You can see the difference in temperatures by the color of the flame emitted from the cigar lighters. But, is one form of combustion better than the other forms? And, how does each type of combustion effect a cigar when used?
Torch lighters are arguably the most popular cigar lighters. They are convenient to carry, work well outdoors, and heat an area quickly. However, the high-power of their butane-fueled jets rapidly increases the heating process. This is known to cause deep burns within the cigar, canoeing, and an uneven light. You will also burn a massive amount of butane if you follow the traditional toast and light method that most cigar smokers use to light their cigars. There is also debate around how the intense heat and butane effects your sense of taste, smell, and the overall cigar lighting experience.
Lighters with a soft flame are nostalgic, elegant, and have a candlelight type of appeal. They are good if you use them indoors but outdoor use is difficult. The process for lighting a cigar would require a soft flame to be on for an extended period of time. This means that there is a good chance you will burn at least one finger unless you use a lighter like a Zippo that doesn’t require push-button activation.
Electric lighters are the newest cigar lighter category. The majority of them are Plasma lighters. These lighters use one or more tiny, hair-thin beams of electricity to ignite cigar embers. They will light your cigar, but the process is hard because the beams are too small. The newest electric lighter on the market is showing promise and growing in popularity. The Fuego Lighter is powered by a lithium-ion 510 thread battery. The battery powers a heating coil. This coil superheats to light the entire surface area of cigars that are the 62-ring gauge or smaller. This gauge size covers the majority of cigars in the market. It is a premium alternative to butane lighters that is windproof, travel-friendly, and a USB rechargeable lighter.