Clipper Lighters?

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  1. TinkyPete

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    I know you Americans love your bic lighters especially the mini bic's in kits. But do you guys get Clipper lighters?

    They are a very popular brand in the UK and throughout Europe and they have two big advantages over the bic's....

    1. They are refillable with standard cigarette lighter fuel butane

    2. They can have their flints replaced, which means when they become low you simply put in a new flint and you are good to go.

    Another advantage is that is they get broken on the main case, you can remove the striker and use it independently of the lighter or even put it in mini kits.

    www.Clipper.eu is their website they have done many different designs over the years and people even collect them. I use the standard and mini versions in my kits and you can pick up a set of the mini ones in our pound shops (UK equivalent to your dollar stores) for £1 and a 3 pack of the large for a pound as well

    I never hear tell of them over in the US so i was wondering if you had them?
     
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    Pretty cool. I see a place or two on Amazon (out-of-stock) where they are offered. Maybe next time I'm in Europe I'll remember to get a few of them to fetch back home with me? Fun video on their website too,,,

    This place looks promising,,,
    http://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-clipper-lighters.html
     
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    Nope. I've never seen one. It would be nice to have a refillable butane lighter. But I come from the land where Zippos are made, so carrying a Clipper may be seen as apostasy.

    I can see where the Clippers would be collectable. With all the designs, they look like the Swatch watch of the lighter world. (OK, I'm showing my age)

    The ads for their product lines are hilarious! I watched the ad for the "Super lighter" and had to laugh out loud. I must admit that I can't recall the last time that I found myself wondering whether or not my lighter was ISO 9994 certified.

    Thanks for bringing these to our attention. I'll keep an eye out for them in my travels.
     
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    I had one for 2 years.. Great lighters and nice shape to them.
     
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    I have a few of them....haven't had to refill one yet. I can find them in Smoke shops around here. Apparently the removable flint system is popularly used as a tamper for non-tobacco pipes and to pack tobacco in roll-your-own cigarettes.
     
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    the removable striker was designed just for that purpose although it has become popular with those that roll their own even with added ingredients
     
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    Another refillable butane lighter is the 5 Flags (Chinese?) that I carry daily and have for 3 years or so. Inexpensive, it is a piezoelectric lighter (no flint) that also has a small light for emergency illumination. I have seen poor reviews of this item, but mine has worked well to carry for lighting alcohol lamps as a science teacher. I don't smoke, so my lighters do not get heavy use. For the price, I am happy with the one I purchased and carry. I will also keep an eye out for the Cricket. :D:D
     
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    Same here. I've always been a Zippo man. Replaceable flint, plus a Zippo can use most any kind of fuel. I've heard of people putting a few drops of gasoline in theirs if they run out of naptha.
     
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    They're also popular down here in Indonesia, that's what I have now in my fire kit. I don't see Bic often here, but I think every convenience store here sell Clipper.

    EDIT: Sorry wrong brand ... it's Cricket that is available in almost every convenience store :34:

    Years ago when I was in high school, I mixed alcohol with a spray or two of Drakkar noir and used it to fuel my Zippo. Whenever I opened it, it gave out nice scent of Drakkar, but it made cigarettes taste horrible... :4:
     
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    Clipper love

    They are hard to find in the US. I brought a bunch back from Europe and every time I go back I buy 5 or 10 to give to my buddies. I have a good mix of minis and regulars in bright colors and have them in all my packs and one in my pocket right now. Not a smoker, but I use mine all the time. I love that they are refillable. I never buy flints. I just take a quick walk and find a discarded Bic and repurpose the flint. I do the same for my Zippo. I turn the flint cartridge around facing backwards and use it to light jute or cotton balls, no need to waste fluid or get out the ferro rod.
     
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    After this post I ordered 4 for $6 off evil bay. Two days ago I walked in to the local tobaccanist to get more pipe tobacco and discovered a new display of clipper lighters for sale.
     
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    This post has got me thinking about what other little treasures are out there that we do not know about. I started a new thread here to ask the question. Sorry for the the tangent to your original topic!
     
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    Chuck Norris of Lighters?

    Just found em at the local gas station. I'm a (trying to quit) smoker so a lighter in the pocket is a no brainer, as routine as grabbing my truck keys every morning. Mine has worked fine this afternoon.
    IMG_0341.jpg

    This video is about as in-depth a video I've ever seen on a butane lighter. LOL, almost too much.

    [video=youtube_share;OZuaSjfLRJU]http://youtu.be/OZuaSjfLRJU[/video]
     
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    hello,
    Yes I've been using Clipper lighters for years as a survival instructor duplicated through my kit x3 at least incase I lose one/spares for back up. Beware of cheaper versions as these come apart after prolonged use the plastic flint holder section known to melt very easily. Flint striker can be removed & used with char cloth, Chaga, & Amadou types of tinder to greater effect. The more rounder version (see image) I've found to be more safer & reliable IMHO & can be bought in most stores around the UK.
    Regards
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    As others have said, it is unusual to see Clipper lighters in he average convenience store, as Bic has cornered that market pretty well in the US. But it is common to see a display of Clipper lighters in decent Tobacco stores, usually displayed next to the Zippo lighters.

    While the features of the Clipper lighters are nice, I find that they get stolen more often than a Bic lighter due to their novelty.
     
