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Description: The SparkFun Heaterizer XL-3000 heat gun is a handy tool that everyone should have. It’s great for heat-shrink, melting things, and even very basic low temp rework. The size is great for a lot of different applications and it heats up pretty quickly.
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Turn it on and it blows hot air, just as advertised. VERY hot air, I use mine mostly for desoldering SMT parts. It does a fine job, even with chips with thermal pads, large chips, transistors with heat tabs, connectors, etc. Also good for shrinking heat shrink tubing.
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It’s a basic small heater, the standard output temp is perfect for SMT, small parts (under 2 sq inches), heats up in under 10 seconds, and as a friend found out it’s a temperature great for vaporizing - though I’m not sure about the safety of the heating element.
With solder paste from kester and this baby, I can solder small boards in under a minute.
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It does a great job on heat-shrink tubing. I used to shrink tubing with matches (!) Noe, using the Heaterizer XL-3000, my shrunk tubing is clean and even.
First of all, if this device was a complete piece of junk (it is NOT), I’d still give it 3.5 stars based on the instructions alone. They are hilarious!
This is a great little heat gun. It basically fits in your fingers like a (big) pencil which is great ergonomically. The heat is moderate which is great compared to using a high-powered heat gun which can easily melt (or burn) conductor insulation if you’re not paying attention (or having a drink, or both). The cord is quite long as well which is a nice perk. Finally, the gun has a built-in stand which is also a nice feature.
The only issue that I have with this item is that the on/off switch is located near the rear of the gun. Had it been installed closer to the tip (where your index finger would be located if you held it like a pencil), then it would truly a one-hand device. Of course, this design decision may be based on keeping the power switch and AC cord away from the heat-generating elements. This is only a minor gripe however and should not be construed as a reason to dislike the device.
A great device. Just don’t use it on your cat! Jim
Nice double shrouded output makes it harder (but certainly not impossible) to burn yourself, heats up fast, output is very concentrated (which is a pro and con depending what you’re doing), great for heat shrink, softening plastic for moulding, would recommend.
Ive had this heater for 2.5 years and use it a lot. I have melted the body with my soldering iron, dropped it more than a few times on to hard floor, and I have used it for maybe a little longer than I should have a few times.
It works great for heating anything. Ive used it for smd, tubing, adhesive/paint removal and it works great.
Gets very hot, so if you need control, you might have to get something else.
Mine finally started cutting out today. When its hot, it wont start. Im sure I could fix it, but its time its replaced. 2.5 years of hard abuse for this price is worth it.
I really can’t complain, it gets hot real fast and it was really cheap. I bought it because I would love a cheap solution for SMT soldering, but either because my paste was a bit old or maybe because it is lead free. Anyway, for less than $15 I really can’t complain.
I have used the heaterizer to dry and outgas vacuum components, and it has performed well. With less than 5 hours running time, I can’t rate its longevity, but it has done well so far.
just as advertised, i’m very happy
Not so good for removing surface-mount components. It didn’t come close to melting the solder on the board I tried it on.
Sounds like it’s time to upgrade to a hot air station - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10706