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IPCPR 2018: Vector KGM

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While Vector KGM offers a range of accessories, including cutters, ashtrays, humidors, travel cases and more, the company seems to be best known for its lighters, and this year the company rolled out five new offerings as part of its 40th anniversary.

As for the booth, it is the same as has been used in recent years, with the company’s signature white, stepped tables holding display trays of the company’s new offerings as well as many of its existing pieces, along with the same kind of retail displays you’d see at your local tobacconist.

Vector Avenger

The Avenger is a long and slender single flame torch with a large fuel adjustment knob on the bottom and a locking switch to keep the flame going even if you don’t have your finger on the ignition. It also features a fold-out stand to hold it off the ground if you choose to use the ignition lock. It’s available in silver, gray, black, rose gold and black crackle.

  • MSRP: $30
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vector Icon

In the “how many ways are there to ignite butane” discussion, Vector submits the Icon, a triple flame torch that is ignited with a simple touch of the LED screen. It gets recharged via a standard USB cable and comes in red, yellow, black, gunmetal, chrome and silver. It’s one of the more expensive lighters in the company’s portfolio, and it’s being referred to a flagship piece for the company.

  • MSRP: $80
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vector Spade

This new flat-flame lighter works much like a single torch lighter but fans the flame out to make it wider, which means that it can light bigger cigars faster and more evenly. The side-squeeze lighter is available in a number of high-gloss metallic colors.

  • MSRP: $35
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vector Stinger

At first glance, this is one of the more interesting new lighters I saw on the floor; it can offer either a single or dual flame depending on your preference. There are two jets at the top of the lighter, and as you hold the lighter face up, the one on the right will always ignite. The fuel knob on the left side of the lighter controls the left flame; have it on when you fire up the ignition and you’ll get two flames, and you can cut the butane to that second torch at any time during use. It’s certainly not the most compact lighter on the show floor, but I’ll give credit where it’s due for coming up with a novel idea. It’s available in orange, silver, gold and black.

  • MSRP: $40
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vector Summit

A fairly typical single flame torch lighter in all but one respect: it uses a flint to ignite the butane as opposed to the more common piezo spark method. Essentially, it brings the ignition of a soft flame to the power of a torch.

  • MSRP: $30
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

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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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