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Old 03-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Microtorch recommendations

I want to get one for electrical soldering mainly, among other things. Seems there a lot of cheesy ones out there, but this Blazer has good reviews.

Anyone have one of these, or have other recommendations of a torch suitable for lots of soldering?

I do not want cheap. I want good and durable.



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No, really, I'd like to hear what you have to say.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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I got a Master Appliance kit on Amazon. I like it very much,.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I got a Master Appliance kit on Amazon. I like it very much,.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks, John. Hmmm, have you actually used it for electrical soldering?
A couple of reviews say it wasn't so hot at that task (haha), but 90% of Amazon reviews are usually useless or posted by the inept.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:08 AM   #5
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Thanks, John. Hmmm, have you actually used it for electrical soldering?
A couple of reviews say it wasn't so hot at that task (haha), but 90% of Amazon reviews are usually useless or posted by the inept.
I have used it a couple of time for soldering. Did just fine.
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Torch for electrical soldering?!?! Damn, I just use a soldering iron and a heat gun. I wouldn't want an open flame in some of the places I've had to solder.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:13 AM   #7
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Man up. Fire is our friend.


The flame is behind a soldering tip. No flame hits the connection.
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Ive used "portasol" brand for years for soldering..........The small size makes life easier when soldering in tight places, and the heat element is small so theres less chance of melting wires on surrounding parts than if you use a torch style like pictured in ur post.


I use a butane torch like u have pictured soley for heating/bending a fishtape, and I install the heat shrink attachment for heatshrinking.

YMMV.............when in tight spaces the large cumbersome torches with soldering tips can be a PITA and lend themselves to being caught on other parts, and u cant hold them easily with 2 fingers if u gotta move other wires/parts with 1 hand.

Those torches EVEN with the soldering tips just have too much of a hot surface area for my comfort around parts like the trucks ecu and such.
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The flame is behind a soldering tip. No flame hits the connection.
Oh, I thought it was an open flame looking at the picture in the OP. I just use the electrical one, seems to work well then an electric heat gun for the heat shrink.
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Oh, I thought it was an open flame looking at the picture in the OP. I just use the electrical one, seems to work well then an electric heat gun for the heat shrink.
I have both. The butane is nice for cordless work.
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Torch for electrical soldering?!?! Damn, I just use a soldering iron and a heat gun. I wouldn't want an open flame in some of the places I've had to solder.
This is for conveneince away from the work bench, under the truck and such where my iron would be a nuisance. And I don't want to use cheesy crimp connectors for trailer wiring. Making connections to the back of the 7-pin require in-place connection, can't be done on a bench.
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next purchase since mines getting old



http://www.amazon.com/Portasol-01058.../dp/B003H6NN2Q
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Ive used "portasol" brand for years for soldering..........The small size makes life easier when soldering in tight places, and the heat element is small so theres less chance of melting wires on surrounding parts than if you use a torch style like pictured in ur post.


I use a butane torch like u have pictured soley for heating/bending a fishtape, and I install the heat shrink attachment for heatshrinking.

YMMV.............when in tight spaces the large cumbersome torches with soldering tips can be a PITA and lend themselves to being caught on other parts, and u cant hold them easily with 2 fingers if u gotta move other wires/parts with 1 hand.

Those torches EVEN with the soldering tips just have too much of a hot surface area for my comfort around parts like the trucks ecu and such.
I'll look into the Portasol, thanks.

This one actually has a couple flame adjustments, including a carb where you can really fine-tune the flame from a candle-lighter with yellow flame to a needlepoint blue blowtorch.
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http://www.amazon.com/Portasol-01058.../dp/B003H6NN2Q

Hmmm, so straight-up butune soldering iron, essentially. That looks like a very nice kit. Thanks for the "tip" (lol)

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This is for conveneince away from the work bench, under the truck and such where my iron would be a nuisance. And I don't want to use cheesy crimp connectors for trailer wiring. Making connections to the back of the 7-pin require in-place connection, can't be done on a bench.
I guess I didn't even think about that. I never solder at a bench, I use the sodlering gun for all the connections behind the dash for switches, under the hood, etc. I guess I should be looking at one of those microtorches for the type of work I typically do if they're easier to deal with in tight spaces.
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Yeah, Brock, I think you convinced me that the Portasol is a more appropriate tool for my needs. Thanks!
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