manufacturer.
They’re made in the US and shipped directly to you.
2- Vertigo Triple Torch – “Titan”
For just $16.99. the Vertigo Titan is one of my top picks for a budget lighter. The Vertigo offers predictable performance along with an attractive style. Even though it’s less than $20, it doesn’t LOOK like it’s less than $20 — that matters to some people more than others.
Vertigo (by LOTUS) offers a one-year warranty on their lighter, too. So, even if it stops working or stops working optimally, you can get it replaced with the warranty.
In fact, unless you spend more than $100 on a lighter, it probably won’t last more than a year no matter what.
If you’re on a budget, looking for a gift for a cigar smoker, and don’t want to buy an actual cigar, you could do a lot worse than buying your friend a Vertigo Titan.
A triple torch is always awesome, too.
3- Alec Bradley Table Cigar Lighter
If you’re not traveling with your cigars, the Alec Bradley Table Cigar Lighter is probably your best choice. It offers an ideal combination of an affordable price with a huge butane capacity.
In fact, you can light hundreds of cigars before having to refuel–the combination of fuel-efficient, low-light flame along with the huge fuel capacity makes this possible.
The flame is as big as you’d expect from such a big lighter. In fact, you don’t need to spend much time at all lighting your cigar with this one. It’s meant to be left on a table, though, so it’s not really portable.
Imagine a Bunsen burner that’s used for pleasure instead of chemistry experiments, and you’ll have a good idea of what you can expect from this one.
I like this one because it gives you the best chance of getting your cigar evenly lit, which can be challenging when using a torch lighter. (Multiple torches make that easier, but it’s still not as easy as using this table cigar lighter.
As of this writing, the Alec Bradley Table Cigar Lighter retails for $79.99, but I saw it on sale for $56.99 when I was researching this post. That price could change at any time, though. Even at full retail, it’s well worth the money.
4- S.T. Dupont Maxijet Single Torch Cigar Lighter – Matte Black
I love the design of the S.T. Dupon Maxijet Single Torch Cigar Lighter, in no small part, because the window makes it clear how much fuel you have left. It’s also light-weight and portable, but it’s hefty enough that it feels good holding it.
The S.T. Dupont is easily one of the best cigar lighters you’ll find. The model I’m recommending is one of the more affordable lighters from this manufacturer. Many of their other models cost several hundred dollars.
Their lighters make a unique sound upon being opened, and cigar fans in the know will respect your choice.
If this one’s within your budget, you can’t go wrong with it — unless you just hate the color (or lack thereof).
5- Xikar Volta Quad Flame Tabletop Cigar Lighter
Xikar Volta Quad Flame Tabletop Cigar Lighter is another tabletop lighter, but it’s got a more modern look than the Alec Bradley I recommended earlier in this post. It’s a hefty, solid cigar accessory, too–it weighs 1.2 pounds.
The design is unusual. The lid opens like a camera aperture, which keeps dirt and ash out of the lighter.
The flame is big enough for the biggest of cigars, too.
With some lighters, the fuel gauge is harder to see than others. The Xikar makes this easier, too.
The Xikar comes with a lifetime warranty, too.
I saw it available at Famous Smoke for $135, but the prices there change without warning sometimes. It’s worth every penny of that $135, though.
6-S.T. Dupont Defi Extreme
With its black and red finish, this is the most attractive and stylish luxury lighter on the list. Every lighter from S. T. Dupont is one-of-a-kind, too, because the person who put it together engraves his initials on the lighter. (Don’t worry, though — the initials are small and under the striker wheel.)
All the Defi Extremes are engineered for top-notch performance regardless of the conditions you’re smoking in. During tests, the lighter worked even with winds blowing more than 20 miles per hour. It also works regardless of altitude or temperature.
The S. T. Dupont Defi Extreme makes a perfect gift for any stylish cigar smoker.
The Defi Extreme retails for $300, but it’s usually on sale at this link for around $250. Pricing is subject to availability, though, so click on the link for the latest price.
7- Vector Megatron Triple Flame (Mahogany Marble Lacquer)
The Megatron from Vector is one of my favorites. It features 3 flames, and, with its 2-tone mahogany and marble lacquer finish, it’s one of the most attractive lighters on this list.
The Megatron opens and closes automatically and has more fuel capacity than most of the other lighters on this list.
The retail price for the Megatron is $60, but you can find it at a discount at this link. The latest sale price I saw on the Megatron was $39, which means it’s 33% off. Of course, that price is based on availability. I try to keep this page constantly updated, but I can’t be sure everything is up-to-the-minute perfect with pricing.
This would make a perfect gift for an older gentleman who enjoys smoking and the finer things in life.
8- Xikar Lighter Element ELX
I think if you like the Xikar brand and their tabletop lighter, it would only be natural to see if their company also made a portable lighter. The Xikar Lighter Element ELX fits that bill perfectly.
The Xikar Lighter Element ELX comes with a double-jet flame and a built-in punch cutter. You can buy this in multiple colors–black, bronze, or charcoal.
I saw this one available on Amazon at a discounted price of $52.95. I saw the same lighter on the manufacturer’s website for $69.95, though. Keep in mind that prices from Amazon change all the time, though.
My friend Brian, who used to write for this blog, has used the Xikar Lighter Element ELX for a long time, and he loves it.
