Review: Dremel 2000 Versatip Makers Tool
A Must Have Tool for Creators, Makers & DIY Enthusiasts
I have been tinkering, creating, fixing and making things for more years than I can remember. Sometimes I have the right tools for the job, and sometimes... well, I just don't.
But every now and then you come across a tool that is just perfect and is the right tool for the job. This tool is a must-have for DIYers, makers, and STEM lovers. It's the Dremel Versatip 2000.
In this post, we review the Dremel Versatip 2000 and give you our honest opinion and feedback.
Dremel Versatip 2000 Overview
We came across this tool because we were on the hunt for a cordless soldering iron. The corded soldering irons caused us a lot of problems when we were making the Arduino Traffic Lights project, which we outline below.
The Dremel Versatip is 6 tools in one. For us though, we primarily use it as a cordless soldering iron. You just need to switch out the tips to switch tools. Here is a run through of the 6 tooltips that come with the Versatip 2000:
Soldering Tip: Quite a fine soldering tip. We use this for electronics like Arduino and it works perfectly. Just the right size.
Hot Cutting Knife: This knife can be used for many applications, but it is great for cutting nylon rope. The blade is not sharp to touch, but once heated, cuts quite well. I think this would be a great wood burning tool for the artists amongst us.
Shaping Knife: The shaping knife is a wedge-shaped blade. Not sharp at all. We don't use t too much, but it comes recommended for cutting and shaping heat sensitive materials. In the past, I have had to shape foam, and think it would be a great tool for that. I will try it next time.
Wide Flame Head: Just as it is called. This tool provides a wide flat flame. Many uses, and great for pain removal prep.
Hot Air Tip: The smallest of all the tools, this tooltip provides hot air in a concentrated spot.
Deflector: The Dremel deflector tooltip clips around the tool and has a wide curved end to roll the heat around. Great for shrinking heat shrink.
The Dremel Versatip 2000 is easy to ignite and use. Other than choosing the correct tooltip, the only other thing you need to do is set the heat level/flame length. This is done via a slide on the side of the tool.
Why Go Cordless?
This would be the biggest drawcard of owning a gas powered soldering iron... It's cordless!
I have been using soldering irons for years, and their big thick cords are very annoying. Recently we started making videos of our projects and the cord just proved to be too annoying. We just wanted an easy to use tool without the hassle.
On top of the convenience, comes speed. The gas powered soldering irons are so much quicker to heat up that their electric counterparts.
The only drawback, obviously, is that they require gas (butane gas). This isn't too expensive, but you would want to make sure you have it on hand or else you won't be soldering anything.
What's in the Box
Firstly, before we talk about the contents... Let us talk about the box...
I am not sure what to make of it. It is a beautiful looking metal boy with a plastic inner, lined with some sort of felt and cutouts for the parts. We give this box a 10 out of 10 for looks, and a 1 out of 10 for practicality. We own the original Dremel tool and really like the plastic tool box it comes in, so we were disappointed to see this one. We immediately put it into a third party toolbox.
Inside the box, you will find the following:
Dremel Versatip Tool: The main tool.
Cover: A plastic cover for the tools main end.
Tool Tips: 6 tooltips as described above.
Tin Box with Sponge: A small tin box with a sponge for soldering.
Tin Box: A tin box for any hot tooltips.
2 x Wrenches: 2 Dremel Versatip wrenches for the tool.
Tube of Solder: A clear tube of solder.
Dremel Versatip Specs
Here are just some of the specification for the Dremel Versatip 2000.
Tank Capacity: ~17 ml / ~9 grams
Run Time: ~45 min (high) / ~90 min (low)
Heat Up Time: Instantly (open flame) / ~25 seconds (tips)
Dremel Versatip 2000 Review/Opinion
The Dremel Versatip 2000 is a very well made and convenient tool for STEM creators, Makers and DIYers. The price is a little more than you can get other brands for, but we think you do get a really good quality tool for the extra.
We aren't a fan of the box it comes in, and we threw it out straight away. But we are really happy with the Versatip overall and would recommend it to everyone into electronics like Arduino and making things. We rate it 4.5 out of 5.
Documents & Downloads
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