Refilling Butane Lighters Correctly





Introduction: Refilling Butane Lighters Correctly

If your spewing fluids when refilling, you may need an adapter.

This is more common with vintage or high end lighters.

Important note: You will also need to purge your lighter before refilling by shaking and opening fuel valve upside down until all the fuel(and remaining harmful by-products) are gone. This is an important step because even the best fuel leave some nasty residue and it is harmful to the delicate parts inside!

Butane lighters are not maintenance-free!

These are basically little engines just low compression. Let's see how long your car engine lasts by just refueling it..

Step 1: Determine If a Universal Adapter Is Right or Not

I don't think all the brands will be the same, so you might need to find one that works best or has the correct tip.

Step 2: Here Are Some Different Types That Should Fit Universal Tip

Pictured is a vector insert, old tiffany, colibri, and an old boy. All these work with the universal tip.

A thanks to all lighter makers that use the universal tip!

Step 3: Some Different Types That Need an Adapter

If it looks weird, it might need an adapter. Sorry I don't have more examples..

Note: Some high end lighters like a dupont may look like a universal will work, but they put a hole in the stem so you must use their adapter. :/

Step 4: Save Fuel and Money

It should fill without leakage if the right tip is used. And remember to save the good tips as different brands have different tips.

(although i don't have a tip for this old peterson in the pic right now, i do know, i can find one on one of those cheap blue $3 dollar cans that you see everywhere;)



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    I wish someone made the different size adapters out of brass. I find, that I only get a couple of fills before the plastic ones break. If you could even just buy the plastic adapters separately without having to by the whole can every time.

    I'm looking for an adapter for an old syle Colibri lighter.Any ideas or know where I can buy adapter?

    Thanks for sharing this.

    just a bit of weirdness, I had one type of lighter that if you just filled it never worked right, just barely had a flame, but if you turned the flame height valve all the way down, then refill it, then readjust it up it worked perfectly.... it was almost like refillign it rest the current vale setting to zero...

    but once i learned the trick it worked great.

    Where did you find $3 cans of butane?

    from whip-it butane


    whip it butane has the adapters to.

    if your lighter wont light or stay going try putting zippo fluid on a q-tip and rubbing it on the burner. it cleans all the gunk out. make sure its dry before lighting it.

    so those 5 adapters (that ring of 5 adapters), you got those from a can of iolite butane refill?

    Where did you get that universal adapter?