Refilling Butane Lighters Correctly

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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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    30 Discussions

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    MonicaD64
    MonicaD64

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    I forgot if you turn the dial + - up (open) or down (closed). I always forget.

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    dubay0
    dubay0

    Answer 14 days ago

    + is for open - for close

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    KrysH1
    KrysH1

    Answer 1 year ago

    Always turn all the way down/closed/ - before letting the air out (burping) or refilling.
    Ive always remembered because of a torch refilling video on YouTube that said to ALWAYS make sure your torch is turned all the way down when refilling. When you burp and refill (basically anytime you press down into the hole) the torch has something like a "memory" and will set this point as the smallest flame. So if you were to accidentally leave the valve in the middle when refilling, you would only be able to turn your flame up half the amount that you could when you first got it. Does that make sense? Now I dont know if this is true or not, but i still do it just to be safe, and worst case scenario It reminds me which way to turn it ;)

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    PaulaC137
    PaulaC137

    Question 1 year ago on Step 3

    Should my butane nozzle fit the hole all the way or leave some room when i go to fill my lighter

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    dubay0
    dubay0

    Answer 14 days ago

    Fit snug

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    scremf11
    scremf11

    Question 5 weeks ago on Step 1

    I have a different can of butane than I’m used to using and the attachments on the inside of the lid will not stay on when I go to use them. The more I push them down to make them fit the more butane sprays out. Does anyone else have this problem? Can anyone help me understand how they get theirs to fit and stay on? I have had no problem with other companies but this one doesn’t seem as easy, the brand is Ignitus?

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    Critifur
    Critifur

    2 years ago

    How, exactly is this instructions on Refilling Butane Lighters Correctly? Step 1, is a step. Step 2, 3 and 4, are illustrations of different butane can tips, different lighter refill ports, and a statement "Save Fuel and Money", without any further direction on how to accomplish the goal of refiling a lighter! I am perplexed. Maybe someone could answer this: Once one has pressed the can of butane nozzle into the port pointing downward, how does one know that the lighter is refilled? My refillable lighters have no window to view the fuel level, so how long to I press the nozzle into the lighter? 30 seconds? 30 minutes? I can seemingly find no answer to this question.

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    Euroforensics, OKD
    Euroforensics, OKD

    Reply 7 months ago

    Just 3 to 5 seconds should do. Do that twice to be certain it is topped up.

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    justins307
    justins307

    Reply 10 months ago

    You save fuel and money by using the correct tip needed to add the butane, when the tip isn’t correct it’ll spray all over when you press it down into the lighters stem... it’s filled up basically all the way after 3-5 seconds of you pressing it down (that’s if it doesn’t spray everywhere) to make sure you’re topped off, when pressing down move the bottle around side to side and in a circle. Some times the different angles are needed to lock in correctly n fill it quick, then remove the bottle and do a quick .5-1 second press and remove. Do that a couple few times and it’ll definitely be filled... some times it sprays when it’s full, lighters are weird lol you just gotta get used to yours and find out exactly what it takes... take it apart so you can see the tank level if needed

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    Alfy 6999
    Alfy 6999

    Question 1 year ago

    Does this lighter need and adapter to be refilled? Found it in when going throw parents old items. Please reply if you can help

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    KenB165
    KenB165

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    What kind of butane bottle do you recommend for a link blowtorch these little yellow handle

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    KrysH1
    KrysH1

    Answer 1 year ago

    I was told to use anything that is at LEAST 6x refined or higher for any type of torch. But the average that I see being sold everywhere is about 9-11x refined. I use 11x just because its sold at a ridiculous price at a random little shop i came across.. And it Definitely does alot better than the less refined stuff i had before, but the torches still will have their moments when clogged or what not so must keep cleaned out

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    Laral
    Laral

    4 years ago

    Where did you find $3 cans of butane?

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    KenB165
    KenB165

    Reply 2 years ago

    Smoke shops

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    Longnkrnch
    Longnkrnch

    3 years ago

    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.

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    CharlesO57
    CharlesO57

    3 years ago

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

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    caladin
    caladin

    Reply 4 years ago

    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.