How to repair an older colibri cigar lighter

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How to repair an older colibri cigar lighter
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Colibri has produced a variety of lighters since 1928. As the cigar boom of the 1990s took off, Colibri began producing a more specialised line of lighters for cigar enthusiasts. Because of normal use and age, some older Colibri cigar lighters may require repair. It is sometimes necessary to refer a lighter for service, however, many problems may be resolved by owners. By performing a few simple steps, older cigar lighters may be restored to good working condition.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Compressed air in a can
  • Can of Colibri premium lighter fluid

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  1. 1

    Check the fuel level of the lighter. Make sure there is fuel in the lighter. Check the level in a viewing window or slightly depress the ignition button and listen for a hissing sound to indicate there is fuel in the lighter. Add Colibri lighter fluid to the lighter. Refer to the Resources section for more information on refilling a Colibri lighter.

  2. 2

    Inspect the flint of the Colibri lighter. If the lighter is a flint-strike model, inspect the flint to make sure it is contacting the striker device. Replace the flint with a replacement from Colibri. Refer to the Resources link for more information on replacing a Colibri flint.

  3. 3

    Determine if there is air in the fuel tank. Excessive air in the fuel tank may result in a weak flame or no flame at all. Depress the butane valve control to release any remaining butane from the tank. Continue to bleed the tank until all hissing sounds stop. Refill the tank with Colibri butane.

  4. 4

    Examine the burner of the lighter for dirt, debris or other build-up that may affect operation. A dirty burner may prevent fuel from entering the burner and being ignited. Use a can of compressed air with a directional nozzle to blow any debris from the burner.

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