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“Picked up an Alpha Artic on a Joe Cigar Daily Deal and have been very pleased with it. Love the rugged design, large tank with window and the single-action operation. Lights on the first strike every time and the powerful double-flame makes short work of firing up my big-ring cigars. Would like for it to have a little more heft in my hand but otherwise is a perfect companion for all my outdoor activities.”
“I prevously bought the Black Ops Delta lighter with the single torch. This lighter lit every time, but the flame blew out in the breeze more easily than is typical for a torch lighter and the tank is small. I bought the Black Ops Alpha and it solves all these problems. It lights first time every time and appears to last several times as long between fills as the other one, even though there are two flames, plus the tank is transaparent, so you can see when it needs a refill.
The only problem with this lighter is that because of the hinged cap that opens as you light, it has to be tilted towards you so if you have to relight a nub a lot of heat is directed at your face.”
“So far I've owned the Black-Ops Delta and Alpha lighters. The Delta I wasn't impressed with, but so far the Alpha has lived up to my expectations. It's got a good sized tank to it, and it works very well. Almost too well. I scorched the wrapper on the first cigar that I lit with it. But like everything else in life, practice makes perfect. It doesn't take much time to light my cigars and I can easily tell when it's getting empty.
One of the features of this lighter is simultaneously a pro and con. The flame adjuster requires a flat head screw driver to adjust, so the pro is that once you adjust it, you won't accidentally bump it and turn the flames up and burn your eyebrows off, or turn them down to the point that they go out. The con is that it requires the inconvenience of getting a screw driver to adjust the thing. All in all, even with that tiny inconvenience, I would highly recommend this lighter.”