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Posted: 10/27/2004 2:16:29 PM EST
I just got one and the thing runs out of fluid fast, does it need a break in period?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:20:07 PM EST
Yup...runs out fast. Nope....no break in period. It jsut seems to evaporate quickly.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:22:06 PM EST
Depends on how much you use it. Also, is the cap tight or loose when closed? Do you leave it open longer than to just light it? (I had a friend who would open the thing and use it as a prop while conducting conversations (annoying). Mine last anywhere from 4 days to a week.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:26:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:26:53 PM EST
Break in period; Light once, remove flint and clean. Repeat for 10 lights. Then repeat every three lights for the next 20, then every five lights for the next 50. Should be good to go.

Oh, wait, err... never mind. Yeah, use them a lot you'll get 3 - 5 good days on fluid.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:29:29 PM EST
Evaporative loss. A Zippo is constantly losing fluid whether you use it or not. I keep both Zippos and Bics around for that reason.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:35:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By TeuffelHunden1775:
Break in period; Light once, remove flint and clean. Repeat for 10 lights. Then repeat every three lights for the next 20, then every five lights for the next 50. Should be good to go.







Now that is funny!!

Wait'll you leave it in the front pocket of your jeans too long and get that great Zippo shaped chemical burn on your leg. Looks like a square sunburn...


Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:52:06 PM EST
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:55:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???



Damn skippy. It's the Amercan way. Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.

I always keep extra flints and fluid in my car.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:58:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:00:00 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:04:44 PM EST
Zippos rule!!!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:09:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:18:43 PM EST
Of course, you could also save yourself a shitload of trouble in life, and just quit smoking now.


Then you could spend all that money you saved on REAL toys, and be able to argue about the merits of Glock vs. 1911, or AR vs. AK with some first hand experience.

A year of smoking a pack per day would cost about the same a new AR...
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:19:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???



Damn skippy. It's the Amercan way. Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.

I always keep extra flints and fluid in my car.

I lift up the felt pad in the bottom and drop a couple spare flints in there.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:22:02 PM EST
And you slobs were complaining about the butane insert for Zippos the other day, sheesh.




ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:23:21 PM EST
Evaporates, huh? Well the fluid evaporating is really good for this thing. Pocket Warmer
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:23:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By DScott:
Of course, you could also save yourself a shitload of trouble in life, and just quit smoking now.


Then you could spend all that money you saved on REAL toys, and be able to argue about the merits of Glock vs. 1911, or AR vs. AK with some first hand experience.

A year of smoking a pack per day would cost about the same a new AR...



What if you smoke and already have those toys (I don't other than the AR, but still...)? What if you buy your smokes on the cheap (avoiding duty taxes) from Switzerland like I do? What if you're in better cardiovascular health than your "healthy" non-smoking friends, despite a pack-a-day 7 year habit?

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:24:00 PM EST
Smart men like myself keep a few extra flints under the felt cover on the bottom. For when they go no sparker on ya!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:25:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By QP031:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???



Damn skippy. It's the Amercan way. Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.

I always keep extra flints and fluid in my car.

I lift up the felt pad in the bottom and drop a couple spare flints in there.

I see I'm not the only smart one. Thats cool to have company!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:26:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By QP031:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???



Damn skippy. It's the Amercan way. Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.

I always keep extra flints and fluid in my car.

I lift up the felt pad in the bottom and drop a couple spare flints in there.



Hmmm...not bad. What about the fluid, though? That's what runs out so often. Maybe I need to keep it in a pocket sized "emergency" container. Or I could just make a habit out of squirting a little in the Zippo each day.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:29:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 3:32:51 PM EST by Synister1]

Originally Posted By 321Bang:

Originally Posted By QP031:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???



Damn skippy. It's the Amercan way. Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.

I always keep extra flints and fluid in my car.

I lift up the felt pad in the bottom and drop a couple spare flints in there.

I see I'm not the only smart one. Thats cool to have company!



I keep 3 in there.

Also Those complaining of fast evaporation, You're using Ronsonol lighter fuild aren't you?

I only use the real zippo brand fluid, A fill in mine will last about 2 weeks, smoke a pack a day.

Should we all start post photo's of our zippos now?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:32:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.



Actually, I had a buddy that had a neat trick he did with your average cheapo Bic. He'd hold it hand inverted, thumb on the bottom of the lighter and pinky on the wheel striker. Doing some kindof wrist flip the lighter would end up upside down and lit with the flame going up and away from his hand.

Then, using the spring button he would let go of the lighter and it would flip into the air (I figure he needed another wrist snap to make this work) then snag it out of the air and put it away.

Kindof impressive actually.

I've got 3 Zippos and they're all sitting in my desk drawer because I hate maintaining them.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:32:19 PM EST
Back in WWII they were the best you could buy.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:34:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mauser101:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.



Actually, I had a buddy that had a neat trick he did with your average cheapo Bic. He'd hold it hand inverted, thumb on the bottom of the lighter and pinky on the wheel striker. Doing some kindof wrist flip the lighter would end up upside down and lit with the flame going up and away from his hand.

