Review: Vector Tri-Pump Tabletop Lighter

Photos/Casey Oto


A single match is all you need to light a cigar, but when you want to quickly toast multiple smokes, more power is best. Whether you are lighting up with a group of friends while watching a game, hosting poker night or attending your weekly herf, Vector's Tri-Pump tabletop lighter is ideal for those occasions when many cigars need to be lit in succession.

The Tri-Pump is the big brother to Vector's single-flame Megapump, both of which are inspired by the look of an old-fashioned oil lamp. Standing a little taller than five inches, the Tri-Pump's unique design is curiously attractive and sure to catch the eye of onlookers. When its three torch flames are lit, the lighter resembles a blowtorch, giving the Tri-Pump a certain je ne sais quoi.

 

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Vector's Tri-Pump retails for $130. It can be purchased directly through Vector's website or at cigar shops nationwide.
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The tabletop lighter is inspired by the look of an old-fashioned oil lamp.
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The lighter is available in many finishes, including chrome satin (pictured), nickel satin, gunmetal satin, polished chrome and black matte.
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A sturdy grip places your thumb in the perfect spot to push the wheel ignition. Under the base is a handy fuel-adjustment valve.
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When its three torch flames are lit, the lighter resembles a blowtorch.

Constructed entirely out of metal, the Tri-Pump sports a large butane reserve (but unfortunately no fuel window) that the company says is good for 180 to 200 lights that last 10 to 15 seconds. A sturdy grip places your thumb in the perfect spot to push the wheel ignition that controls the three torch flames.

Under the base is a handy fuel-adjustment valve, and we found the Tri-Pump worked best when it was turned to either three-quarters or fully open.

The Tri-Pump is meant for a sedentary life atop an end table, desk or bar, but with its windproof flame, the occasional excursion to an outdoor smoking spot such as a patio or backyard area is another possibility.

Available in many finishes, including chrome satin (pictured), nickel satin, gunmetal satin, polished chrome and black matte, the Tri-Pump retails for $130. It can be purchased directly through Vector's website or at cigar shops nationwide.

Christopher Dunn Honolulu, HI, USA, February 10, 2016 7:25pm ET
Is this a review or an advertisement? How well does it really work? Is it any better than lighters a quarter of the price? Let's see photos of it lit up. Or, a video of you using it.
fast harry February 16, 2016 7:16am ET
I agree with Chris...more info, a test and a pic would be great....
Douglas Craft ATLANTA, GA, USA, April 17, 2016 2:51pm ET
Ok, I'll comment. I own three of these. after using many different brands and types, this model is the most reliable lighter ever. One big advantage is that it holds a lot of gas and therefore takes a long time before refilling. The handle and grip also make it very comfortable to us. It is also a great conversation piece as its design is unique.
De Barros Carlos Silva Silva Pombal , Pombal, Portugal , January 18, 2017 5:21am ET
Slb
Richard Mann Massillon, Ohio, United States, March 31, 2017 11:02am ET
Douglas, thanks for the review. Do you happen to own, or at least be familiar with, "The Burner" by Alec Bradley? While this Vector unit looks cool and Vector does make a quality product, at almost four times the price of The Burner ($35), I'm wondering what this Vector unit has/does that justifies the extra $$.

Full disclosure: yes i know this one is a torch and The Burner is a bunsen-type lighter flame but from a use case perspective, they seem more similar than, say, this unit and a pocket triple torch.

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