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Great performing, good value mini blowtorch
on 23 July 2017
Bought this to replace a cook's blowtorch that I used to use for various DIY projects (rather than its main intended purpose of caramelising Crème Brulee!).
My previous one (which was a little smaller than this) had a 'one-shot' locking trigger (where you had to unlock it after every actuation). It would fire up once you squeezed the trigger and would only stay lit for as long as you held it... whereas with this one, you dial in some gas flow, ignite it by pulling the trigger and then adjust the flame (using the gas flow and burner air vent controls) to what you require (and it will stay lit until you turn the gas flow completely off). That method of operating might not suit some users, but for some applications that I use it for (non-in situ copper pipe soldering, cable heat shrinking, etc.) that's quite useful as it can free up a hand.
Regarding its performance, this torch has quite a high flow rate when opened up and can generate a really high temperature concentrated flame (up to a maximum of 1150°C apparently). Naturally, at its most extreme settings, it uses a lot of gas.. but it's easy enough to refill with just your regular can of butane lighter gas - which you will need as it arrives empty. Also worth noting that when used for prolonged periods, the metal clad nozzle can get very hot (not something my old one had a problem with) to the point where it's definitely a potential skin burn hazard.. but nothing to really worry about if you take all the normal sensible precautions.
To hold, it feels quite chunky via its aluminium grip, but it's fairly light... and it comes with a detachable wide-footprint base (but can actually stand up on its own without it).
Basically, it's a great performing, good value mini blowtorch... and it's certainly better than the one I had before. Also arrived really quick. Hard not to recommend it.