What would be the closest replacement to the Ronson Tech Torch?
**If this belongs more in Answers, feel free to move it but I am posting it in Meta due to the subject matter.**
As I found out a little (but not too) late, my Ronson Tech Torch - which I got because it came with soldering tips and would be useful for soldering if I ever had to was recalled. I already completed the recall in the sense I have the parts going out and discarded the torch. The problem now is I need to look for a solid replacement as it comes with the soldering tips and would make for a nice near identical replacement after I get compensated. I am also posting this because I mentioned it in Answers on a charger repair question - yes, I included the CPSC recall in the answer BUT didn’t provide a replacement yet due to the fact I have to look - I don’t want to back anything without testing it. Worst case I do a permanent change to butane torch but test it to see how it behaves on something you can destroy.
I am looking at 3 possible replacements, of course depending on how I get compensated - I am suspecting a store gift card of some kind will be given out due to the nature of the recall. I am buying locally since I don’t want to deal with the DOT regulations in regards to replacing it.
- Replacement 1: Dremel 2200-01
- Replacement 2: Bernz-O-Matic ST2200T
- Replacement 3: Ronson MDX (No soldering tips, but 1:1 brand replacement if I have to)
- Replacement 3.5: HS-1115K (eBay; not likely since I can’t pay for this with a coupon or gift card)
- It’s only here since I bought tips for one on eBay thinking they’d work with the Tech Torch) from China. I’d waste more returning them then keeping them.
Out of all of these identical replacement torches (other then the MDX), which one of these is known to hold up the best in day to day use in your experience? I’m disappointed in the MDX as it’s not even a direct match to the Tech Torch (especially since the soldering tips were included), but it is cheaper and this in a way does compensate for the lost soldering tips and it does sell - I just don’t like the compromises made.
Is this a worthwhile discussion?