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Pros and Cons of Zippo Lighters

Video Review


Video Transcript


okay so this is going to be a video on
the pros and cons of Zippo lighters so
in this video were just purely looking
at suppose and we’re classifying this
kind of video as both the type of
lighter that zippers are which is a
liquid fuel lighter also known as a
gasoline or petrol lighter and then
we’re going to compare those a bit to
other lighters of the class of a Zippo
and other types of lighters I mean the
Zippos are great they’re classic
lighters but there are things they can
and can’t do which is obviously good to
bear in mind if you’re thinking of
buying one though you want you know know
how useful it would be in certain
scenarios compared to other lighters so
I’ve done videos before comparing lots
of different lighters and things like
that but this one is purely kind of on
what’s good and bad about Zippos and
some of this stuff is kind of unfixable
by design choices especially if you’re
in liquid fuel categories or lighters
and there are things that could
definitely be improved on the Zippo
there’s quite a major one I’ll go into
but let’s start that they also this is
kind of your classic Zippo here it’s
obviously a Zippo wind proof as it’s
known very simple design so you’ve got
your main light to section in here which
you fill up with light to flu with that
liquid fuel then once it’s in there it
soaks into the wick and soaks into the
interior part of it you put it in its
case you flick this makes a spark and
obviously it lights and you close the
lighter to put it out obviously closing
the lighter cuts off the oxygen supply
and that puts the flame out you can also
put this up to brace the lid from
closing so inferior lighter can’t go out
in theory anyway so it’s called a Zippo
wind proof if you look there you can see
a wind guard now the whole point of that
is obviously it’s a wind guard so if
there’s it’s a windy day and you wanna
light a cigarette or something that’s
not gonna go out because of them you
know wind go cinamon out feel both these
it goes up to show you and what we have
here is a brass Zippo so regular suppose
a brass that’s then like electroplated
with whatever kind of metal they meant
to look like the brass suppose the solid
brass that you might be just about able
to see there it says solid brass so
these are higher-quality Zippos
basically they’re a bit more solid
I think they weigh a little bit more but
they have tighter tolerances so I mean
by that is that when you put this
lighter together it’s a tighter fit and
that is good for what there’s not a very
good reason for this it means that
basically it takes longer for the fuel
to evaporate inside because one of the
big problems of a Zippo you notice and
that need remind light because I’ve been
refilled them in a while as opposed
evaporate their fuel now this is a
problem with all light fluid lighters
liquid fuel lighters because by design
also the fuel is flammable and
evaporates so even if you’re not using
it
there’s evaporation over time of the
fuel which means eventually the lighter
dries out even if you aren’t using it
now this is like one of the pros and
cons we’re going to speak of depending
on how much you smoke or whatever else
you use the lighter for if you very
regularly use the lighter this isn’t
going to be a problem because you’ll be
lighting it and using the fuel anyway
for that reason however if you know you
very rarely smoke and you use a lighter
now and again for utility kind of uses
this is where you’ve kind of got
problems as opposed because the fuel
evaporates faster now there’s a kind
there’s a couple of things you can do
that a really easy to like you know
increases the time it takes a Zippo fuel
to evaporate and one of those is that
people have told me about the really
easy one I’ve done is you can start
lighter in a sealable plastic bag and
that reduces the amount of evaporation
also if you’re in a hot climate the
Zippo is going to evaporate its fuel
faster than if you’re in a cold climate
what some people do which is a bit of
effort but worth doing is they put a
rubber seal around here where the lid
seals which cuts out a lot of
evaporation supposedly you can get you
know maybe two months out of a regular
zipper now hopefully use opposed when
I’ve sort of timed it if you fill up
these lighters I think I get a couple of
weeks to a month from that a Zippo
depending on conditions the brass Zippo
is about twice as long so in any given
condition it would be about four weeks
to two months so if I had to pick one
Zippo to you so I definitely is the
brass tip oh because I can fill them
both and I know this one’s gonna last
longer
so that’s purely down to having tighter
tolerances I found like starlighter’s
and other Zippo clones are very close to
original Zippos there’s not much
advantage of the Zippo of other than
you’re you know buying a proper
Americans there’s no lighter so those
are some factors so what I’m going to do
now is just show you filling up lighters
which is very straightforward and easy
and then we’re going to talk a bit more
about them now you might be able to see
on there it says left to fill I’m not
actually going to do that because you
