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Zippo Lighters FAQ

How do I re-fill my Zippo lighter?

Your wind-resistant lighter is designed to function optimally with Zippo Premium Lighter Fluid and flints. Please note, lighter fluid can evaporate even when the lighter isn't in use; thus, it's recommended to keep the lid closed and refuel before every use.

Please ensure you perform the following steps away from any flame or fire sources for safety reasons.

How to Refill Your Lighter:

  1. Detach the inner unit from its casing.
  2. Flip it upside and elevate the felt pad to expose the fuel chamber's packing material.
    Hint: If the pad is challenging to lift, consider using an unbent paper clip or a similar tool.
  3. Gradually fill the packing material with lighter fluid. Cease filling once the fluid level reaches the top of the packing or when it starts changing colour.
    Tip: Avoid overfilling to prevent fuel leaks. Direct contact with the fluid may irritate your skin. In case of skin contact, immediately cleanse the area with mild soap and water.
  4. Reinsert the inner unit into the casing, wiping off any residual fluid from your hands and the lighter before igniting it. If you notice any fuel on the lighter, either wipe it away or wait momentarily for it to evaporate. Ensure you've securely closed the fuel can and cleared any spilt fuel in the vicinity before igniting. Remember, this is a flammable fluid.
    Hint: If you intend to carry your lighter in your pocket, we recommend positioning it "bottom down".
  5. To ignite the lighter, strike the flint wheel downwards using your thumb to generate a spark. If a flame doesn't appear, repeat the process.
  6. Once you're done using the lighter, close the lid to extinguish the flame. Note that this lighter doesn't self-extinguish, thus you must close the lid.
    Warning: The lighter may be hot to the touch after prolonged use. Handle with care.

How do I maintain my Zippo lighter?

For your Zippo lighter to function at its best, adhere to these maintenance tips:

  1. Wipe off any excess lighter fluid from the lighter's exterior, as it can potentially harm certain finishes.
  2. Regularly look after the wick and flint for smooth operation.
  3. Carefully operate the lid to prevent hinge damage due to mishandling or overuse.
  4. Refrain from modifying or damaging the insert as it may lead to failure.
  5. For the best performance, utilise only authentic Zippo lighter fluid, wicks, and flints.

How do I clean my Zippo lighter?

Chrome Lighters:

  1. Use a chrome polish for cleaning high-polish cases.
  2. For brush finish cases, lightly clean with a gentle or medium-duty multi-purpose cleaner, such as the Scotch-Brite brand (keep away from steel scouring pads).
  3. Gently rub the cleaner in the same direction as the finish's grain.

Brass Lighters:
Each Zippo brass lighter comes with a protective coating to resist tarnishing prior to use. With regular use, this coating will gradually fade. To renew the natural patina of solid brass:

  1. Use a brass polish for cleaning high-polish cases.
  2. For brush finish cases, lightly clean with a gentle or medium-duty multi-purpose cleaner, like the Scotch-Brite brand (avoid steel scouring pads).
  3. Gently rub the cleaner in the same direction as the finish's grain.
  4. For laser-engraved brass designs on matte lighters,
    the laser design on the brass may tarnish over time. To clean the brass, use a soft cloth and brass cleaner.

Matte/Translucent Coloured Lighters:

  1. Use a soft cloth paired with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  2. How should I clean the laser-engraved brass design on my matte/translucent coloured lighter?
    The laser design on the brass may darken over time. To clean the brass:
  3. Use a soft cloth along with a brass cleaner.

Sterling Silver Lighters:

  1. Use a soft cloth and non-abrasive silver cleaner.
  2. Gently cleanse plated parts with a soft cloth and water.

Antique Finish Lighters:
The antique finish on Zippo lighters is deliberately designed to give a vintage, nostalgic, and worn-out appearance. This finish is not permanent and will wear over time.

  1. Avoid getting lighter fluid on the outer case when refilling the lighter.
  2. Limit the lighter's exposure to alcohol or lighter fluid as these can speed up the wear of the antique finish.

Gold Lighters:

  1. Gently cleanse plated parts with a soft cloth and water or Zippo Lighter Fluid.
  2. Do not use abrasive substances.

How do I replace the flint on my Zippo lighter?

Zippo lighters' flints need replacement every few weeks for regular users.

Here's a step-by-step guide to change the flint:

  1. Extract the insert from the casing.
  2. Flip the insert and unscrew the flint spring with a small screwdriver or coin. Keep in mind, the spring is under tension and may spring out if not handled carefully.
  3. Flip the insert upright and tap it gently on a hard surface to dislodge any remaining flint fragments. If some slivers persist, use an unfolded paperclip to remove them.
  4. Put a new flint into the brass-tone flint tube. Don't mistake the brass tip at the end of the flint spring for a flint - it's not one, despite its similar look.
  5. Put the flint spring back and screw it clockwise until it's secure.
    Remember: Make sure the screw is properly tightened so the lid can fully shut. This prevents the lighter fluid from evaporating. If the lid isn't closing, tighten the screw again.
  6. If the flint wheel is stuck after installing a new flint, just rotate the wheel in the opposite direction a few times.

Tip: You can keep extra flints under the felt pad for future use.

How do I replace the wick on my Zippo lighter?

Wick Upkeep:
Over time, you'll observe your Zippo lighter's wick blackening due to carbon accumulation, impacting its performance. Here's how to maintain your wick:

  • Use a pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers to gently raise the wick until the clean portion is visible. Be cautious to grasp the wick as far down as feasible to prevent tearing it.
  • Trim the wick's end to align with the chimney top. You can utilise scissors or wire cutters for this.
  • Wick upkeep should be carried out one or two times annually. After 2-3 trimmings, a wick replacement will be required since each wick is approximately four inches long. Replace the wick if the lighter isn't igniting correctly or if the ignition process has to be repeated multiple times.

Changing Your Zippo's Wick:

  1. Disassemble all the components of the fuel chamber, which include the flint screw, felt pad, packing material, and the old wick.
  2. For a quicker and easier reassembly, carefully replace the packing material in the same order as it was removed. This guarantees a superior fit.
  3. Thread the new wick through the chimney hole and fold the wick's top portion over the chimney to keep it steady during reassembly. For a pipe lighter, the chimney cap can be removed. Simply slide your thumbnail under the edge at either end and lift it.
  4. Replace the packing material in small portions, weaving the wick between the padding in a serpentine or "S" pattern. The objective is to maximise the contact between the wick and the packing material.
  5. Reinstall the felt pad over the flint tube and fasten it with the flint spring. Double-check that the flint didn't drop out during this process.
  6. Trim the wick to match the height of the chimney, and then reinsert the insert into the case.

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