Quick Primer on Zippo Lighter Infographic

Quick Primer on Zippo Lighter

Anatomy of A Zippo

1. Wick
2. Eyelet
3. Cam spring
4. Cam
5. Cam river
6. Plate
7. Flint wheel
8. Flint wheel rivet
9. Rayon balls
10. Inside case
11. Tube insert
12. Tube
13. Felt pad
14. Flint
15. Spring tip
16. Flint spring
17. Brass lid
18. Hinges
19. Screw
20. Hinge pin
21. Brass bottom case

How to Refill a Zippo

  • Remove the inside unit from the case.
  • Lift the corner of the felt pad on the bottom of the insert to reveal the packing material in the fuel chamber.
  • Saturate the packing with Zippo lighter fluid. Fill slowly, taking care to never overfill.
  • Insert the inside unit back into the case, making sure to wipe the lighter and your hands dry before igniting.

How to Change a Zippo Wick

  • With the lighter insert out, unscrew and remove the screw and flint spring.
  • Remove felt pad. Use tweezers to remove all packing from fuel chamber.
  • Insert new wick downward through chimney, pulling through with tweezers.
  • Replace packing in small pieces, interweaving the wick between the padding pieces.
  • Replace the felt padding, the flint, the spring and the screw. Do not tighten the screw all of the way down or your lighter will not function properly.

How to Change a Zippo Flint

  • With the lighter insert out, unscrew and remove the screw and flint spring.
  • Make sure the remainder of the old flint has been removed from the flint tube.
  • Place new flint in tube.
  • Replace spring and screw lightly. Make sure screw is turned as far as it will go, otherwise the cover will not close completely.

How to Change a Zippo Flint Wheel

  • With the lighter insert out, unscrew and remove the screw and flint spring.
  • Take out the packing, the felt pad, the flint. Set these parts out so that they can dry.
  • Pop the rivet on the flint wheel using a needle-nosed pliers and slide wheel from its frame.
  • Place the new wheel into the frame and pop rivet wheel into frame with a small pop rivet gun. See that the wheel travels freely.
  • Reassemble the Zippo by reversing these steps. Fill with lighter fluid and return flint spring assembly.

How to Do the Twilight Zone

  • Curve the wick towards the hinge in about 45° angle. Every lighter is different, so experiment to find the “sweet spot”.
  • Strike the lighter to start it. If it has a problem starting, then the wick is too far towards the hinge.
  • Put your thumb and index finger together and close off the flame by moving them across the top of the chimney. This will seemingly put out the flame, although there is a small blue flame caught under the curved wick
  • You can snap your finger, shout, shake the lighter, or do anything that slightly moves the air to bring back the flame.

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