How to Change Lighter Fluid in a Lighter

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If you have a Zippo brand lighter or some other type of lighter, occasionally you will have to change the lighter fluid. This occurs when the original fluid from the device has been used, and the lighter no longer operates. As long as you have the appropriate lighter fluid for your particular lighter, you can quickly swap out the remnants of the old fluid with the new fluid.

  • Use your lighter as normal until you have burned through the existing lighter fluid. Because lighter fluid is a liquid, you cannot drain existing fluid from the lighter to add new fluid. Use the lighter until it will no longer create a flame.

  • Pull the base of your lighter outside of its protective case, if applicable. A "Zippo" lighter, for example, is made up of two components. It has an exterior metal case and a unit that contains the fluid pad, the wick and the lighting device. Separate these two parts.

  • Turn over your lighter's base to reveal the felt pad that covers the area where fluid is inserted. Pull up on the felt pad.

  • Insert the nozzle of your lighter fuel bottle into the area of your lighter beneath the felt pad. Squeeze the bottle to add fluid to the lighter. When the fluid compartment is full, as indicated by the liquid fuel level reaching the area where the felt pad rests stop squeezing and remove the bottle.

  • Put the felt pad back down and put the base of the lighter back in its protective case.

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