How to Repair Those Useless New Clippers

Introduction: How to Repair Those Useless New Clippers

About: A Northern Ireland based maker with a propensity to cause trouble and freshly constructed family.

If you're a smoker you'll deinitely have noticed a decline in the quality of clipper lighters which I believe has something to do with the newer hexagonal flint wheels, the hexagon is not the problem but the flint wheel has changed and quickly wears the flint in such a way that it's useless after a week or so.

There's the problem here's the fix. As you can imagine this has been annoying me alot as the nozzle in wonder jet lighter is kaput - If I ever manage to lathe my own all will be well.

**Edit: New steps added**

Step 1: Removing the Offending Piece.

Right the only tools you should really need are a flathead screwdriver (large) and if you have clumsy or weak fingers pliers may be handy aswell.

Grab the flint wheel and pull up, remember this is for clippers, they have a seperate flint assembly, It simply pulls out.

Step 2: Getting Down to It.

You'll notice on the bottom of the flint tube theres a slot, much like a flathead screw.

That's it you need to loosen this a little before you'll get it with your hands, just use a large flathead screwdriver. Take it off by hand after loosening though and hold on carefully in case the flint escapes, after getting the spring and endcap of tip the flint out for inspection.

You'll see one side that's very shiny and most likely worn with a slight groove or some such, possibly a slant, either way this is a bad thing. If this is the first time doing this repair then just turn it around and put it in the tube with the unworn end facing the striker wheel, if you still have a good amount of flint left then you can always file it down flat.

Getting the spring and endcap back on can be tricky, start screwing it in and don't let go of it until it's all the way in, it can go backwards so push down a bit while screwing it in to position, also it'll kind of bump along, don't worry that's just the spring ends popping up and down a bit from being screwed...

Step 3: A More Permanent Fix.

So after doiing the original fix I still felt that the spark wasn't right, mainly because the wheel span too freely, you have two options to consider, either increase the force pushing the flint stone into the wheel or change the wheel, I decided the best bet would be to add a spacer between the spring and the flint.

I used a piece of a small screw as a spacer, you could just put a second flint into it as a spacer, this is probably the best option but my bit of screw does the job nicely and will always be there...

Step 4: At Last Success

You should have a nice powerful spark and no loose limp wristed spinning from the striker wheel, enjoy your new friend, understanding something is the first step to knowing something.

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    53 Discussions

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    iI4I20Ii
    iI4I20Ii

    6 years ago

    Instead of a screw buy a bic take the spring out of bic and put the spring from the bic in the clipper the bic spring is a little longer so solves the problem without adding a screw or extra flint xD

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    mraidymadd
    mraidymadd

    Reply 6 months ago

    If you're gonna go all the way to buying a new BIC, you might as well bin the crap Clipper and use the BIC.
    Amazing isn't how a little common sense prevails in times like this.....

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    LivJ1
    LivJ1

    Reply 4 years ago

    And the flint from a bic lighter, duh. I cut the flint in half with wire cutters (carefully or both pieces disappear) and the flints have lasted me 6 months or more and i use my clippers all day ;) and to fix the flame issue they get sometimes remove allllllll pressure and refill until a puddle appears around the refill port ?

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    JayneC23
    JayneC23

    Reply 3 years ago

    But why steal the flint from a Bic and render it inoperable (unless it's already dead)... or better yet, why bother buying a Bics at all? (lol) when flints are so cheap anyways? Not sure where you live, but they usually come in packages of 10 (though I've also gotten them in little plastic tubes, maybe 5 or 10 of them in the tube?) and for probably no more than a quid or a euro... I could be a bit off on the price, but regardless they're super cheap, and would fix the discussed issue (and with no need to stretch out or weaken a spring). One pack of flints lasts me years and years... it's usually moreso an issue is remembering where I put the damned package when I need it again since they last me so long! But then again, I don't smoke spliffs, so I'm sure that makes a difference, but either way, they cheap and is the easiest, most logical solution of all because then you've always got flints on hand of the right size and type..

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    natanael.betancourt4589
    natanael.betancourt4589

    Tip 6 months ago

    The spacer idea was a success for me. I use my zippo flints for my clipper, so I had te idea to use an extra zippo flint as a spacer and works perfectly while also leaving me with and extra flint. Thanks for the post it rly helped!!

