|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.1 x 3.8 x 3.1 inches|
|Item model number||ST200T|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Bernzomatic ST200T Micro Butane Torch
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Excellent product for a retail price of 5.50 at home depot. if you want more power, self lighting, or a better overall product, spend more money. This is the best torch/solder pen for the price.
I own 2 of these now. One in my office for electronics soldering and one in the garage for everything else. over a year of use on the first one, and still performing the same as the first day. Note: I only use Benzo fuel.
1) Screw the soldering attachment in place.
2) Push the plastic 'knob' (next to the plastic screw on the soldering attachment), against spring pressure up towards the soldering tip. Hold it there, exposing the oval hole.
3) Turn gas flow to high (position 3 or 4).
4) Turn gas on, pushing red trigger up.
5) Light the torch through the oval hole exposed in 2).
6) IMPORTANT - Wait - you will see the torch burning, but you need to get the grid above it red hot. This takes about 30 seconds to a minute (depends on temperature).
7) Let the knob go quickly, so spring returns to normal position 'instantly'.
8) The flame WILL go out, but the burning continues inside the grill - check that it is still glowing red (or even white) through the small hole near the tip.
9) Turn the gas down (unless you're soldering very heavy cables)
Having learned this, I'm fairly happy with the iron, and can light it every time. It is solidly built and is well balanced for soldering, and very inexpensive, but wouldn't give it a 5 for the following reasons:
- Manufacturer should have included these instructions for lighting.
- No built in lighter
- Difficult to control temperature (position 4 is way too hot, and position 1 barely melts solder; I now tend to leave in position 2 for most normal work)
My main use is as a soldering iron. I did quickly try using it as a torch, and had the same problems other reviewers reported - if the gas setting is at anything other than 4, it will blow out if moved suddenly or 'waved around'.
I find that while the gas is OFF you use a lighter to heat the tip of the torch(assuming you're using this in torch "mode" I haven't tried this with the attachments)for about 10 seconds at the most, then I the gas ON and use a lighter, sometimes it takes one or two attempts to but it always lights after I heat up the tip before turning on the gas.
After a little trial in error for the first 30 minutes and wasting a little gas just trying to light it in the beginning I found what works for me. Hopefully it works for others.
It is easily controlled and the flame will pinpoint. I use the Smith Little Torch in my shop (making gold and silver jewelry) but this little gem is now right on the bench stand beside it! No gauges, no hoses, no hassles! Quick an easy~ It is GREAT! (I wanted to say it is the bomb... but it seemed a bad choice for something you set fire to.:)
--- About lighting it ---
When it is cold, it needs to be on for a few seconds before you light it. Like any torch, you will want to turn it down before lighting it. It has not been a problem for me, but I read in other reviews that it has been for some.
--- about staying lit ---
I have not had it blow itself out even once!!! AMAZING for any small handheld butane torch!!!
--- --- I love it.
Bernzomatic ST200T Micro Butane Torch
Some people have complained that the flame gets weaker over months of use, and claim that this is caused by using less pure lighter butane. I can't verify this since I've always used Bernzomatic fuel, and the torch sips fuel. I have found that this can happen if you don't hold the pressurized butane canister in place for more than a few seconds when refilling.
Be sure to check out the Bernzomatic soldering kit. In addition to this torch, it contains several soldering tips, a catalytic soldering adapter (which you screw the tips to,) solder, a tip cleaning pad and a sturdy plastic case. Since I bought it, I haven't gone back to using any of my electric soldering irons. The variety of tips makes soldering small or large connections incredibly easy, there's no cord to get in the way, and you don't need access to power if you're working outdoors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't work but one time, then would not release fuel again. Had an internal restriction. Amazon did give a quick refund.Published 2 months ago by Francisco
Does not work altitudes past 5000 ft, so I was told by Bernzomatic. It would be nice if that fact was noted on the package. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'd give it zero stars if I could. Firstly, its not self igniting. Secondly it quit after 30 seconds. Sent it back to benz, they confirmed it was bad. They sent me a st500... Read morePublished 5 months ago by tailgator
The Bernzomatic Micro Torch includes a key and very small gridded piece for dispersing the flame which fits into the Hot Blower Tip and without it the torch becomes almost useless. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mi-Fi
I used one of these once for three weeks or so. The butane valve where you refill literally came loose and the butane tank evacuated around what was supposed to have been an o-ring... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ginger Engineer
I found this item fantastic when it was new as it completed all the jobs I had to do with it. Overtime the grid to disperse the flame in the soldering head attachment started to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by megan
Ordered 2 of these. One works just fine, one is erratic with flame self adjusting up and down. Need to contact the seller.Published 11 months ago by s,aldrich, seattle