I have been using my Elite for a few weeks since the last drop, and agree, for the cost, this is a novelty item, and I like it for that. It does not have a clip or ring, is pocket carry. I typically charge it once a day, although it will last up to two, and I am a fairly heavy smoker, up to about 50 lights .. but that all depends on how long you leave it on to light. If it runs low, seems to have an auto disable to prevent the battery from over discharging. On occasion the switch is fickle and will not engage until you fuss with it.
I don't see this working at all with rope or cigars. In fact, I have learned that if you 'tap' the tobacco down into the tube and there is a stand-off of paper it does not light well. I have gotten into the habit of using the back of the lighter to tap the top of the cigarette to flatten the top. The ignitable source must be right onto the element. Sure the element chamber gets a little goopy with extra stuff, but it is burned, dry, and blows out easily. Try only slightly opening the chamber (so it does not light) and using some canned air.
On the plus side, while driving with window full down, I can light a smoke with one hand. Can't do that with a Bic (butane lighter).