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Why did Zippo discontine the butane lighter? Or did they?

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Lateck, Aug 30, 2018.

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  1. Lateck

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    I have carried the Zippo butane lighter for years and I lost it.
    I have looked for a new one and everywhere it is discontinued, or is it?
    I don't smoke so I don't use it daily and the traditional one drys up or leaks in the pocket. The butane model was ready when (and if) I needed it.

    Any ideas or information?
    Thanks,

    Lateck,
     
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    ...as always happens when a thing works great...
     
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    That mirrors the advice I was given, growing up. If it's a great product, better buy two, 'cause they're gonna stop makin' it.;)
     
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    You can still get butane inserts for Zippos. I have three, one that has a single flame and two that have a double flame.
     
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    Thank you all for the information.
    I'll be looking at the inserts.

    Lateck,
     
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    ...as always happens when a thing that works great... ...that not enough people purchase."
     
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    If it's so, can you tell me why i see pics of Zippos with butane inserts almost everywhere, here and in other forums ...?
     
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    Because you don't find normal people here (and on other forums), and normal people buy more Zippos
     
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    Correct, growing up I was taught that part of being an adult man is being prepared. Being prepared starts with having a knife and way to make a fire. Everyone above the age of 12 carried a knife. Today very few women have a knife on them and only about half of the men
     
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    I quite like the inserts but you have to use a proper butane refil. The "Generic" lighter gas refills won't work in my experience
     
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    Do you often see companies remove a product from their line when it's selling off of the shelves faster than they can manufacture it? Just curious.
     
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    Half of those men act like the half of the women
     
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    Search Amazon for Thunderbird or Z-Plus lighter inserts....

    And the Triple filtered butane does quite a bit better in these and, imho, are worth the xtra cost
     
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    @bnate: totally agree! I run a Thunderbird soft flame pipe insert in my Zippo. Burn the triple-filtered butane. Totally trouble free and worth it!

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    The actual butane lighter made by Zippo - the Zippo Blu and Blu 2 - were awful lighters.
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    Super heavy ignition button, unreliable first strike ignition, and the very concept - a flint ignited jet lighter - was terrible. Jet lighters require that their valves be kept as clean as possible. A flint ignition source would rapidly coat the valve in carbon fouling.

    What they should have done - which was subsequently done by Vector - was to create a butane, soft flame insert.
     
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