Flat flame lighters have been part of the cigar accessories landscape for a while, but now one of the best-known names in the industry is releasing its first entry.

At next week’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, XIKAR will show off the Verano Flat Flame lighter, which the company says provides the power of a double flame with the breadth of a triple, which in turn helps maximize fuel efficiency. It is being offered in four colorways: black, silver, G2 and vintage bronze.

Pricing is set at $79.99.

Speaking of fuel, XIKAR is expanding its High Performance Premium Butane offerings, while also lowering the price.

As a result of the acquisition of XIKAR by Quality Importers, the company has been able to leverage its better buying power and passing the savings on to customers. While an 8-ounce can of the butane used to sell for $12.99, that is dropping to $9.95. The company is also adding a 1.9-ounce can that will retail for $5.95.

The fuel is designed to perform better at altitudes but in particular at higher elevations, while also burning cleaner and hotter than standard butane.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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