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A tool designed to properly bleed a butane lighter
A tool designed to properly bleed a butane lighter
A tool designed to properly bleed a butane lighter
301 backers pledged $4,928 to help bring this project to life.

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Butane Lighter Air Bleed Tool

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I don't know how many butane lighters that I use to throw away because they stopped working, then one day while at a friends house, I noticed he was sticking something in the bottom of his lighter and some gas came out. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was bleeding the air out. He said if you don't bleed the air out, you can never get the lighter full of fuel again. Well, that was a long long time ago. 

For the last decade or so, I have been bleeding all my lighters the same way as everyone else, just sticking a pointy object in the bottom to bleed out the air. Then one day I ruined a very expensive lighter by hitting the bleed port the wrong way. I was always careful after that, but it always stuck in my mind why there wasn't a tool designed to bleed the air of lighters. 

I searched and searched and though several companies claim to offer a bleeding tool, their tools are nothing more than fancy picks or awls. 

Then steps in an engineering buddy that turned my thoughts into a sketch. Then it was off to a local machine shop that turned that sketch into a physical prototype. After a few prototypes and testing, I landed on a design that works on just about every refillable butane lighter on the market.  

Risks and challenges

The risks of completing a project like this are that I am not in control of any of the production.
Everything from the raw materials to the CNC manufacturing is in the hands of other people.
Luckily, because I am not new to this type of project and over the years I have had the pleasure doing business with some great people that run great businesses.
Within an hour drive of me are 3 material supply houses, 4 machine shops and 2 companies that specialize in aluminum anodizing.
So with so many great resources so close to home, I don't foresee any issues with getting out the finished product on time.

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    One Lighter Bleed tool in aluminum

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    One Lighter bleed tool in Gun Metal Grey

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    2 Lighter bleed tools

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