Butane lighters are only useful if there is enough fuel. While some butane lighters can be refilled, some cannot. Many smaller cigarette and cigar lighters, particularly quartz lighters, can be refilled. Butane canisters are sold in convenience stores, medicine stores, and cigarette shops.
How do you refill a scorch butane torch?
It’s critical to learn how to replenish your cigar lighter. When the butane gas in non-disposable cigar lighters runs out, they must be refilled.
- Re-light the lighter and insert the butane fuel nozzle into the refill valve. Check that the butane can nozzle is properly positioned in the filling valve.
- Before you use your lighter, wait 10 minutes. This allows the gasses to settle and eliminates any unwanted vapors.
How do you fill a Bic lighter from the top?
Refilling your Bic lighter from the top has a number of benefits. Essentially, you are detaching the top of the lighter and then refilling it, ensuring that when the lighter is reassembled, it will perform as intended by the manufacturer. Although functional, refilling it from the bottom alters the lighter’s appearance from when it left the factory.
However, if you refill the Bic lighter from the bottom the “proper way,” you’ll never have to disassemble the lighter again until the flint has to be replaced. Even with heavy use, the flint will last a number of years. So, read both articles (they’re both brief) and watch both videos before making your decision. There are people who swear by all three methods.
I’ll give you some simple tips so you don’t have to learn this lesson the hard way! ( I have a tendency to learn things the hard way every now and then…all that’s I’ll say about that. This should be done on a large table with a cloth or towel put out on it beforehand. You don’t want to do this on a small hard surface since components may fly, bounce, or roll away as you disassemble them, causing you to lose stuff. If you have a tray with edges, I’ve heard several people online propose doing this. If that’s the case, that could be a nice idea as well. At either case, you should have everything ready before you begin and work in a location where you won’t lose anything. The steps for refilling the lighter are as follows:
- First and foremost, put your safety first. Make sure your Bic lighter is fully empty before using it. If that’s the case, keep flicking the spark wheel until no flame appears.
- Remove the Bic lighter’s “hood” with the screwdriver. The metal that covers the lighter directly below the flame is known as the “hood.” (Don’t forget to keep all of the pieces together.)
- Remove the child restraints. This is the metal shield that protects the center of the spark wheel when you crank it to produce a spark. This is removed by carefully pulling it off with a screwdriver inserted below it. Make sure you don’t break anything by being cautious (be gentle). Also, pry this section away from you because it has a tendency to fly away. This is the only component you should keep or replace. It is more of an annoyance than a benefit.
- Remove the spark with extreme caution. This wheel is designed to fit into hinges that are prone to breaking. You may remove this spark wheel without breaking the hinges if you are gentle. (Breaking them will destroy the lighter.)
- Remove the flint and flint spring from the flint. This will be self-evident and straightforward. Just make sure you don’t lose them this time. If the flint is in good condition, it can be reused. If it’s not there when you put everything back together, you’ll have to replace it. I have a link to where you can obtain replacements on Amazon in my material list above.
- The flame adjuster can be seen if you look closely. Turn it eight to ten times counterclockwise.
- The “fork” should now be visible. This regulates the flow of butane from the fuel tank. To hold the fork open, place a wire or straightened paper clip under it.
- Butane should be refilled into the lighter. To do so, press the butane can nozzle against the open fork until the lighter is refilled.
- To close the fork, pull the paper clip or wire out once the lighter has been refilled.
- Return the flame adjuster to its original position before continuing. Since you rotated it eight to ten times counter-clockwise, you’ll now spin it clockwise the same number of times.
- Reinstall the spark wheel with care. Once again, be cautious not to harm the hinges.
- You’ve completed the task! If you followed the steps correctly, your lighter should be as good as new! Congratulations!
The disassembly of a different brand of disposable lighter is demonstrated in the video below. It’s merely included as an example. I’m planning on filming my own demonstration of how to do this with a Bic lighter soon. I’ll replace that video with this one once I finish it so you have a more accurate example. In the meantime, I recommend watching this video, which will help you visualize some of the above stages.
Do you shake butane?
Q. I recently purchased a new cigar lighter from my local cigar shop. I noticed that before inserting the needle into the lighter, the counter man shook the container. Is this really a good idea, given that the gas in the can is compressed?
We frequently shake a can or jar of liquid to see how much is left out of habit. While shaking a deodorant spray or an air freshener before refilling a butane lighter is acceptable, it is not acceptable to shake a can of butane before refilling a butane lighter!
The amount of propellant in the mixture that goes into the lighter tank is increased by shaking the can. Excess propellant, as well as anything else in the tank, will cause ignition problems.
Why is my lighter not working after refilling?
When you refill a butane lighter, a small amount of air enters the tank. The tank gets overrun with an air pocket, or bubble, after 3 or 4 refills. This air keeps the fuel from filling up the tank. To compress the fuel valve and release the air, turn the lighter upside down and use a little screwdriver or a thin and narrow instrument. It’s also possible that a small amount of fuel will escape. The air has been completely discharged when the valve stops hissing.
Fill the tank and lower the flame height to the lowest setting (-). The lighter will rapidly cool down after you inject butane into the tank. Allow the lighter to warm up in your palm or pocket before lighting it. Return the flame height to the desired setting and continue to burn.