Sorry Dave, but I have to LOL at the ST Dupont comment. Maxijets (along with Defi and Minijet) are fantastic, probably the best single-jet torch made and worth every penny. I own two of them, along with a couple of dozen other lighters, and they are the best I've ever tried... not that they belong in a discussion of budget lighters anyway, especially pipe lighters.
As for that, Vertigo makes several styles of side-exit soft-flame pipe lighters in the $15-$20-ish range. I think that's what I'd go for if I needed an inexpensive pipe lighter. Consider those a stop-gap while you save up for an IM Corona Old Boy, though, pretty much the pinnacle in pipe lighters (again, not that IMC's belong in a discussion of budget lighters).
Not sure the plasma thing would work out so well. Just not sure you can draw on them like a soft-flame lighter or direct the heat like a jet-flame torch. Seeing the way many of them are made it's clear they're meant for direct contact with the end of a cigarette. I guess it's somewhat possible to light a cigar with one, but it looks like it would be a big PITA.
I smoke in moderation. Only one cigar at a time. - Mark Twain
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