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When you go on a night out, you do not want to take your expensive lighter with you incase you drunkenly lose it. You always get people asking to borrow it and sometimes they accidently forget to give you it back. When I used to smoke (that's right I'm a good girl now!) I always used to make sure I had a clipped lighter for going out with.
The clipper lighter comes in a variety of colours and they are widely available from newsagents and supermarkets. I tended to always buy the blue one (Everton fan) and avoided led lighters for obvious reasons! I still have a Clipper disposable and use it for lighting candles around the house. The best thing about the lighter was they were robust and not as flimsy as other lighters. The base is firm and comfortable to hold, you can easily cup it with your fingers leaving enough room for your thump it stroke the "spark wheel." The "spark wheel" is made of serrated and hardened steel wire that, when rotated, creates a spark from the flint. Various plastic and metal parts control the opening and closing of gas coming from the valve at the same turning wheel creates a spark and that ladies and gentlemen, is how we have a flame.
The spark wheel is easy to roll and does not hurt the thumb, some disposables are cheaply made and you need to really push down for anything to happen.
The gas in the lighter seems to last quite a while, it is normally a case of losing the lighter before it has chance to run out!
The lighter is reliable for the most parts but it does have a little trouble in windy weather. This is common amongst most butane disposable lighters however, you need to find a shady corner and find a less windy spot.
You can pick up the lighter for around £1.99. I think that this is good value for money. Once the lighter is used up, you need to dispose of it safely.
The best thing about the lighters is that it has a little catch to flick so you can not rll the spark wheel. This partly a safety feature to protect children and partly so it doesn't catch accidently.
A great disposable lighter, that is cheap and reliable.
For years I've been using Clipper lighters, whether it's the plastic basic ones or the customised metal Clippers, I've never experienced any issues. They're refillable, you can add extra flints into the lighter stock and they come in a wide variety of colours and sizes. These lighters are also excellent for pipe smoking as you tilt the lighter and the flame goes a little larger and doesn't burn the surrounding plastic.
The gas life in the lighter lasts for several months before needing refilled and the flint lasts a considerable time longer, however, changing the flint can be a little bit tricky as the spring inside the stock is rather tight. All in all, a great lighter and very good value. The gas can't be adjusted to make the flame smaller or bigger, but, that is the only downfall that I can mention about this lighter! A great buy in my opinion!
~ Clipper Lighter ~
To my sins I am a smoker and as such I do hold quite a variety of different lighters, I am not saying that they all work mind, just that I do have a good collection albeit a useless one at that! Amongst my many lighters I have a mini Clipper lighter that works and a large Clipper lighter that works, the rest are useless!
In PoundLand you can buy a pack of eight throw away/non-refilliable lighters for ... £1 or you can buy in Tesco/Asda etc a Clipper lighter, just one for around 98p. Now of course 8 for £1 does sound a good deal but you have to remember that these lighters are not re-fillable and generally run out of gas really quickly or the flit will pop, rendering the lighter useless. So as a rule you are probably much better off parting with you shiny £1 for a Clipper lighter that is not only re-fillable but you can also change the flints very easily too.
I do find that one Clipper lighter will last just as long as the eight pack and longer, so I do prefer to buy these over the cheapy ones. My current mini Clipper is white with pink flowers and the larger one is an ugly dark green, not my first choice in colours but I didn't buy it, my hubby did, saying that though it's not usually his first choice either!
They do come in a large range of colours and styles.
I have owned the mini clipper for about three years now, I bought it on a market stall along with another one, which is now long lost priced at 2 for £1. The larger green one did in fact cost my hubby 98p from the local Premier store not that long back.
I have in the past owned lots of Clipper lighters but always seems to loose them, yet never loose the cheapies! Typical!
To re-fill a Clipper lighter you will need to buy a bottle of gas, the gas usually comes with little nozzles that need attaching to the spray bit, you then push this into the bottom of the Clipper lighter, you will see a red plug at the bottom and that is where it needs to be, you will hear the hiss of the gas being let into the lighter as it fills.
