So I have spent a fair amount of time looking at hot glue guns. On Amazon I noticed that some with different brand names look the same. The images below are of the TopElek, ccbetter, and BluSmart. And there are about three or four other brands that all look the same. Just more information for the smart shopper.
At the risk of getting deep into the weeds I’ll do this anyway. The picture below shows two glue guns and their glue bead samples. The gun on the left is the battery powered gun mentioned in a previous post while the gun on the right is a Surebonder DT-200F. As soon as I started using the gun on the left I noticed that it was easy to get a glue bead that was pretty consistent. It just seems more precise. They are both mini models which are good for smaller projects.
Heard about battery powered glue guns. Some have the battery in the handle or base. Others have a separate battery connected with a cable. Saw this battery powered glue gun at a local swap meet. I think it was $5.00. Already had the 5,000 mAh 3 cell battery sitting around. The gun has an XT60 connector. All I needed was a long enough power cable and an adapter. Bought a 36″ power cable on eBay and happened to already have the adapter from XT60 to Powerpole. It’s an inexpensive gun that I really like because it is easy to get a consistent bead of glue. Not all guns give you that. There’s no brand name on the gun but I have seen what appear to be identical guns on Amazon under names such as: Outfield, BluSmart, ccbetter, HXYTECH, TopElek, Vastar, WEIO, and others.
Not all mini glue guns and mini glue sticks are equal. When I was using my Aldi Workzone gun I needed to put in a new glue stick. I squeezed the trigger half way before any glue came out. Wasn’t sure what the problem was. What I discovered after taking some measurements and doing some research is that the Aldi gun takes 5/16″ (.31″) glue sticks and what I put in was a 9/32″ (.28″) glue stick. it doesn’t sound like much of a difference. But if you try to put the larger glue stick into a smaller glue gun, it won’t fit. And if you put the smaller stick into a larger gun not much glue will come out when you squeeze the trigger. My assumption was that all mini glue guns and glue sticks were the same. Not so. The point is that if you use a mini glue gun, just know what size it is so you buy the right size glue sticks.
When you are using glue guns you will have the problem of hot glue dripping out from the tip. If you put a piece of cardboard under the gun that will solve that problem, but there’s another way. In the middle is a glue gun holder with a small ceramic tile under the glue gun tip. The neat thing is that the glue will easily peel right off the tile. And you don’t really need the holder, just a ceramic tile as shown on the right will work fine.
During the past few months I have looked at information about many hot glue guns; never saw this before. On Amazon there was a link for the TopElek Glue Gun. I clicked it. If you have ever bought from or browsed Amazon you have seen the detail photographs to the left when you view a product. One of those images says that their glue gun has a quicker heat-up; 1.5-3 minutes as opposed to 5 minutes of the “others”. It received 4 1/2 Stars with 209 customer reviews.
Up until I started building foam board planes I hadn’t used hot glue guns. Now I am getting the hang of it. The mini glue guns are inexpensive, usually under $10 and they often come with several glue sticks. So I am trying out different brands to see the pros and cons. When I get that figured out, I’ll do a post to share what I discovered.
Read a couple of positive reviews of the Aldi / WorkZone Mini Hot Glue Gun, so I took a ride over to Aldi to pick one up. This was in early June. No WorkZone tools! Apparently when Summer begins the tools go into the warehouse and the summer products take their place on the shelves. So I checked my favorite fallback place, eBay. And sure enough the WorkZone Mini Glue Gun was available from a couple of sellers. Thank you eBay!