don’t need to if you pull like too fluid
in it we’ll still soaked through and
then when it’s dumped enough obviously
you have a working lighter now this
particular Zippo fuel might actually be
quite low by look at this I might have
to get another bottle of this open
another problem of lighter fluid is it
does last longer banham obviously when
it’s in lighter but again it will still
evaporate out of one of these so bear in
mind once you break the seal on one of
these like this one which is a good
thing it ran out in this video to kind
of prove a point they do begin to
evaporate so I’m just gonna bin this one
and get another one to start filling
them up but I’ll cut to when they’re
refilled now because this is a fairly
straightforward thing obviously you’re
just pouring enough about two fluid in
there that the cotton inside becomes
soaked and when that’s soaked obviously
the light is gonna light because the
wick soaks soaks up the like two fluid
inside so I’m I’ll cut back to them
being filled now while I’m here I’m
gonna talk about one of the advantages
as if Oh has and that’s that when you’re
refilling it it’s very easy to do you
don’t need any sort of pressurized
butane canisters or anything like that
obviously if you had a rip in your Zippo
fuel can or whatever brand of lighter
fluid you are using yes is gonna spill
out
however unlike butane if you have a hole
like a very minor hole in your Zippo
because obviously it soaks up inside the
Zippo although it would evaporate a bit
faster it’s not gonna run out super fast
whereas if you have a butane lighter
obviously if that develops a crack or a
hole in it the entire light is useless
because it won’t pressurize
so if you had it out in the field that’s
not a good thing so what I’m just doing
now is letting the stuff soak in
properly so when I like the Zippo it
should actually you know just like what
it’s meant to light and not like the
entire light trauma fire that’s one the
other disadvantages with a Zippo is that
obviously once you’ve refilled it you
need to give it a moment so it’s not
going to light messily whereas a butane
lighter once you’ve filled it you can
use it about saying that sometimes I
don’t you feel the butane lighter at
them becomes too cold and you have to
give it a moment okay I’ll go to sort of
room temperature again but with Zippos
that’s not a problem how I was saying
that one of the good things with a Zippo
it will light pretty much in any terror
air temperature whereas with butane
lighters if it’s very cold although I’ve
never been in the condition it’s been
too cold for a butane lighter as opposed
you know in ferry work in a broader
temperature range so that’s one thing to
consider now Zippos don’t cost too much
either they’re about in the UK 10 to 20
pounds depending on which model you get
one like this would be 10 pounds or like
the brass tip but would be closer to 20
now lots of people buy disposable
lighters that are like a couple for a
pound or whatever which a very uh Nikken
annika way of using light as if you
smoke a lot you’d be much better going
for a proper lighter even if it’s a
butane refillable one refilling it I
think I’ve covered that before sort of
economics and lighters especially things
like clippers they’re very cheap but
good lighters however if you wanted
something a bit fancier 10 to 20 pounds
Rose if how isn’t bad at all and
obviously it works well so anyway let’s
now flick this I’m speaking of cold
weather another great thing about the
Zippo is that it’s got a very big
striking wheel so it works you know if
you’ve got a gloved hand you can still
light it so as you can see that’s why
it’s wind proof because it’s not going
out I easily when I’m trying to blow it
now a big enough blow will put it out
same with any lighter
but it’s only electric and jet lighters
that I’ve seen can withstand pretty much
any wind conditions so that’s one of the
advantages as a Zippo wind proof it does
live up to its name pretty well you
don’t have to shield it with your hand
like that if you’re trying to light it
so you know that is one big advantage
said the fuel does evaporate which is
the miss disadvantage so Zippos look
cool as well obviously because you I’m
not an expert of flicking a Zippo open
especially on Triberr on camera but you
know they’ve got a nice sort of Zippo
flick open mechanism I said once it’s
lit you can put it out just by doing
that now eventually you will need to
replace the wick in a Zippo the wicks
have been pretty good condition this one
you can pull it through for a while and
then you eventually need to sort of put
a new wick in you put them in from
underneath when you open up the lighter
you don’t pull it through as you can see
the flame size is a little bit different
on both for these Zippos I don’t
particularly know why it might just be
wet condition I know if you move the
wick around you can alter the flame size
on a Zippo as well another good thing of
the zip hose you can use them in the
dark which I’ll just demonstrate now
there’s a little bit of natural light in
the room but not load so you can just
about see this however if I then like
this you should be able to see that once
the flame starts going yellow that’s
giving off quite a fair bit of light so
