Here's what you’ll need:
How to refill a wick lighter:
1. Remove the lighter body from its case. In most lighters, the metal chamber is housed inside a decorative outer shell.
2. Turn the lighter upside down to reveal a felt pad. If there is a screw in the felt pad, unscrew the metal screw.
3. Lift the felt pad with your fingers. If it's too challenging to remove, use a paperclip or a similar tool such as our Fog Pin.
4. Beneath the felt pad, you'll find cotton wadding material. Add a small amount of fluid to the cotton, in a short burst, then wait a few moments for it to soak in. Then repeat these small, incremental bursts (up to 4 times) until the cotton looks grey-ish and stops taking any additional fluid in. Be careful not to overfill! And note that the first time you fill your lighter, the new cotton may be a bit stiff, so the absorption takes a little longer in the beginning; this improves with time as the cotton is broken in.
5. Replace the felt bottom and the screw.
6. Slide the lighter body back into the casing.
7. Allow the fluid to soak for 45 seconds before turning the lighter right-side up.
8. Remove any excess fluid from the case and wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the lighter.
How to refill a stick lighter:
Tsubota Pearl also makes wick lighters in a stick shape. The process is similar to refilling a standard-size wick lighter, but with a few minor adjustments.
1. Turn your lighter upside down and unscrew the bottom.
2. Pour the lighter fluid directly into the opening or use a small funnel to ensure better precision.
3. Begin to slowly saturate the cotton wadding with the lighter fluid. Add a small amount of fluid and then stop. Add a bit more and then stop. Keep repeating until the white cotton begins to turn gray. You will need to do this several times to properly fill the lighter but, be careful not to overfill!
4. Screw the screw back into the opening.
5. Allow the fluid to soak for 45 seconds before turning the lighter right-side up.
6. Remove any excess fluid from the outside and wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the lighter.
7. Test your lighter to make sure the fluid has reached the wick. Careful: the flame may be bigger when you first refill the lighter.
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