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Yes Part 1.5 as this is just a small review. Today I got my Heaterizer XL-3000 Heat Gun again arrived in a red SparFun box.
Seeing as how this heat gun is only meant for really really lite reworking of soldered parts. It only has a max temp output of about 250-275F as such it’s just a little under-powered than what I was hopping for, I wanted to get this Hot-air Rework Station – 303D its a beast maybe next go around I will upgrade to that model. But for now this smaller one will handle small reworking…..
But me being me I could not live with the fact that I could not get enough heat out of this thing to adequately re flow solder. So I proceed to disassemble my new heat gun to find 2 components a DC motor with a fan blade and a heating element encased in a metal shroud, sorry no pictures this time.
WARNING: THIS NEXT PART CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY IF NOT HANDLED WITH CARE, AND CAUTION. IT IS NOT ADVISED THAT YOU IN ANY WAY COVER THE AIR VENTS OF THIS DEVICE AS IT MAY MALFUNCTION DUE TO LACK OF AIRFLOW AND CAUSE A FIRE, AND OR BODILY INJURY. IN ANY EVENT PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The DC motor is connected inline with the power cord and the heating element I assume to save time and cost of the product. So not being able to do much with the inside of the unit. I turn to airflow the vents on the end of the unit allow the DC motor to pull air into the unit and expel the hot are through the hot end. So it goes without saying reduce the airflow and you will increase the heat output, so that’s what I did. By covering a good part of the air vents I have successfully gotten the unit to do some decent re-flow of solder even on commercial boards. I also added some electrical tape to the handle portion to reduce heat being transferred to my hand while I hold the device, as the heating element is located in the general location and it can get quite hot.
Yes that is indeed an Arduino Uno clone. 🙂
All in all its a decent little tool, but for 10 bones what can you ask for. That’s right this little gem… will set you back $9.95 + sh, next I am going to upgrade this to the model I actually wanted. Again Overall the service and quality of SparFuns products have yet to disappoint me, and I would refer you to there site if you are looking for electronics tools or a fun DIY kit.