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do you have a broken lighter?

do you have a broken lighter? if you do leave a comment below about your lighter and what the problem is and i will reply within 1-3 days with the solution hopefully this will be of help to some people

m4x5ton7 months ago
i have a lighter which is a caliaber or some brand like that. Every time i fill my lighter it just comes strait out of the valve i used to fill it. It empty's itself in seconds. Can i fix this problem myself or do i need to get it fixed professionally ???
khubris9 months ago
hi thank you for offering your help on this very important issue:

i had an awesome jet lighter that i acquired from a ramekin set for glazing creme brûlées' (mmm) so i have no clue on the brand and make. attached is the design model.

http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mox_bg-ZgigvUtHho0NBMJA.jpg

basically i believe the port thingie where it's refilled is bent after i purged the thing for the first thing after learning about it on the interwebs, it was fine and working before, but i never ever had purged in and didn't think id cause damage because now when i try to refill it, there is a leaky sound and it will still light but since the gas is now leaking out it won't stay refilled. is it possible that i bent the port with whatever tool i used at the time when it was purged? or do you think the purging had something to do with it strangely enough? i have no idea, but i love the lighter because it's been my go-to for years in the kitchen and outside as well. i know its been years, but any help is appreciated since i've only had duds that wouldn't of have even come close to 'my precious' lighter, lol.

your help is very much appreciated, tyvm :)
khubris9 months ago
hi thank you for making this even though it was like 5 million decades ago :) i had an awesome jet lighter that i acquired from a ramekin set for glazing creme brûlées' (mmm) so i have no clue on the brand and make. attached is the design model.

http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mox_bg-ZgigvUtHho0NBMJA.jpg

basically i believe the port thingie where it's refilled is bent after i purged the thing for the first thing after learning about it on the interwebs, it was fine and working before, but i never ever had purged in and didn't think id cause damage because now when i try to refill it, there is a leaky sound and it will still light but since the gas is now leaking out it won't stay refilled. is it possible that i bent the port with whatever tool i used at the time when it was purged? or do you think the purging had something to do with it strangely enough? i have no idea, but i love the lighter because it's been my go-to for years in the kitchen and outside as well. i know its been years, but any help is appreciated since i've only had duds that wouldn't of have even come close to 'my precious' lighter, lol.

awesome instructable by the way, learned much from it as well as another plethora from the comments, i thank you!!
MrNice11 months ago
Hi, I'm writing from Italy and I have a metal clipper micro,but the flame is too small, and when I put the wheel on the minimum it doesn do any flame. I also tried to cefill it but the flame is always the same. Help :/
jefrosen11 months ago
Hi. I have a clipper lighter (http://secure.julianroe.co.uk/ekmps/shops/julianroebri11/images/icy-colour-metal-clipper-lighter-in-case-0569-[2]-34905-p.jpg) and refilled it. The lighter seems to be working fine except now when you shake it a noise comes from the gas chamber. It sounds like something was knocked loose and is banging around. Got any ideas?
LePsycho4 years ago
Hi, I've got a metal clipper with the adjustable flame wheel on the base, have done some engraving on it also. Problem is, it seems to run out of gas very quick... I refill it holding the gas can to the lighter for about a minute, and it'll run out of gas the same day. The flame also changes heights quickly, going from huge to nothing (without me using the adjust wheel!) Hope you can help, bit annoying that I splash out on a metal clipper and it breaks, whereas the cheap old ones last forever and have no problems!
next time before you try filling it use a tiny screw driver and press down on the fill pipe to release what air pressure might be built up inside of the lighter as this can have a effect on the proper balance of pressure within the lighter, when all of the air is out then try filling the lighter up again
kangri LePsycho3 years ago
I am 2 years late on this, but just in case anyone else has a problem like this I figured I'd answer.

If you're holding the gas can to the lighter for a full minute, that may be your problem. Try refilling the lighter by using short, quick bursts with the can. I had a see-through lighter and I noticed it didn't fill up if I held the can to it but it would fill up if I did it in bursts.
sharlston (author)  LePsycho4 years ago
it could be leaking normaly you wont be able to fix it but you cant try search the lighter while refilling it and listen for the gas leaking it could be fixed with a bit of rsin of supe glue put let the butane out of the lighter then fix and glue so its not underpressure you probaly cut into it while engraving :) hope i help just reply for more help
Or you could but it under water to find the leaks.
sharlston (author)  mikaelthemycologist4 years ago
good idea
do not do that, it will rust some stuff, inside, making it not light.
sharlston (author)  toogers4 years ago
itll be alright if its chrome or stanless steel
or brass or copper or some galvanised iron ?
I have a problem with my metal clipper lighter. I fill it with gas, the flint is new, there is a spark, but the flame is very weak even though the wheel is turned to the max. I suspect there might be a problem in the gas button, or supply. I wanted to dissemble it but was afraid to break it, can anyone give me an advice?
bunnyluck1 year ago
i have ronson torch lighter and they have lasted for almost ten years, well of course i have done quite a bit of maintenance to keep them in running condition and then all of a sudden about a month ago they all started breaking one by one, very mysteriously. cant repair them like Ive always been able to before. could it be something in the environment, we did recently move into a new place, or could it be the lighter fluid? its very unusual to have them all start breaking like this. any ideas?
AustralLord2 years ago
Hello!