To change the flint you need to remove the wheel bit, this piece comes out of the lighter as a whole, you simply lift the whole wheel part upwards and it will come out, the wheel sits on top of a long stick, at the bottom of which you will notice a screw in piece, you need to unscrew this, remove the spring and insert a new flit, you then place the spring back in screw it back up and you should fine your lighter is like new once again.
I like using a Clipper lighter, the rounded shape make them more comfortable to hold when lighting and they just generally look better, they also usually light on the first strike.
I also find it good for lighting the ring on my cooker, for some reason the clicker no longer lights the one ring, despite numerous cleaning attempts, so I flick the Clipper against the ring and the gas then lights, allowing me to use the ring for cooking.
Overall I find a Clipper lighter is the more superior in cheaper lighters and I will contine to use these for as long as needed.
Thanks for reading :o) x
As a smoker I regularly buy lighters, usually going for the cheaper throwaway option as I'm a klutz and lose lighters like I have a lighter tree in the garden. I do like a nice Clipper though, and this is Mark's lighter of choice as he appreciates the fact that they are refillable so he can save on buying cheap disposable lighters.
They're available in a variety of colours including black, but these colours don't seem to update from one decade to the next and I can't think of a single patterned or special edition design that's ever been available from the Clipper brand. A lighter obviously isn't a fashion accessory, but I do like the attractive feminine designs available in throwaway format and find Clipper to be a little too functional looking for my tastes.
They are, without fail, very impressive in use however. A Clipper will light pretty much every time, producing a strong enough flame to withstand a light breeze and light your ciggie or BBQ. Mark likes the fact that he doesn't need to switch his heater off in the van to light his cigarette, I don't smoke in my car as this is the vehicle we use to transport the kids around but from the odd occasion I smoke in Mark's van I can confirm that the Cipper he uses doesn't require you to do up all the windows and close all vents as my cheap lighter does!
The flame is fixed to one height, a safety aspect that is less irritating than you think. It's not often I move the slider on my cheaper lighters anyway, but the huge roaring flame some can produce when turned all the way up is scary! I can't think of any reason why you'd need such a long flame so much prefer the better regulated design of the Clipper, at least with this one I know I'm not likely to set fire to my hair! Unless you've done something silly like let the gas run out the lighter will light first time every time you use it, Mark (who looks after his things) has had his current Clipper for over a year and he just mentioned that it always lights easily - he has used Clipper lighters for so long that he's stopped noticing the brilliance of this aspect, unlike me who regularly struggles with my lighter!
The flints can also be replaced on Clipper lighters, something that again prevents the need to throw your lighter in the bin if it goes. Flints are mega cheap so well worth investing in a packet to keep your lighter in tiptop condition, Butane gas is slowly rising in price but a couple of quid will buy you a can and you're saving cash in the long run by filling your Clipper rather than buying cheap non-refillables. Both filling and replacing the flint in a Clipper is a straightforward and simple process, neither need doing very often although I've noticed the gas in Mark's latest lighter seems to be burning down much quicker than usual - he said that was the case with his previous Clipper too so I hope they haven't done a Walkers and 'improved' the design!
Clippers are a bit of a blast from the past for me as this was my lighter of choice when I was a younger smoker. Why? Simply because you could use a very slim drill and drill a hole in the triangle of plastic located beneath the lighter wheel - attach it to your keys and you need never lose a lighter again. Unless you also lose your keys, which I've done now and again. Obviously now I'm in my mid thirties I don't attach a lighter to my keys, but the option's there if for example you're a keen camper or outdoors enthusiast.
You can pay anything from £1 - £2 for a Clipper lighter depending on where you buy it from. I'm sure I've seen them sold in packs of three too, although I can't for the life of me remember where that was. I suppose a review on a lighter is a bit daft, but I'd definitely say that Clipper make the best quality budget product - although a throwaway lighter can be picked up for 79p so it doesn't really matter if you make the wrong choice, even the cheapest of cheap lighters will light your fags and if it runs out of gas after a week then you'll just have to replace it!
We do not smoke in our house but we tend to have a few lighters lying about for one thing or another. I have a large collection of 'fancy' lighters in my display cabinet but for everyday use and for reliability you cannot really go past the Clipper lighter which has been around for donkeys years now.
