The Top 5 Affordable Cigar Lighters

The Five Best Cigar Lighters

So you’ve taken a liking to the wonderful world of fine cigars. Initially, the aromas, relaxation, and fellowship pulled you in so you bought a few sticks. Of course your collection quickly grew and now you find yourself in a full-on hobby, a tasty hobby, I might add. One thing you might not have anticipated from all this stogie madness is all the little things that go along with cigar smoking: the humidor, cutter, and lighter, just to name a few. And while there are just too many aspects of the cigar world to consider for this article, I thought I might give a few pointers in the way of the all-important cigar lighter, possibly the most important cigar accessory you can own (tied with the humidor of course).

First of all, there are many ways to light a cigar, some better than others, and some you simply shouldn’t try (trust me, I’ve lit my stogies in ways I care not to mention). Now I’m sure you’ve heard this already, but I’m going to mention it anyways – throw out that Bic lighter! Cigars deserve more respect than that, they have special needs Kerosene and other oil-based lighters (Zippos) should not be used for cigars as it taints the flavor of the cigar. Matches can be used to light up, but avoid sulfur tips (strike anywhere) as they too will have a foul taste. Another downside to matches is you’ll end up using half the box if you’re going to get a proper light. Some will light cedar sticks called “cedar spills” and use these to light the cigar, but most choose a butane torch lighter; clean-burning, easy to carry, and affordable for the most part this is what you want.

What to look for
When making that vital decision of what lighter to purchase, you’ll notice right away there’s a lot of options out there! From the widely varying prices, to size, brand, and more, there are generally five factors I watch for.

Look/size:
You’re going to be using this thing a lot (I hope), make sure it’s something that catches you’re eye. It should also be easy to fit in your pocket, so don’t get some ridiculous dragon-shaped torch

Ease of Use:
Again, you will be using this often, a good lighter should be simple to fill, open, and light. Look for lighters that open and light simultaneously if you really want to avoid a hassle.

Flame Count:
This is entirely up to the individual, one flame will take longer to get the cigar started but works great for those fine touchups. Three flames will get you up and running with no questions asked. Like you might expect, two flames is kind of like the best of both worlds! (in my opinion)

Fuel Capacity:
Something you might not think to look for, a small fuel size can get rather annoying rather quick. A good lighter should be able to handle a table of cigar smokers no problem. On the other hand, a lighter can get fairly bulky with a large fuel tank, try to find a good balance.

Reliability:
This is the most important factor for a good lighter. What’s the point in a lighter that doesn’t light?! The best lighters light every time, no exceptions. And while the top-of-the-line lighters are generally the most reliable (naturally), a dependable lighter can be found at a decent price, you just need to know where to look. Consequently, a “cheapy” lighter is almost guaranteed to be unreliable, avoid those “great deal” $5 lighters if you want something that will work when it should.

So what lighters are out there? What brands can we trust to deliver on all or most of these aforementioned traits? While I haven’t tried ’em all (who has?), I’ve been around long enough to get a good feel of which lighters are the “real deal” and which ones just blow. In my opinion, these are some of the best cigar lighters out there for your hard-earned cash.

The Top 5 Affordable Cigar Lighters

#5. Blazer Optimus
This is an interesting and unusual lighter in that there is actually a guillotine cigar cutter built in! On the front of the Blazer Optimus is a magnetically held cutter that simply slides off and on. The blazer also has a nice lighting mechanism as the cover doubles as the striking button. On the downside, the Optimus is a little bit bulky in size and doesn’t feel as solid as others on this list, loosing the guillotine cutter can also be an issue which compromises the look and feel, be careful to keep this lighter in one piece.

#4. Colibri Evoke
The Colibri Evoke is a single flame torch lighter made with style and class in mind. The Evoke is a slim, metallic lighter that will fit into any pocket with ease. It has a flip-top that feels very solid and smooth, this also reflects the lighter’s higher $55 price range. There is a viewing window on the side to gauge your butane and a punch cutter that opens from the bottom. This is a very solid and reliable lighter with features (and price) that may not be appreciated by the beginner.

#3. Xikar Tech
This is your traveling lighter: durable, easy to operate, and one huge butane reservoir! The Xikar Tech is a single torch lighter that simply gets the job done. With a large flame adjustment wheel on the bottom (no screwdriver!) and a clear body, this thing makes it incredibly easy to manage that oh-so-precious butane. With a fair $30 price range, this is a must-have for the traveling aficionado.

