I can’t remember if I’ve covered it specifically, but I didn’t find a specific post about it, so I’ll do so here.
Some have asked about the lighter that occasionally pops up in the background of some of my review pics. It’s actually a small soldering torch by Iroda called the Micro-Jet. It’s awesome, and something that a great BOTL turned a bunch of us onto during a November 2012 trip to Havana. They can be found on sale occasionally through the Canadian Tire chain of department stores in Canada, and through some various online vendors as well, one of which is through good buddy Lou’s shop at Canada Humidor. I’ll include a pic here for those that need / want an item number on it:
These Iroda torches are awesome. As those of us out of Canada and other countries know, the travel restrictions in recent years for items that can be carried on airplanes is getting tighter and tighter. As butane cigar torches are generally not allowed, this unique little item makes it awesome to travel as a cigar smoker with a decent quality torch.
Take the separate pieces apart, and the fuel reservoir is simply a “standard” soft-flame, Bic-style lighter, and allowed to be carried within your shorts / pants pocket. But, inserted within the outer casing once you get to your travel destination, and special valves and jets turn that simple soft-flame lighter into a kick ass butane torch. And, at a very reasonable cost, compared to the not-to-be-travelled-with-lest-they-be-lost-or-confiscated S.T. Duponts, Colibris, KGM / Vectors, etc., etc. The fuel cells on these Iroda torches also have a refill valve at the bottom of them, so you can refill with your choice of quality butane at home. And, you can even use the outer torch shell with a standard lighter if you wish, just by simply getting rid of the flint wheel installed on them. Also, being able to pick up spare fuel cells, and pack them in your additional luggage (where / if allowed) makes it very nice, and more feasible for most people travelling (especially into Cuba), as you don’t have to worry about finding good quality butane to refill your torch.
So there we go. Thanks again Marc!