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Old 11-27-2011, 09:08 AM   #41
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I just had my first jetlite die. The sparker failed. The flame is still good if I light it with another lighter.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #42
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I picked up one of the Brown Leather Ave Maria branded LOTUS Laser torches (same as the black leather CI branded one) on Cigar Bid to fill out an order. So far I'm not overly impressed. The flame height is about that of an unregulated (i.e. brass restrictor shim removed) Ronson Jetlite, but it mis-fires about 25% of the time. With the flame adjusted all the way up, it often fires w/ butane from only about 3/4 of the nozzle. To get a consistent flame I have to back off to about 85% of max on the dial.

In terms of build quality, the leather inlay is nice but the metal portions are clear-coated (likely mild steel) and not bare brushed stainless as they appear in the picture. Also, the single-action cover has a bit of play and doesn't align 100% flush. I have a feeling LOTUS makes this model only for OEM branding and it wouldn't be up to snuff as part of their regular line. For the $10 I paid (often available on CB for only $7) it's not the worst money I've ever spent, but I wouldn't pay $13-$16 shipped, and surely not $25-$30 from CI, for this lighter on its own.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:47 AM   #43
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Xikar Plunge and Vector 5x gets ALOT of use. never any problems
or my ST Dupont X-Tend and Vector5x on weekends. ol reliable!
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #44
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I picked up one of the Brown Leather Ave Maria branded LOTUS Laser torches (same as the black leather CI branded one) on Cigar Bid to fill out an order. So far I'm not overly impressed.
I'll withdraw my previous statement about being unsatisfied with the branded Lotus Laser... at least in terms of reliability. I did my first few fills with Ronson fuel because I had some on hand and thought it wouldn't have much effect unless I kept using it long term. Today I was in a low-end tobacco shop (90% cigarettes, pipe, and smokeless) and they had an inexpensive 5x filtered fuel brand called FasFil for $4 for a 300ml can. I picked a can up along with a Villager Sumatra for after lunch.

I purged the Lotus, refilled with the new fuel, purged again (to flush out any remaining Ronson residue), refilled again, blasted some in the nozle (to dislodge any gunk/residue there), ate lunch (giving time to let the fuel/nozle warm), and now the Lotus lights 100% reliably with a fully formed flame, no sputter, and even seems to burn a little hotter. Now my only real complaints are the excess play in the single-action cover and the clear-coated mild steel instead of true brushed stainless.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:57 PM   #45
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I have some Ronson fuel that I think is inflammable. I am tempted to puncture it and throw it on a bonfire to test this theory. Maybe it just doesn't work in torch lighters.
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I have some Ronson fuel that I think is inflammable. I am tempted to puncture it and throw it on a bonfire to test this theory. Maybe it just doesn't work in torch lighters.
Make sure theres plenty of video when you do
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Bought 3. Thanks, Adam!
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I have some Ronson fuel that I think is inflammable. I am tempted to puncture it and throw it on a bonfire to test this theory. Maybe it just doesn't work in torch lighters.

No need to puncture the can, the valves are plastic, they melt.
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No need to puncture the can, the valves are plastic, they melt.
Heh, heh.
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