A few years ago, I was a member of a rather popular cigar forum that has since been bought out. In my hay-day of forum posting, I got in on a couple of group buys for different cigars and accessories. One of those group buys netted me one of the best cigar related purchases I have ever come to own. The item was the Taiwanese version of the Blazer Pocket Torch.
This product was advertised as the same lighter but bore the Prince PB-207 Pocket Torch moniker. With international shipping, this product cost me a grand total of $22.00. At this point in time the Ronson lighters from Walmart were not very popular and the Blazer / Prince lighter was said to be the affordable torch that every cigar smoker should own.
It has been a long time since I made that purchase, in fact, it has to have been about three years ago. You would probably be amazed if I told you that it lasted only half that time and died on me, but the fact of the matter is that I still have that torch and it works well. Not only do I still own it, but it has been my carry lighter since day one and it still gets placed into my pocket each and every day before I head out of the house.
While my Prince PB-207 may not get used every day, it has probably lit hundreds, if not thousands, of cigars. On more than one occasion this lighter has been passed around among a small group of friends. Due to its large fuel tank, it tends to go a long way before you even need to think about refilling it. While this lighter doesn’t have as powerful a flame as it used to, it still gets the job done.
- Large fuel tank which allows you to view the fuel level. Even the variety with the colored tank has a clear bottom section to view fuel levels.
- Very durable, this lighter has gone through the washing machine a couple of times without much fuss. It has also been dropped on a number of occasions
- On the side of the torch is a lock, this will allow you to light the flame and release the trigger. Even with the trigger released, the flame continues to burn.
- The removable cap on the lighter is attached by a small chain to prevent you from loosing it.
- Lighter comes with a rubber base which can be slipped on. With the rubber base in place, the lighter can be set onto a flat surface and locked on.
- Because of this lighters large fuel tank, it can be a little bulky in the pocket.
- Over all of this time, I think that the jet has began to corrode because the flame is not as strong as it used to be.
- The clear plastic shell on this particular lighter shows wear early on in its career. Keys and coins easily scratch it up.
- The black plastic cap to this lighter doesn’t snap in to place all that tightly. You can expect it to pop off from time to time while traveling around in your pocket.
Even though most people will tell you that the best affordable lighter on the market is the Ronson torch, I still think that the Prince PB-207 is one of the best utility lighters that money can buy. It has exceeded my initial expectations by far and I have no reason to believe it will not last another couple of years before the flame becomes too weak to be practical. In the event that you can not purchase the Prince model and are required to go with the more expensive Blazer (which I believe has a child safety lock), you won’t be dissapointed with your purchase.