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    kschmautz69
    kschmautz69

    Tip 7 months ago on Introduction

    Imo it's much easier to disassemble (destroy) and salvage a new Flint from an empty Bic or generic lighter, assuming ofcourse that you have one lying around somewhere. For some reason the flint rods that bics come equipped with are waaaay longer than the fuel would ever permit they are about half inch in length which would help with ur spacer problem and being that you can strip down a lighter and get an almost new Flint in less time it would take to do any filing/sanding. Not to mention it will last you a lot longer than the stock flint that was in ur clipper. But personally that has never been an issue for me. My problem with the (in)famous clipper lighter is that, sure it's refillable, but if u plan on putting any mid - high quality butaine in it, then I hope you can deal with your clipper being a fuel wasting crack torch. Seriously the flame is 5 f****n inches tall!! And per size of fuel reservoir compared to fuel output, it's worse on gas than a bummer not to mention practically worthless (unless you smoke crack.) So I stick with Bics - tried and true. Bic knows how to run the lighter market: Make a QUALITY light that IS NOT refillable so people want to keep rebuying your product...where as clipper seems to run off the opposite model: Build a JANKY lighter that is REFILLABLE, well problem there is there lighters usually s*** out on you well before you even get a chance to refill. Makes no difference to clipper you still paid the one time price of the lighter. You get what you pay for. Think about it. :-) ... Although I gotta say I have seen some of the all metal clippers online and that brass looking one is rather sexy but oh imagine that you have to pay a little more yes but the metal ones actually have a FLAME ADJUST DIAL. ;-)

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    KimberlyV34
    KimberlyV34

    2 years ago

    What about repairing the refill valve? I have had two now blow the refill valve. The first one, the refill valve was jammed on I don’t know what. The second one now, I went to refill it, I used an ink pen to push in the valve to get all the air out of the lighter before refilling it. This time. The valve came completely out and is rattling inside the MT cylinder. I have tried different routes of trying to remove the bottom to replace the valve.

    Or is this lighter now totally incapacitated and gone for good or is there a fix to this issue?

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    SteveZ28
    SteveZ28

    2 years ago on Step 4

    As far as the lighter flint, I replace it when it makes a weak spark, which is about half-size. Then when the next flint gets down to half-size, I put the old half-size one in so I have two halves. Of course when you get down to the half flint, you have to replace it with a full flint and repeat the process.

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    TomM367
    TomM367

    2 years ago

    Thank you for putting me to the right path.

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    TailsL
    TailsL

    Tip 2 years ago

    if you have a dead bic you can use a bic flint,spring and spark wheel to fix your clipper lighter.

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    DeanB80
    DeanB80

    3 years ago

    I have found myself with the new style wheels that grease from fingers is building up on the wheel i used some deodorant (alcohol) and some tissue and rubbed side to side all the way around wheel twice and sparks every time no spacer no turning flint anything it is because flat parts of wheel are exposing the sparking inner wheel to grease and dirt

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    MartinT93
    MartinT93

    4 years ago

    This has obviously been done on purpose to get people to buy a new
    one. This increases environmental destruction and my finger is hurting
    coz of trying to light with this rubbish lighter. I am going to look for
    another option so as not to reward these people when they were already
    making good money before with a decent enough lighter.

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    MartinT93
    MartinT93

    Reply 4 years ago

    Seems you have to get all the flint and skin out from the grooves. Tried with a knife and it seems to make it work a bit atleast. A needle probably would do it better. Really not sure why they made these angled edges. Maybe so it hurts? In any case this is no good if you are smoking roll ups and keep relighting the thing then the lighter is causing pain when it is not lighting first time. my thumb is pretty bad and there is other thumb and another finger also hurting a bit when using this lighter. Those other lighters with the electric spark have an intentional defect in them so it brakes after a while. You can tell because there is a weak point there. they could just as easily make them last for a very long time at no extra cost.

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    RobC108
    RobC108

    4 years ago

    Reversing the flint and stretching the spring always used to work but Clippers these days, even cleaning the little grind wheel grooves with a pin doesn't help much. Either its a softer metal grinding wheel which wears smooth or the flints are crap.

    Its a pain because I need a Clipper... I use the sparky part to poke the bakki down the ends of my rollies. :-)

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    LivJ1
    LivJ1

    Reply 4 years ago

    The bottom unscrews also so you can remove the flint that way... ...

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    MJBhurst
    MJBhurst

    5 years ago on Step 4

    I took the wheel off of a Liberty Lites el cheapo lighter and it seems for all intents and purposes to be an exact replica of the old Clipper wheel. It fits the mount perfect and lights every time.

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    RudyR3
    RudyR3

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot bro! I tried it and it worked for me

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    LinuxH4x0r
    LinuxH4x0r

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I thought you repaired lighters, why would you use a disposable one? btw great instructable

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    killerjackalope
    killerjackalope

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Apart from this new fault clippers are good lighters, nice enough to carry around but you'll not worry about losing.

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    LinuxH4x0r
    LinuxH4x0r

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't realize they were refillable.