How To Operate a Lighter May 12, 2019 22:06:28 GMT
Post by Dan on May 12, 2019 22:06:28 GMT
How To Operate a Lighter.
There are many types of cigarette and cigar lighter out there, and while some seem easy to operate, others are more complicated. If you've ever had problems with your lighter, maybe these tips will help.
The most common type of lighter seems to be the plastic reusable or disposable type - either with a roller and flint, or electric ignition, and either with a flame, or flameless.
To light a roller type lighter, simply hold the lighter in your primary hand with your thumb on the roller. Push down slightly and firmly on the roller, and roller it clock-wise, towards the fuel release tab. Then your thumb gets as far as the fuel release tab, push down on it and hold. If you did all this quickly enough, the fuel will ignite for as long as you hold down the fuel tab.
If the lighter is electrically ignited, then you may be forgiven for thinking that all you need to do is push down on the button and everything will take care of itself. But this isnt always the case. Over time, the fuel release hole can become clogged with dust and particles, and so sometimes if the lighter is not working, it can help to blow down into this hole, and force any trapped particles down into the stem. If dust or particles are left hanging around, they can weld themselves to the side of the ignition chamber during the light, and over time cause blockages.
The Fuel Chambers
With both types of lighter, it is important to note that over time, the size and strength of the flame may decrease, and so to regular the flow, many lighters are fitted with a regulator valve on the front. Pull this to the right to increase the flow, and to the left to decrease it. If the lighter is left in the sun too long, the pressure can be great, and the flame may be huge. If the lighter is in a cold room, or been used for a long time, the flame may be small. In any case, its often possible to flip open the metal shielding on the front of the lighter, and re-adjust this valve manually if needed.
Lighters work on gas, not fuel. They work best when there is enough pressure in the lighter to make lots of gas. If the pressure in the fuel chamber is low, then the pressure of the jet will be weak, and may fail to light. To fix this, shake the lighter strongly to vigorously, to bring the pressure back to normal levels.
Electrical Ignition valves work as a two stage process. First, by holding down the button a little bit, it releases the gas. Second, by pushing the button, it ignites the gas. Quite a few people make the mistake of pressing the button before enough gas has built up in the ignition chamber, and so the lighter doesnt light. You may have seen people clicking their electrical lighter like crazy - Click, Click, Click, without success. To fix this, you can hold the button for longer before you press it. This gives the gas enough time to escape and fill the ignition chamber, and enough that a small spark will ignite the gas.
Refilling Gas Lighters - Running on Fumes
To refile a lighter, it is important to make sure it comes with a refill port at the base of the lighter. this is a small circle surrounded by a rubber washer. Lighter gas can be bought at many convenience stores, and one bottle will last for a lot of refills, maybe 20 or 30. Flip off the top of the refill canister and hold the lighter upside down. Now push the refill nozzle down over the refill port quite hard, until you see fluid going in to the lighter. When the pressure inside the lighter is the same as that inside the refill canister, the process will stop. At this point you can safely pull the refill bottle away, and your lighter should be ready to use.
Many people make the mistake of going back to fill up the fuel chamber twice, by pulling away and then going back to the fuel port with the refill bottle. This means you could get more fuel into the lighter, but it also can mean the person shakes up the bottle between refills, and this adds more pressure to the inside of the lighter. This is why in the old days you might see labels which said "Do NOT Overfill the Lighter!". What this means is... do not be tempted to go back and force two lots of fuel in there, because the pressure of two refills can be enough to overcome the black rubber seal on the fuel refill port, and your lighter will begin to leak. When this happens, gas will disappear very quickly and even overnight, and this cannot be fixed - you must buy a new lighter.
After your refill, its always best to ignite the lighter and let it burn for a few seconds. This will help to balance the pressure inside the lighter, and any excess can be released at this time to help avoid leaks. Dont worry if the flame is rather low after a refill. The pressure can be a little weak until the fuel has released enough gas to make the lighter work. So again, try shaking the lighter a little until the flame returns, and then leave it overnight. When next in use, your lighter should be back to normal.
Changing The Flint
Little did Stone Age Man realise that 200,000 years later, we would still be rubbing flints and stones together to make a fire. Roller lighter are ancient now, but if you have one, you may be able to make it last many years. These work with a flint, and a stone roller, and when the flint gets worn down, the roller will jam and start to become stuck. When this happens, its time to change the flint for a new one.
Grip the roller tightly between your finger and thumb, and pull upwards. The roller should pull out, as it is not connected to anything. Under the roller is the flint, and under the flint is a spring. Try to find a clear area of your desktop and very carefully pull out the arms by the roller and loosen it upwards or towards you. Make special care here!!, because if you pull the roller away, sometimes the spring will send the flint flying into the air. This may seem very funny, but many carpet burns and house fires are caused when a vacuum cleaner finds a flint on the carpet, and tries to scrape it around its own set of rollers. Oh dear, thats a new carpet right there. Instead, try to pull the roller out slowly and slowly release the pressure on the flint, hopefully tipping it out on to a piece of blank paper, so you can find it again. then pop in a new flint and put the roller back.
Another Roller Type of lighter has a long stem under the roller, which holds the spring. To get to the flint, this time you will find a screw head at the end of the spring container, which you must unscrew (or bite loose with pliers or teeth). Again, pull the spring carefully out, making sure to catch and save the little flint which comes out with a tap on the desk. Now you can pop in a new flint and the spring, and the screw cap is then tightened to complete the refill.
Of course there are Zippo lighter which may have a roller and flint, but also different fuel is used. These are better for lighting cigars and so are less common to find in a ladies handbag.
These days flameless lighters can be plugged in to a USB port, but refilling the gas works in the same way, and again, try to avoid over-filling them.
If your lighter fails to operate, even after refilling, then its time to buy a new one. Luckily, a new lighter can be a treat, and something to gift yourself with, from time to time.