Then, using the spring button he would let go of the lighter and it would flip into the air (I figure he needed another wrist snap to make this work) then snag it out of the air and put it away.

Kindof impressive actually.

I've got 3 Zippos and they're all sitting in my desk drawer because I hate maintaining them.





I stand corrected, then.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:34:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By BallisticTip:
Back in WWII they were the best you could buy.



Huh. Kindof like a 1911.

Badum...pish!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:35:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By DScott:
A year of smoking a pack per day would cost about the same a new AR...



Makes me want to take up smoking, just so I can quit and tell myself that's where the next rifle purchase is coming from.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:36:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By tattoo:

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???


hell you should see when i sell the arfcom zippos..lots of people love them

when you gonna do another one of those Tattoo.

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:42:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By mike45acp:
Wow so they leak fluid, dont light everytime and burn your skin, plus they cost more than a cheap lighter, yet we all still like them???



Damn skippy. It's the Amercan way. Besides, you can't do tricks with a Bic.

I always keep extra flints and fluid in my car.



You've never done the butane lighter & empty coke can/beer bottle trick? Hold down the butane lighter button letting the gas fill the pop can or bottle....then spin the sparker <???? or whatever it's called> igniting the gas in the can/bottle. Whoosh!!!!! Instant pretty blue jet of flame, warming up the can or bottle. You can also do the same thing just by cupping your hand over the lighter while releasing the gas, but the cupped hand trick just makes a blue-yellow fireball that burns out quick, not like the blowtorch effect of the pop can. <Beavis> FIRE!! FIRE!! he he he <Beavis>

Zippos kick ass over butane though. No ceremony or style with the butane. I don't even smoke & I carry one.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:46:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 3:50:34 PM EST by Mauser101]
Also when youre bic is running low on fuel you can chuck them at a good concrete wall. If you're lucky it'll spark and you'll get a fireball.

Usually if they're full just pop but not flame.

Works better with the knockoff bics like Cricket. Bics are a little more robust in design.

EDIT:
Oh! And lets not forget about adjustable flame height disposable lighters. Take off the metal cap thinger and turn the adjuster to high. Then lift the adjuster off the gear and move it to low, put the adjuster back down and move it to high again. So, you just keep turning it up. Eventually it'll spit out so much gas while it's on you'll get about a 1-1/2' flame and little blue fireballs falling off the base.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:56:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mauser101:

Oh! And lets not forget about adjustable flame height disposable lighters. Take off the metal cap thinger and turn the adjuster to high. Then lift the adjuster off the gear and move it to low, put the adjuster back down and move it to high again. So, you just keep turning it up. Eventually it'll spit out so much gas while it's on you'll get about a 1-1/2' flame and little blue fireballs falling off the base.



I forgot about that! A buddy of mine borrowed my flamethrower adjusted disposable to light his cigarette & before I could warn him he singed his eyebrows & bangs...... Needless to say he was slightly irked
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:01:42 PM EST
Zippos are really, really good in windy situations.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:05:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By RiffRandall:

Originally Posted By Mauser101:

Oh! And lets not forget about adjustable flame height disposable lighters. Take off the metal cap thinger and turn the adjuster to high. Then lift the adjuster off the gear and move it to low, put the adjuster back down and move it to high again. So, you just keep turning it up. Eventually it'll spit out so much gas while it's on you'll get about a 1-1/2' flame and little blue fireballs falling off the base.



I forgot about that! A buddy of mine borrowed my flamethrower adjusted disposable to light his cigarette & before I could warn him he singed his eyebrows & bangs...... Needless to say he was slightly irked



Hehe. Yeah, I've learned never to trust a borrowed lighter. One of my college friends carried two lighters. One for lighting his cigarettes and one for lending to pot smokers. Ah the memories.

Why is it dopeheads never have their own lighter?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:11:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mauser101:
Hehe. Yeah, I've learned never to trust a borrowed lighter. One of my college friends carried two lighters. One for lighting his cigarettes and one for lending to pot smokers. Ah the memories.

Why is it dopeheads never have their own lighter?



Well, short term memory loss & all that..... they might actually have their own lighter but just can't remember where they left it. Or one of their bong-buddies swiped it.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:22:41 PM EST
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Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:31:43 PM EST
Zippos are the best. I know not of any other lighter that has a life time warranty on averything except the finish. Plus ya cant use a bic or a cricket to soot up your front site post on a sunny day at the range.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:34:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By DScott:
Of course, you could also save yourself a shitload of trouble in life, and just quit smoking now.


Then you could spend all that money you saved on REAL toys, and be able to argue about the merits of Glock vs. 1911, or AR vs. AK with some first hand experience.

A year of smoking a pack per day would cost about the same a new AR...



+1
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 2:43:51 PM EST
A disposable lighter doesn't become your "friend" the way your Zippo does. I couldn't agree more with the comparisons between it and WWII vintage Colt .45 Automatic Pistols. Hell, I've been practising "non-dominant hand" techniques with my Zippo, just in case I need to burn down a hootch after my right arm's been injured.

[lie]The fact that it has "AR15.com" engraved on the front makes no difference to me whatsoever [/lie].
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