Introduction: Reuse an Extended-Reach (Disposable) BIC Lighter

There's not much to it, but this video demonstrates a trick I use to refill long-handled, disposable lighters. Depending on where you live, this might save $2-$4 over buying a new one and may even make you the hero at your next BBQ.


lisa.singhray.1 (author)2015-02-24

hi, can you show me how to fix the clicker on the black bbq lighters from the dollar store. I just bought it, it worked for a day or so, and now it doesn't click, and yes it has fluid. Thank you for the help, I hate to waste money just throwing it away. LISA

Bbq lighters have 3 components for ignition: The piezo, wire, and tip. Think of it as a big sparkplug.

The piezo is a small rectangular pushbutton hidden behind the trigger. These are factory-sealed units and are not servicable.

The wire runs from the piezo, down the barrel, and to the tip where . This part is rarely the problem for non-sparking lighters.

The tip is a small piece of metal that is offset from the end of the barrel. Most commonly, the tip is too far away from the mouth of the barrel or pressed against it, interrupting the spark gap, and cannot create a spark when the trigger is pressed.

Try moving the tip and distancing it from the barrel using a small screwdriver. If that doesn't work, the lighter is probably not worth repairing.

Aromero814 (author)2013-07-17

Make this video not private please

M3talhead (author)Aromero8142013-07-18

Fixed. :-)

bobbyderf123 (author)2011-07-29

ive found if you just take off the valve you can just pour lighter fluid(or any other highly flammable liquids, nudge nudge wink wink:) back into the original casing, cheaper than buying a cigarette lighter.

admiral001 (author)2011-04-18

Well done!

Kozz (author)2011-01-30

Excellent work. I also have kept around my old extended-reach lighters after they ran out of fluid because their sparker was still a good solution to lighting my gas grill.

dchall8 (author)2011-01-30

Thank you! I almost threw one of those away yesterday. I kept it just to have the sparker but now I will refill it.

rimar2000 (author)2011-01-30

Very clever!

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