2011 L.E. Prometheus God of Fire Magma T, Ultimo X and Retro
 
 
Ultimo-X
 
Retro
 
Magma-T
  

 

2011 Limited Edition Prometheus God of Fire Ultimo X

Triple Torch Flame with Punch Cutter, Wind-resistant
   
Built-in Punch Cutter (U.S. Patent 6,298,856 & 6,732,741)

Dimensions: 2.87 inch x 1.45 x 0.55 (73 mm x 37 x 14)
      
Each lighter was serial-numbered.
   
MSRP $89.95 in 2011

 
Ultimo-XF
 
Built-in Punch Cutter. U.S. patent 6,298,856 and 6,732,741
  

 
2011 Limited Edition Prometheus God of Fire Retro

Jet Turbo, Torch Flame, Wind-resistant, Flint Ignition System

Dimensions: 3.00 inch x 1.37 x 0.25 (75 mm x 35 x 7)

Each lighter was serial-numbered.
   
MSRP $85.00 in 2011
  
 
Retro-GB
 
   

 
 
 
 
2011 Limited Edition Prometheus God of Fire Magma T

Triple Torch Flame with Punch Cutter, Wind-resistant
  
Two Built-in Punch Cutters (U.S. Patent 6,298,856 & 6,732,741)
   
Dimensions: 3.56 inch x 2.80 x 0.94 (90 mm x 55 x 24)

Each lighter was serial-numbered.

MSRP $89.95 in 2011
    
 
Magma-T/GB 
 
Two Built-in Punch Cutters. U.S. patent 6,298,856 and 6,732,741

   

 
 
Prometheus 2011 Limited Edition God of Fire Magma T

by Charlie Minato, HalfWheel.com

In 2010, Prometheus launched a new tabletop lighter, the Magma T. Since then, various limited edition versions of the lighter have been released, most recently the Prometheus 20th Anniversary Collection. Last year, Prometheus created two limited edition versions of the lighter, one for the God of Fire brand and the other for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation’s tenth anniversary. The only difference for the limited edition versions is appearance, which I guess is a pretty big category for lighters, but nonetheless, the following is much more regarding function.
 
photographs by Brooks Whittington, HalfWheel.com
 
Performance-wise, I tried my best to use the lighter as much as possible for the course of the two plus months that I’ve had it. After three refills, the lighter still lights up every time and puts out a consistent triple flame. With multi-flame lighters, this is really crucial as so many times the flames are uneven, which largely defeats the purpose. I don’t normally use a punch, but the cutter worked fine the two times I used it. The two sizes are nice, as it gives you the ability to punch anywhere from 44-60 RG with a hole that is appropriate for the size.
 
 
The Competition: XIKAR announced the XTX Tabletop lighter at IPCPR 2011. It’s priced identical to the limited edition versions of Prometheus’ lighter and features a single side ignition, as opposed to the dual ignition found on its normal Tabletop lighter. The XTX doesn’t feature a cutter, but features an angular flame that seeks to add more precision versus a standard triple flame. XIKAR’s Tabletop lighter is priced similar, but features dual ignition and a traditional triple flame that is similar to the Magma T. Both XIKAR models feature lids that open and close automatically. Vector’s Thundra lighter, which sells for $50.00 features a traditional lid and triple flame, but uses a thumb ignition at the top of the lighter and doesn’t feature a cutter. While I’ve yet to see a Magma T that has gone through a year of use, I haven’t been impressed with the Tabletop and other multi-flame lighters from XIKAR as the flames seem to become uneven after only a few months of use. Still, that’s why XIKAR has a lifetime warranty. Prometheus has a two-year warranty and is known to fix items after the period for a $25.00 service fee.

The Bottom Line: I like the Magma T. For $89.95 (the regular versions are $79.95), I’m not sure if this is the greatest use of money, but like many others, I enjoy cigar accessories. While I’m a firm believer in the greatness of the single flame lighter, I actually found myself using the Magma T a lot more than I had thought. Outside of the price, it’s hard to fault the Magma T for anything that is specific to the Prometheus lighter, as most of my gripes with it are with lighters, or more importantly multi-flame lighters, in general. In the most important category, the consistency and evenness of the flame, the Magma T performed as good as any lighter could. All things considered, and compared to the competition, I don’t see any reason not to purchase the Magma T if you are looking for a table lighter.


 
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