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  • Dependable, reusable lighter burns Zippo lighter fluid (sold separately)
  • Wick and flint can be replaced to keep the Zippo lighter operating at peak performance (replacement parts sold separately)

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Best Use Backpacking
Material(s) Steel
Dimensions 2.2 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches
Weight 1.9 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works! No more evaporation! Another reviewer (Telecom Mercenary) posted that if you put a ranger band (a piece of cut off bicycle tire) around the lighter, the fuel evaporation problem is solved. I tried it, and it works perfectly. I refilled one of my lighters over 3 weeks ago, and another over 2 weeks ago, and both are working fine. It also takes care of any lighter fluid smell. This was the only reason I wouldn't take a Zippo camping/backpacking in the past. That problem has been resolved, and now I can take it with me without worry of evaporation, and enjoy the advantages of the ruggedness and excellent operation of the Zippo lighter.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As expected from a Zippo! It is a Zippo after all so you know what you are getting. Works great in almost any conditions plus you save on replacement lighters as you only need to replace the fuel, wick, and flit when they run out. far more cost effective over disposable lighters. The only problem I see with it is the fuel will evaporate if you leave it sit for a while. This is not an issue as long as you are on top of it and top it off before you head out. I would recommend storing it as empty as possible so you don't waste fuel when not is use. Bottom line I want to get another one! (probably a nice one with a design) Oh and I will have to try the white gas suggestion when I take on the Colorado Trail.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time tested, dirt simple design won't let you dow Great lighter for windy conditions. As-is, the only drawback is that the fuel will evaporate quickly. I wrap mine in "ranger bands", cut-up sections of old bicycle tire tubes. This seals the lid of the lighter enough to slow the evaporation rate out to weeks and months instead of just a week or two. Buy a spare wick and extra flints and store them in the base of the lighter. Spend a few minutes at home learning how to replace them. Extra fuel canisters are inexpensive and lightweight, take one with you.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Reliable After buying and then returning a few fancy wind proof butane lighters that eventually failed I contacted REI asking them to add a Zippo to their line. This lighter is the same one that millions have used for generations. It requires little dextarity to light with cold hands and will stay lit long enough to get natural tinder started. Make sure to check the flint and fill the fluid before you leave home. I use Zippo fluid because it does not evaporate and does not have much of a petrolium smell. A lanyard loop would be handy.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic, field-maintainable lighter After using a variety of fire-starters on many backpacking trips (firesteels, matches, disposable lighters), this has become my primary one. It's very rugged and comes with a free lifetime warranty (Zippo will repair or replace any lighter for free, no questions asked), and it's made in the USA. The lighter is also completely field-maintainable. It can be taken apart by hand, and I keep a spare flint and wick under the batting at the bottom of the insert. Best of all, lighter fluid is simply white gas (aka, Coleman fuel), so when my lighter runs out of fluid, I just refill it with a few drops from my Whisperlite's fuel bottle. Also, even when completely empty, the lighter still produces a nice spark that's good enough to light a stove, or even some tinder. On the negative side, lighter fluid does have a tendency to evaporate (I've discovered that a fill-up will last about 10 days). Also, this lighter is not waterproof, so if you drop it in the water you'll have to dry it out. Both problems can be remedied by keeping the lighter in a small ziplock bag when not in use. All in all, this is a nice, rugged, and field-maintainable firestarter. It will always light, no matter the altitude, temperature, or weather. I would simply recommend that REI start carrying the "slim" model by Zippo, which is smaller and lighter than this full-size model, and even better suited to backpacking.
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fuel evaporates too quickly I saw this lighter when I was at REI, figured I needed a fire source that could resist wind, and bought it. I already had some Zippo fluid at home, so I didn't mind having to fill it. The first day of my backpacking trip I went on, it worked great! The next night, not so much. It took forever to get started, and its functionality just went downhill after that. My friend pointed out that it probably needed fuel - to which I pointed out that I'd filled it just a couple of days ago and a lighter that needed to be refilled that quickly is a little moot in my opinion. Now that I've done some more research, people are telling me the issue is that the fuel evaporates, which I guess makes sense, although it's more of a hassle to me than just carrying a cheap lighter or a fire starter when it gets windy. It's a great design, and I'll probably keep the lighter for days I go down to the beach, but a little disappointing.
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT FOR CAMPING! Around the house..maybe I bought this lighter looking for something light weight and reliable. I loved the look and feel of it so I actually bought two. After filling both I made a bonfire in my backyard and had a blast using them both. However, the next day neither would work. I filled them and they worked but only for a day or two. After that, they were empty. I knew I had not used them so tried again and same thing happened. I concluded that the fuel was not draining or burning but evaporating. Within 2 days it was useless. I was really disappointed because I wanted to use them on a BWCA trip this fall. After researching in depth it sounds like the newer Zippos have this problem a lot and most people are fine with just filling them every few days but if I am relying on it when I am out in the sticks, I am going to carry something I can count on. While I loved the look, feel and function of this lighter, I gave it a lost score because it was unable to do the one thing I needed it to do, light. If you are fine with filling it every few days, this is a GREAT lighter! If not, then I would recommend a jet lighter or a $.99 lighter at the gas station. Hope that helps.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great basic lighter I have explored many ways to start a fire. Some are exotic. I have dozens of spent butane lighters. This is great for everyday carry. But, most everyone knows that. These things have been around for decades and became popular during world war II. Mine is red. Nice to keep it visable, but the red is paint and does get chiped in my pocket bumping against knife, flashlight, etc. For continued good looks one might prefer brushed chrome. The red is chrome underneeth the paint. The base metel is brass I believe. asfda I thought I should probably buy this somewhere else cheaper, but found it for the same price at a local pharmacy, so I got it at REI. When hiking or backpacking I might still carry fero steel, cotton/vasaline tinder etc. But, this has become EDC for me and I don't smoke.
Date published: 2014-01-24
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Are there fuel options that don't evaporate so quickly? 

Asked by: Rockies
TM has a great answer. I didn't know about the ranger band, but I put my in a small ziplock baggie (in case someone doesn't have access to an old bike tube).
Answered by: Caseyql
Date published: 2016-08-16

Up to what elevation should this work well?

Asked by: PurpleAsh
The Windproof Lighter should work just fine at most elevations and cold temperatures. The lighter uses a liquid butane instead of pressurized butane. Stoves and lighters that run on pressurized butane will not perform well at elevation or in colder temperatures.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-16

Zippo lighter number 16 worth? Black in color

Asked by: Jetterbetter
Current price of this lighter is located in the top right corner of the product page.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-15
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