I have had these in all the colours under the sun and they are really handy to have for lighting candles, fireworks etc. My favourite colour is the red one or the bright blue as I have a tendency to lsoe lighters quite easily and i find these colours are easier to locate.
The barrel of the lighter is curved, which I really like as I find it easier to keep hold of. They give off a good flame and are easy to ignite by flicking the little barrel on the top. I pay about one pound for mine and prefer these to the cheaper ones you can get in packs of four or six because with these Clipepr lighters you have the advantage that you can not only refill them but you can also replace the flint if it breaks - which I find can happen quite easily with these particular lighters, unfortunately.
It is very easy and simple to refill them and they are easy also to replace the flint in them. These lighters are readily available and can be found in most shops or supermarkets and are cheap enough to use if you are prone to losing the. I tend to lose mine in the most unlikely of places.
Great lighter and really recommended.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Unfortunately, at the age of only almost-29 I am comfortably into my second decade of being a smoker (and scientific studies undertaken by me have deduced that smoking does not make you look cool). When I was younger and a little less taxed financially, I used to always buy Clipper lighters, instead of the disposable ones. I liked that they were refillable and that you could replace the flint as during those years I was also a little less taxed in time and I used to decorate lighters with names, stickers, glitter and paint, for myself and my friends. I would get very upset if someone pocketed my Clipper!
I'm sure most people will know what a Clipper looks like; they are around 3 inches tall, and circular. I'm also sure a lot of people will remember the craze of giving yourself a 'smiley' by holding the lighter alight then pressing the top against your skin, burning a smiley face shape (the mouth was the curved metal part and the wheel gave the eyes). I never done this, thankfully! Clippers work the same as most lighters, in that you turn a wheel to spark the flint and at the same time you depress a small button to release the gas, resulting in a flame.
As mentioned, you can replace the flints and refill the gas, meaning that these lighters should last you a very long time. The flint is accessed by puling on the wheel- this will release the entire mechanism and you can see there is a long tube with a teeny screw cap on the end. When you unscrew this, it pops out revealing a tightly coiled spring that runs the whole length of the tube. You pop your new flint in the tube then push the spring back in tight, screwing the end cap back on. I always had to use my teeth to unscrew the cap, as it's really small and fiddly! I could screw it back in with my fingers but it hurts a little as you have to hold a tiny thing really tightly. To refill the gas, you place the nozzle of a butane canister in the receptacle (usually red) on the bottom of the lighter, and push. This was one of my biggest gripes, as even when you had the correct nozzle, you still got gas escaping and often on your hands as well.
Many Clippers now have an apparently 'childproof' wheel; instead of being round, the wheel is made up of straight sections making it a pentagon. This is supposed to be harder for children to turn but in all honesty I find it easier to turn! They are a bit stiffer but I think that's canceled out in a way as the flat sections make it far easier to grip in my experience. I certainly don't think it lets you not worry about leaving your lighter within reach on the coffee table and I'm sure most responsible smoking parents wouldn't do so anyway. I can appreciate though that small fingers won't be as strong as mine.
Their longevity is excellent, unless you lose it, and a packet of Swan flints and a bottle of gas will last a long time too. I always found Clippers to be very reliable and rarely had trouble with getting them to light, even if it was a bit windy. Of course it was harder if there was hardly any gas left, as you only get a tiny, weaker flame. When it is almost out of gas, the easiest way to get it to light is to hold the gas button with one thumb and spin the wheel with your first finger on the other hand - it catches easier with the constant stream of gas being dispensed.
You can buy a Clipper now for over £1 but I'm not sure exactly how much (they were around 50-60p when I bought them). They do offer good value I think, even when you have to buy a pack of flints and gas. Nowadays, I never buy a Clipper though. I still have a lot of my old Clippers, but to be honest when you can get a pack of 6 (sometimes more) disposable lighters for £1 from Poundland and other £1 shops, why would you buy anything else? Besides, my other half is notorious for going away with a lighter and it's never seen again! Clippers are good quality lighters though, and if I had the time I would probably still decorate them since I like doing stuff like that (eBay maybe....?).
So overall, Clippers are recommendable in my book. Smoking however, is not!
