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*Description and how to use* This handy little dispenser contains six flints encased in plastic. The dispenser is cleverly made so that it keeps all the flints in one place. At the top of the dispenser is a wheel that has a flint shaped hole in it. Simply turn the wheel so that the flint shaped hole is facing the inside, turn the device upside down so that a fint falls into the hole, spin the wheel and voila! Your flint should be brought round and to the top of the dispenser, ready for you to take it out and insert into the zippo. *What does the flint do? And how does a zippo work?* Inside the zippo case are the works of the lighter: the spring-toggle lever that keeps the top closed, the wick, windscreen chimney, thumbwheel, and flint, all of which are mounted on an open-bottom metal box that is slightly smaller than the bottom of the outer case, and into which it slips snugly. The hollow part of the interior box encloses a rayon batt which is in contact with the wick. The fuel is poured into the batt, which traps it. It also contains a tube that holds the flint. The tube has an interior spring and exterior cap-screw that keeps the flint in constant contact with the exterior thumb-wheel. Spinning this rough-surfaced wheel against flint results in a spark that ignites the fluid in the wick. *how long does a flint last?* You will get around 2000 lights out of one flint. *Prices* If you shop around you can get a pack of flints for less than one pound. In supermarkets you will pay around £2.50. *My experiences* I really like the design of the flint storage dispenser as it is a really simple way of storing the flints. They are so easy to dispense, making the process of replacing the flint easy and quick. They are quite fiddly to hold and this dispenser makes it so that the flint goes straight into your hand, rather than trying to pick it up off a surface. I'd fully recommend this product, I'm not sure if you can get unbranded flints, I'm guessing you probably can. I would never use anything other than zippo products however. *Overall* The zippo lighter is a cult lighter. They are collected the world over by those that smoke and those that don't. Of course those that smoke their cigars and cigarettes like them the most. They are part of the legacy of many families and handed down from generations. The flint will get used up the more you use the lighter but if you keep a couple of packs of flints around, you should never be caught short.
Typically for a company like Zippo, if your going to design something it has to work well, look good and be clever enough to stand out from the crowd as the expensive yet clearly superior option. Zippo have approached their flint dispenser in exactly this way, convincing you to buy 6 flints at a higher than average price largely because of the cool packaging. And it works. Of course you buy this pack of flints over a folded piece of card with 9 flints. Look at it. The flints themselves are housed within a clear plastic flat 'tube' meaning you can see how many you have left and when they line up in the wheel. The wheel sits at the top of the dispenser and picks up one flint at a time to be rotated out for use. Unfortunately, once the first flint is out the wheel does move rather freely and does not lock in place meaning flints can work lose if care is not taken. For me this is a lovely but unnecessary product. Each genuine zippo has a small flint sized cut out in the felt that holds the wadding in, this is designed to hold a spare flint. Further spares can easily be stored in the case with the fuel. I just don't see why anyone would need to carry six spares around with them. That said, I would always buy genuine zippo products, you know they are good and designed to work with the lighters. For me the clever styling is an added bonus.
before i start the main part of the review, i would like to say to the owners of genuine zippo's that theese are the only flints that you can use without voiding the gaurentee, if you do use non-zippo flints, you will not have the privilage of the free gaurentee. Anyway... back to the main part of the review... This product is a handy little piece of equipment to take around with you just in case your luck eventualy runs out and you come to the end of the flints life,so zippo came up with this marvelous invention of a flint dispenser, it is small and compact and keeps you stocked up on flints anywhere you go. alternatively you can keep a flint or 2 underneath the felt pad on the under side of the insert, the problem with that is when you refill your zippo lighter with fuel they sometimes drop out and its virtualy impossible to find them. With a price of just £1.95 you cant go wrong with that. The only think io think that is not so great is the red wheel that dispenses the flint doesnt have a locking system. HOW TO USE Remove the insert form the case, undo the screw with a screwdriver or the lid of the zippo case, remove the screw, spring and spacer also tap the insert on a hard surface to make sure there are no old pices of flint in the tube. Once that is complete, turn the wheel of rour dispenser so it drops into the slot in the wheel, then drop it onto the tube, replace the spacer, spring and screw then put your insert back into the case and watch the sparks fly.