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    These are interesting! I'd never seen them, thank you for bringing them to our attention. I don't smoke so a tamper isn't something I think I'd need, wonder if that part could be reshaped as a screwdriver, mini knife, or whatever?
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on the Clipper lighters. They look like the ideal lighter to keep in the pack and pocket. I have been using the Bic lighters and every once in a while you get a dud that will not work. The last time I bought a pair, one worked and one didn't. The flint wheel is locked up solid. Not something you would like to depend on for firemaking.

    The fact that the flint is replaceable and the lighter can be refilled is great, especially for the price. I gave up smoking 7 years ago, thank goodness, so I don't use a lighter much. I do keep one in my packs and in my pocket when out in the bush. I was using my old Zippo but you have to refill it before each outing. A few Clippers on hand should be easier to deal with.

    Thanks again to the OP and folks that posted some links to sources.

    EDIT: I could not resist the temptation to check the smoke shop near my house, They had 2 on hand, I bought them both. Impressive little lighter and much more versatile than a Bic.
     
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    I've been using clippers for years and they are by far the best lighter I have used in terms of reliability. They also light very easily with gloves on compared to bic which is a huge plus in the winter up here.

    Just order on amazon, always get the blaze orange so I can never lose it, however there are camo versions on amazon as well.
     
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    This site used to have like hundred og different clipper lighters : https://highhouse.dk/shop/clipper-89c1.html I always looked for the cannabis designs, and must say as a collector, thoose here made me laugh a lot ^^
     
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    Wow, this is an old thread! 2014? But now you can get Clipper lighters on Amazon and eBay anytime. I use them and prefer them over Bic due to refilling and flint replacement means less plastic going into landfills. You can get Clippers for $1.10 - $1.25 depending on how many you order. I recently saw Clippers at the gas station across the street from me. So they are in America
     
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    Walmart usually has them up by the register 2 for $2 I switched to them around a year ago. I still have bunches of bics but they are used around the house
     
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    hello,
    @Rasmus Klump are you from Denmark? interesting first post & welcome to the forum. :) Clipper all they way!!
    Regards
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    Got a half dozen I bought on Amazon last year sometime. Good stuff. Haven't found them in brick and mortar stores around me yet
     
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    On this subject, the Honest Butane Lighter 1300 is a well-regarded bargain ... prices vary a bit (5 - 20 dollars) depending on who is selling them. Seen them as low as $3 on Canadian ebay.
     
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    I bought something that looks like that when I was in Amsterdam. It is refillable, but I needed a new Flint for it.
     
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    hello,
    @Bubbles you can't get flints up in Canada? :( I loaded my Clippers with good quality Zippo flints. 3 in each, spend 1 the next pops up & so on. ;)
    Regards
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    Strange that this subject should resurface, as only yesterday I bought some spares to make this winter's camps fire lighting easier. :D

    [​IMG]
     
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    hello,
    @saxonaxe I do like :p lick my favourite colour Clipper the fluorescent Orange colour one on the left.
    Regards
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    Haha, we can get em, I just haven't done it yet.
     
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    :D Fluorescent Orange is good..even I can't loose them.
     
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    one of the reasons I started looking at clipper lighters
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    Turns out it really is a Clipper that I have. Just replaced the Flint and it's back in business. Not surprising that it is a clipper that I randomly bought in Amsterdam, since it's so heavily branded for weed smoking, haha.
     
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    The local Dollar General in my area has them.
     
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    hello,
    @Bubbles we have loads of stores that sell these weed branded types of Clippers, yeah there are some very interesting printed designs. It's these UK C.A.A & Parcel Force Farce (worldwide) laws that prohibit the mailing of such, as they're classed as contraband. I have tried to send such default of gas & flint but 'the man' ^^^^ has other ideas (confiscated) or I'd create a Clipper GAW for BCUSA forum members. :(
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    hello,
    A wee reminder of the Clipper paracord lanyard.
    Regards
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    Ps. OK it's a Bic but it works much better with a Clipper. :4:

     
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    Well, I for one had never heard of the "clipper" lighter before seeing this thread- so thanks for bringing it back to life.

    I'm interested in trying one now.
     
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    love my clipper! so much faster to dry than a bic, take out the striker for a sparker if you run out of gas and everything is refillable, what more do you want!? it's an awesome multi tool :)
     
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    Clippers have been discussed on and off here.... there are more than a few fans.
    My favourite version is the one that comes with a rubber cover.... makes it very tactile, and also protects it.
     
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    My local Arkansas based big box store carries a few Clipper lighters. I recently bought a couple but have not had a chance to use them.
     
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    Thanks Cousin David! I finally find them and bought three Clippers today at the flea market. :D
     
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    It's risky, Bubbles. Not sure what it's like where you are in Ontario, but these are the only ones I've found around here in a year or so or searching the shelves. Saw them at the flew market this morning while searching for veggies. LOL!!

    I'll use my BGUSK at the same time to distract the judgers. HAHAH!! CLINK!! $1 in Cousin @DavidJAFO's Swear Jar. LOL!!

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    hello,
    Cousin @bacpacjac :rolleyes: tsk tsk ^^^^ $1.00c loonie in the swear jar. YAY!! on the Clippers you can toss those Bics now. :4: LOL
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    NEVER!!!! LOL!!!
     
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    The Big Bic has an adjustable flame where the Clipper doesn’t. However if you tip the Clipper horizontal, the flame automatically increases.
     
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    Great tip! Thanks!
     
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