Palio Combo. Part 1: Cigar Stand

Cigar Stand

This is the first part of a three part series I will be doing on this combo (Palio cutter + cigar stand + 2-cigar case for $39) from Cigar Solutions (note: the combo is currently not available as CS are waiting for new Palios). I will review each item individually, and then the combo as a unit.

I had been looking for a Palio cutter for a while. I generally find it for about $35 and since this combo kit was $39 including the cigar stand and the two cigar walnut case I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

Cigar Stand Cigar Hold
Price: ~ $8.99

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
The cigar stand is made out of stainless steel and is polished to a bright finish. The case is a generic vinyl credit card type sleeve.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
It appears to be decently made and has not fallen apart in the month I have used it. The vinyl case also seems to be holding well despite numerous trips in the car and my back pocket.

Ease of Use : Rating: ★★★★☆
Uh, it’s not going to get any easier than this. You slide it out of the sleeve, extend, and you have yourself a cigar stand. It will support a pretty large cigar, and it is not difficult to balance them on there.

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
At almost $10 it is spendy for just the stand. If it were more like $5 it would have scored much higher.

Overall : Rating: ★★★★☆
I like the stand. I find it handy for times I am sitting on a friend’s deck and there is no ash tray. I can position the stand on the banister so that the ash hangs over the edge. You may find other uses in the garage or even on your outdoor table if it is wet. If you have a need for this it is certainly worth it. However, I would try to get it as a combo.

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Z-plus Torch Flame Zippo Lighter Insert

Z-plus Torch Flame Zippo Lighter Insert

Maker : Blazer Products
Website : http://www.blazerproducts.com/lighters/zplus.html
Type : Butane Lighter Insert
Price : ~$12.99
More information about purchasing a Z-plus Zippo Insert…

I personally love that distinctive *click* sound you hear when opening and closing a Zippo. You hear that sound, you instantly know it as a Zippo.

The problem is you love your Zippo lighter, but not smell or taste – it may impart on your cigar while lighting it. Enter the Z-Plus Torch Flame Insert.

The Z-Plus insert is marketed by Blazer Products as a way to bring your old case lighter roaring into the 21st Century in just 2 easy steps. I can personally attest that it is that easy.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
The top of the Z-Plus insert is chrome, but when removed from the case you can see the plastic butane tank on the bottom half. The insert does a good job of mimicing the Zippo insert once it is installed into the Zippo case.

Z-plus Torch Flame Zippo Lighter Insert

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
The Z-Plus insert appears to be well made and it lights on the fist click of the striker every time.

Ease of Use : Rating: ★★★★★
The Z-Plus light insert could not be easier to use. To set it up, tip it upside-down, turn the torch to the lowest setting. Unfortunately, it takes a small screw driver to do this. However, once it is set to your liking, you should not need to adjust it again. Fill it with butane, remove the Zippo insert, and insert the Z-Plus. It is that easy. You could have done it in less time than it took to read this paragraph.

It quickly toasts and lights up most cigars easily. Only the largest of ring gauge cigars require a little more effort.

Value : Rating: ★★★★½
At approximately $12 retail I do not think you can find a better bargain, especially if you already own an older zippo. I did not already own a Zippo, so I purchased one off ebay and I bought the Z-plus at my local cigar shop. My total investment was less than $30.

Overall : Rating: ★★★★½
I really like the Z-plus lighter. I am sure a lot of that has to do with my affection for the Zippo. It does function very well. A few of minor complaints: You can’t leave it lit too long or it goes out, but I have had that problem with other butane lighters as well. When you let go of the ignitor it stays lit for a couple seconds. I have another butane lighter that does the same thing, too. Finally, the fluid reservoir is semi-transparent so it is difficult to tell how much fuel is in it. I’ve been using it for a few months now. Overall, the Z-Plus is excellent and I do not think it can be beat for the money.

Click here to find out more about purchasing a Z-plus