9- IM Corona Old Boy Chrome Hairlines Pipe Lighter
The IM Corona Old Boy Hairlines Lighter is the kind of cigar lighter I’d expect someone from a steampunk story to use. This one’s designed for both cigars and pipes–the flame is adjustable and works at 90 degrees.
The reviews for The IM Corona Old Boy Hairlines Lighter are universally positive. This one makes a great gift and is well-made. It comes in a lovely, high-end box, and it should last a long time.
The image doesn’t give a good idea of how solid or hefty this lighter is–it looks light, but it’s solid.
Some lighters require multiple tries to light, but this one lights EVERY time. The fuel seems to last longer with the IM Corona Old Boy than most of the other portable lighters I use.
At $115.20, it’s not the most affordable lighter on my list, but it’s not unreasonable, either. Keep in mind that the price and availability are both subject to change.
This isn’t a low-end lighter, but the price is right if you don’t mind paying for quality.
10- VECTOR Thunderbird Soft Flame Flip Top Butane Pipe Lighter in Wood Plate
The Vector Thunderbird Soft Flame Flip Top Butane Pipe Lighter in Wood Plate is another great option if budget’s a concern. With its flip-top, it looks a lot like a Zippo, only classier.
It has a 45-degree angle, so you could easily use this for pipes as well as cigars. It comes in a gift box, so it’s another affordable gift option.
It also has a certain style that fits a certain personality. I can see how someone who thinks Zippos are really cool might prefer the VECTOR Thunderbird to some of the fancier and more expensive examples I’ve reviewed here.
11- Colibri Uber Premium Butane Cigar Torch Lighter Triple Flame Large Table-top Solid Metal (Perdomo Black)
I’ve used various Colibri lighters for years, and I’ve never been disappointed. (I used to think the brand name was spelled “Calibri,” but I’ve since become better-educated.) This one uses a 3-jet flame and is durable, heavy, and has a large tank.
You’ll probably also appreciate the one-year warranty from the manufacturer.
The only drawbacks to this Colibri are minor:
- It’s not really portable.
- It’s branded with a specific cigar name.
Those could be considered features for the right cigar aficionado, though. Some smokers prefer to have a lighter that doesn’t go anywhere.
And if you like Perdomo cigars, you’ll probably have no problem having their branding on your lighter, too.
Best of all, this is one of the most affordable “big” cigar lighters you can buy. I saw this one for sale for $29.73 on Amazon, but that price might change at any time.
12- Cedar Cigar Lighter Strips
I’ve sometimes been in the position of not having one of my lighters with me. In those cases, I like to buy a box of matches and grab a couple of cedar strips. You can get a box of matches for less than a dollar, and my local tobacconist offers cedar lighter strips free of charge when you buy a cigar there.
One of the reasons some cigar smokers prefer a “spill” over a match or lighter is that, when lit, the cedar strip imparts a slight cedar flavor to the tobacco. Plus, cedar is “cleaner” than typical matches, and since spills are longer, you have more time to properly light your cigar.
Using a cedar strip to light your cigar is old-fashioned, but it also imparts a specific, subtle scent of cedar to the cigar you’re smoking.
You can buy cedar strips on Amazon for less than a dollar each if you buy 50 of them at a time.
But that’s not necessary if you buy cigars by the box.
Cigar factories use cedar sheets to separate the cigars. You can fold these sheets and break them down into strips about half an inch wide and use those to light your cigars.
If you’re the meticulous type, you can also use an Exacto knife to cut these sheets into strips. A paper cutter would work as well, and I’ve even heard of people using scissors.
Cigar Lighters with Multiple Jets
My favorite cigar lighter of all time had 3 jets. It also ran through butane insanely fast. You can expect the same thing.
You really only need a single jet, and a cigar lighter with one jet should hold enough fuel to light a dozen cigars or so before needing a refill.
How to Choose the Best Cigar Lighter for Your Specific Needs
The most important considerations when choosing a cigar lighter are simple:
- What’s your budget?
- What kind of flame do you prefer?
Smoking cigars isn’t a hobby for the poor, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either.
You can get a quality butane lighter for as little as $20 or $30. If you find one cheaper than that, good for you, but beware–you might run into problems with its function.
A “budget” cigar lighter costs between $20 and $100.
If you want something even more luxurious, you can easily spend $200 or more on a lighter.
If you’re buying a cigar lighter for a friend, don’t skimp on the cost. Your friend will know.
Different cigar smokers go through different rituals when lighting their cigars. I prefer to have a lighter where you can adjust the flame depending on your conditions. I like to hold my lighter further from my cigar than some people, so I need a lighter with a higher flame.
Not everyone needs an adjustable flame, but it’s nice to have.
Those are my picks for the top 12 cigar lighters available in 2020.
I suggest buying no less than 2 cigar lighters. You should have your main lighter, which is the one you’ll spend more money on, probably. You should also have a backup lighter for those inevitable times when your main lighter is out of fuel or when you’re traveling without your main lighter.
Also, it’s a nice idea to carry around cedar strips to light cigars with. If you have no other source of flame besides cigarette matches or a cigarette lighter, you can light the cedar strip and use it to light your cigar. This is an affordable option if you’re on a strict budget, too.This post reviews 12 of the best cigar lighters money can buy in 2020. It includes a guide to what you should consider when choosing a lighter, and offers options for any budget. ]]>