If you want a true cordless glue gun, there aren’t many options. We recently posted about the Surebonder Hybrid, which works with Ryobi 18V battery packs, but there will soon be one more cordless glue gun soon hitting the market, by Black & Decker.
Black & Decker is coming out with a cordless glue gun (BDCGG20C) that works with their 20V Max Li-ion battery packs. The brand used to make another glue gun, but not anything like this one.
It seems that the new Black & Decker 20V Max glue gun is a true cordless glue gun, one that uses battery power to fully heat and melt the glue. Some “cordless” glue guns are not like this, and require AC power to get things going.
The new Black & Decker cordless glue gun heats up and is ready to go in just 90 seconds, which is quite fast.
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They say that corded heat guns can take up to 4-7 minutes to get up to working temperature. While I don’t think I’ve waited that long for my Arrow glue gun to heat up, I don’t think it can get up to speed anywhere near 90 seconds.
The glue gun features a high 125W thermal output, which is indeed considerably more power than all of the corded glue guns I just checked. This is probably what contributes to the speedy heat-up time.
Runtime is up to 2 hours with a 1.5Ah battery pack, depending on usage. The glue gun also has a precision nozzle, stand-up design, and rubberized grip.
Black & Decker says this is an industry first solution that merges hot melt convenience with cordless mobility. I don’t think they knew about the Surebonder we posted about before saying this. Then again, the Surebonder is a different type of animal, and way more expensive too.
In the fact sheet and video I saw (sorry, it’s not embeddable), the Black & Decker glue gun was shown being used for things like baseboard and crown moulding installation, securing rugs and carpeting to floor pads, and other around-the-house installation and repair projects.
In some of the example usage, the glue gun was used in place of construction adhesive. I haven’t seen many examples of hot glue being used in place of common construction adhesives, but that’s probably because there hasn’t been an all-in-one cordless glue gun like this before. You can’t use hot glue on location if you’re tethered to a wall outlet.
The heck with household installations and repairs, I want this for prototyping and various small projects.
Price: $79 for the 1-battery kit, $45 for the bare tool
ETA: Q1 2016
Our buddies at ToolsinAction got their hands on an early test sample. Here’s their first-look video: