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A waste of your money
on 19 October 2013
This is the worst Zippo product. Ever. Typically, when you think Zippo, you think "quality". Not with this one, you don't.
It has 3 major problems:
1. Some of them are nearly impossible to light up without ruining the burner. It is darn hard. But that's far from its worst problems.
2. It isn't sturdy at all. The lid does not close tightly and it really feels like it's going to fall off any time. And it does from a slightest shake. You have to squeeze and deform the lid a little to make it stay on, but even then it won't feel secure. Even worse is that the darn burner won't stay on! The way it sits there is a total rubbish! It isn't really snug and isn't locked in any way at all! It comes off as soon as you apply some vibration to the whole unit. Come on, Zippo! And even that isn't the main problem. Oh no! The main problem is...
3. ... that it barely works. Even if you manage to light a burner, even if you manage to keep the unit from falling apart, you won't get much heat from it. It does get warm and stay like that for around 12 hours, but the warmth can barely be felt! Seriously, my phone gets hotter that this thing! How pathetic is that? If you use the supplied bag, you won't feel the heat at all (that is if you manage to keep the burner lit as it goes out easily from the lack of oxygen).
And you know what? The old models from Zippo (with the heat tester on the lid) were actually OK. Sure, the build quality was still unbelievably rubbish, but at least the burner freaking worked! The old burner had a different shape, was easier to light up and was heating the unit up really well (you could barely hold it without a bag - it was searing-hot!). Why did they have to replace the good burner with this piece of dung I have no clue.
It's useless. It barely works. It's not worth your money. Don't buy it.
PS: It is original. I have ordered a replacement burner directly from Zippo. Guess what? It's the same.