~I know I shouldn't, but I do~
Being a smoker, I have had my fair share of lighters over the years, I've had all sorts of fancy novelty lighters, expensive and fashionable lighters, even cheap disposable lighters but I can guarantee once the novelty of whatever lighter I've been using has worn off, I will always revert back to the trusty Clipper.
~It just does what it has to do with no fancy gimmicks~
A Clipper lighter is a pretty basic looking thing, it has no fancy extras added on for good measure, these lighters do come in a variety of colors, I always seem to end up with a bright color as I do tend to lose them quite often and if it's a bright color I think I will have a better chance of finding it. I always seem to be buying these even though they are refillable and I do have gas with which to refill them with. The clipper lighter is easy to refill, it's just a case of inserting the plastic nozzle from the gas canister into the bottom of the lighter and then I press the whole canister down for anything up to a minute, maybe not even that long, then there is usually enough gas in the lighter for it to continue to work as normal.
What I do tend to forget about is the flint, which of course the lighter needs to use, to make the spark from which the lighter will produce the flame. To make the spark I roll the wheel with my thumb, this is where the flint is needed, without it the wheel will just do nothing, rendering the lighter useless. I forget that the flints wear down with time and need replacing, and I find that a very fiddly job to do as the flint is so small. Maybe that's another reason I continue to buy more lighters, for me it's sometimes easier to just replace the whole thing.
My husband also really likes clipper lighters and has quite a selection of his own, but he seems to have this thing about constantly taking them to pieces and changing the flints from one to another, why do men have to always take things to pieces? I really don't understand how he can be bothered to do this, as for me, if my lighter is full of gas with a decent size flint in it, then I will leave it well alone and be grateful it works the next time I have a cigarette.
~It's basically just what a smoker needs~
If your prepared to buy the gas and the flints, then I would highly recommend a Clipper Lighter to any smoker, they have got to be one of the best, basic and to the point lighters, they are reliable and you can trust that it will actually light when you want it to. These lighters don't cost a lot, your probably looking at about £3.00 for a clipper lighter, but this is a pretty reasonable price when you think they can be refilled and used over and over again. You'll find these lighters anywhere that sells cigarettes, or from a tobacconist and more than likely online as well.
I'm giving 4 stars for the Clipper lighter, it would have been 5 but the whole flint thing is such a fiddly business.
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As a smoker, I have loads of lighters lying around the house but the ones I mainly use are clippers and have done so for quite some time now.
Clipper lighters can be found in most supermarkets and shops that sell cigarettes and usually cost around the £1 mark. Clipper lighters are available in a whole range of colours and at one point, I think I had about 10 lighters all in different colours. The lighter itself just about the size of the palm of my hand. At the top is the lighting mechanism, the wheel that you need to press and the pad which releases the gas. The body of the lighter is rounded unlike other lighters which have hard, straight edges and this makes it more comfortable in your hands.
The good thing about these lighters compared to other, cheaper ones is that they are refillable and this is why they cost a bit more. I know that you can buy a pack of 5 lighters from a pound shop but they don't last long at all. At least with a clipper, you can refill it quite a lot. Filling the lighter is easy. All you need to do is push the nozzle of the lighter fluid into the small hole in the bottom of the lighter and you will be able to hear it filling up. I only do this for about 30 seconds at a time so that just enough goes in.
The flints on these lighters have a slight tendency to break quite easily which is never a good thing. The are also easy to replace though. After buying a pack of new flints, you need to pull up the wheel mechanism to get to the broken flint. After this, there is a tiny screw section that comes out easily and underneath this is the flint. Just replace the flint under the spring and put the wheel back in and you are good to go again.
As these lighters are not the cheapest option on the market, I wouldn't suggest buying them if you have a habit of losing them. I know a lot of people than can't keep a lighter for more than a couple of days at a time before having to dig out a new one. Luckily, this is not the case with me. I do tend to keep lighters for a decent amount of time and because of this, I think that clipper lighters are better value for money than the ones you can get in a pound shop. Being refillable makes them pretty perfect for me and I think they are much smoother to use than some cheaper lighters.
