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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by nitynate, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. nitynate macrumors 6502a

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    How do I get a freaking zippo to light?



    I bought fluid, and filled it accordingly and new flints.

    NOTHING!


    :mad:


    It sparks and smokes and lights like 1 in 20 zips.



    Any help?
     
  2. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    don't those fill with butane? (makes the lighter REALLY cold). It might take a while for it to warm up, or if you filled it wrong, that might have messed it up.
     
  3. nitynate thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope.

    It is filled with like this liquid fluid.

    You saturate the cotton inside. :rolleyes:



    Its supposed to be so great. Yada yada yada.


    :mad: Waste of $30
     
  4. xPismo macrumors 6502a

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    Did it start dripping out the wick while you had it upsidown? You only have to fill it up that much only once, but soaking everything that will take fuel helps get it going.

    Not very reliable, but its all about style. Did you get the Strong Bad edition? :)
     
  5. nitynate thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep.


    Dripped everywhere.





    Still nothing.

    Its shiny and silvery colors. *mezmerized* :p
     
  6. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Where'd you get the fuel? I haven't been able to figure out where to buy it. I love Zippo's and normally they work a lot better than that. I've got a nice one from Japan that I'd love to fill up (actually had to leave everything but the case behind to bring it on the plane, then buy a cheap one here to pull the case off and use my shiny Fuji one).

    jW
     
  7. nitynate thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I got it at walgreens.


    It says "lighter fuel: compatible with all fuel lighters"



    :rolleyes:
     
  8. ibook30 macrumors 6502a

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    Zippos generally fill with a fluid fuel, not a gas.

    One tip- if it is new, spill a little fluid on the wick (near the flint) and that will help it get started. BE CAREFUL not to light your hand on fire (it burns any hair on your hand / arm... )

    Don't forget, you're playing with fire.
     
  9. asxtb macrumors 6502

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    If it's 'soon to be Chiba' you can get Zippo brand lighter fluid at most grocery stores. I don't know about the cheap stuff here though.

    Edit: Sorry a little off topic.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Empty whatever fluid is in there now, fill it up with gasoline, and then shoot it with a flare gun- it will "light up" nicely for you then...... :p ;) :D
     
  11. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    I used to have a Zippo, before the girlfriend bought me one of those butane torch afterburner-looking lighters :D.

    Is the wheel catching on the flint? Did you screw it in all the way? (You did only put in one flint, right? I know someone who put as many as he could in the tube.)

    Saturate the cotton, then pull the wick up ever so slightly and trim it down back to the original level.
     
  12. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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  13. nitynate thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :D :D


    They sold me a faulty lighter.

    I went to the store and they gave me a new one, witch works perfectly.
     
  14. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    Was it a real Zippo™ or one of the knockoffs? Zippo is usually really good about quality control, and they have a lifetime guarantee.
     
  15. nitynate thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, its a real Zippo™


    It came in a cool black box with papers and certifications and stuff. :D

    The place told me If it EVER doesn't work, take it to them, or contact zippo.

    [​IMG]
     

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