Updated: Oct 23, 2020
As overlooked as it may be not all car ashtray are created equal. I was a long time user of a specific brand. This ashtray came into play and I had to give it a try. What I was expecting and what I actually found were two different things.
The Ad Copy:
Meet one of the most functional portable ashtrays on the market today. It features Stinky's unique combination of stainless steel construction and deep bowl. The resting mechanism is designed with two clips that carefully flex to hold any sized cigar up to a 60 ring gauge. The Stinky Car Ashtray fits perfectly into almost any cup holder. Its easy-to-transport design makes it a great choice for boats, RV-s, and other vehicles. This mobile Stinky Cigar ashtray even has a hinged lid, keeping odors at bay until you empty it.
Profile: Deep Bowl
Fit: Standard size vehicle cup holder.
Weight: 6.4 ounces
Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.25 x 4 inches
Lid: Hinged with cigar holder.
Cigar Holder: Spring style to hold any size cigar.
I wasn't really hopeful when this arrived. It did feel very solid and looked great. It was clean and shiny. I have a thing for packaging and the care put into a product before it arrives. This came as good as possible.
I placed this in my car and it fit the cup holder perfectly. There is no issues or tipping when the lid is open since the cup holder keeps everything order. One thing that I kept checking during use was how hot the can got. I would not expect any of them to get so hot to cause a problem, but this one stayed on the cooler side. The spring clip to hold the cigar is well made. It adds enough pressure even to the larger gauge cigars to hold it but not do damage. I used it with mostly 50 gauge and above with the largest being 60. The way that the lid is designed keeps the cigar very straight when in the spring clip. Even after losing the ash after hitting a bump it tumbles directly into the can as it should. Once you are finished smoking you can ditch the stick and close the lid. While I know putting a cigar out cigarette style is against most rules I do not think it applies here. I put out the cigar best I could and left the rest in the can and shut the lid. Not only did the cigar go out, the can stayed cool, and it held the odor in the can until disposal later on in the evening.
One Month Check:
After one month of use I am still very happy with the product. I did notice some burn marks in the bottom of the can from plenty of hot embers going out there. This is not a problem at all and should be expected. I thought I should note it though in the interest of completion. The spring clip is still going strong. I have not smoked any sub 45 gauge sticks, but what I have smoked stayed straight and in its place.
This is a great product overall. Since buying it I have not switched back to my old one. This does the job with quality at a very affordable price. The only negative that I can find is you should not use this if it is not in a cup holder. When you open the lid the can itself will tip over without support. If you are using it the way ti should be used then you will have no issue. If you are in need of a car ashtray I can put a stamp of approval on this one.