Pros and cons of gasoline lighters. How to fill the lighter with gasoline
Few people know that lighters came into being much earlier than safe matches. Leonardo da Vinci experimented with the first inconvenient and cumbersome models, but his invention remained invaluable by contemporaries.
Then, at the beginning of the 19th century, the Dobereimener lighter (named for the creator) was designed — a hydrogen-fuel device that explodes from careless handling. And only by the middle of the 19th century was the petrol lighter invented. Over time, it underwent minor design changes, but the principle of operation remained the same.
Today there are lighters in every home. These useful things are needed not only for smokers: they are used in campaigns, during summer holidays and used for various domestic needs.
Types of lighters
By type of fuel devices can be divided into:
- USB-lighters (spiral) - as a car cigarette lighter, where electricity is used as a heating source.
On the ignition device:
- piezo lighters;
- with electrical circuit providing ignition.
Petrol lighters are made only with a silicon mechanism. Gas produced with a different mechanism of ignition, there are also models with turbocharging.
In order to better understand all the pros and cons of gasoline lighters, compare them with gas.
Pros and cons of gas models
For the purity of the experiment, we will compare silicon devices on gasoline and on a mixture of propane and butane:
- Price. It varies greatly depending on the manufacturer, appearance, brand awareness and quality. It can cost 10 rubles, 50, and 1000 rubles. A gas lighter from Dunhill can cost several thousand dollars.
- Reliability. If we talk about silicon gas devices, they are not very reliable. The flame goes out in the wind, ignites badly and burns to subzero temperature. Cheap plastic models often fall apart right in the hands.
- Durability. Expensive products are durable, they can survive many refills and save a working resource.The lifetime of budget options is very short.
- Easy refueling. To fill the device with a new portion of isopropane or a mixture of butane and propane is very simple. Insert the gas cylinder into the hole, press lightly and that's it: the device is ready for operation.
- The cost of service. There is enough fuel for a week even for a very active smoker, and the price of one filling will be small. One cylinder is enough for several gas stations.
Pros and cons of gasoline lighters
- Price. There are no cheap models on the market. There are relatively inexpensive copies of world famous brands, usually made in China. Gasoline lighters today are not just a useful thing, but a stylish accessory of a recognizable brand. Therefore, the price is appropriate.
- Reliability. The mechanism is super-reliable, since there is simply nothing to break. Capacity for fuel, wick, flint - everything works for years and without failures, and in any weather.
- Durability. Can survive you. Expensive items can be inherited as valuable property.
- Easy refueling. Despite the fact that the device gas and gasoline lighters are almost the same, filling the latter requires more caution.
- The cost of service.A good brand of gasoline for cigarette lighters is more expensive than a gas canister.
It is also worth mentioning that gasoline tends to evaporate, and the lighter may suddenly turn out to be empty after not using it for some time.
Which one to choose - gas or petrol? If you need a simple functional inexpensive thing, then it is worth taking a gas one. And if you need a status stylish accessory or a trinket to let dust in your eyes, then you should buy a good lighter on gasoline of one of the famous world brands.
Best in the world
In the world, when a lot of things have become disposable, including lighters because of the disgusting quality, I want to feel a little sad and return to the Soviet past, where everything was made with a triple margin of safety. Gasoline lighters in the USSR made them look like small pistols with the words “Baku”, “Tbilisi”, “Rovno”. There were other models, gift - in the form of cameras and desktop trinkets. But the best were the "military" army lighters. They were also called commander. Later came the product, imitating the original Zippo.
They also made petrol lighters with their own hands - from brass and steel tubes,coins and other scrap metal. In those days there were more skilled craftsmen, almost everyone knew how to make something from scrap materials. Today, there are also people who love to do everything with their own hands, including gas lighters. But this should be done carefully, with the full understanding that in the event of improper soldering of the elements, the lighter may flare up in the hands.
Today, the world's best gasoline lighters are produced under the brands Cartier, Givenchy, BIC, Dunhill. But the market leader is the brand Zippo.
The Zippo gas lighters were born when the enterprising American George Blaisedell brought back a trial batch of Austrian IMCO lighters. But he could not sell a single device, and took up their improvement. So the legendary Zippo, working in any weather, was born.
The drawings on the case of these products can be used to trace the entire history of America - all achievements in the military, scientific or sports sphere were reflected in engravings on the case.
The company Zippo has always produced, and still produces only gasoline lighters. 45 000 products are made daily. Most of them are relatively inexpensive things of mass production. But there are exclusive models, with a case of gold, silver and titanium.
How to fill up
How to fill a gasoline lighter? To do this, do the following:
- Buy the "right" gasoline - for lighters, the best is the original Zippo.
- Ventilate the room - there should not be strong heat in the room.
- Remove all flammable items.
- Check that all fuel has been consumed in the lighter.
- Remove the lighter from the body.
- Find the valve and turn it up.
- Add fuel: carefully, so that gasoline does not get on the edges, and that the capacity does not overflow.
- Close the valve and, if necessary, wipe the gasoline lighter with a damp cloth.
- To collect.
- Before use, check for leaks to avoid ignition.