Kim Toscano Reviews the MAKERX Mini Heat Gun
Meet the New MAKERX™ Mini Heat Gun
From home improvement to scrapbooking, the MAKERX™ Mini Heat Gun – part of a new series of go-anywhere crafting tools from Worx® – puts power and precision in the palm of your hand. The MAKERX system includes five compact crafting tools powered by a 20V Battery Power Hub, including a rotary tool, angle grinder, mini heat gun, wood and metal crafter and airbrush. The Mini Heat Gun is the only compact, portable 20V heat gun on market.
Handling the Mini Heat Gun
I put the MAKERX Mini Heat Gun to the test in the workshop and on a painting project. The heat gun warmed up quickly to 500°F and includes a built-in stand to protect surfaces. Weighing less than half a pound, the mini heat gun was comfortable to hold even for long periods of time. The linear design and narrow nozzle allowed me to direct the heat where I wanted and hold the heat gun perpendicular when necessary.
A Heat Gun with Portable Power
With an off-grid workshop and plenty of outdoor projects, I appreciate crafting tools that go where I go. The MAKERX Mini Heat Gun is powered by a go-anywhere Power Hub connected to a WORX 20V Power Share battery. The power hub transfers power to the Mini Heat Gun through a lightweight 4-foot cord, providing plenty of mobility in my workspace. And because the Heat Gun itself does not have an onboard battery, it remains lightweight and well-balanced for better control.
Reviewed for Makers, Crafters, and Artists
In the craft room, I used the Mini Heat Gun on an acrylic paint pour to pop air bubbles and create cells in the paint. I was able to direct heat where I wanted without blowing the paint around. My son borrowed it to dry coats of paint on miniatures he was painting (use it on models and dioramas, too). The Mini Heat Gun can also be used to melt wax or draw air bubbles out of epoxy and other resins, whether you are making your own tumbler cups or waxing textiles. And it is the perfect size for embossing greeting cards and other papercrafts.
Reviewed for Projects Around the House
Within hours of unpacking the heat gun I was checking items off my to-do list, using the Mini Heat Gun to remove a stubborn sticker from my car window. Heat guns have countless uses around the house, from softening adhesives for easy removal of wallpaper, stickers, and old glue, to thawing frozen pipes and locks. There’s no better way to remove old paint from window frames or furniture. In the workshop, we used the heat gun to clean up reclaimed wood for an upcoming project.
In the kitchen, the Mini Heat Gun can be used to melt sugars and chocolates for decadent desserts, or sear meats and crisp skin in savory dishes. It also works well for heat shrinking plastics in the kitchen and beyond, whether your packaging food items, insulating windows, or wrapping gifts.
How Will You Use the MAKERX Mini Heat Gun?
The Mini Heat Gun provides endless opportunities for crafting and home improvement. All together the heat gun, power hub, and battery weigh around one and a half pounds. Whether you are making jewelry or DIY holiday décor, the MAKERX Mini Heat Gun is truly a go-anywhere crafting tool.