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


    2 years ago

    Where did you find $3 cans of butane?

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

    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?

    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.

    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?

    Hi Laral, that one is from iolite butane and I may have seen some others different ones on cheaper branded butane(generic blue 5x),too.

    Sorry, I am not familiar with flaminaire lighters. You could post a pic of fuel fill valve, may have seen some like it..

    It has a removable miniature 'gerry tank' that was meant to be swapped for a full one at a dealer. I found one video on youtube showing a guy filling one but his had a separate fill valve. Mine doesn't. I suppose Parker saw that people were refilling them themselves and so made it much harder. But not impossible. I already tried refilling it without an adapter and I got a little in there but wasted a lot more. The valve stem is pulled outward by a lever to light it. I pulled it out while filling to open the valve. The head of the stem is tapered. I will no doubt have to make an adapter. I could force fit a piece of polypropylene tubing, that fits snuggly to the butane canister stem, to the lighter stem.


    Do you know if there is an adapter to refill the 'non-refillable' 'butabloc' tank for a vintage Flaminaire lighter?

    No prob,glad to help! I was gonna include some more info about flushing an old lighter that was dangerously sputtering gas out, and i filled it once and turned up burner valves and I flushed all the bad stuff out and it work perfectly now..

    I usually put my lighters in the freezer for a minute before filling.