Hot Air Gun - Any good?

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Hot Air Gun - Any good?

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Hi Guys, do any of you use a hot air gun for shrink wrapping solder joints or just like me use the side of the iron's tip? if so, are they worth the extra expense and any tips on brands or usage?

Just asking as I was watching some videos on you tube and was quite impressed at the speed and efficiency of them. Dozens on Amazon and I thought it might make a nice prezzy for my birthday in a couple of months time. Cheers.

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I use one all the time now. Cheapo version from China via eBay.
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I use one, very useful, sometime you need do shrink wrap something when you are not using a soldering iron.
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For a more "Professional" shrink, hot air is the only option. I use a hot air attachment on my Portasol gas powered soldering station. But for a quick job as the irons on and hot I use that! :D
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Heather says i dont need a gun. she thinks i always have a lot of hot air. On a serious note, i use one all the time too.
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I got one from Aldi, it’s actually a paint stripper but has two temperature settings the lower one is just right for heat shrinking the high setting would probably melt solder!

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I bought this from Amazon, more than happy with it.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Handh ... 54&sr=8-11
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platelayer wrote: Wed May 27, 2020 12:40 am I bought this from Amazon, more than happy with it.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Handh ... 54&sr=8-11
Thanks PL, I like the look and reviews of that one - now in my Amazon wish list.

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I have this one, much cheaper. Got it on eBay for £11:99.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ETEPON-Handhel ... 455&sr=8-8
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This one looks similar to WTD’s even cheaper than the other on Amazon and the description seems word for word. Obviously not cheaper than eBay but if you have prime it might work out cheaper by the time you take P&P into account.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ETEPON-Handhel ... B07S2Q53LD

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