I have two clipper lighters, one was a gift from my brother, the other I picked quite simply because it was one of their mini ones and I thought it was cute (did I really just describe a lighter as cute?) Clippers are known for being durable and reliable. Due to their ability to be refilled with gas and their replaceable flints they should, in theory, be able to last your whole life.
Clipper lighters have a cylindrical body that ends at the top with a metal part you use to light the lighter and where the flame comes out. My two are black and red but they are available in a wide range of colours and patterns so you should have no problem finding one to suit you.
Using it is no more difficult then any other lighter you simply need to press down on the metal wheel and pull it down using your thumb to hold down the lever that releases gas. For some reason this lighter, unlike any others I have used, has a flame that increases if you turn the lighter upside down for this reason my dad preferred them to light his pipes and this is useful for this (if anyone smokes pipes anymore?!)
The gas is easy to refill, the gas to refill them is widely available from most supermarkets and then you simply need to find the attachment that fits into the hole in the bottom of the lighter. Attach this attachment into the bottle of gas and the designated hole in the lighter and turn them both upside down. Press down on the bottom of gas until you hear that tell tale whistle that tells you it's full. I have always found this fairly easy to do but I know of others that it has taken some practice to get used to. It isn't difficult though and once you can do it you'll wonder why you had any problems in the first place!
The flint however, whilst I know it can be replaced I have yet to learn how to! That one is a bit too complex for me, luckily my brother can do it so I just ask him every time I need it done. If however you don't have someone that handy around to ask I am told (read as teased) that it's so easy anyone can do it so he doesn't see why I can't. The fact is he's probably right, but it involves taking off the metal top and I think it's lack of confidence rather then lack of ability to do it that's stopping me. At least if he breaks it I have someone to blame!
Anyway, I'm getting off track. Clipper lighters are available from most high street stores and from many places online for around a £1. I tend to lose lighters long before I've used them up and since you can now buy 6 disposable lighters for a £1 in pound stores these are a false economy for me. However, if you don't lose your lighters and are likely to keep it several years then the clipper is a good, reliable choice for you. They get 4 out of 5 stars from me.
I used to opt for the clipper lighters all the time when I needed to purchase a lighter from a newsagents but now this is not really the case.
These lighters main selling point is the fact that they are re-fillable. They cost a bit more money than buying a disposable lighter but both the gas and flint can be replaced easily.
At an average price of £1, these Clipper lighters can be found in most shops which sell cigarettes and the like. They come in a variety of different colours and will often have different motifs on such as sport related.
The design of the lighter is good and easy to use thought should only be handled by adults. It has a straight body to it which is rounded and comfortable in the hand. They always seem to let off a good flame and can hold a good amount of gas which means that you don't have to refill them too often.
However the refilling of the gas and the changing of the flint is very quick and simple to do. You will need to purchase a multi packets of flints and a can of lighter gas which will make filling the lighter rather costly but the gas can has a special tube nozzle which can be fitted onto the bottom of the Clipper lighter and pushed in to fill the gas chamber up.4
To replace the flint, the section with the metal wheel type fitting will have to be pulled out and a small screw section will need to be removed and the new flint popped in under a spring.
I find these lighters are nice to have but not particular worth paying the extra money as I now pick up packets of 10 disposable lighters from Poundland and I would think I would be able to buy a few 10 packs of these before I had even paid for one of these lighters and all the necessary things needed to refill it.
The fact that I tend to loose a good number of lighters also puts me off paying this price for just one lighter as more often than not I wouldn't even have the lighter by the time the gas had run out so would never get around to refilling it!
Overall I would say these lighters are nice to use and generally can last a fair amount of time but I will not be buying one unless it was an emergency for a long time as they are just too pricey in comparison to others available.
I think a 2 out of 5 star rating.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.Euro
Clipper lighters have been around forever. They used to cost £1 while other, throwaway lighters, would cost as little as 50p. They are more expensive now, though the gap seems to have closed as other lighters almost always retail at about 80p or more.The difference with the clipper is that it is refillable.
