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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 tend to like them the most. They are part of the legacy of many families and handed down from generations. The simple design of the Zippo lighters ensures that there is always fire even in the windiest weather.
A Zippo lighter is a sound investment and should last you many, many years as long as you look after it. The mechanics of the device will be sound for a long time, however the flints, wick and fuel will tend to need replacing. After a while the wick will burn away after use. I tend to keep cutting off the burnt bits and slowly pulling the wick further up. At some point through, there will not be enough of the wick left to cut and you will need to replace it.
I would only ever use a Zippo replacement wick in my device. It is reliable, it is strong and it is proven to last the longest. It is always best using Zippo approved materials, just in case anything does go wrong with the lighter, it does not invalidate the Zippo lifetime guarantee.
The Zippo wick replacement will cost around 99p, so it is really very cheap. The wick is standardised to fit any sized Zippo and is 4.5 inches long.
*How to change the wick*
Remove the insert from the body or shell of the Zippo (by gripping the bottom of the lighter and on either side of the chimney and pulling apart) as if you were going to re-fuel it
Unscrew the flint spring found on the bottom of the insert, but be careful because since it is spring-loaded it might fall out of your hand when it is unscrewed. If the flint spring screw is too tight to unscrew by hand, use a small flat screwdriver to loosen it first. You can also use the top lid of your lighter to do this as well.
Put the flint spring into the empty shell of the Zippo. Tip out the flint from the bottom of the insert into the empty shell of the Zippo for safekeeping. If it does not fall right out, give it a gentle tap and it should fall
Remove the felt pad and any spare flints (if you keep spares between the felt and the cotton wadding) and set those too in the Zippo shell. Set the Zippo shell aside.
Using the tweezers or needle-nose pliers, pull out the cotton wadding one piece at a time. You'll notice that it is not all one big wad of cotton but many small overlapping wads. As you set them aside, lay them in more or less the same order or configuration as they were inside the insert. (this will be helpful later).
Insert the new Zippo Wick into the wick hole by way of the chimney. Pull it through so that there is only as much wick in the chimney as will reach the top of the chimney.
Using your pliers, tweezers, or little finger, bend the wick within the insert so that it won't fall out through the hole as you work.
Begin to replace the cotton wadding in reverse order than you pulled it out. The pieces each should have some shape that you can fit together like a puzzle.
As you replace the cotton, make sure to bend and weave the wick through and between pieces of the cotton wadding. You should run out of length of wick before you run out of cotton.
Replace the felt pad (along with any flints that belong beneath it). Replace the flint. Insert and screw the flint spring until it won't turn any more. There is no need to screw too tightly as long as it does screw in all the way so that the lighter will close properly. Trim the excess wick so that it is level with the chimney.
If you are struggling to replace the wick then you can always watch the video on the website wikihow. This shows someone completing all the steps so you can watch. It is not as complicated as it sounds but it needs to be done right. ..
With something as simple as a wick it would seem that one brand must be as good as the next, surely they're all made in the same factory and branded later. It would seem not...
A zippo lighter uses three main components, fuel, wick, flint. Each of these needs to be in top shape for your lighter to work correctly.
The wick is made of a strong absorbent string which sucks fuel up through the lighter and is surrounded by a thin mesh of wires to help it keep its shape and make it easy to work with. When your wick finally dies it is well worth buying the genuine article and here's how your replace it.
The wick works best when wound through the fuel wadding so first, open up your zippo, remove the felt backing and note how the wick is placed as you remove the wadding. Next flick the lid retainer outwards if it is not already, this unlocks the wick so you can remove it. Pull the old wick out through the top of the lighter. Your new wick should be stiff enough to push up through the hole. Leave it proud of the top of the grill by 5mm or so. Replace the wadding as you wind the wick around the inside of the lighter. Finally snip the wick level with the top of the lighter and position it in the middle of the grill.
And your done, years of working wick now awaits you.
When you notice your wick is burned down or frayed, simply pull it through with a pair of pliers, and snip back until it works nicely again.
I first had experience with this wick when I bought my first zippo, back last year. and from the day i recived it til this very day, i have not had to pull the wick up once, simply because the wick has QUALITY unlike other cheap wicks that i have used in the past, that gradualy what you could call "disintigrate" because they are of very low quality. they are quite expensive whe you compare it to buying a non-zippo wick, which will only cost you about 20p, but the fact that they dont last long means that it is overall cheaper to buy a zippo wick and have it last you a good few years. in the time you have used 1 zippo wick, you will have got through about 50 non-zippo wicks, keep adding up the 20 odd pence every month and it will soon cost a bit. another good point is that it is far much less hastle in terms of not having to change the wick as much.
HOW TO USE
Firstly, remove the screw that holds in the felt pad, spring, spacer and Flint (remove them too). Now remove the rayon balls. Remove any remaining wick then thread the new wick through the hole at the bottom of the chimney until is is level with the to of the top of the chimney (you can also leave about 1cm stucking up and trim the frayed ends). when you have done that you need to fold the long part of the wick to the oposite side to the flint tube, put in a rayon ball, fold the wick over the rayon ball. keep doing that until you have replaced all of the rayon balls. when that is complete, you need to replace the felt pad, the flint, spacer, spring and screm, you are now ready to but the insert back into the case and your zippo will be ready to use.