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Old 05-25-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Question Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

While cleaning out the last of my grandfather's things I happened across a a decent looking Colibri lighter. Normal sized, but VERY hefty. Apparently it is an electronic ignition soft flame. It appears to spark and work just fine mechanically, with just one hitch: I can't figure out how to load it with butane!!!!!

Lighter looks very very similar to this one, and is stamped "Colibri 2001 Japan" on the bottom.
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedi...pocket-lighter


I don't have my camera handy to take a macro photo of the fuel port, but its design seems to be a a deep recessed circular port with a rubber grommet around the outside edge and a solid pin in the center that you push in. It looks like a successful fill nozzle would be big enough to completely fill the opening, making contact with the rubber grommet on the outside edges and sealing the chamber, plus some kind of a pin in the middle of the nozzle to push in the center pin and allow gas to flow around the edges of the center pin and in. There's a decent chance it could be designed to screw in as well.

Does that somewhat incoherent description make any sense to anyone? Sound like anything you played with as a little kid? how the hell do I fill it?????
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

Francis, could this be what all those nifty little red attachments that come with a can of Vector are for? The links pics of the bottom are kinda blurry.
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Francis, could this be what all those nifty little red attachments that come with a can of Vector are for? The links pics of the bottom are kinda blurry.


One's got to work.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

oh yeah, btw, took it by Levitt & Peirce today and the 50yr old woman didn't know, but tried the plastic adapters she had laying around and none worked

(but maybe the Vector can has more of em )
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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

What didn't work? Did the gas spit back? Lighter could be clogged or faulty. If it got cold when using gas it went in for sure.
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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

nope, lighter is still empty as far as I can tell. None of the attachments looked like they were the right shape to work, so I wasn't surprised when none did.
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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

I've gotta believe that an email to Colibri will get you the info you need.
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I've gotta believe that an email to Colibri will get you the info you need.
"Typically it's the white adapter with the widest nozzle you'd use to fill the lighter. Ignore the fit of the outer rubber ring, you'd need to place the adapter on the refill valve and press down. Some spray back will occur when refueling."

Blarg.... time to get a Vector and see if one of those attachments happen to work......

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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

Williams Sonoma carries it too Francis, there is a store at Copley
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"Typically it's the white adapter with the widest nozzle you'd use to fill the lighter. Ignore the fit of the outer rubber ring, you'd need to place the adapter on the refill valve and press down. Some spray back will occur when refueling."

Blarg.... time to get a Vector and see if one of those attachments happen to work......

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Wow...blowback was actually something that was considered acceptable? I guess that would be ok if you really love the lighter and it's like an heirloom but blowback in a regular lighter for me just wouldnt be acceptable. Still think a call to the company would be in order to find a better way to refuel. As far as Vector is concerned their nozzle seems to be perfect for every lighter I have with no issues at all and the fuel is second to none.
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Williams Sonoma carries it too Francis, there is a store at Copley
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Wow...blowback was actually something that was considered acceptable? I guess that would be ok if you really love the lighter and it's like an heirloom but blowback in a regular lighter for me just wouldnt be acceptable. Still think a call to the company would be in order to find a better way to refuel. As far as Vector is concerned their nozzle seems to be perfect for every lighter I have with no issues at all and the fuel is second to none.
That quote was from Colibri themselves!!
In this particular lighter, blowback would be acceptable. Besides, if I can find a nozel the fits, I'm sure I can rig up a better seal on it
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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

I found this thread moderately helpful today. i got an old colibri cigarette case to use as a business card holder, and it came with a matching lighter.



ideally, i think, you would have an adapter with an off-center hole like this.



i do not have one of those, but one of my butane cans had other adapters on the lid, and i was able to make do with this fat one.



i canted it to the side a bit, so that the brass plunger wouldn't plug the hole, and when the lighter body got cold i knew it was working.

incidentally, whilst researching this today, i found out that you can clean a butane burner with zippo fluid and a q-tip. so now my knockoff st dupont works again. it's a great day for fire-making,
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Welcome to the Asylum, Trent!

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Default Re: Vintage Colibri lighter - weird butane refill port??

Couple weeks ago a young friend told me he'd inherited a rather old butane lighter with an odd size fill port. He had never seen the ring of adaptors until I fetched him one from my vehicle. (Not every brand of butane includes those now, as many of you know.)

Anyhow, a week later I saw him again, and sure enough one of the supplemental nozzles fit perfectly.
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