#2. Vector Vulcan
The Vulcan is a solid, triple flame torch lighter. The thing I love about it is the lighting mechanism, located on the side of the lighter, simply squeeze the lighter and the top opens while giving a huge triple-flame burst of heat! The Vector Vulcan has a nice heavy weight in the hand feel as well as extras like a punch cutter at the bottom and an easy fuel gauge on the side. Be careful though, as the triple flame uses triple the fuel, something to keep in mind. At $50, the price feels a little steep, try to find this lighter on sale, you won’t be disappointed.

#1. Xikar Element
This is a beast of a lighter! The Xikar Element is a double-flame torch lighter that seems to have the best of everything. A solid, heavy, metal feel lets you know this thing aint breaking, and hey, if somehow it does – it’s guaranteed for life, no questions asked! Go ahead, run this thing through its courses, you’ll never need another lighter. Again, the lighting operation is seamless, press the button on top and the cover slides to expose the double-flame (my favorite)! The Element also has the extra gizmos like punch cutter and fuel gauge, with front and back side-grips to ensure a steady light. With a mid-range $45 price tag, cigar lovers of all levels will find this to be a great mixture of design, quality, and reliability.

China’s Fashion Industry Has A Large Development Space

China’s fashion industry is conceived and developed with the reform and opening up and economic growth. In the 1980s, China’s apparel processing industry gradually formed. In the early 1990s, Chinese industry has generated brand awareness, which can only be regarded as the gestation period of China’s fashion industry.

In the mid-1990s, Chinese people entered the stage of building a moderately prosperous society. People do not only want to dress warm, they also want to wear well and wear beautifully. China has developed into the world’s largest garment producer and exporter. The processing capacity and technical level of the Chinese clothing industry have been greatly improved.

The product quality and design level can also meet the demands of the domestic mass consumption. During this period, the Chinese clothing enterprises, whether started by processing the mass production of single product brand or producing high-end brands have started to realize the importance of brand building. They started to focus on product design and development and brand image promotion. In the late 1990s, China’s apparel industry can be said to start the season.

In the 21st century, the Chinese economy entered into the phase of rapid development. China’s apparel industry ushered in a wide range of major development. At the same time, China’s fashion market is also accelerating the process of globalization. The big international brands have entered China. They began to develop commercial activities in depth from Beijing, Shanghai and other big cities.

The Chinese apparel industry has experienced three decades of growth. But precisely, the Chinese fashion industry has only ten years of development history and is still in immature adolescence. The development process of China’s fashion industry is not like France, Italy and other developed countries. These countries take a top-down process of fashion democratization. China takes the bottom-up transformation and upgrading adjustment. China first had processing industry, and then the seeds of brand awareness and brand development and construction.

At this stage, the garment industry is the main force of China’s fashion industry. In the last two years, despite the global financial crisis, Chinese high-end clothing consumption remained a rapid growth. The sales of many men, women, children clothing brand this year have increased at a double-digit growth. The mass young fashion brands have been very active.

Looking ahead into the next five to ten years, China’s economy will continue to have a smooth development. China’s fashion industry in the domestic market will have more room for development. It will also cultivate high value-added brands to serve the international fashion market.

Collegiate Fashion Fads

Universities have never been immune to fashion trends. And today is no exception. College campuses are turning into virtual fashion runways. Students trampse around campus sporting the latest in fashion, from Uggs and hoodies (relatively fit for campus wear) to stiletto boots and skin-tight skinny jeans (not so fit for campus life). Trends toward high fashion on campus are surprising as often college students are poor; struggling for income, trying to pay rent for the first time, and having the looming cost of tuition and books. Yet, they some how tend to keep up!

The practicality of student fashion varies depending on the trends. One would think with all of the walking a student has to do around the campus of a university going from class to class that students would dress in relaxed-fit and comfortable clothing. Not the case. You have some women who are turning out college campuses by throwing on heels and enough accessories to make music as they walk. Heeled boots, sandals and pumps are seen year-round despite the harsh weather conditions of some college campuses.

Depending on location and type of school, students may dress more casually, urban, sophisticated or different in some way than the community surrounding the college. General fashion wardrobes differ as much from campus to campus as it would from city to city. Schools seem to have different norms when it comes to fashion. Students could be used to just walking out of the house with jeans and a t-shirt whereas other students may typically get more dressed up just for class.

Of course, a large portion of the student body could probably be caught spending multiple hours in the library with sweatpants, sweatshirts, oversize sweaters or any other cozy outfit. Those students, however, are also often finding trends of their own taste in casual wear. Many popular all-American designers such as American Eagle, Juicy Couture and Hollister are branding their own sweat suits in an effort to create wearable fashion for college students as well. With the democratization of fashion and the increasing accessibility of shopping, students are able to follow the trends when they care to do so.

