CUSTOMER CARE - REPAIR CLINIC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What do the markings on the bottom of my Zippo lighter mean?
A: The markings at the bottom of our Zippo lighter cases are identification codes, which enable us to determine in what month and year a particular Zippo lighter was manufactured. These codes change from year to year. For details on these markings, please refer to "Bottoms Up" below.
Q: Where do I send my lighter for repairs??
A: You can send your lighter directly to our head office/manufacturing plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Please see Zippo Repairs for more information.

Zippo Canada Bottoms Up!

Simple machines with timeless appeal.

Zippo windproof lighters represent one of the fastest growing categories in the world of collectibles. Zippo windproof lighters are bought, sold and traded by thousands of enthusiastic fans from nearly every continent. Increasingly, collectors are growing to appreciate Zippo Canada products for their rarity, and therefore, their unique appeal as collectibles. In fact, it's not unusual for collectors to designate a separate Canadian section in their own collections for the Niagara Falls factory's unique line of products.

Counterfeit or Canadian?

It's easy to understand why those unfamiliar with Zippo Canada's history might dismiss the distinctive 'Niagara Falls, Ontario' bottom stamp as a fake. After all, Zippo USA produces over 16.8 million lighters per year, while Zippo Canada's production was just over 500,000 units. Zippo Canada opened in August 1949 and was the only place other than Bradford, PA, where Zippo lighters were ever produced. A final production run signified the end of an era with the closing of the Zippo Canada production plant in July 2002, making Zippo Canada products more collectible than ever.

The 'Niagara Falls Ontario' bottom stamp, like its Bradford, PA counterpart, is 'your guarantee of our guarantee™'


 
Zippo Canada Bottom Stamp,
with its distinctive Niagara Falls,
Ontario designation.
  Zippo USA Bottom Stamp,
with its Bradford PA
Made in USA designation.

It's not the age, it's the mileage.

Since 1949, Zippo Manufacturing Company of Canada, Ltd., has produced over 13.5 million windproof lighters. Over the years, few changes have occurred to the original lighter. If you browse this page you will see the dates when significant styles and series were introduced. A series of manufacturers codes stamped on the bottoms of all lighters identify the month and year of manufacture.

As the style of Zippo lighters has changed over the years, so has the design of the Zippo logo that is engraved on the bottom of each lighter.


 

Since the late 50's, the bottom of every Zippo lighter has featured a series symbols which serve as code marks. When matched to the manufacturer's coding chart below, you can determine what year the lighters were produced. Here are some representative samples:

Year

Regular Lighter

Left Side

Regular Lighter

Right Side

Slim Lighter

Left Side

Slim Lighter

Right Side

1933 Patent Pending    
1937 Patent 2032695    
1942-1946 Black Crackle, Patent 203695
(This number was stamped in error, it should have been
Patent 2032695.)
   
c.1949-c.1957 Patent 2517191
with patent pending
   
Zippo records indicate an overlap of bottom stamp configurations from 1949-1957. Also, some lighters produced between 1955-57 were date coded, however, specifics remain unclear. The date coding was fully in effect by 1959.
c.1951-c.1957 Patent 2517191    
1957     . . . . . . . .
1958 Patent
. . . .
2517191
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .
. . . .
. . .
1959 . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1960 . . . . . . . . . . .
1961 . . . . . . . . .
1962 . . . . . . .
1963 . . . . .
1964 . . .  
1965 .      
1966 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
1967 | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
1968 | | | | | | | | | | | |
1969 | | | | | | | | | |
1970 | | | | | | | |
1971 | | | | | |
1972 | | | |
1973 |   |  
1974 //// //// //// ////
1975 //// /// //// ///
1976 /// /// /// ///
1977 /// // /// //
1978 // // // //
1979 / // // /
1980 / / / /
1981 /   /  
1982 \\\\ \\\\ \\\\ \\\\
1983 \\\\ \\\ \\\\ \\\
1984 \\\ \\\ \\\ \\\
1985 \\\ \\ \\\ \\
1986 \\ \\ \\ \\
Effective 7/1/86 the above system was replaced by year/lot code. Year is noted with Roman Numeral, the letter on the left designates lot month (A=Jan., B=Feb., etc.)



Year

Regular
and Slim
Lighters

Left Side

Regular
and Slim
Lighters

Right Side

1986 G to L II
1987 A to L III
1988 A to L IV
1989 A to L V
1990 A to L VI
1991 A to L VII
1992 A to L VIII
1993 A to L IX
1994 A to L X
1995 A to L XI
1996 A to L XII
1997 A to L XIII
1998 A to L XIV
1999 A to L XV
2000 A to L XVI

Starting early in the year 2000, lighters produced feature the Zippo logo on the left, the month code in the center, and 2000 stamped above the Roman numeral XVI.

For 2001 and beyond, Zippo has introduced a new, easier to interpret date code. The letters A through L on the left of the Zippo logo still represent the month of manufacture. The year of manufacture, however, is now identified by the last two numbers of that year, stamped to the right of the Zippo logo.


 

Year

Regular
and Slim
Lighters

Left Side

Regular
and Slim
Lighters

Right Side

2001 A to L 01
2002 A to L 02
2003 A to L 03
2004 A to L 04
2005 A to L 05
2006 A to L 06
2007 A to L 07
2008 A to L 08
2009 A to L 09
2010 A to L 10
2011 A to L 11
2012 A to L 12