Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 34
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Skeptikel Maybe not the BEST, but for the price, amazing.
If I were only rating this product solely on the quality alone, without considering what it is priced for, then I would give it maybe a 3.5 to 4 out of 5. And that would just be for minor things where in an ideal product, I might have used a more sturdy material, maybe the body would be chrome-plated metal, and so on.
However, when considering the small issues such as plastic parts that I would just *prefer* to be metal, rather than need them to be.... As well as considering the price that I paid for this unit/set, then I feel OK giving it a 5 out of 5 rating. And that is rare for me, since it usually means that I can't think of how the product could be improved, but in this case, it means that I cannot think of how it could possibly be improved *without* also adding a pretty good percentage to the price!!
I too have had the flame go out here and there, but of course not since I've gotten used to how to use it, how to heat up the catalytic element before releasing the spring-loaded part, and so on. It's really not unreliable as far as the flame now that I'm just used to it.
In fact, when it comes to the catalytic element for the attachments, as well as using it as a "micro heat gun" type tool, I'm not sure if there WOULD be any way to put it out, other than dipping it in water or using a fire-extinguisher, perhaps an air-compressor's blower tool....
As far as soldering, which is the only thing I have actually tried to *use* so far, it's amazing. I have a few other soldering tools, including: a bulky soldering "gun" that is I think at least 200 watts, maybe 300 or more; a pen-type electric soldering iron of around 15-20 watts as I recall, and the Weller Deluxe Battery-Operated Soldering Iron, which I must say, is useless unless you are only wanting to solder VERY FINE wires (24 gauge would be too thick even - I mean VERY FINE)... I have been ale to get the battery operated one to WORK for my purposes, but it's a real headache, and often times my solder is more-so globbed on the surface of the wires, rather than penetrated. Time doesn't help, because the wire wicks away the heat at the same rate that I'm able to SLOWLY apply it, doing nothing more than melting my insulation!!
BUT... With this item I'm reviewing, I can light it, and the tip is ready to use for even medium size jobs in a matter of SECONDS... If I were in some kind of "soldering race," the ONLY unit of mine that I would possibly think of using instead, would be my big, heavy, high-wattage gun-style iron that is made for large, almost commercial type electrical jobs.
And while it's so fast in heating, unlike my big gun-type iron which is clumsy/bulky/heavy, with large tips that really make it a nightmare to do finer, more intricate jobs, THIS item here has BOTH the high/fast heat, as well as being JUST as well suited for small, intricate jobs such as electronics!! It's really barely any more difficult to hold and get into small spaces than my electronic soldering iron is.
And since the exhaust gas vents out at a 90 degree angle to what I'm heating, there is little risk of me burning the surrounding components of what I'm working on, just so long as I'm wary of which way I hold it, to vent the gas away from my project.
A 4/5 if price were not a factor, but 5/5 after considering how affordable it is!!!
The only thing that might lower this rating, would be if in the future something breaks due to "affordable" construction. ;-) But even so, it doesn't feel cheap. It feels sturdy enough, yes.
December 21, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PalmhavenDesigns Great Mini Torch
Works great for light jewelry assembly. Easy to light and gets to temp quickly.
February 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Odie Great - but no piezo electric starter
I got this for a light soldering job where a cordless soldering iron would be handy, and yes it is very handy. It heats to soldering temperature in about 30 seconds and gets plenty hot enough. It does not have a piezo-electric starter, so a match or lighter is required to light the torch, but once lit it works quite well. Also, butane is not included, so expect to purchase that separately.
October 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 633squadron Great value for the money
This tool, like the other BernzoMatic tools I own, is easy to use, powerful, and an excellent value for the money. I used a tool from the accessory kit to cut through a somewhat thick ABS sheet, which it did with no problems. Besides the useful accessory kit, it comes with a full set of instructions and a nice case that keeps everything organized.
January 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BLeRg Awesome Deal!!!
In the 1990s a friend gave me a Portasol soldering and torch. Every time I went to use it I had fill it up. Wonder why he gave it to me. I still have it, but I only use my BernzOmatic now.
I've seen people complane about no replaceable tips. I don't mind because a Portasol tip costs a bit more than this whole soldering kit. Want a tip: buy a kit. Probably no one would ever buy a tip, because the tip would be to expensive outside the kit. Others could set you back at least a C-note.
I've seen people complane that the tips don't last. Clean your tip after every solder joint with a damp almost dry sponge to remove the burnt rosin.
I've also seen people complane the iron/torch isn't hot enough. Some torche irons aren't correctly adjusted at the factory.
To adjust the torch:
Allow torch to cool off.
Loosen the locking nut and remove the hot air blower attachment.
Turn the collar nut counter clockwise and pull it out a bit.
Using a small precission screwdriver, remove the two micro screws securing the two halves of the nose collar.
Pry the nose collar halves apart with your finger nails or a tool. The fuel cut off switch should remain with one half of the nose collar. If it comes off you could lose a small bee bee and a spring. That didn't happen to me, and I had to repeat the procedure till I had the flame correctly set.
There's a plastic nut:
If the flame height is to great adjust to the minimum flame height stop.
Remove the plastic nut and rotate towards the maximum flame height stop.
Reverse the above nut procedure if flame height is to low.
It seems as though it was meant to be easily adjusted.
Got to go battery is dying.
Mine goes from very cool to very hot.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shawna Funny Use.......but PERFECT!!!
I bought mine specifically for cooking. I've looked everywhere for a kitchen torch and they are $30 and up. This is totally perfect and so tiny I can put in a kitchen drawer for when I need it (creme brulee) :) I might even share with my husband!
August 18, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Skidda Great tool for the cost
I've had many butane torches in the past and this is right up there with any of the good ones.
I would have given 5 stars but there is nothing to light it with.
December 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 12vSparky Perfect for the job site
Used this for low voltage connections. Soldered 100's of pairs of speaker wire and camera voltage cable! The fact that it's portable and heats up fast saved me time and made me money! Great product for board level work as well! A+++
February 5, 2014