Making a DIY lighter is very easy if you follow the steps correctly. It will enhance your DIY skills and is fun- but there are some technical and safety challenges you’ll need to keep in mind. We will discuss a couple of methods you can use, plus some additional plans you can reference if you want to make a different style.

Also- check out our DIY candle wick plans if you want to go 100% DIY!

How To Make A Lighter From Foil And A Battery

Alternative Plans

Alternatively, if you want to make a lighter from some cheap valves and bolts, check out this Instructables guide. You can see all the necessary parts here: 

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You can make a variety of lighters using DIY guides, including gas-type, wick-type, a beaded hemp variety, a glass bead style, and other homemade electric designs: 






Foil And Battery DIY Lighter Steps

Step one – safety precautions

The first step is to ensure that you are safe; safety is very vital. When you are dealing with fire, batteries, or electric charges with dangerous ingredients, ensure that you are wearing gloves before you start doing anything, the gloves should be fire-resistant and help protect your hands. A fire extinguisher should also be near you and make sure the garbage receptacle is ready.

When disposing of batteries, make sure that you recycle them, especially if you live in an area with procedures for collecting batteries. If the battery starts to leak, dispose of it immediately as it could be battery acid. Battery acid is very corrosive and can be very harmful to you and your family.

Step two – batteries

Make sure that the batteries you plan to use are new. You will also need a charge so that you can generate a flame. You can use any batteries, but it is preferred to use alkaline batteries from AA as they are common in making lighters. They are also preferred because of their size; use two of them if possible. If you chose to use one, use a 9 volt as one will not give enough power.

Step three – foil

This step involves the preparation of the foil, and you will need a metal foil as that is the one that will work to make a lighter. If you don’t have aluminum foil in your kitchen, then you can use a gum wrapper if available or a cigarette lighter foil. If using AA batteries, fold the foil once to form a strip. The strip should be at least three inches long and about one centime wide.

When you make it that way, it will connect to each end of the battery and form a small bridge. The strip should be small enough but not too small that it breaks apart or burns up quickly. You can try out different sizes and shapes so that you can find the one that works best.

Step four – transfer source

The type of flame you make from a foil and battery goes out very quickly, and that is why you need to have your transfer source ready. Have a flammable source on hand ready to transfer the fire so that it can keep going. If you are wondering what to use, dry leaves, loose paper, and newspapers will be perfect. It is vital to transfer the fire as fast as you can so that the battery cannot catch on fire and end up exploding.

Step five – identify the battery

Make sure that you know where the negative and positive ends of the battery are located. Most batteries have this marked; negative is marked with – and positive with +. Knowing where they are is very important for the process.

Step six – attach the foil

After you have gone through all the above steps and prepared yourself thoroughly, this is now the last step you will do to have yourself a fire. When you are ready, take your foil and attach it to the negative side of your battery. Carefully attach the other side to the positive end, and you will have a fire.

Note: This Instructable guide advises using cotton for the wick- you can tear up some cotton balls to get started. 

Fuels For Lighters

There are different types of fuel you can use. These flammable liquids include butane fuel, alcohol fuel, and lighter fluid. Butane fuel is typically used in cigarette lighters. Alcohol fuel may be used in candle lighters. You can also use lighter fluid to fuel them.

How To Make Your Own Lighter Fluid

It is important to have a way to relight it whenever you need to. It is easy and straightforward to make your own fluid. Making your own fluid is a cheap and easy way to keep your fuel sources in stock. To make your own fluid, mix 1 part ethanol with 2 parts water and add a pinch of salt. The mixture will evaporate when lit. Generally, commercial-grade fluid is a mixture of naphtha, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, and ethanol.

Making fire in the future

Being able to make a lighter is a cool survival tactic, especially if you don’t have a Zippo lighter with tons of fuel hanging around. It is essential to be prepared because all of our futures are uncertain. If you are one of those people who always have to be prepared, you will wonder what to pack in your survival kit.

It is all about thinking about what can happen and be practical about it. If worst comes to worst and there is no technology or electricity, then what will you need? The answer to that question is fire. Fire will help protect you, keep you warm and also cook your food.

One of the main constants with human being species is that we have always needed fire. That is why you need to know how to create fire and how to contain the fire. Below are the main reasons why human beings need fire.

  1. To remain comfortable and warm.
  2. To cook food so that we can be healthy and strong
  3. For light during a night
  4. To keep off predators and keep you safe


Fire has been the most significant part of human evolution, and that is why it is one of the first things that people prepare for when they are uncertain about the future. The article above has shown you how to make a fire so that you will know how to make a fire next time you are stuck in the dark and have a battery and foil. When dealing with any fire, you have to be very careful as it can get out of hand and cause a lot of destruction.