How to Repair Colibri Lighters
The Colibri company produces watches, money clips and other accessories, but may be best known for its lighters. Featuring specialized lighters, such as those designed specifically for women or for lighting cigars, Colibri creates high-quality products that are sold worldwide. However, like all products, Colibri lighters need occasional maintenance to function at their peak. There are a number of repairs you can make to your Colibri lighter to have it performing at its best.
Return for Repair
Return your Colibri Lighter to the manufacturer for certain repairs that are beyond your scope to fix. If an electrode in the lighter has fallen out of alignment, your Electro-Quartz component or burner has malfunctioned or you discover a leak in your lighter, return it to Colibri for proper repairs.
Bleed the air tank by opening the release valve for the butane in the lighter. Place the lighter in its original gift box, and place the gift box in a study cardboard box for shipping. Include in the box the warranty coupon or dated sales receipt; if your warranty has expired, you will be billed after service. Also include a piece of paper with your clearly printed name and address, as well as $6 for the shipping and handling of the package.
Insure your package with a carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) and ship to the manufacturer at:
CST Enterprises, LLC Service Department 25 Fairmont Ave East Providence, RI 02914
Contact the Service Department for any questions regarding the shipping or repair processes. Call the Department at 401-943-1500, or the customer service line at 1-800-928-8281. These lines are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Clean the Burner
Clean the burner if the lighter will not light or the flame is sputtering because of a dirty burner. This is often the cause of lighter malfunction if you have refilled the lighter fluid and the lighter still will not ignite.
Hold the lighter horizontally, with the opening for the burner facing the tip of a can of compressed air. Keep the tip of the can at least one inch from the burner hole to avoid damaging the interior of the burner.
Spray three short bursts of compressed air into the lighter. This will clean any soot or other debris from the burner.
Allow at least five minutes for the interior of the lighter to warm to room temperature before igniting. This process can be sped up by holding the lighter between your hands.
Replace Lighter Flint
Replace the flint in your Colibri lighter if the lighter will not spark because it is out of flint. Set the flame adjustment level as low as it can go so that you cannot accidentally activate the lighter while you perform the repair.
Open the flint chamber by either unscrewing the flint screw or sliding the flint plunger back; this will vary depending on the type of lighter you have.
Tap the lighter gently on a firm surface, such as your hand or the edge of a table, to remove any remaining old flint for dust. Slide the replacement flint into the chamber.
Set the screw or plunger back into place. Activate the lighter; if it still will not spark after a few tries, open the lighter again and make sure the flint is in its proper place.
Add Lighter Fluid
Work in a well ventilated area to avoid breathing in fumes from lighter fluid. Set the flame adjustment to its lowest setting to be sure you cannot create a high flame accidentally while you are filling the lighter.
Remove the filler valve cover, if necessary; not all Colibri lighters have this cover.
Hold the lighter upside down and place the tip of the nozzle of lighter fluid directly on the valve opening of the lighter. Press down for five seconds, and then release and check the fluid level. Continue until the lighter is full.
Replace the filler valve cover if necessary. Hold the lighter between your hands for 10 seconds to warm the fluid, making sure it is at room temperature and will light properly.
Readjust flame adjustment and return your lighter to regular use.
Things You'll Need:
- Colibri lighter
- Can of compressed air
- Small screwdriver
- Replacement flints
- Lighter fluid
If you need to return more than one lighter for service, you can do so in the same package; include warranty information for both, and be sure to drain both gas tanks.
Colibri lighters have a limited repair service warranty that is good for one year from the date of purchase. The warranty covers the replacement of mechanical parts and excludes damage from accidents or misuse.
When replacing a flint, use on Colibri brand replacement flints, available from tobacco and lighter specialty stores. These flints are specially designed for use in Colibri lighters.
- Never ship a lighter that is full of butane gas, because the shipping process could cause a spark that would activate or explode the lighter. Never activate a lighter or handle lighter fluid near a source of heat or spark, to avoid starting a fire.
Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
The first Colibri lighter was produced in 1928, but the founder of the firm, Julius Lowenthal had joined a firm specialising in ‘smoker’s requisites’ in 1910 when only 18 years of age. He was therefore involved with lighters almost at their inception. After the First World War, he formed a company with his brother Benno, J. & B. Lowenthal (JBELO), and in 1927, Julius perceived the idea of a lighter which would avoid the thumbs direct contact with the flint wheel. Thus what was known as a COLIBRI ORIGINAL was born.
As often with lighters, technical difficulties had to be overcome, but the lighter became a huge success, and some COLIBRI Original’s are still giving excellent service to their owners. In the 1930s the company obtained a patent for a fully automatic lighter which virtually guaranteed ignition every time – the , the first made in Switzerland as were the ‘Originals’.
At about that time (1933), Julius Lowenthal moved from Germany to London where he established Colibri Lighters Ltd. His brother Benno, who had previously moved to Switzerland, also followed to London to form his own lighter company BENLOW. Their sister Meta remained to manage the Company in Germany (IBELO). Colibri lighters in London and IBELO in Germany were able to resume working together in 1945.
