How to Refill a Butane Torch Lighter

Butane refills allow you to reload your favorite lighter once it runs out of fuel. While the lighters may look different from one another, the refilling technique is basically the same for all butane lighters, including candle and torch-style models. Allow the lighter to cool after use before refilling it.

Refilling the Lighter

Step 1

Flip the lighter upside down, base or handle bottom facing up, to access the butane refilling valve.

Step 2

Press the valve down with a small screwdriver -- any kind small enough to fit will do -- for 10 seconds. This releases any gas buildup.

Step 3

Place the nozzle from the butane refill into the valve on the lighter while the lighter valve faces up. Apply firm, gentle pressure to the can to release butane into the lighter. The lighter will make a slight hissing noise as it receives butane. If butane escapes, remove the nozzle from the valve and reseat it so it does not leak.

Step 4

Pull the butane refill can away from the lighter once the lighter is approximately 80 percent full. Look for a viewing window on your lighter to determine how much fuel is inside; if it does not have one, remove the refill can once you think the lighter is full or when it sprays butane out of the valve, indicating the lighter is full.

Step 5

Wait 10 minutes after refilling the lighter before using it.

Step 6

Turn the lighter's flame setting to the lowest level, or in the direction of the minus sign. Slowly turn the dial back in the positive direction to adjust the flame while using the lighter.