Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 36
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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