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  • Pencil torch - am I doing sth wrong?

    Hi,
    just bought a pencil torch on ebay: the very popular thin blue one @3£.

    I supposed I was a kind of a toy but i needed it just for melting a wire's tip.
    I filled it with butane as advised.
    The flame went off after literally 5 seconds.

    Is there same special way to fill the torch or is it for such quick jobs

    thank you

    w
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  • #2
    It should definitely last longer than a few seconds. Pen torches can be a bit unpredictable and I have had a lot of problems in the past with flames going out in the middle of a job. It may help to start with a relatively low flame and gradually increase the strength bit by bit; they can sometimes blow out if you turn them on full blast straight away.

    Caroline
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    • #3
      thank you

      Hi Caroline,
      I start from a small flame and need to increase it gradually otherwise it just goes off after say 30 seconds.
      I thought maybe I fill it wrong way.
      I put the gas bottle next to the nozzle and press until i do not hear any gas flow.
      It takes one long press and couple of pumps.
      Is it the right way to do this?
      Sorry, I had never filled a proper cigarette lighter before.

      Thank you



      Originally posted by silverjewelleryworkshop View Post
      It should definitely last longer than a few seconds. Pen torches can be a bit unpredictable and I have had a lot of problems in the past with flames going out in the middle of a job. It may help to start with a relatively low flame and gradually increase the strength bit by bit; they can sometimes blow out if you turn them on full blast straight away.

      Caroline
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      • #4
        I've got one of these and they are a nuisance, really hard to fill to such an extent that my fingers normally freeze first, then agree do not last long. Easy to handle though.

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        • #5
          If all you want to do is ball up headpins etc, a very basic cooks torch (you can get them for under a tenner) will do the job far, far better. As they will also stand on a surface, they're a lot easier to use as well.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by silverjewelleryworkshop View Post
            It should definitely last longer than a few seconds. Pen torches can be a bit unpredictable and I have had a lot of problems in the past with flames going out in the middle of a job. It may help to start with a relatively low flame and gradually increase the strength bit by bit; they can sometimes blow out if you turn them on full blast straight away.

            Caroline
            Don't they usually only have one setting ?

            Val

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mizgeorge View Post
              If all you want to do is ball up headpins etc, a very basic cooks torch (you can get them for under a tenner) will do the job far, far better. As they will also stand on a surface, they're a lot easier to use as well.
              You mean those créme brulé torches ? or however you spell it

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              • #8
                I bought one of those plumber torches from the DIY store for around £15. They last for ages. It's also good enough for soldering as well.

                Melanie

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Valarium View Post
                  Don't they usually only have one setting ?

                  Val
                  I don't know the type labelhunt has bought but the ones I have had you can adjust the flame. to be honest they are a nuisance to work with and I bought myself a proper torch.

                  Caroline
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                  • #10
                    thank you for all response

                    but I have just thrown it to the bin where its proper place is.

                    I am a bit upset I tried to save couple of ££ again. Now I neither have ££ nor torch

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                    • #11
                      hi

                      just to let you know i got a tiny torch again and by now it has been working for 20 minutes at full speed...

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