if I do the other lighter as well I’ve
set the lid on fire there’s obviously a
bit of fuel in it you can see that both
these lighters are obviously giving out
quite a glow now if you do that with a
butane lighter and also other similar
ones you’ll get nowhere near as much
glow as you do from these so you know
Zippos are good especially if you
flicked the things that keeps the lid
open you could use it to illuminate an
area if you really wanted to see
something obviously that’s not a good
idea if there’s leaking gas or anything
like that
but it is kind of good if you just
wanted to obviously like something up
and you’re in the dark and didn’t have a
flashlight or anything else you can use
your Zippo so there’s always that as
well now there is an alternative to a
Zippo and many of you know I’m very
happy with this lighter it’s probably
one of my favorite lighters this is an
old M coat now sadly these aren’t made
anymore because in M Co went bust but
they were kind of a competitor as a
Zippo for a very long time they came in
different shapes and sizes but most of
them have this general design so this is
a lighter lighter and lighter basically
you flick it and flicking of the
as an opening also like set like the zip
how it’s partially windproof obviously
that did go out there but you can see
there it’s got the wind guard I have
tested outside and works well the bigger
model of Inc o–‘s have a thing that
adjusts so you can adjust how much how
big the holes are basically obviously
the bigger the holes it easier it is to
blow out however that also lets more air
in which makes the flame bigger so what
advantages does this M Co have over
Zippo just a comparison with like – like
lighters but one of the really cool
things of the in cope is you can pull
this out and I’ve just managed to put
out doing this let’s try again it might
need a bit more of a wick water it’s
that’s pointless so one of the big
advantages of this is obviously as you
can see you can pull this pit out and
use it like a candle or something
similar because the fuel is in there you
could also like this of course without
it being on the lighter itself just by
anything that makes a spark but
obviously that’s a big advantage because
you can use it to light things in more
awkward angles obviously it’s got my
wind proof properties once it’s pulled
out of that but overall the EMCO
obviously is easy to light when you open
it on its own mechanism you can also
inside the mechanisms store several sort
of spare bits in there like spare
Flint’s and things like that but you
can’t really do proper overt Zippo you
can kind of but not properly so that’s
that you can probably see is a bit
lighter fluid on there now because
that’s when the annoying things until a
while after refilling it they tend to
leak a little bit of lighter fluid
as you can see flames on the lid as well
which is great another thing of the
Zippo as you probably noticed that if
it’s been closed for a bit the
evaporating fuel hits the lid on them
when you liked it it sets the lid on
fire
so be careful how we hold is it when you
light it and but overall I think that
pretty much sums up those two points in
the video these if hose are very nice
lighters form they are but they’re not
perfect I said fuel evaporates over time
which is annoying whereas if I get a jet
liner I could
filled up here ago whatever still fuel
in it still liked so you know butane
lighters are much better in that terms
if using film again however there’s a
certain charm to things like the Zippos
and the M cows you know these are kind
of classic retro lighters and it’s nice
that Zippos are still made because you
know another advantage of a zip hose it
built like a tank I think you’d have a
really hard time actually damaging a
Zippo to the point it wouldn’t work you
don’t probably have to run it over with
a car or something you certainly
wouldn’t break a Zippo by dropping it
because it’s you know so simple inside
its literally that’s all there is to a
Zippo I said you will have to now and
again a new sort of flint on it you know
striker and you’d have to pull the thing
through a nut place that but for the
most part you know not much we can
complain about what was it though so you
know hopefully this has been informative
like I said I wanted to do this video
mostly just to talk about the pros and
cons of Zippos because you seem to get a
Zippo fanboys who think they’re amazing
and they can do anything better than a
of a kind of lighter which is false and
then you get the people who think
suppose a complete waste of money and
crap lighters and leave or those things
are true suppose are very good at what
they do
obviously light technologies now
surpassed as if I’m especially with like
electric lighters and butane torch type
lighters but they are kind of a classic
and they are nice lighters so you know
hopefully this has helped you make up
your mind whether or not a Zippo is the
right lighter for you but you know they
don’t cost a lot of money I said about
10 pounds for a basic model zipper like
that if you did want to take the plunge
go to a pound shop and buy a bottle of
lighter fluid for them and you’re all
set to go

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