Imagine reaching for an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. The glass is bleeding sweat and tiny chips of ice, and ready to cool you down- only, there's no bottle opener. What do you do? It's the classic scenario where we are people are dependent on the tools that help us achieve our needs. And when it comes to cigars, we still rely on one of man's first, albeit greatest discoveries: fire.

We need fire, and we need to use it safely and effectively. Your precious, premium stogie is about as thrilling as a rom-com without it. So, to get the job done dependently, time and time again, cigar buffs have turned to owning quality cigar lights, which have tremendously evolved over the years, thanks to state-of-the-art engineering from companies like Lotus and Colibri.

Whether your preference is a jet-flame, dual-torch, or a soft flame, we can all agree that lighting the cigar is the most integral part of any smoking process. Most seasoned connoisseurs will attest however, to the efficiency a sturdier flame. These powerful bursts of pyro can be found in jet-flame and torch lighters, which will not only light your premium cigar quickly and evenly, they'll do so in almost any environment, at most any altitude, courtesy of their wind-resistant flames, which burn strongly and free of any fragrances.

When entrusting this critical step to a more premium cigar accessory, like a torch lighter, there will be some light maintenance that will come with its routine care regimen, to maintain a flame that's reliable at any time. These troubleshooting efforts aren't particularly taxing or time consuming, or costly outside the initial price of the device itself, so though they certainly won't be problematic to your daily routine. But note that these steps are extremely important for routine cigar smoker to consider.

Most torch users aren't aware of the need to bleed their lighter between refills. Regularly bleeding your lighter helps to ensure better lighting, delivering a steady burn throughout the course of your cigar. By bleeding your lighter, you're expunging old fuel, and releasing the stale air which builds up within the device's fuel chamber. It may sound a little overly cautious to routinely dispose of older fuel, but the truth is, you're only causing problems for yourself, albeit slowly, if you chose not to. Over time, residual fuel mixes in with air that's made its way into the chamber, causing the ignition system to flicker. A major factor when investing in a premium cigar light, outside aesthetics, is the dependable flame you're supposed to be ensuring. If your lighter begins to flicker or spit, you won't be able to assure yourself the powerful flame your device is capable of producing, if the appropriate care isn't given.

Bleeding a lighter is quick and easy to do, and only requires the use of one other readily-accessible tool. To do so, simply hold your lighter vertically, with the bottom facing upward. Locate the device's filler port, which will be a circular-like nozzle that's usually found on its underside. Press a thin-tipped instrument, like a pin or a pen, into the port, and you'll immediately release any air or excess gas that's been lingering within the chamber. A may hear a sharp and sudden spritz of sounds, which is completely normal. Once the sounds subside, remove the tool and give your lighter a few shakes, and repeat these steps until the wheezing sounds cease entirely. After this simple course of action, your lighter will be completely emptied, and is ready to be refilled. Insert the tip of your gas canister into the same port, and apply until your lighter is full.

It's recommended by professionals and manufacturers, to bleed your lighter whenever the fuel level begins to run low. Many devices have fuel-level windows built right in, but if yours doesn't, you can simply shake it to gauge the amount of fuel within. A few clicks of the ignition will let you know as well, as a less-than-healthy flame means it may be near time to refill. Always remember, since you are releasing flammable gasses from the device when bleeding, be sure never to do so in any confined spaces, or near any open flames!

Bleeding a lighter is one of those critical practices that just goes over your head. It's not something that everyone is aware of, but when you find yourself in the know, you can only benefit from imploring the practice. Once you've done so, take care of your lighter the same you would your cellphone. Be gentle in handling, and try not to keep the device in any extreme temperatures for extended periods of time. Always be conscious of the name and make of your model, as many manufacturers can be extremely helpful if something should go awry. Most of these brands back their products with no-proof warranties, which are simple and easy to enact upon. So, if you've carefully maintained your device, but it happens to encounter an electrical or engineering issue, you'll easily be able to replace it, courtesy of the company's hassle-free guarantee. And you can't beat that.

POSTED ON Mar 08, 2018


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