An Ultimate Guide on How to Refill a Lighter

A lighter is one of the most important things you should have close to you if you love to smoke. Getting a lighter is not all but having it working in perfect condition is crucial to enjoying your favorite cigar any time. That is why you should learn how to refill a lighter.

Can you refill a lighter?

Refilling a lighter is very easy and only takes minutes. Whether you have butane, windproof Zippo, long-stemmed, or disposable lighter, you can follow this guide and learn how to refill them in the comfort of your home.

All you have to do is ensure you have the suitable fluid for your lighter when you notice the gas is running low.

How do you refill a disposable lighter?

Follow these steps to refill your disposable lighter:

Step 1: Open the valve 

Open the refill valve located at the bottom of the lighter. It is a small hole at the bottom of the lighter with a slit. Insert a pin inside the lighter valve and flip the lighter so that the pin is resting on the work surface. 

Press the lighter firmly on the surface with a pin inserted in the valve. You can hear a ‘pop’ sound when pushing the metal Beebee out of the way. Shake the lighter until you hear a rattling sound to verify if the Beebee seal has been removed.

Step 2: Remove the leftover air in the lighter 

This is the essential part of how to refill a lighter. You can only do this on empty lighters. Position the lighter away from your face and remove the pushpin. You will hear some air come out as the pin falls off.

Note that some fuel may come out of the valve if you try to purge a lighter with some remaining gas. Lay down a cover on the working surface if you want to prevent the fuel from spreading.

Step 3: Use rubber grommets to create a seal on the butane 

The next step to refill a lighter is creating a seal on the butane applicator using rubber grommets. This makes it easier for the butane applicator to fit on the lighter valve well. The gas can leak if the butane applicator does not fit well. Therefore, ensure that the rubber grommets extend slightly beyond the tip of the butane spray for easy refill.

Step 4: Refill the disposable lighter with butane 

You should turn the lighter upside down at this stage so that it faces upwards while the top rests on the work surface. Ensure the grommet-covered tip of the applicator is inserted into the refill valve. You can then disengage the release valve by pressing the bottle. 

You should not hear any noise as the lighter refills because of the seal the rubber grommets form. It takes about 5 seconds for the lighter to refill completely. After filling the lighter, you can release the pressure on the bottle while keeping the applicator in the refill valve. 

Step 5: Seal the refill valve with your thumb

The last step to refilling a disposable lighter is to ensure the refill valve is sealed perfectly. Disengage the applicator from the refill valve, and then seal the lighter valve with your thumb. Keep holding the valve with your thumb and use your free hand to pick up the pushpin. 

Remove your thumb and try to plug the hole using the pushpin as fast as you can. When your thumb is plugging the refill valve, you can hear some hissing sound. If you want to minimize the escape of fuel, you can hold your thumb firmly. 

How do you refill butane lighter?

Butane lighter is different from a disposable lighter which makes it a bit tricky refilling. Here is what you should do to refill your butane lighter.

Step 1: Buy butane refill: You can buy a butane refill from a cigar shop. Always go for cans that come with metal tips and not plastic. 

Step 2:  Choose a sturdy and wide working space. Also, ensure your working space is well ventilated to avoid the build-up of harmful butane gas.

Step 3: Purge the lighter. Hold the valve pointed away from your face and release all the air remaining in the lighter. All the air is out of the lighter when you don’t hear a hissing sound.

Step 4: Set the flame height adjuster. Lower the flame by truing the screw at the bottom of the lighter clockwise. Setting the flame at the lowest level produces a small flame and reduces damage when you accidentally ignite the lighter.

Step 5: Shake the refill fluid can. Ensure you shake the refill can up and down severally to prime it for refilling. In most cases, old refill cans near me have the fluid sinking at the bottom. Shaking the can also help you determine how much fluid is inside the lighter.

Step 6: Bring the tip of the refill bottle into contact with the vale lighter. While doing this, ensure both the lighter and the refill bottle are straight. You can use a butane tip adapter if the bottle does not form a secure fit. Always ensure you don’t fill the lighter at an angle to avoid letting air inside it. Your lighter will not work properly with light inside. 

Step 7: Refill the butane lighter for five seconds. To refill the lighter, press it down firmly to disengage the release valve for about five seconds. You will feel like your lighter is full after filling it. However, it may take longer to refill your lighter if the refill can be running low on fuel.

Step 8: Set the flame height. Reset the adjuster to its normal position by flipping the lighter over. You should set the lighter flame to about 1.5 inches tall and let the butane settle for some minutes before you test the lighter. As you wait for the lighter to absorb the butane, you can check for leaks on your working surface and rinse.

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Final Thoughts 

Now you know how to refill a lighter. Always follow the steps highlighted in this article if your butane or disposable lighter runs low on gas. When refilling your lighter, ensure you do that in an open space with air circulation. Remove all the air in the lighter before refilling it. Lastly, don’t point the lighter to your face when refilling. 

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