The Iso-Tip 7700 wasn’t designed with a bunch of fancy extras, but, instead, to provide a solid operation and a fast-charging battery that keeps you working. It arrives with a stand that has a relatively small footprint along with two tips.
The ECG J-500 should last you about 30 minutes on a medium setting, and has a see-through tank, so you’ll know when it needs refueling. It heats up in about 20 seconds, and can reach temperatures of up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher if you’re using it as a torch.
Power Probe Butane
A budget-friendly selection, the Power Probe Butane has an electronic igniter and a maximum flame temperature of 930 degrees Fahrenheit, so it should work for a range of common tasks. You’ll also receive plenty of accessories with the kit, such as a hot knife.
Master Appliance Ultratorch
Tired of replacing tips? Then you might consider the Master Appliance Ultratorch , which includes one with a double-thick iron and chrome plating for greater longevity and thermal conductivity. The tool’s plastic body shouldn’t fatigue the hand, either.
Lexivon Butane Kit
The Lexivon Butane Kit includes 6 tips which come in handy for a variety of applications, as well as a few other convenient items. The torch itself can reach up to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, and has a large and solidly built, leak-resistant metal tank.
For those who’ve already invested in the company’s battery system, the Milwaukee M12 makes a fine addition, especially since it has a few features that others do not, such as a three-stop pivoting head that takes some of the hassle out of working in a confined space.
The Weller P2KC has a few useful touches that make it practical in a variety of settings, from its piezo ignition to an automatic cutoff switch to keep you safe. Plus, it refills quickly, in around 20 seconds, so you won’t waste too much of your precious time.
Portasol P-1 Professional
For reliability combined with safety, the Portasol P-1 Professional makes a first-rate option. Its tank is ultrasonically welded, which means that it can resist damage even when dropped or exposed to high or low temperatures.
The Hakko FX-901 reaches up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, but will emit no hazardous sparks, making it both easy and pleasant to control. And when it comes to portability, it’s tough to beat, offering 120 continuous minutes of use with its four AA batteries.
UY Chan TS80P
The highly regarded UY Chan TS80P can be an invaluable asset in the field, as it combines the maneuverability of a small, lightweight frame with a reasonable amount of power. It charges via its USB Type-C port, or by using a conventional mains outlet or a battery bank.