Fixing That Jet Lighter You Love

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Introduction: Fixing That Jet Lighter You Love

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

So I was fixing my jet lighter (by now a fairly archaic design but a very good one and it only cost me£1 at a car boot sale) I used to fix antique lighters with my dad, thankfully jet lighters tend to be a bit more standard for repairs.

So In this I'll cover diagnosis, repair and also dismantling and assembly (most lighters designs' are a common principle... )
Ok so i got a slightly better camera than my phone, it's an ancient canon powershot A60, only 2MP but check out the macro in the pics, it was top of the range once upon a time and it shows.

Step 1: So What You'll Need for This

Tools
- a small philips head screwdriver (the tiny ones) it almost alway philips head.
-a penknife or a small flathead screwdriver (for adjustments)
-a pair of pliers, needle nose are great her but I can do it with my fake leatherman start to finish (make damn sure the pliers aren't magnetized it's annoying)
-a safety pin or some thin tough wire or a drawing pin (you'll see what I mean if it comes up)

Materials
-some sturdy wire about 24awg (anything that fits will do (again you'll understand pretty quick) is handy
-lighter gas, really helps diagnosis, in fact try the first...
-You may need rubber tubing or a piezo spark depending how you broke it (if you dropped I already know whats wrong. the lighter in this is my drinking lighter because it's made of metal and I know how to fix it)

Step 2: Ok Diagnosis Time Doctor

First put gas in the lighter, you should have done this already but this helps us determine alot.

Fill it with gas and listen, it may leak for a up to 30 seconds but that's ok as long as it stops.

Push down the button, is there gas coming out and is there a definite click from the spark (if yes to both this will be easy)

If there's no gas coming out at the nozzle but it's going somewhere then the connection has been broken probably nothing more than the flexible gas line has slipped off the seat of the reservoir end (there's more room here so it fall off that end but it's easy to fix anyway)

If you push the button all the way down and no click go to the shop and buy a really crappy cheap electric lighter, not a bic though, their piezios have no wire.

try turning down the gas a bit (sometimes the gas can't ignite because it going too fast for the tiny arc to heat... This always happens if you set the lighter when it's hot because it starts easier but wont once it's cooled down again.

All of these things are curable, this lighter hasn't many original parts, at one point I was going to hotrod a second nozzle in but There's no room, eventually I'll make an instructable about how to make your own jet lighter.

Step 3: Opening Your Lighter Up

This step just tells you how to take it all apart.

First look on the bottom, there should be a small (mostly likely philips head) screw not far from the filler valve, unscrew it, usually that is the only thing holding a lighter together, now pull the casing down off the rest (hold on to the cap and carefully pull the casing off) now you should see the guts of your lighter, there's probably 2 pins holding the assembly together. Enter the safety pin, Use the pin or wire to push the pin out of its hole.

now try moving everything apart, careful not to lose anything (yes my pins are made from steel wire but shh the screw came off a tiny circuit board, i didn't lose it, the screw was too long to start with.)

Check the image, the parts should be recognizable, and the note will explain all...

Step 4: Adjusting the Spark

This is easily the most common problem with jet lighters because they have metal bodies...

Basically the piezo is grounding out to the body or the chassis...

All we need to do is move the wire out and put it against the nozzle so it's touching it, that'll be guaranteeing near 100% performance in lighting. The first picture here shows the spark wire end pulled out and away a bit to so we get a clear idea of where we can put it. Wrapping it around the nozzle is good if there are no close metal body parts but the best is definitely doing it like picture 2. You should have kept all the pins, but really you should hav just left it together had this been the case. Before putting the case on, see if the lighter fires up if so slide the case on again and see if it still goes, if yes screw it back on and go light something up with it (In my case a Marlboro Red but in yours it may be a fuse... )

Step 5: So I Did That, But I'm Not Getting Anywhere

Simply check where gas is going by pushing down on the lever for the gas valve on the reservoir, look carefully along the gas line, you should see something similar to 'heat wiggles' (from the change in desity between gas and air) if theres a leak, I you have a crappy BBQ lighter kicking around then cannibalize that for some gas line (there's enough for five or six replacements) and if you needed it they're a great source of igniters due to the extra long cable.

If the gas still isn't getting out the nozzle then the nozzle's clogged, symptoms include the lighter bursting into flame for a second during use. take some thin wire or a pin and put it through the nozzle to clear it.

At this point I can't think of much else to go wrong, if the gas filler valve leaks when you fill it up then tighten it. If everything works but the lighter won't light or can't hold a flame turn down the gas flow a bit. If the flame sputters and has trouble keeping going then it's too weak to stay above the nozzle, turn the gas flow up a little. Finally we put it back together.

If there's any problem I have missed comment me and I'll add steps, to be honest I can't think of anything other than components going wrong after this.

Step 6: Putting It Back Together

Right now we rebuild the lighter

From the picture you should be able to tell your own parts easily enough.

This list goes bottom to top in stacking up the components again, refer to the pictures to make full sense

BOTTOM

- Reservoir
-gas valve lever (best put in before piezo for convenience
-piezo
-button cover/s
-lid top assembly (make sure the gas tubes go back in the right place)
-slide the cover back on and screw on

Step 7: I Do Believe We're Done

Again if there's anything I missed or any questions comment me and I'll do my best to help.

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197 Discussions

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Phily888
Phily888

Question 4 weeks ago on Step 7

Great info but my prob is there is no click when I depress button. All happened when I used compress air to clean

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rrohani1
rrohani1

Question 8 weeks ago on Step 4

Hello. I found your instruction so helpful. But my problem is how to adjust the distance between the sparkling wire and the nuzzle of the gas . Please help me. Everything is ok here , there is a spark and the there is the flow of gas but no lighting.