In the post-war years, Colibri had its own Development Dept. and there began a series of technical developments which have produced and still are for that matter, a while range of exciting new lighters.
In 1955 saw the first Colibri Gas Lighter. This was produced in France where the knowledge existed and combined French advances in butane gas tanks and precision mechanism of the Colibri Monopol.
Out came the Colibri Monogas in a variety of finishes and a number of action improvements. 1958 also saw the first visible multiple gas refill by Colibri and in 1963 the Colibri Autoflint which insured regular pressure.
In 1961 Colibri invented the Piezo Electric lighter and it took many years to perfect the Piezo system which was marketed in 1967 under the name COLIBRI MOLECTRIC 80, itself suspended two years later by the COLIBRI MOLETRIC 88, still one of the most reliable, practical and elegant of lighters.
For the students of ‘such events’, it is worth noting that in the James Bond film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, it was Colibri who produced the highly ingenious golden gun which was assembled from a Colibri 88, cigarette case, cuff links and a fountain pen.
Further developments followed. It has always been difficult for example to produce a fully-automatic model totally smooth in appearance. Colibri solved the problem and in 1967, the first models on sale were the COLIBRI MONOMATIC and COLIBRI TETRA.
hese two versions were replaced by the COLIBRI L’AMBASSADEUR and COLIBRI ENVOY and by the COLIBRI SUPERTRONIC, a luxurious battery model, paving the way to the long slim lighters popular today.
The next step was to make a lighter that required no moving parts for ignition. The answer in 1977 was the COLIBRI SENSATRON, operated by the merest touch.
This year (sic 1982), two new models were presented and offered a double ‘presentation’ in that Colibri had sealed an agreement with COMOYs / ORLIK for the distribution of Colibri Lighters in the UK.
The first is the COLIBRI JETRIC 10 which represents a totally new and convenient way of achieving a closed lidded lighter. Instead having to lift the lid with the thumb and moving it to operate the actuator, the Jetric system releases the lid which swings open from the top of the corner of the lighter. It is a very fine lighter in a number of beautiful finishes and it sells in the shops from £14.95 to £19.95 (sic 1982), excellent value.
Colibri describe the other model, the COLIBRI LASATRON as the first truly ‘Space age Lighter’. In this, the ignition has been further simplified: having opened the lid, the beam is sent across a recess onto a photoelectric sensitive cell. To ignite the lighter, one just passes one’s finger across the beam. This is really keeping up with the microchip technology.
Looking through the Colibri range, we find no less than 20 different models, some in six finishes, representing over 100 ‘combinations’. While most models are suitable to light a pipe, pipe smokers are not overlooked. Out of two models, the PIPEMAN and the PIPER, we found the PIPEMAN more interesting. With a side-wheel action it is a ‘traditional’ design, made out of solid brass, long in the modern way and a good capacity tank. The flame comes out sideways and can easily be controlled. It holds simply in one hand and therefore very useful when the other hand is otherwise engaged.
The Definitive Gift Guide to Colibri Lighters
The Colibri company is steeped in rich family heritage that dates back to the early 1900s. Founder and entrepreneur, Julius Lowenthal, started the Colibri company with a simple idea - to make the world's best semi-automatic lighter. What this young man set out to do was realized and his mechanisms of ignition and the entire design of lighters is still used today.
Julius gave way to his son Jack, who further revolutionized the lighter. His obsession and dedication to the Colibri line through the 60s and 70s saw the business become an international brand. The lighter became smaller with more complex mechanisms all under Jack's tutelage. From here Jack's son took the business from mere lighters to a full line of accessories that are still popular today.
The Colibri company not only set the standards for style, they also offer their lighters in 4 distinctive flame options;
- Double Jet Flame; gives a larger flame with duo action flames melding into one.
- Single Jet Flame; one flame.
- Soft Flame; not as high of a flame, but still effective.
- Triple Jet Flame; for bigger lighting jobs, the triple flame is all you'll ever need
- Women's; slimmer with a soft flame.
As with all high quality lighters, they are meant to last for years, which means you will have to refill it with butane. Follow these simple steps to help you refill your lighter safely.
1) Before you fill the lighter you will need to adjust the flame height. The adjuster mechanism is found on the bottom of the lighter. You may need a screwdriver to adjust the flame. Turn the setting clockwise to the lowest height available.
2) Check for the refill valve also on the bottom of the lighter. Hold the lighter away from your face and press down on the valve - you may need a screwdriver to press into this release valve. Once all the air is released you will no longer hear a hissing sound.
3) With the lighter upside down insert the stem of the refill container into the refill valve and press down. Hold the refill can in this position for a count of 5 seconds. Remove the stem from the refill valve. With the screwdriver, gently tap on the valve once. This will release any trapped air. Note:Be sure to wait 3 to 4 minutes before attempting to ignite the lighter. This will allow the gas to reach room temperature.
4) You will have to readjust the flame height. Do this by turning the flame adjuster on the bottom of the lighter counterclockwise. You are now ready to use your lighter.
The Colibri company has taken over 100 of their styles of lighters and made them work at higher altitudes - this atmosphere creates an oxygen-weak mixture that richens the fuel flow, making the lighter more difficult to ignite.
