Best Cordless Rechargeable Drills On Amazon For Vintage Lighter Repair

If you are gathering up the tools necessary for vintage cigarette lighter repair, it would be difficult to overstate the importance of a quality, rechargeable drill if you plan to have much success. Simple jobs may require basic tools but does a daunting task necessitate more precise equipment? In this article we will sort through these and other questions to make sure that you purchase the right tool for the job you have before you.


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BLACK+DECKER 8V MAX Cordless Drill/Driver (BDCD8C)

Warranty: 2 Year Limited

Chuck Type: 3/8″ Keyless

Battery: Integrated 8V With USB Charger Rank:

Pros: Versatile Chuck, Lightweight, Ergonomic Design

Cons: Integrated Battery Requires Charging(Can’t Swap Batteries)

With the Black & Decker 8v Max Cordless Drill you are purchasing a light to medium duty tool at a price that won’t empty your bank account. It will perform every task a vintage lighter repair mechanic needs a drill to execute. The integrated battery may not allow the convenience of swapping in a freshly charged battery when depleted but the long battery life and closed case/one piece design offset any perceived trade-off.

This is a great overall drill with a 2 Year Limited Warranty.

BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20V MAX Lithium Ion Drill / Driver

Warranty: 2 Year

Chuck Type: 3/8″ Metal

Battery: 20V Lithium Ion Rank:

Pros: Long, Efficient Battery Life, Compact and Lightweight

Cons: Bottom Heavy Battery Design Can Be Awkward

The Black & Decker LDX120C 20V MAX is a fine drill that should provide many years of dependable service. This drill may be a little too much for a few in the audience but for most provides the added versatility of removable batteries with considerably more power than the 8V MAX. This drill is a good overall choice for the money, especially if you plan to use it for other household projects.

SKIL Rechargeable 4V Cordless Screwdriver – SD561801

Warranty: 5 Year Limited

Chuck Type: 1/4″ Hex Shank

Battery: 4V Lithium Ion Rank:

Pros: Lightweight, Convenient, Affordable Price Point

Cons: Only accepts 1/4″ Hex Shank Drill Bits and Tools

If ease of use and low cost are what you are looking for and you don’t need all the bells and whistles of the other models, the Skil Rechargeable 4V Cordless Screwdriver may be just the tool you need. If you have read my article on repairing lighters that won’t spark, then you know that this drill can not be used to clear curved flint tubes, at least not using the method that I have outlined.

Many lighter collectors focus on one particular brand, or perhaps a few similar styles, so it’s not too far fetched that some folks who end up working on vintage lighters will have no interest or need to tackle an obstructed curved flint tube. If that is the case and you only plan to work on lighters with straight flint tubes like Zippo, this little SKIL 4V may be calling your name.

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Drill/Driver 3-Speed, Premium 4.0Ah Kit (DCD980M2)

Warranty: 3 Year Limited Manufacturers’

Chuck Type: 1/2″ Heavy Duty Metal With Carbide Inserts

Battery: 20V Lithium Ion Rank:

Pros: Long Battery Life, Superior Chuck

Cons: Major Financial Investment

I really only included the DeWalt 20V MAX XR Brushless Drill to show a little of what a top of the line, cordless drill would have to offer as opposed to the other featured drills but also to illustrate not only how expensive drills can be but how relatively affordable it can be to purchase a drill that suits the job of vintage lighter repair.

This is a great drill and I would love to have it. It would do the job that I need to get done but unless I am also using this drill for construction, carpentry or some other major project, it is overkill and not necessary for the job at hand. This drill costs way more money than I need to spend in order to obtain the tool required for the job.

The Drill You Need

I highly recommend the Black & Decker 8V MAX Cordless Drill. I have owned it for a little over a year now and it has yet to disappoint me. I work on a ton of lighters and depend on this drill to do all the work that I need a drill to do.

The battery life of the Black & Decker 8V MAX is such that it requires charging so seldom, I usually have to go hunt down the cord before charging because it has been so long since I’ve had it hooked up. Conveniently, the cord is a micro-usb so you probably have several spares setting around the house.

The keyless chuck on the 8V MAX is more than strong enough to handle the kind of stress associated with repairing vintage cigarette lighters, regardless of the bit or tool being used. It can also stand up to just about any job you find for this drill, restorative or otherwise.

There are more expensive, fancier drills that might provide more power, strength or convenience, which you may or may not need. The Black & Decker 8V MAX Cordless Drill/Driver is more than sufficient to start you down the road of vintage cigarette lighter repair and may very well be the only drill you ever purchase.

