Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 29
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bert Very handy micro tourch
What a handy device! I had to solder some 12 gauge copper wire together for an art project. My 40 watt soldering iron for electronics would just not cut it. Found this device for less than $10 and thought I'd give it a try. Glad I did. It worked great. I've found other uses - like heating shrink tube. AND IT IS EASY TO LIGHT. I used the gas lighter I use for the fireplace & grill. Worked great - no matches needed.
April 12, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Querty Ok
Not for use outdoors. I bought it to ignite paper and cardboard in my burn barrel. The first thing I noticed is it does not ignite itself and the second thing I noticed is the wind will immediately knock it out. For what it is intended for it probably works fine. it would probably work well indoors for soldering.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer SOLUTION FOR MICRO TORCH GOING OUT
all torches need air flow to the 'rear' of the flame column. if this flow is restricted or cut off, you don't have a torch anymore you have a flame. this air flow is provided by the holes at the base of the flame tube. one can find these holes on the big propane torches and on this micro torch.
what i did is cut out a small strip of soda pop tin and form it to a circular object slightly smaller in diameter than the base(where the holes are located). this makes a 'choke' that can restrict or completely cut off the air to the torch.
one notices that when this flow is restricted, the flame will not go out nearly as easily as before. plus you can now fine tune the intensity.
hope this helps
ps- i too have used the radio shack micro torch and had a similar experience to another reviewer. this torch lasts much longer, even with daily use. and is less than half the price.
March 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JoeConsumer Excellent addition to the toolbox
Purchased the ST200 Butane Micro Torch from Home Depot online and had it sent to my local store for pickup. Very good price. Picked up a bottle of butane while I was there. Used this torch the other day to burn old loc-tite off the threads of some screws so I could re-use them. Worked great. This torch is not self-lighting, you need a separate ignition source, but for the price, its a great addition to my tool box.
January 12, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SteelerKnights Worked One Day
Spent an hour on the phone with Benzomatic to get this thing to work... Used it off and on for the afternoon. Ran out of fuel and filled it up with Benzomatic fuel. The second time I pulled it out, I couldn't get it lit. It's full of butane, checked 3 times, but nothing flows out of the tip. Don't have the receipt, so I doubt I can return it.
October 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rhyno53 great product
Great soldering tool for those places that don't have electricity near by. If it had a self igniter I would have given it 5 stars.
October 23, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Will Worked great!....For an hour...
I got this for heat treating small metal tubing.
-The tip is all metal with a good amount of room to expel heat. I never once felt the pen itself get hot or was worried I would melt any plastic parts.
-Adapter with the soldering and heat blower units is nifty. Easy to use, small and convenient. I never actually soldered anything with it but I tested it (attached it, lit it, inspected it, just didn't actually use it) briefly and it seemed useful and convenient.
-The size was convenient and had a decent fuel capacity (30 minutes give or take on medium heat setting). Also was extremely easy to fill.
-The pop out stand was helpful.
I don't want to list this one as a pro or a con (I didn't mind it at all but some might) but it is worth mentioning: it doesn't have self ignition, you have to light it with another lighter or flints, etc.
-Stopped working after just over an hour of total, yet continuous, use. I'm 99% sure it wasn't because of a plastic piece melting or anything like that. Was using it and it was working just fine. Turned it off and set it down. Picked it up one minute later to ignite it again, pushed the switch on. Nothing. No gas hiss. It stopped being able to expel gas. I made sure it was FULL on gas. Still nothing. I let it sit and checked to see if it started working again periodically over 90+ hours. Still does not work.
I will be returning it immediately and will not buy one again.
Also it should be noted that the image of this product on this website is scrunched. The pen more resembles a scaled up sharpie. Longer and thinner than pictured.
March 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 406Handyman EASY TO USE / WORKS WELL FOR MY USE
purchased to replace the one I put in my pocket and sat on it :-( simple design / easy to use. works great to solder automotive wires together for a professional job
August 25, 2015