The clipper lighter is round shaped and just under 3 inches tall and under an inch wide. As such it is a bit more bulky than your standard size lighter and will need a bit more room available to fit inside a cigarette packet. That said the Clipper lighter does seem a little more robust than your average lighter and less likely to fall apart if you drop it too often.
I am skeptical about whether there is much added value in the Clipper being refillable. This is because they can still break, the flint mechanism part can go like on other lighters and then you will need a new one. I suppose if you do have a can of lighter gas around then you probably wouldnt need to buy so many lighters. But if you tend to buy your lighters on those days when you forget one at home, then this feature might not make much difference.
A decent cheap lighter but dont expect it to last forever.
i first used a mini clipper lighter properly when i found one near my house.
i noticed that when i piked it up it felt very easy to light and also that it was refillable.
i then notised that the flint was replasable very easily by just pulling the round bit at the top.
the lighter i found was a mini clipper one of the cocktail type. i have now had it for the best part of 3 years and have only filled up the gas 4 times and changes the flint twice. the flame measures about 2cm alough will be slightly bigger for a few minuites of lit when just filled.
people i know use this as a bottle opener. email firstname.lastname@example.org with any other uses.
Clipper lighters are definately the best available for the price, and most people i know who have bought one will agree with me that they are not something that will disappoint. Available in a variety of designs and now even in a mini clipper size they have something for eveyone:
Clipper lighters are well known for their durability, some people even report keeping them for a number of years at a time, you are more likely to loose it than break it. There is no adjustable flame size switch so you wont be able to play with that and inevitably break it and the top of the lighter is made of metal so it will not melt when used for a prolonged period of time, like those cheaper ones. The plastic body of the lighter is thick also and this prevents it from breaking or even worse exploding when dropped- a common trait of those 10 for a pound jobbies.
Clipper lighters are well known for their exceptional lifespan, as mentioned earlier, you are more likely to loose it than break it so you will be happy to know that this lighter is also refillable. It will only need refilling once in a blue moon and you will have a bit of warning when it is running out as the flame will drop below it normal height then tail off slowly. The flint is also replaceable ad is easy to do, you simply pull out the brains, unscrew the cap (which has indentations to make unscrewing easy) and place a new one in then simply put it back together.
The flame on my clippers is usually about 2cm (rough guess as its hard to measure with a ruler) and this is ample for all your normal lighting needs. The flame does drop slightly when you need to refil the gas but it wont just run out immediately unlike some cheaper lighters. Once you have refilled your clipper however it will grow in size but do not worry as this will only last a short while until the pressure inside evens out. As mentioned earlier there is no switch for adjusting flame height, however i really don't think it is necessary and if there was one it would just be an extra piece to damage.
There is a wide range of colours avialable now to choose your lighter from, my personal favourite is silver as it looks really cool and helps me know which is mine, online you will find a whole selection to choose from including some awesome designs and pictures of jimi hendrix etc. Your local newsagent will most likely only stock around five colours but even this is good as all of the clippers are nicely finished.The latest variety out is the mini clipper, ideal for womens handbags or a night out, the gas will not last as long, but the other than the size they are identical and look really cool. I have also seen clipper stash lighters on the internet but i haven't really ever used one, apparently some of them will still light too!
I know of several people who use clipper lighters as bottle openers, this is achieved by placing the base of the lighter against the lid of the bottle and prising it off, this will leave small teeth marks in your clipper however this will help you reckognise which is yours and prevent your mates stealing it.
The 'brains' of the lighter can be removed very easily by simply pulling on the wheel of the flint, what you will then be left with is a short thin stick with a wheel on one end, ideal for packing down the tobacco in a rollie, or any other time you may need a pokey device.
If anyone else knows of any more uses i would be happy to hear them in the comments at the end of the review.
If you have a need for a lighter i would definately recommend a clipper, they don't cost more than your normal disposable and they do a much better job. They both look and feel nice and there is a design to suit everybody so you can't go wrong.
DON'T PLAY WITH FIRE!
Extra note, many people have told me both online and in person that they have trouble refilling the clipper lighter, many of them have trouble refilling all lighters. Personally i have never had this problem and do not find it to be any different with a clipper, although this could be down to my choice of gas. Always follow the instructions on the gas canister and use the correct nozzle.