First, let me say I'm remarkably mechanically uninclined. I am completely retarded when it comes to understanding how things work. So if you can answer any of the below questions, please answer them like you're talking to a 10 year old. I need it that basic!
OK, so I have four lighters, and not a single one works.
First, I have two Ronsons and a Thunderbird zippo insert torch lighter. I've filled them all with Ronson butane and had nothing but problems.
I did some research, and purged the lighters by holding down on the nozzle until there was no more sound or spray. Then I used a Xikar premium butane can to fill them each up. But they still each do the same thing: they will shoot a burst of flame which immediately goes out, and then nothing. Over, and over, and over. Every once in a while I'll get a sustained flame, and then once it goes out, I click over and over and just get the one burst of flame.
So I have a few questions:
1. When you're filling a lighter, how do you know it's full? The Xikar instructions say to press and hold for 3-4 seconds and repeat until full. I repeated probably ten times. Is that enough?
2. Do I need to do more to purge besides pressing and holding the nozzle until nothing more comes out?
3. Will cold affect the lighter's performance? I noticed they all seemed to work briefly when I first filled them, but not a single one would work when I was outside trying to actually use the darn thing.
4. Are there other possibilities that could cause all three of these lighters to not function? Am I missing something?
Second, I have a beautiful Xikar Flintfire lighter that Kapathy so generously bombed me with. My wife tried to light it when I wasn't there, and it didn't light, so she slid the slide on top, which I think is the safety, and now the side dial just turns without sparking at all regardless of the position of the slide on top. Anyone ever own one of these and have an issue with it not sparking?
Thanks in advance!