IPCPR 2017: The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics

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Twenty-eight.

That’s how many new cigar accessories were mentioned in the new catalog from The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics, which includes the company’s value-priced Vertigo by Lotus line. The list is dominated by lighters, but there are some cutters, cases, an ashtray and some humidification products as well.

If there’s one thing you’ll notice among the lighters is how many are promising performance at high elevations, something the company has become quite known for in recent years. The company is also expanding its “distressed finish” look, which Lotus Group/Integral Logistics ceo Rosemary Sharp has some more details about.

As you might know, the company offers two lines: Lotus, which is higher end, and Vertigo, which is more value-oriented. Of note, the Black Label line is being absorbed into the regular Lotus line, so expect to see that start to fade away at retail in the near future. While we didn’t get a chance to see every new product in person, here’s the complete rundown of what The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics had on display.

Lotus CEO

A triple-flame torch in an all-metal housing, the CEO measures 3 1/8 inches x 1 1/4 x 7/8. The flames are housed under a flip top lid and ignited by a large, pull-down button on the front of the unit. It also comes with a fold-out cigar punch, large flame adjuster and fuel window. It is offered in four finishes: black matte, antique pewter, gunmetal satin, and brushed copper, each priced at $39.95.

Lotus CF Cigar Cases

Lotus has a pair of new carbon fiber wrapped cigar cases that can handle the most sizable of cigars. The LCC70-CF ($24.95) can hold two cigars up to 70 ring gauge, while the LCC62-CF ($24.95) can carry two cigars up to a 62 ring gauge.

Lotus Citadel Flat Flame

The name pretty much says it all: this lighter offers a wide, wind-resistant, flat flame that the company says will work up to elevations of 8,000 feet. It features a lightweight metal housing with a fold out cigar punch, visible fuel window and push-button ignition. It retails for $120 and comes in five finishes: black matte, black matte and red, black matte and blue, brushed chrome and black matte, and brushed copper and black matte. It measures 3 1/8 inches x 1 3/8 x 3/4.

Lotus Cyclops Punch

The Cyclops is an 11mm punch that uses all metal components to create a twist-open, self-cleaning design. The punch comes on a key ring attachment and is offered with a limited lifetime warranty. It’s offered in three finishes: black matte, antique pewter, and satin gunmetal, each measuring 3 1/4 inches x 1 1/4 x 5/8 and priced at $29.95.

Lotus Die Cast Metal Outdoor Ashtray

This heavy duty ashtray is designed for the outdors and offers six cigar rests and is priced at $39.95. It measures 10.7 inches x 9.85 x 1.9 and is scheduled to ship in September.

Lotus Fusion

This single-action ignition triple flame lighter is said to work up to elevations of 12,000 feet, and it too comes with a punch cutter that folds out from the base. The Fusion is available in four colors: black matte, matte chrome, matte gunmetal and red and black, each priced at $69.95 and measuring 3 1/8 inches x 1 3/4 x 7/8.

Lotus Humidification Gel Pack

Lotus Group’s new pouch promises two-way portable humidification that maintains a 70 percent humidity level and eliminates peaks and valleys in humidity. The pouches are offered in two sizes, 30 gram ($3.49) and 60 gram ($4.99), and both are available in 12-count and 24-count packages.

Lotus Humidor Cigar Bag

The Lotus Humidor Cigar Bag is a reusable, resealable bag that can hold up to seven cigars and promises to keep your cigars and tobacco fresh thanks to build in humidification and a slide lock closure. Each bag sells for 99 cents each, and are expected to be available in October.

Lotus Kronos

The Kronos offers three wind resistant torch flames are fired by a single action ignition mechanism that the company says will work up to 11,000 feet. The base of the lighter holds a 9 mm cigar punch, while the side of the lighter offers a fuel level viewing window. It measures 2 3/4 inches x 1 1/4 x 3/4 and comes in four colors: black matte and polished chrome, brushed chrome, brushed gunmetal and brushed copper, each priced at $49.95.

Lotus LCC700 Cigar Case 

The company’s leather-wrapped case line grows bigger as well, with the LCC700 ($24.95) capable of holding two 70 ring gauge cigars in a case with a textured leather look.

Vertigo Big Buddha Table Lighter

It’s a bit bigger (4 inches x 2 1/4 x 1 1/4) than a standard pocket lighter, but not quite as big as many table top lighters. It packs four flames, a fold-out cigar punch and large flame adjuster. The bigger size also affords a bigger fuel tank than a pocket lighter inside its metal housing. The Big Buddha ($39.99) is available in three colors: black matte, brushed gunmetal and black, and brushed chrome and black.

