Bugatti B-1 Lighter

One of my most obsessive quests in my cigar smoking journey is the quest to find a reliable lighter. How hard is that, you say? Very damn hard. I can’t tell you how many lighters I have. Everything from gas station specials to my beloved ST Dupont X-tend. The problem is that most rarely work and, if they do, rarely work after 6 months. If you get a year out of them, you need to get your ass to Vegas because Lady Luck is smiling on you. Its not uncommon of me to have 2-3 lighters on me so I can hopefully have one that works when I need one. I have numerous Colibris and not ONE has made it passed 6 months without an issue of some kind. I have started checking out Lotus and Vector brands, but I don’t have too much experience with them yet. I do have one Xikar Exective, but I have to keep the flame turned all the way up to get it to work. I really only have two lighters I truly count on: Blazer PB-207 and ST Dupont X-tend. These never fail me and spark up every time. The Blazer is great because it has a large fuel reservoir. Recently, though, I came across a new lighter from Bugatti, the famous hyper and extreme luxury car maker.

Name: Bugatti B-1
Flame: Single
Extras: Dual punch
MSRP: $99
Online: $50
Purchase Price: $35 from Joe’s Daily Cigar

Being somewhat of a rare car fan and an avid addict of BBC’s Top Gear, I just had to check these out. At first, I was hesitant to get one because the price was pretty high. Then, one day, I snagged one on Joe’s Daily Cigar from Cigar International for $35! I couldn’t believe it. I was eagerly waiting at the door when the UPS Santa paid me a visit. As I opened the box and took out the lighter, it was a lot heavier than I imagined, not too heavy for normal carry though. I was quite impressed with the build quality.

This lighter is a single flame torch with gunmetal slab sides hex bolted to the sides of the lighter. This is what’s giving it it’s extra heft. There is a large button the side for ignition which makes it very easy to light. It also has a cover over the flame port which keeps lint and grime out of it which is a great feature. The cover also has a second, well thought out feature: ignition safety. The latch of the cover, when closed, blocks the travel of the button so the lighter cannot engage when closed.

Another great feature is that it has a built in punch, but not just one, but two punches. One medium size and one small size. The small size is small enough to punch smaller ring gauges even as small as lanceros. My beloved Oliva Serie V lanceros can vouch for that. The punches are very sharp and do a great job on every cigar I’ve used them on. I do like having built in punches on my lighters because, if I need too, I don’t have to carry a cutter as well….even though I always carry a pocket knife or Bark River knife with me, so…I guess, technically, I’m never without a cutter, but I digress. I’ve really been into punching my cigars lately because I like the clean end that it leaves and it rarely leaves the dreaded small pieces of tobacco that get in your mouth from cutting. These do a good job.

All in all, I’m very impressed with this lighter. It has sparked up every time I’ve ignited it and the punches are really sharp. I know own 3 of them just so I can have backups. My suggestion is to grab these while you can because they are well worth it.  As an engineer by trade, I really love well built products and, so far, this is one.

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Got something, a penny perhaps, to give the pics some visual scale? Hard to tell how this would fit in a pocket.

I’ve been luck with lighters – my ‘spensive Lotus has held up, but so has my crummy Chinese single torch (thing just won’t give up!).

Bugatti B-1 lighter is a good and dependable lighter. Do not dropped the Bugatti. The stainless steel shell cannot handle a three feet drop. The Bugatti’s gas tank cracked as its felt off from my hand. And Now Vector lighter has a simpler model at the Famous-Smoke Shop. I love their two punches.

Can you post the original full-size picture? It’s quite hard to see details.

@ T-cigar

The Vector Knight seems as an exact design copy of the Bugatti’s… perhaps its the same manufacturer ?

$3 ronson at walmart. Had mine for two years now, stil works great. second one in last 3 years, only because i lost the first. $3, who cares if I lose it!

Nice looking lighter, I love the sleek lines.

I love this lighter.

I bought this lighter today from CI for $22.50 DELIVERED! $17.50 + $5.00 shipping! Sweet deal! I don’t know if links are allowed, but follow this…

http://www.cigarsinternational.com/proddisp.asp?item=M-BUGLIT2

I am fairly new to cigar smoking and just purchased a Bugatti as a friend of mine has one – I’m just not quite sure how to use the puches – Thanx

Charlie,

When you pull down the lever with the two punches, choose which punch you would like. I personally use the smaller punch of lanceros, coronas, lonsdales, etc and the larger one on corona gordas, robustos, etc with a ring gauge larger than 46. Press down with the punch on the top of the cigar with good even pressure and slowly twist the punch to cut the hole. Once the punch cuts the hole and is fully in the cigar, pull the punch straight out so it won’t tear the cap. Do be careful and sometimes drops of black tar will appear at the edge of the hole. You don’t want any of that rancid stuff touching your tongue or lips. Just blot it off with a paper towl, or, if its really bad, just cut the cap with a cutter like normal, above the last cap wrap line.

Thanks for the review. I ordered one of these from C.I. I can’t wait for it to arrive.

I just ordered this lighter from CI for an extra $10 with my cigar sampler order. I cant wait to get it! I too have had many problems with lighters in the past and seem to have gathered a nice collection of fancy non-working lighters. I hope this one puts an end to that!

I have this lighter also and actually lost it after it fell into a rain bucket and sat for two months. I dried it out and still works great. Just doesn’t look as shiny as it originally was. The best way to keep a lighter working cheep or not, is good gas, and proper refilling procedures. When you get the lighter, CI usually puts a little flyer in the box on how to maintain your lighter. Its pretty dead-on on how to keep a lighter going.

Just got a B-1 as well. From CI . I cannot get the darn thing to light at all!… I didn’t do a lot of research into the torch lighters… I wonder if it’s the altitude?? I’m at 7000 feet.

Clifffalling, that very well maybe the case. Xikar actually makes one specifically for higher altitudes. Check out their site.

Bugatti does not make Lighters. If you could google Bugatti and find me one freaking lighter licensed by Bugatti I will retract my statement. Otherwise you are buying Chinese fake shit.

Had this lighter for only a couple of months, but so far, so good. Refilled it once, and it’s working flawlessly.

let me tell everyone, i have spent 100 on a lighter 125 on a lighter and people have bought me a lot of them and they all suck. i smoke cigars quite a bit and have a humidor that holds 2000 cigars. this lighter i have had for a year and a half and it has never failed. in fact it has fallen in my hot tub no less than 5 times and i let it sit for a day and use it again. i recently lost it and found in after 2 weeks in the bottom of my hot tub. this time the hinges were rusted and i thought for sure it would not work. well i just got done lighting a cigar after one day of drying out. Buy it, believe me this is the best on the market.

The hex screws only ‘appear’ to hold on the side panels. The fact of the matter is that one of my side panels just fell off. It slips right back on over the hex screws, but the screws have no effect in holding it in place. If I could attach a picture to this comment I would show you.

i got this lighter today from cigars international for free with purchase of salomon cigar sampler. great deal. how do you fuel these things, i know what an idiot, but really could use the knowledge.

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