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Can I refill a disposable lighter with something besides lighter fluid? Answered

I found an old empty lighter. Can I refill it with something besides lighter fluid? Like axe or something?

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thematthatter (author)2009-09-14

Are you talking about a butane lighter or a wick lighter like a zippo. For a Zippo style lighter, no, lighter fluid is cheep enough to use. Axe will just make a mess. The bic disposable lighters are not refillable.

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memyselfand1 (author)2009-09-14

Well, you could fill it with water and use it as a very small water container. just don't smoke and drink at the same time.

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orksecurity (author)2009-09-13

I would bet "no". Disposable objects are all about cheap manufacture. They have to be filled once -- but I bet that's done in the cheapest way possible, and requires equipment you don't have. Among other things, to get liquid in you have to vent the air-pressure gas already in there back out... and then seal that opening. Cologne wouldn't work in any case. The lighter only works because the fluid has a high enough evaporation temperature to provide its own pressurization. Fill it with anything else, and you probably won't be able to get it back out. One more thought: Be careful playing with these. There may be enough fuel left in them even when "empty" to hurt you if it gets sparked. I've heard a few horror stories; I can't prove any of them but at least one came through reputable channels. (I've thought about sending that one to Mythbusters since it'd be interesting to see whether it's really possible.)

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lemonie (author)2009-09-12

You'd have difficulty, these things are cheap enough, buy a full one. L

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