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Not at all impressed.
on 26 January 2014
I first bought a Zippo hand warmer just over a year ago. It took a while to get used to lighting it (and lighting it does take a while), but once mastered it worked well. However, the burner unit is a consumable part and needs to be replaced. The hand warmer started becoming unreliable, so I bought replacement burners. With benefit of hindsight, I can remember that the new burners were Grey in colour rather than White as the original was. At the time, I thought nothing of it - just a updated version maybe. However, this winter I tried starting the warmer with no luck - it just wouldn't stay warm for more than about 5 minutes even with another new burner. After reading up on them, I found that some people say you must use the original Zippo lighter fluid. I'd been using another brand as my local store didn't stock Zippo. Thinking that was the problem, and therefore my fault, I ordered a new Zippo hand warmer and binned the first one.
The new one arrived ( this also has the Grey coloured burner ) and this time I filled with Zippo fluid from the start. Well, after a week of trying to get the thing started and endless time spent searching for the answer, I decided to give up on it and write this to alert others to my experience.
I have come to the conclusion that the burner unit has been changed (was White, now Grey) and that change has caused the problem. That Grey catalytic material plays an important role and I suspect it's not as good as the White material in the original unit. Although the actual Zippo hand warmer is quite cheap to buy, the Zippo fluid is expensive (I paid £2.25 a can locally) and the burner heads are about £5.00 (and these need replacing quite frequently). The unit at best is unreliable and at worst simply doesn't even start.
I don't know what the answer is and maybe I've just been unlucky. I may be wrong about the burner heads, I'm not sure what's going on - but I wouldn't recommend or buy again.