Regular maintenance on a lighter will not only improve the overall life of your lighter, but it will also allow you to make sure you are filling it to capacity each time. Another added benefit is an easy light each and every time you go to use it.
Over time lighters build up gunk in their jets, and even in the tank themselves. No matter where you keep your lighter dust or dirt will almost always get inside of it. First thing you are going to want to do is take a tiny screw driver or any other thin object you have. What you’re going to want to do is take the screw driver and press down on the fill nozzle on the bottom. You will want to start with the lighter upside down, and then rotate it right side up. To be safe I usually repeat the process two or three times just to make sure everything is cleared out. What this does is releases any built up moisture, or air inside of the tank; which will allow you to get more butane in, and will hopefully get you a handful more lights.
NOTE: Do not use a pen unless you want to repaint your walls. As the pressure from the tank will push the ink out of the back… I learned that the hard way.
Next step, after you’re sure the lighter is completely empty, is to clean the jets out. A lot of people like to use a can of compressed air, but to be honest your lungs work just fine. What you will want to do is take the compressed air, or you can just blow, onto the jets. What this will do is remove any dust or dirt that has built up on the jets over time. This should allow you for a steady stream of fuel, and hopefully no more jumping flames.
Hopefully this helped. If you have any questions or issues with your lighters feel free to drop me a line at ColeB@pipesandcigars.com. I will be more than happy to help.