Dressing more stylishly and fashionably brings something fun and exciting to the college environment. It adds an aspect of aesthetics that makes campus enjoyable. Gone are the days of uniforms, conservative wear or more formal apparel for structured university classes. Some may argue that classes could be more professional and enjoyable if students attire fit the scholastic scenery. To those who believe this way, my guess is that fashion will become more a statement of the burgeoning independence of the youthful college student. Say hello to the trendy campus; its here to stay.

Are You Deciding On Tennis Shoes

Tennis shoes refer to any type of footwear that is worn while playing a sports game such as basketball or even baseball. This foot gear was once made only of rubber and canvas but now the footwear is constructed of many types of space age materials such as polymers and synthetic leathers. Some shoes are endorsed by famous athletes making the foot gear a prized position by people who do not play any type of sport at all.

People who looking for footwear for the actual game of tennis have a large selection to pick from. The main purpose of the shoe is to offer support, comfort, and durability, during the game. The game can take place on clay, lawn, or on concrete. Most people play on concrete because lawn, or grass, and clay, is reserved for the country club scene.

Unless one belongs to a country club he will probably play most of his games on concrete. Depending on the speed of the court, the shoe will be exposed to normal or heavy wear and tear. The slow court will put more strain on the footwear because the surface is rougher than a fast court.

The fast court is finished more smoothly so the shoe will not experience as much friction. People who play on slow courts will wear down the bottom of the soul much faster and need to replace their shoes more frequently. The show should provide adequate support because the game requires a player to move from side to side throughout the game.

The shoe should provide ample support especially for players who tend to roll their ankles when moving from side to side. These players should use footwear with a wider heel base to keep their foot from turning and causing a severe sprained ankle. The high top shoe can provide more ankle support than the traditional shoe.

Low tops wrap around the ankle but they do not wrap as high as the high top shoe. Many people like the support of the low top without the extra binding that comes with the high top model. Some people feel that their foot is not allowed enough freedom with either of these models and choose the regular fitting shoe.

The player needs to feel comfortable on the court if he is to have fun. If he has to constantly think about how his feet feel he will not concentrate on the game. The game can be hard on footwear especially for players who drag their toe after a forehand or backhand. Some footwear comes with ribbed toes pads for players who find that the toes of their footwear wear out prematurely.

Tennis shoes can refer to any type of athletic footwear used for any type of athletic activity from basketball to baseball to badminton. But people who need athletic foot gear for the game of tennis itself need foot gear that offers support. They also need foot gear that is comfortable and durable because the court takes a toll on the shoe.

Liiluu Online Fashion Shopping

Fashion womens clothing:

There are several fashion tees available at Liiluu including Cotton Blend Tees at a retail price of $16.50. They come in several unique colors- aqua, black, cream, deep grey, magenta, navy, peach, tangerine, teal and white. The NCC Shoulder less Tee is also available online at a retail price of $20.00.

The Sunny Girl brands offer a wide selection of fashionable garments including skirts and dresses.

Sunny Girl Bandeau Frill Maxi: This is a floral print maxi with frills around the hem and bust. The frills on the bust ensure a perfect fit. It also features adjustable & removable straps. The fabric is 100 percent spun rayon. In addition, the product is available online at a retail price of $65.00.
Sunny Girl Stripe Dress: The navy blue and white stripes dress features a stretch cotton fabric. This fully lined dress comes with ruching on waist, frills on one shoulder and front pockets. It is available online at a retail price of $55.00.
Sunny Girl Crochet Detail Dress Black: This pretty summer dress features crocheted panel & shoulder straps that are lightly gathered around the waist. The dress is made of 100 percent polyester fabric. It is available online at a retail price of $60.00.
Sunny Girl Print Dress with Buttons. This Navy print dress features a retro style and gold button. Furthermore, its split neckline and elasticized waistline enhances the dress appeal. It is available online at a retail price of $49.00.

The Liiluu offers numerous fashion jeans including:

The Mavi Jewell High Rise Slim Straight Leg- Dark Rinse: These are fabulous summer jeans featuring slim straight legs. They offer the perfect complement for any style of top. The back pockets feature violet embroidery. They are made of lightweight cotton/ poly fabric. Furthermore, the jeans offer a slight stretch to offer the perfect fit. The jeans are available online at a retail price of $160.00.
Mavi Alexa Sophisticated mid Rise Skinny Stretch: These are beautifully designed jeans for summer, featuring skinny legs. The jeans are available online at a retail price of $129.00.
Mavi Chloe Paddington Rinse High Rise Super skinny: The jeans are available online at a retail price of $160.00.

In addition, fashion tops come in different styles and designs. The Keep in Touch Bird Print Top is a pretty blue & white top that features frills on the shoulder straps that cross at the back. It is made out of 100 percent light polyester fabric. The top is available online at a retail price of $35.00.