A new series of svelte lighters from Xikar is on its way to retailers today, and the jet-flame torches promise quick, responsive action in a thin, contoured profile. Called Astral, these are among the thinnest lighters that Xikar produces. They come in six colors, all retailing for $39.99 each.
Simplicity in both function and design have long been the hallmarks of Xikar’s products, and these guiding principles inform the new Astral line. At only 2.6 inches tall by 1.5 inches high, each lighter is only a half-inch thick. The wide, low-profile ignition trigger is textured for easy thumb activation. Once you draw the trigger downward, a single jet-flame instantly sprouts upward.
Cigar lighters, particularly torches, tend to struggle at higher altitudes, where the air is thinner, but these were designed to function properly under these conditions. They aren’t meant for the top of Mount Everest, but Xikar says the Astral’s air vents were specifically positioned on the front and back of the burner chamber for high-altitude performance, and the lighter should be able to light cigars at elevations as high as 12,000 feet above sea level.
Flame levels can be easily adjusted by the large wheel at the bottom and the Astral comes in six colors: solid black, black with rose-gold trim (not real gold), gunmetal with red trim, gunmetal with blue trim, gunmetal and brushed chrome (not shown).
Xikar is owned and distributed by Quality Importers Trading Co., a cigar accessories company based in Weston, Florida.