How to choose the perfect hot glue gun (that’s like a sci-fi gun)
Talk about technology tools and people often think about screwdrivers, omnipotent, USB tester, thermal camera and so.
You don’t usually think about hot glue guns.
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But I’ve found that I use mine a lot for everything from securing cables to the inside of my PC to weatherproof enclosures for devices that will be working outdoors. And beyond technology, hot glue guns have a wide range of applications, from craft projects to home repairs to model making.
Nearly any project that doesn’t require high strength or heat resistance, as long as it’s not damaged by the use of hot glue – as the name suggests, is quite hot (temperature can range from acrid 250°F/120°C to a scorching temperature of 430°F/220°C — is a candidate for hot glue.
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Hot glue guns come in all shapes and sizes, and most tend to look like Buck Rogers ray guns. But design doesn’t matter; that’s how it’s done.
I’m looking for three things:
- Glue gun heats up quickly
- Has enough power to deliver all the hot glue I need without stopping to warm up
- Does not hurt hands when holding
I did some testing, tried different types of glue guns and decided on one — glue gun. Seekone 60/100W . Dual Power Glue Gun.
Seekone 60/100W . Dual Power Glue Gun Specifications
The heat gun is made from heat-resistant ABS plastic and has a brass nozzle
- High-tech PTC ceramic heating system to ensure fast 3-5 minutes preheat time
- High strength, durable handle
- 60W/100W adjustable – use 60W for small project, 100W with high heat for large project
- Universal voltage 110-240V
Note: There are rechargeable hot glue guns. One type is hot glue pen it’s aimed at people who want to do crafts (and are a bit incompetent for what we want here), and also glue gun battery powered power toolsgreat for contractors or do-it-yourselfers looking to standardize power supplies, but I found them a bit big and cumbersome for my uses.
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OK, yes, it looks like a ray gun and is a bit bulkier than my previous hot glue gun (which died instantly), but this is not a bad thing. The fact that it’s larger means it fits my hand better, and the larger trigger is a lot easier to use, especially for longer jobs.
First, I would like to clarify about the “double power” feature of this glue gun. Think of capacity as a measure of how quickly it can melt the adhesive and distribute the hot melt from the front. For small projects that require a dip or two, the low-power 60W mode is ideal, but when you want a stream of hot glue, switch it to the high-power 100W mode and you’re good to go.
This glue gun heats up quickly, stays hot, and has no problem keeping up with the current job. When switching to 100W mode, I can put glue sticks through this at a rate of every 40 seconds or so, and I don’t need to slow down or stop for it to heat up (this is a problem with lots of hot glue guns on the market).
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There’s also an indicator light to let you know when it’s turned on — a handy safety feature!
During testing, I ran this glue gun for a few hours, during which time I inserted a few dozen glue sticks, and it was comfortable and easy to use.
It’s also nice and cool to hold in the hand, which also contributes to the overall comfort of using this glue gun.
Always read the instructions: Before using the glue gun, be sure to read the instructions carefully.
Use the right glue: Different glue guns require different types of glue sticks, so make sure you use the correct glue stick for your glue gun. Using the wrong type of glue can damage your glue gun or cause an accident.
Hot glue can cause serious burns: Always use caution when handling hot glue and avoid touching the glue or hose when the glue is hot.
Use heat resistant surface: When using a glue gun, place it on a heat-resistant surface such as a silicone sheet or metal tray.
Never leave a glue gun unattended: Always turn off the glue gun and unplug it when you’re done using it. Never leave it plugged in or still hot.
Keep children and pets away: Keep glue guns and glue sticks out of reach of children and pets.
The copper faucet does a good job controlling the flow of hot glue and making sure the glue goes where you want it and only where you want it to go.
And that glue is hot! This is the temperature coming out of the faucet at about 390°F/200°C
I recommend working with hot glue on a silicone mat. Not only is this glue resistant to heat and will protect the underlying surface from damage, but it’s also incredibly easy to remove any spills — the glue just comes off.
Oh, and here’s a handy tip – if you need to press undo on your hot glue and need to get the hot glue off something, drop a few drops isopropyl alcohol will make it released.
For under $20, you not only get a really good, powerful hot glue gun, but you also get 20 hot glue sticks to start with. Seekone 60/100W . Dual Power Glue Gun in my eyes a total winner and a great glue gun for those who want something a little more powerful than a hobbyist’s glue gun.