Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 37
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by WS its ok
I bought this to do some various soldering and other things and it can do most of it fairly well it does have a few flaws like the hot knife attachment lines up with the vent hole so it makes it difficult to cut without burning it also (will be contacting them about it).
I read some of the other reviews and they said that it doesn't get hot but I don't think they are heating up the grid with the torch before letting the spring close it also you can get the finish off with some sandpaper if it is causing a problem.
If I was to buy this again I would go with the self igniting version since they did not have that when I got this one and having to have a lighter is somewhat inconvenient.
July 30, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by calgal1077 Quailty Control is lacking in this product
This is the 2nd one of these items I've bought for various uses around the house. I had the 1st one for about 9-12 months. I used it a lot, including soldering my jewelry. It worked fine and I was glad I bought it even though the reviews on Amazon (where I bought the 1st) were wildly mixed. Many of them said the product was useless, but many praised it. I was among the praisers for the value. But it stopped working one day. I had gotten my money's worth and so, undeterred, I bought the 2nd one here. It worked ok at first, but the flame was never as strong as the 1st one. Then I started having ALL THE PROBLEMS people have with these things--hard or impossible to start sometimes, inconsistent flame, extinguishing itself with no warning or reason, etc. I'm so frustrated with this thing!! Obviously, with such wide differences in people's experiences with this item, there seems to be little attention to Quality Control, and I would no longer recommend it to anyone.
December 6, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by unhappy Not happy with performance
I've read the reviews and this soldering iron is unsatisfactory. As i've read it might work for extremely light soldering or applying heat shrink. If you light it properly the tip stays lit without a problem, however I found the heat insufficient for proper soldering. It melts the solder but doesn't sufficiently heat up the items you are trying to solder thereby getting an improper solder joint. I have been fighting to solder 2 wires together and to solder some new capacitors with extreme difficulty. Desoldering is just as difficult. I wanted something that you could use in the house, car, etc, but this is NOT the answer.
November 18, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by bacs Very useful portable tool
It is very handy especially when using iton tight spaces.....
April 22, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bryan Absolute Garbage
I bought this to do small jobs away from a power outlet. This torch is hard to light, and goes through butane like a V-10 engine goes through gas. The tip does get hot but cools off after a few seconds in the middle of a solder, thus, making the solder worthless. The exhaust port directs the hot gasses right into a group of wires if you have to work in between a wire harness. Poor design, poor reliability. The gas that I put into the torch (in my opinion) was worth more than the torch. Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money for a torch that works.
January 11, 2014
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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Railed2180 Does not get the job done !!!
First off let me say that i bought this with the intention of doing some very light soldering on an rc truck. i thought with it being powered by butane it would be nice for using in the field whan something needed to get fixed. Although this looked and felt nice in the hand it does not nearly get hot enough to work at all... i used it in a basement with no wind anywhere near by and even at it's "hottest" setting the tip of the iron would only get to about 280 degrees, Not hot enought to melt solder, let alone be good at it. I will be returning this and going to a soldering station.
September 29, 2012
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