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Cigar 101 – How to Fix Your Cigar Lighter

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We’re having some of our team at Best Cigar Prices write guest articles, our first one today is from Dan, head of our excellent Customer Service Department. How many times have you had problems with your cigar lighter? Below you will find out how to fix your lighter from a pro.

Having trouble with your cigar lighter?  Try these pro tips to get it fixed!

Is your cigar lighter not what it used to be?  Does the flame sputter or just not stay lit?  Are you about ready to throw it through a window or tempted to take a hammer to it?  Before you throw that cigar lighter out, take a minute and read on, fellow cigar lover.  Chances are after applying a few simple troubleshooting techniques, your torch lighter will not only be working again…it might even work better that it ever did when it was new.

When talking about “cigar lighters”, I’m referring to torch lighters.  The tips in this post won’t apply to the lighter you picked up at the grocery store for 99 cents.  Also, if you are using that 99 cent lighter to light your cigars…please stop immediately as they will absolutely change the flavor (in a bad way) of your cigars.  If you need to purchase a better lighter, no problem.  We carry a pretty great selection of torch lighters here at Best Cigar Prices.

When was the last time you cleaned your lighter?

Every time you light – and especially when you re-light – one of your cigars, little bits of ash fall down into it.  Over time, all of that ash makes a mess out of things and can seriously mess up your lighter’s ability to function properly.  The best way to clean it out it to use compressed air.  Yup, that same can of air that you use to clean your computer and keyboard can and should be used to blow all that junk out of your lighter’s inner workings.

Some people tend to flip their lighters over and tap them gently on the table to clean them out.  While that does work, it’s really not as effective as shooting a stream of highly compressed air into it.  Also, if you are a tapper, PLEASE be careful.  If you tap too hard, you can damage the lighter.

Bleeding is a good thing

If your lighter gets air in the line, that can cause the flame to flicker, sputter, or possibly fail to stay lit.  It may also mean the torch won’t fire when you press the button the first time.  And if you are trying to light your cigar, nothing is more frustrating than having to mess around with a temperamental lighter.  Bleeding the lighter – the process of removing all of the air from it – is a trick that can immediately make your lighter perform like a champ.  Here’s how you do it…

  1. Hold the button down on your lighter until the lighter is completely empty.  To make sure there’s noting left, listen for the sound of hissing air.  When the lighter is completely bled, you shouldn’t here anything.
  2. Refill your lighter with high quality (see below) fuel.  DO NOT SHAKE THE CAN BEFORE YOU FILL THE LIGHTER!  By shaking the can of butane, you increase the possibility of air being added to the fuel tank.  And that defeats the whole purpose of bleeding your cigar lighter.
  3. Try it now.  Again, try and listen for any sort of hissing sound.  If you hear that, it probably means there is still air in the line.  If so, repeat the bleeding process.

Don’t fill your cigar lighter with garbage fuel

You are what you eat.  And your cigar lighter is only as good as the quality of the butane that your filling it with.  Some people think that the cheaper the butane the better, because saving money is always a good thing right?  Not in this case.  Cheap butane is often un-refined, thick, and will clog up and choke your lighter.  Personally, I recommend Colibri Premium Butane.  It’s high-quality and is highly refined, so you won’t have to worry about it making your cigar lighter perform like a piece of junk.

Hopefully, this post has helped you get your trusty cigar lighter working like new again.  If you routinely clean and bleed your lighter, along with keeping it full of only high-quality butane that has been refined multiple times, your cigar lighter should work for years.

Still have questions?  Maybe a tip that we haven’t mentioned here?  Let us know in the comments below.