Vertigo Bond

This large torch flame features a single action ignition and works at elevations up to 12,000 feet. It is available in three color choices: black matte, red and black and brushed chrome and black, each priced at $29.99.

Vertigo Chancellor

A high powered quad-flame torch with a built-in punch cutter, see-through fuel window, and a large flame adjustment wheel is guaranteed to light up to 12,000 feet in elevation. It’s priced at $19.99 and comes in metallic black or metallic silver.

Vertigo Cigar Buddy

This does seemingly everything except light your cigar, as it includes a 56 ring gauge cigar cutter, wine corkscrew, bottle opener and knife, priced at $14.99.

Vertigo Comet

The Vertigo Comet ($24.99) is a dual flame lighter with a single action ignition which is engaged by pulling back on the lid and is said to work at elevations up to 10,000 feet. A punch cutter folds out from the base of the lighter. It comes in four colors: brushed gunmetal, black matte and brushed gunmetal, red and brushed gunmetal, and chrome satin and brushed gunmetal.

Vertigo Conquistador

This quad-flame, pocket friendly torch will light up at elevations up to 12,000 feet and offers a punch cutter, clear fuel window, and a large flame adjuster. It’s available in three color ways: antique pewter, antique copper and polished black, and antique brass and polished black. Each unit sells for $24.99.

Vertigo Gauntlet

A slim triple torch lighter that comes in Lotus’ new antique finishes: brass, pewter, or copper, as well as black crackle. A cigar punch folds out from the bottom, while a clear fuel tank makes it easy to see when it’s time for a refill. The company says it will light at elevations up to 12,000 feet. Pricing is $19.99.

Vertigo Gemini

A single flame lighter that offers both a soft flame and jet torch. The Gemini begins as a torch flame, but with a simple flip of a switch located on the top of the lighter will go to a traditional soft flame lighter. It’s available in both charcoal and blue ice, each $14.99.

Vertigo Iron Man

A new all-metal cigar cutter than can handle up to a 70 ring gauge cigar by way of a double guillotine cutting action, it retails for $9.99 and will begin shipping in September.

Vertigo Medusa

Non-flame lighters have gained some presence in the market lately, and Vertigo is introducing a rechargable coil lighter of its own, the Medusa, priced at $9.99. The company says that the coils will ignite at up to 12,000 feet in elevation, and recharging is done via a slide-out USB charger that plugs into any USB port. It comes in red, brushed chrome and black.

Vertigo Razor

The Vertigo Razor ($19.99) offers a single action ignition that works via a slide-back lid. A clear fuel window on one side offers a glimpse into the remaining butane, while a large flame adjuster on the borrow makes it easy to customize the height of the twin torch flames to your liking.

Vertigo Stealth Antique Table Lighter

The Vertigo brand is using a number of antique finishes, and the Stealth Antique Table Lighter is perhaps the best expression of the design. This triple torch offers wind resistant flames that are ignited by a single-action ignition and a guarantee of working up to 11,000 feet in elevation. It features an extra large fuel tank and large flame adjuster wheel on the bottom of the unit, with sturdy metal housing and a freestanding design.

It’s available in three colors: antique copper, antique pewter, and antique brass, each with a gunmetal upper portion and each with an MSRP of $29.99.

Vertigo Striker

This 8mm retractable cigar punch offers solid metal construction and a keychain attachment. It sells for $14.99 and is available in black, gunmetal and chrome.

Vertigo Thunder

A single action triple-flame torch that is said to work at elevations up to 12,000 feet. A retractable cigar punch is housed along the side of the lighter, while the base of the lighter has a large flame adjustment wheel. It’s available in satin gunmetal, black matte and brushed chrome, and chrome satin and black matte combinations, each $29.99.

Vertigo Titan

This cylindrical lighter comes with a fold out cigar punch and promised to work at elevations up to 12,000 feet. It is available in black matte, red and black, brushed gunmetal, and brushed chrome and gunmetal; each $19.99.

Vertigo Tron

The Vertigo Tron meshes a chrome metal body with either a black, gunmetal, or red overlay. This dual flame torch lighter works up to 12,000 feet and comes with a fold out cigar punch and large flame adjuster wheel on the base. It’s priced at $24.99.

Vertigo Warrior

Another entry into the single action triple flame with punch cutter category, the Warrior is promised to work at elevations up to 11,000 feet. It’s available in three colors: metallic black, metallic gun and black, and metallic silver and black, each of which is priced at $14.99.

Selected images courtesy of The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics.

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Patrick Lagreid
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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