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D’Ann
D’Ann

2 months ago on Step 1

I have a problem with these falling out of the lit end of my torch lighters. I call them the jets but not sure what they are. The little wheel looking thing that the flame regulates the flame. The one on the left is missing the one on the right has 2.

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D’Ann
D’Ann

Reply 2 months ago

And where can I buy spares. If you need a better picture just let me know. Thanks.

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tiffanybluetarot
tiffanybluetarot

Question 9 months ago on Step 3

What is this piece & where does it go?
I’ve been fighting with mine for so long, I just decided to reassemble without it.
It’s working for now, but I can feel that something’s not quite right when I press down on the button to light it.
Help? Please.

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robbymcgee
robbymcgee

Answer 7 months ago

That part is the lever that makes the gas come out. It fits right under where your hose connects on the nipple.

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kmagee4718
kmagee4718

Question 9 months ago

What is this kind of lighter called? I have one very similar just a different casing and I cannot get the hose to stop leaking at the joints. I tried taking a BBQ hose but it is too narrow for the joints, Ive fixed every other part of the lighter so I was thinking if i could get what it is called I might be able to find one similar online and steal the parts

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TobletP
TobletP

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

I know how to do those repairs but I'm unable to find anything on how to fix a lock on switch on a Zeus double flame torch lighter when it simply falls out. Can you help me to figure put how to put it back and get it to stay in place?

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tiffanybluetarot
tiffanybluetarot

Answer 9 months ago

My Zeus double flame lighter is what brought me here, too. (Mine currently looks like some kind of Frankenlighter, but it’s fixed!)
To be sure I understood you correctly, do you mean the spring isn’t locking in place & comes off or does your lighter have something that locks the lighter into the ‘on’ position, keeping the flame lit ‘hands-free’?

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MatthewH344
MatthewH344

9 months ago on Step 7

Hi I have a replica pistol that has stopped working, will your instructions help for this and if not can you offer any assistance please, thanks in advance 👍

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TheChadisGreat
TheChadisGreat

Question 10 months ago

Hello everyone I have come here with a dilemma i've been searching for hours now online and have had no luck I got this techno brand single flame windproof stick torch lighter that I really like it does very well in the wind but the striker or should I say the igniter is dying and it seems the spring in it is wearing but I have another one but here's my problem how do you open The torch all the way to where you can exchange the clicker that sparks your flame here is some pictures that will show what the lighter looks like and I'll even open it to take a picture and show you where I'm trying to get into and it does not have any screw holes and I can't find any notches to pop it out of its socket plz help I don't want to break it trying to fix it.....

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ChristineD128
ChristineD128

Question 1 year ago on Step 6

Hi, I have a Ronson Splendide piezo lighter...which I would like to keep using but, although it takes gas okay and doesn't leak, it no longer sparks and I cannot see how to get into it to fix....just wanted to ask if it is fixable and if so...how do I get into it?? Thank you (in anticipation!)

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cantucomputing
cantucomputing

Answer 1 year ago

I have a feeling if you lift up the labeling on the bottom of the housing next to the refill valve, it may be there. And then again maybe not.....

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jaudrytatum
jaudrytatum

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

I have a Regal no. 38 torch that sparks and trys to light but will not stay lit, no matter where the flow adjustment is. What can be done to get this thing to lite and stay lit at the max flow rate? I have 4 of these, all have the same problem.

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cantucomputing
cantucomputing

Answer 1 year ago

jaudrytatum: I can't seem to find that model on the web so I can see what the Regal looks like. I have a Scorch Gabon Torch lighter. Just up above this discussion area (scroll up a bit) there are three people who "have made this project" click on the picture for patrickW151. Click on it and read his comment. He talks about the 3 pieces found inside the burner's intake valve. His comments might apply to your issue. As a matter of fact I recently uploaded a couple of youtube videos on my Scorch as well as another on the Eagle Torch lighter. Your Regal 's wire mesh screen/filter and/or the disk may be clogged.
Scorch Torch video https://youtu.be/5cqJbY_3MdI
Eagle Torch video https://youtu.be/Z1Es6pKAV4M
Also see: https://youtu.be/19dXsc5dwfY . This one helped me figure out how the pieces go back inside. He talks about 4 pieces. I believe torches now only have 3 pieces. It's the Disk that goes in first, then the spacer and then the wire mesh screen will go in last. Finally screw the the valve stem back in place.

The Eagle Torch video shows the screen and the disk I am thinking could be clogged inside your Regal's burner assembly. My first impression is that your lighter is only passing a tiny amount of fuel up through the assembly. These are micro pieces so tiny that if you have bad eyesight (like I do) you'll have trouble viewing them up close without magnification. Be very careful with them. I would use like a piece of micro fiber cloth underneath for them to land on because they will bounce off rubber and hardwood. I can attest to that. I used a mouse pad and when I went to handle the mesh screen it bounced onto the top of my hand. I was lucky that time.

Good luck.

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jadeparker243589
jadeparker243589

1 year ago on Step 7

The gas line on my torch wount stay connected.. And when it is on, there's a spark but it doesn't ignite. And there is definitely butane in it

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Snakelord1979
Snakelord1979

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

My lighter doesn't have a refill place on the outside, how do I get into it?

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ChrisC713
ChrisC713

3 years ago

Where can I buy a rubber hose for the fuel line w/out having to buy it online? I've already tried getting one from another lighter but none have one that's long enough.

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Giodude94
Giodude94

1 year ago on Introduction

Hi I have a problem with my torch it's a scorch jet 6. I was using it last night and my lock button kind of sprung out I've been trying all day to fix it but nothing do u have any suggestions? If u need photos I can provide them