A few days ago I bought a second hand lighter and repaired it, but the flame would only light when the body was off. Miraculously, it began working later in the day and I ran the fuel out by the end of the day from excitement.

My problem is that I refueled it today and it only lights without the body again! Thanks for the help!
i have no one. lol
Delta254 years ago
how do you refill a bic lighter
sharlston (author)  Delta254 years ago
you dont there diposable
Well thats helpful! And you can, also
knex_mepalm3 years ago
I am expert at lighters and I ave broke my beloved zippo somewhere, I can see the flint but not light. Not 18 yet, but I have a lighter. I do not smoke. I do not want to die.
92buckshots4 years ago
I don't have a lighter, how do i fix that?
You buy one
Lusco9904 years ago
I have a broken lighter not sure what kind it is but I recently had it filled but it won't light I cleaned the valve that didn't work so thought maybe it was the wire used to light the gas so I tried moving it closer to the valve but that didn't work either and there's only one screw to take out and when I took it out it didn't seem to loosen anything up
How do you refill a piezo lighter? (shaped like a bic)
sharlston (author)  MadBricoleur4 years ago
theres a refil valve at the bottom
How? (what fuel, method)
sharlston (author)  MadBricoleur4 years ago
A BOTTLE OF LIGHTER REFIL butane stick it in the bottom and push
XkidXhavocX4 years ago
this is the most ridiculous ible ever.
sharlston (author)  XkidXhavocX4 years ago
too bad its not a ible its a "forum topic"
Or go up to the dollar store and buy a new lighter.
sharlston (author)  Rock Soldier4 years ago
you know how much good lighters are? decent zippos are like £15
And for that much(I'm going to pretend it's a USD dollar) You could buy about 15 one dollar lighters that would last longer I'd think than a zippos lighter.
Yea, but zippos are awesome, they have an "i'm not a cheapskate who buys cheapa** lighters to set stuff aflame" quality to them.
lol!
sharlston (author)  The Ideanator4 years ago
when youre using them theyre a cool light hen not there a cool thing to do tricks with
sharlston (author)  The Ideanator4 years ago
exactly
lol. Good one.
sharlston (author)  Rock Soldier4 years ago
its true
sharlston (author)  Rock Soldier4 years ago
no zippos are better you get free repairs
That's cool. "Um, my lighter broke. Can you fix it?" "What's the problem?" "All of the plastic parts are missing, and I have lighter fluid on my clothes...:
also most zippos are collectors items plus they add 10+ to your awesome meter
He's talking about quality lighters, like the watches & pens that you don't throw away when they're defective & want to fix them instead.

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sharlston (author)  Rock Soldier4 years ago
did you happen to take it apart?
that's $7.30, usd obviously.
sharlston (author)  toogers4 years ago
no its about $30 usd i think 1 dollar is around 50 pence
i got it backwards, sorry.

 If you really want to be precise, it's actually $23.52, but that's just my insatiable urge to use all of Google Search's wonderful features. Man, I love Google...
Mr. Google is one smart man......
He knows everything, but sometimes not what youre looking for
 I disagree... Google is always good to me. I now live in Google, KS!!!

Lol. It may sound weird, but this should explain it all:
http://bit.ly/bgmJO5
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sharlston (author)  DELETED_dyand.7774 years ago
can you hear the gas coming out when your pressing the button
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sharlston (author)  DELETED_dyand.7774 years ago
ok try this take the lighter to pieces ok now find a little black thing with a wire and a silver thing on the bottom then buy a cheap electronic lighter and take that to pieceds and use the metal wire thing out of that as a spare it coud be easier with pictures
Probably a knackered-piezo. It could be held together with screws, you'd need pictures I think.

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reedarama4 years ago
I keep buying stick lighters that work for only a short while then stop.  They are full of fluid so I wonder what is wrong with these.  It seems wasteful to keep buying these.  Can they be fixed?
sharlston (author)  reedarama4 years ago
is the valve closed?
I don't know.  How can I tell?
i have this scripto lighter that when you click it it makes the spark but no fuel goes up. iknow it hase fuel because when you shake it you can hear the fluid
sharlston (author)  shawntherobot4 years ago
they are quite cheap once youve done taking it to pieces might be best to buy a new one
cant not old enough they wont sell them to me i found this on in good condition
 Buy from older person.
sharlston (author)  shawntherobot4 years ago
try refiling it
555mst5554 years ago
erm...my lighter is broken......
sharlston (author)  555mst5554 years ago
what problems or lighter?
hi guys i got a colibri lighter and the gas tank is leaking. any ideas?
sharlston (author)  amacocatering4 years ago
where is it leaking from?
it had a leak on the plastic tank I fixed that with supa glue, but now its got a leak from the valve where the gas goes in thanks for helping ps I got about 100 vintage lighters I would really like to see working again
stickeater4 years ago
i have a clite slidev lighter and i cant seem tro reffil it
sharlston (author)  stickeater4 years ago
are you sure its refiliable?is it butane or petrol fluid?
Putzer4 years ago
Broken Dunhill, any suggestions?
sharlston (author)  Putzer4 years ago
whats wrong with it?
stickeater4 years ago
how do you fix a piezo electric igniter
sharlston (author)  stickeater4 years ago
depends whats wrong with it
stickeater4 years ago
i just found out that the valve was shut so it didnt light so i opened it and now it works.
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