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(Full Disclosure: clearing old, degraded, sometimes petrified flint from old lighters is without question my least favorite part of the job. Some of these techniques I learned elsewhere and some I developed on my own. None of them are foolproof and I have encountered more obstructed flint tubes than I care to recall that forced me to admit defeat.) Continue reading “How To Repair Vintage Cigarette Lighters That Won’t Spark”

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Selling on Ebay can be an exciting, money making adventure when done right but if you jump in head first without any foundational forethought, you’ll likely end up scratching your head in a corner somewhere wondering what the hell went wrong. In this article I will outline a few fundamental principles that if practiced, will lead any seller, veteran or beginner, to Ebay success. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme but rather sound principles that will provide the basis for long term profitability.

It’s A Seller’s Market!

Anyone can sell on Ebay. The way the platform is set up from creating listings and uploading product photos, how you get paid and everything in between, is relatively user-friendly. Continue reading “How To Sell On Ebay For Beginners: Core Fundamentals”

How To Replace The Wick In Any Petrol Lighter

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Does My Lighter Need A New Wick?

There’s really only one reason you need to change the wick in a petrol lighter and that is it’s not lighting properly in one way or another.

You might want to change it if you’re going to sell the lighter simply so it looks cleaner. Sort of like checking under the hood of an automobile you are interested in buying, you may not know everything but if it looks clean you will probably feel better about the purchase. Your customer is the same way. Continue reading “How To Replace The Wick In Any Petrol Lighter”

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Could Your Sales Be Better?

There a products out there that practically sell themselves. Think of some of the Christmas time products like Tickle-Me-Elmo or Power Ranger action figures. These items were all the craze when they hit the market and supply was so short of demand that it created a huge secondary market. These kinds of items may not take much effort to sell but they are also not the kinds of items that are listed in most Ebay stores. Continue reading “Embed Youtube Video In Your EBay Listings Simple and Easy”

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Tiny Machines

It is pretty comical, in comparison to most of what is available on the market today, to consider the craft and workmanship that went into the design, function and feel of the Thorens Single and Double Claw Semi-Automatic Petrol Lighters. They are true works of art and ingenuity and I never waste an opportunity to add another Thorens lighter to my Ebay store. Continue reading “Vintage Petrol Lighters That Were Built to Last: Thorens Semi-Automatic Single and Double Claw”

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There seems to be a number of Ebay buyers willing to employ questionable tactics, post-purchase, to attempt to gain a full or partial refund by fraudulent means. Successful Ebay Sellers need to be aware of and take steps to prevent these tactics.

There Is Always One

Anyone who’s ever worked retail can tell you: every store has difficult customers. Sometimes they are always difficult. Sometimes their difficulty is startling, like having the shit scared out of you at a horror movie compared with their normal, sedate self.

Doesn’t matter, either way or somewhere between, the truth is plain: if you got customers, some of them are bound to be difficult. And on Ebay, you can’t really refuse service unless you’ve blocked a buyer beforehand. This article is about difficult customers and I am going to address two messages that I received from customers on Ebay who had already made a purchase from me. Continue reading “Successful Ebay Sellers Must Navigate Difficult Buyers”

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My Small, Ebay Business Needs Help!

Ebay has been around since 1995 and it is no secret that an enterprising, hardworking individual can use the auction platform to make a little extra money and perhaps, even carve out a new career for them self.

I have had multiple Ebay accounts since 1999 and have bought and sold to varying degrees ever since. When my first career as a postal employee came to an end in 2017, I had a head start on what to do next.

For some time, I had been buying and repairing vintage cigarette lighters. Selling them on Ebay just made sense. I had year’s worth of experience buying and selling on the site. I also had 25 years under my belt in the shipping and packaging industry. Continue reading “Easiest Website Builder for Successful Ebay Businesses? Wealthy Affiliate”

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Historical Background

The iconic Dunhill name has a reputation for quality, well-made cigarette lighters and other smoking implements. The company’s origin can be traced to Alfred Dunhill opening his first tobacco shop in London in 1907. Over time, Dunhill was responsible for some of the finest petrol, as well as butane lighters in vogue with discerning smokers the world over. Continue reading “Dunhill Rollalite Petrol Lighter: An Elegant, Reliable Classic”

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Common Sense Goes A Long Way

I used to spend a lot of time on Facebook group pages dedicated to selling on Ebay. While I enjoy what I do immensely, this whole thing developed out of necessity and I didn’t have any choice but to adapt quickly and try to find any advantage I could to ensure success.

There were a good number of people in those groups dispensing sage advice or helpful information on Ebay policy updates. Some folks found themselves in predicaments hitherto unknown and were asking sincere questions of more experienced sellers, who were often there to point them in the right direction and make their day a little easier. Continue reading “Key Principles to Ebay Success: Quality, Simplicity, Reliability”