After a two-year hiatus from the market, Vector-KGM has released a new and improved version of its Duke lighter, a compact pocket lighter that offers both a soft flame and a jet torch.

While the body of the lighter looks the same as its predecessor and features the same textured grip, James Park of Vector-KGM told halfwheel that both flames have been upgraded by way of a better ignition mechanism. He called it “the fine-tuning of the ignition system, like a software upgrade for an electric vehicle.”

The Duke offers a side-squeeze ignition for the soft flame that comes out of the side of the lighter, while the torch comes from the top of the lighter and is ignited by a rock-back lever ignition.

It also offers a fuel window on the side of the body, and a large flame adjuster wheel on the base of the body.

The Duke measures 1.42 x 0.52 x 2.9 inches and weighs 2.6 ounces. The company says that it will work at elevations up to 14,000 feet.

The revamped Vector Duke is available in seven colors—gunmetal satin, chrome satin, rose gold satin, black matte, black crackle matte, sparkle blue, and Prizm—each having an MSRP of $45.

Images via Vector-KGM.

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