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  1. JoeBob
    October 21, 2009

    I’ve been using these inserts for a couple years as my primary cigar lighter, and have to totally agree. It’s GREAT.
    I find them to be just as or more reliable as much higher priced lighters over time. Plus, you could go through 2 or 3 of these things before spending the same amount of money as a Colibri or Czonka.

    Great performance, sleek form factor, and affordable as can be. Try them out!

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  2. John
    October 21, 2009

    Glad to see you picked up on this gem. I personally would rate it straight fives across the board.

    Construction — definitely a five, I’ve owned mine for perhaps five years, maybe more, and it has never stopped working. It’s as reliable as the original Zippo itself.

    Value — have you priced a Colibri torch lately? Or maybe a DuPont Extend? A Z-plus insert and a basic brushed chrome Zippo, as mentioned, costs under $30. One-fifth the price of the Extend, and you won’t cry miserably if you misplace or lose it.

    Every cigar shop ought to carry these as a reasonably-priced alternative to more expensive lighters that conveniently give up the ghost right after the warranties expire (yeah, Colibri, I’m talking to YOU!).

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  3. DJ
    October 21, 2009

    Glad to hear of this product’s reliability (John’s comment above): I’ve had many a jet (sorry, Colibri) simply conk out…

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  4. Inspector
    October 21, 2009

    After reading the review and all the comments, I think that I’m going to be ordering one as an alternative to my Dunhill.
    Even with the shipping to Europe this will probably be much cheaper than a basic torch lighter available in local cigar shops (40-60 euros).

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  5. Stephen P
    October 21, 2009

    John,
    The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars for construction is that I haven’t had it long enough to know for sure it will last. That’s good to hear about your long term reliability. I’ve heard a lot of bad things about Colibri lately. I would still like to get a nice natural flame butane lighter. They all cost too much money. There is not need to spend $70 or more for a lighter.

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  6. Adam Hughes
    October 21, 2009

    Just a heads up for those of you that like the butane soft flame: Here is an insert I found that is alternative to the oil based insert that originally comes with the Zippo.

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  7. Keith1911
    October 22, 2009

    I love these inserts. I’ve been using them for a couple years. They last a long time for the price. When they break down it isn’t a big deal to throw them away and then replace the insert in my favorite Zippo lighter.

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  8. Rich
    October 22, 2009

    I like the idea. My father has a few Zippo lighters from when he served as a Marine during the Korean War. He no longer smokes and they have sat in a box for decades. I think I’ll ask him for them and put at least one back into use with the insert. The others I think I will keep in original condition.
    Thanks for the review!

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  9. Stephen P
    October 22, 2009

    Rich that would be really cool having a vintage one. I have the vintage “look” Zippo but it’s not a real vintage. I tried getting them off ebay a couple times but they go for more than I would want to pay. Good luck with it.

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  10. DJ
    October 23, 2009

    Need to add a link somewhere to accessory reviews (where will this get indexed next month?).

    Also: I think accessories def. have a place on this site. Surprised there are not any other accessory reviews.

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  11. DaveC
    October 25, 2009

    Great Review. I have always wondered if the heat from the torch would be an issue with an all metal zippo case, but for the price I’ll have to try anyway to find out. Thanks again!

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  12. Stephen P
    October 26, 2009

    DaveC: No the metal case does not get hot at all.

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  13. John
    October 26, 2009

    That’s my experience as well. Heat is not an issue. There really isn’t a downside to this item, unless you’re the CEO of Colibri.

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  14. MB
    October 30, 2009

    I’ve sitting on the fence about this insert for a long time. I have an old Zippo that I got in college and it’s been sitting in a drawer for years. I love that lighter but could not use it on my precious smokes. After I read this review I went out and got one and it is great. I am so happy to have my Zippo back and working. Z-Plus rocks!!!

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  15. Stephen P
    October 30, 2009

    Hey MB. I am glad it worked out well for you!

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  16. Inspector
    November 27, 2009

    I received my Z-plus + Zippo yesterday, easily set it up and just lit my first cigar. Works great! Thanks for the tip Stephen.

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  17. Stephen p
    November 27, 2009

    Awesome ! I’m glad it’s working for you.

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  18. Cigar Chick
    September 9, 2011

    This is a great idea for Zippo

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  19. John
    September 10, 2011

    I agree, Cigar Chick, but Zippo evidently does not. Z-plus got pulled off the market for a while about a year or so ago while they fought a legal battle with Zippo. Guess they used Zippo’s brand name a bit too freely in their marketing. But the legal battles are resolved and everyone, especially cigar smokers, are happy.

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  20. Mad William Flint
    December 5, 2011

    After fighting for years with jet lighters and finally coming to the conclusion that they all suck I have to say that this single lighter insert is the best one I’ve ever used. It’s lasted the longest without having to futzed with. It stands out alone as the only jet I’ll use. Otherwise it’s straight zippos all the way.

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  21. bluzz
    January 11, 2012

    Worked great for one month than the piezeo died – one month 14 bucks …not worth it

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  22. Mad William Flint
    January 11, 2012

    Damn. that’s unfortunate bluzz. Of all the butane lighters I’ve had, this one actually has lasted the longest. Close to two years so far and going strong. I’ve been through an easy dozen others.

    Frankly though I use this half the time and a straight zippo the rest. The “flavor in the cigar” fear is a bunch of garbage designed to sell jet lighters.

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  23. chris
    October 1, 2014

    I’ve had this for about a year. It rapidly stopped working properly : It barely lights and when it does, the flame turns off in less than a second.
    It’s a real crap … at least the one I bought.

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