Rob over at Puffing Cigars recently had an entertaining post on cheap lighters. His general conclusion is that for a party lighter, you can’t beat the $1 bic. I agree it can’t be beat for the price, but for a couple bucks more, you can get a good lighter that’s good for more than just parties. Take, for instance, the standard Ronson Jetlite butane lighter.
With its blue point wind-resistant flame and price tag around $3-5 online, it’s a great lighter for the golf bag or car. It also regularly goes on sale at Canadian Tire for $6. Hard flames like the Ronson’s aren’t my favourite, however. I am in the minority of cigar smokers who prefers a soft flame, such as you get from the bic. I just can’t bring myself to regularly use a bic as my primary lighter. Yes, I’m vain. I know.
which is not only small, but has a nice tactile feel to it, all for under $3. And it has already lasted longer than my expensive NiBo. I picked up a couple extras for backup just in case. If you prefer a hard flame, they have a ton of other lighters for under $5 as well, so you’re not risking too much.