Filling up a Gas lighter

How to Fill up a Gas Lighter

All of the lighters that we purchase are always empty due to safety reasons. One always has to fill them up to be able to use them for work. This creates room for one of the most asked questions of how do I fill up a gas lighter. No matter what kind of lighter you’re using here is a detailed guide of how to fill up a gas lighter. 

Purge the lighter

  • If you’re refilling a used lighter, the first thing you need to do is purge the lighter of any remaining air of fuel, which can irritate your skin or eyes. For this, refill your lighter in a well-ventilated area. For this, you can open up the doors or windows to increase ventilation or turn on the fan to improve air circulation. 
  • Any of the remaining gas that sprays out on your working surface, so make sure to lay down a newspaper or a piece of cloth over the surface you’re working on. Make sure the surface is clean, stable, and dry so that none of the dirt or moisture goes into the lighter. With this, you also need to make sure that you’re not immediately filling a hot lighter that was used seconds ago. If you’re refilling butane, it is a highly combustible gas, so you must wait for the lighter to cool down before you start refilling it. Wait for at least 30 minutes before refilling the lighter. 
  • Before refilling, turn the flame adjuster knob clockwise so that it’s at a minimum height setting. You might need to use a small screwdriver to turn the knob on the other side. Your butane lighter might have a special key to turn the knob or might have a wheel. So, instead of forcing the screwdrivers, check it thoroughly. Push the refilling valve in to let all the air out of the lighter.

Refilling the gas

  • So, the next step in how do I fill my gas lighter starts with holding the lighter upside down so that you don’t end up injecting air into the lighter. If you do it, you’ll soon experience your lighter start malfunctioning. As you’re holding the lighter upside down, you’ll also be holding your butane can upside down to fill in the gas.
  • The gas can is made up of butane gas as well as the repellant, so shake the can properly to get the settled butane up. After shaking it five to six times, press the can onto the refill valve. 
  • Ensure the stem of the gas can fit properly into the valve without tilting the lighter to avoid the air injecting in. 
  • After the two ends of the lighter and gas can fits in together, pump a few three-second bursts into the lighter to get the butane in. 
  • You’ll immediately know when the lighter is full as the gas would start leaking from theĆ« stem instead of going into the valve. 
  • You might take more than just one burst to fill up the lighter, depending upon how empty it was before. While refilling, hold the lighter away from the face and body and be supremely careful while igniting it. 

After filling up the lighter, it’s essential to test it. Begin testing by turning the flame adjuster back up with the same screwdriver. Turn it up according to the height of the flame you desire. Now, wait for at least 5 minutes to allow the butane to reach room temperature before using it. This will also let any excess gas on the exterior evaporate, preventing it from lighting up. 

Now light up the lighter to test the flame by holding it at a safe distance. If there is no flame or one that’s too weak, it might need more butane to be filled in. Now that you’ve filled the lighter keep the butane gas can at a safe place, away from the reach of children to keep it safe and secure. 

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