The reason there is no firm answer to this question is because lighters vary so wildly in flame configuration and flame type. In addition, some smokers take longer to light their cigars than do other smokers. Finally, you will need to understand a bit more about the process of lighting that cigar to develop a firm understanding of why you cannot answer your question adequately.
You have probably heard claims from at least one manufacturer of disposable lighters that their products will light 3,000 times. This claim should not be taken at face value. While the lighters will certainly light that many times, you wont be able to light 3,000 cigars. Why not?
It all comes down to how long you maintain that flame, what configuration of flames you have and how long it takes you to light your cigar. For instance, a double or triple jet lighter will go through fuel far faster than a single jet lighter. A single flame butane lighter will consume even less fuel than a single jet lighter. However, the average cigar takes time to light. During this time, your lighter remains lit, burning fuel the entire time.
Therefore, the amount of time you hold the flame on your lighter, the more fuel you will use. This will reduce the number of lights you are able to achieve from the lighter. If you demand to know how many lights you, personally, can achieve, the best option is to purchase a quality lighter and track your own usage. As the number of lights achievable will vary with each smoker, tracking your usage and results is the best way to determine the right choice in lighters for your needs.
Brian is a consultant for an online specialty lighters store and has expert knowledge of cigar accessories, including Colibri lighter s.