The Good Life

Colibri Hybrid Lighter

| By David Savona | From Sylvester Stallone, July/August 2010
Colibri Hybrid Lighter

The great cigar lighter question: to torch, or not to torch? Torch flames offer a modern twist on cigar lighters, a high-powered, high-temperature jet of flame that roars to life with the sound of gale-force winds. These powerful tools are akin to miniaturized blowtorches, throwing enough heat to solder pipes or even melt a penny, but more to the point offering cigar smokers a light even in windy conditions. The torch is ideal for the golf course or any outdoor smoking activity, but purists argue that it is overkill. For a cigar aficionado to gently toast a cigar, he needs the warm finger of a gentle, soft, normal flame provided by traditional lighters.

The cigar-smoking indoor/outdoorsman doesn't have to make a choice between the two any longer. The reborn cigar accessory leader Colibri Inc. has an intriguing answer to the torch/no torch question, and it is the Colibri Hybrid. Sturdily built, yet elegantly finished, it contains the best of both lighting worlds in one compact device.

Flip the metal lid protecting the Hybrid's dual flame jets and spin the flint roller toward you to ignite the traditional flame. It burns with a flame about as powerful as that of a candle(1,400° F.), perfect for lighting a cigar indoors or on a still day. If you're outdoors, push the button in front, and butane fuel is redirected to a second jet. The lighter then roars to a blaze, igniting the 1,900° F. torch and producing a slim and very powerful wind-resistant flame. Release the button and it returns to the normal flame. Close the metal lid to extinguish the lighter.

While the Hybrid has the capability of firing up cigars outside, it has a sophisticated look that makes it seem ideal for a posh cigar bar. The surface is a mix of brushed chrome and two-tone polished lacquer, and it comes in four color options-black, charcoal gray, navy blue and white. It retails for $100.

Visit colibri.com.

Cigars Good Life Guide

More in The Good Life

See all
Winston Churchill’s Personal Cigars Sold At Auction

Winston Churchill’s Personal Cigars Sold At Auction

At the Fine Autograph and Artifacts auction a box of 10 La Corona cigars that belonged to Churchill …

Aug 16, 2022
New Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Bows In

New Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Bows In

The Cigar Aficonado team recently tasted Woodford Reserve's annual release of its Masters Collection …

Aug 11, 2022
Cigar Aficionado's 30th Anniversary Superfan Contest

Cigar Aficionado's 30th Anniversary Superfan Contest

To celebrate the magazine's 30th birthday, we're running a contest to find the biggest Cigar …

Aug 8, 2022
Sports Betting—Betting Billions On Sports

Sports Betting—Betting Billions On Sports

Legal sports betting is spreading across the United States, and by 2025 it’s estimated to account for …

Aug 1, 2022
Cigars In Paradise

Cigars In Paradise

You slip out of the gin-clear waters of Saint-Jean Bay, towel off and pull on a shirt and sandals. A …

Jul 21, 2022
Cigar Aficionado’s 2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Cigar Aficionado’s 2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need ideas for the perfect present this Father's Day? Here's a unique compilation of distinct gifts …

Jun 3, 2022