Engineers discovered the jet flame and windproof (with re-ignition coil) lighter systems are much more sensitive to high altitude than soft flame lighter systems; jet flame and windproof burners mix the butane and the oxygen from the atmosphere before the point of ignition.
Colibri has tested all their high altitude lighters and have guaranteed they will work from 5,000 up to 12,000 feet above sea level. This is just another way the Colibri company is staying ahead of their competition.
The Colibri company has many finely detailed and contemporary lighters that are sure to suit even the finickiest of personalities. However, a few always stand out among the rest. Take the Enterprise Triple Jet Flame Lighter, this will make you look like a dashing and mysterious stranger from the future. It features a triple action flame, is wind resistant and has a single action ignition mechanism.
If you're looking for a simple, sleek design then the Flare Triple Jet Flame Lighter is sure to suit your needs. Its wind-resistant triple jet flame comes through in any conditions with the perfect light every time. Plus, it also features a translucent cap.
Ladies, the Colibri company hasn't forgotten about your lighting needs. The Ribbon Soft Flame Lighters' slim design and soft flame is as feminine and stylish as you'd want any of your accessories to be, yet it still offers all the quality and reliability you've come to expect from the Colibri company.
The styles and quality of the Colibri lighter is second to none and will meet the needs of every personality. With their rich family history and quality workmanship that goes into each lighter and design, you can't go wrong. Colibri stands behind their name and their products. Colibri, Confidence Defined since 1928.
CST Enterprises LLC
Small Leather Goods
Colibri is a company that supplies men's accessories. Founded in 1928, Colibri initially manufactured cigarette lighters, for which they became known. Other products including jewelry, smoking accessories, small leather goods and writing instruments were later supplied.
History and background
Colibri was founded in 1928 by Julius Lowenthal, who in the same year, invented the world's first working semi-automatic lighter. In 1935, Colibri launched the fully automatic ‘Monopol’ lighter, which had an acceleration system. From 1940 to 1945 Colibri produced the ‘Stormgard’ lighter designed for soldiers fighting in World War II. In 1952, Julius Lowenthal's son Jack joined Colibri. Colibri produced a lighter with a visible multiple gas refill and a hydraulic auto-flint system in 1958, and an electric lighter, which they named Molectric in 1967.
In 1974, for the James Bond filmThe Man with the Golden Gun, Colibri supplied the golden gun, which was constructed from a Molectric 88 lighter, cufflinks, cigarette case and fountain pen. Later in 1974, Colibri sponsored the winning Lombard RAC rally team, driven by Henry Liddon and Timo Mäkinen.
In the 1980s, Jack's son David joined Colibri, which then started supplying items such as Swiss watches, cufflinks, and pens. In 2001 the Vortex and Trifecta lines were introduced, with pyramidal twin-flame and triple flame lighters. On January 14, 2009 the company abruptly closed its doors announcing it was seeking the protections of filing a petition of receivership with the state of Rhode Island. In February 2009 Colibri changed ownership, and moved their head office from Providence to New York City, USA. Soon after, they introduced the Classic (C), Design (D), and Technical (T) Series.
The original 1928 Colibri logo used a simple, bold typeface, and later incorporated flames to dot each ‘I’ in the word Colibri. The logo later included an emblem of a lion (symbolising "Lowenthal") breathing fire and a simple hummingbird outline (colibri is a genus of hummingbird). In 2011 the Colibri logo was changed to a monochrome humming bird.
History of products
- 1928 –The ‘Colibri Original’ was launched.
- 1935 – Fully automatic ‘Monopol’ lighter.
- 1940 – ‘Stormgard’ lighter for soldiers during World War II.
- 1958 – Colibri invents the first visible multi-gas refill and the hydraulic auto flint system.
- 1958 – Swiss-made Monopol watch.
- 1960 – Monopol cigarette case.
- 1961 – Colibri invented the Piezo Electric lighter.
- 1967 – Molectric 88 Silver lighter.
- 1970 - 6-jewel encrusted gold lighters.
- 1977 – ‘Sensatron’ Battery operated touch lighter.
- 1980 – Launch of Colibri Pens and Cufflinks.
- 1982 – Power flame plus lighter, a three-way wind resistant lighter.
- 1985 – Pipe lighter with adjustable flame.
- 1987 – Quantum, the first windproof lighter.
- 1998 – Double guillotine cutter and cigar punch cutter accessories.
- 2001 – Pyramidal dual-flame lighter.
- 2001 – The Trifecta – triple flame lighter.
- 2002 – The Summit - a high altitude ignition system lighter.
- 2011 – The 2011 collection; new lighter models, cufflinks, money clips, pens, and small leather goods.
- 2011 – Colibri logo re-branding.
In 2011 Colibri launched its C, D and T series jewelry range, with cufflinks, money clips, pens and leather goods. The cufflinks are made of a variety of materials including polished steel and semi-precious inlays of malachite, black onyx, black pearl, mother-of-pearl and peridot. T Series cufflinks included alligator leather centers.
Colibri is a worldwide brand, distributed in Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe.
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