Note: This Bosch UK or EU product is not available in the USA.
Across the pond Bosch’s new cordless battery-powered hot glue pen is said to set new standards in hot gluing. The Glue Pen is designed for sealing parcels, light duty repair work, arts and crafts, and other everyday hobby, home, and office tasks.
The glue pen heats up in 15 seconds and back-draws molten glue when you release the feed button to ensure clog-free and virtually drip-free operation. Its small size allows for precise glue application, as well as easier maneuvering in tight spaces.
The glue pen accepts 7 mm-diameter glue sticks, which is about standard for commonly available mini glue sticks (0.28″- 0.28″ x 4″ long). Bosch will be selling their own refills and recommends “Ultra Power” sticks for heavier use and transparent sticks for medium-duty and invisible gluing tasks.
The built-in 3.6V Li-ion battery is charged via a micro USB port and can melt up to 6 glue sticks per charge.
|Battery||3.6 V (Li-ion),1.5 Ah|
|Heat-up time||15 s|
|Temperature||170°C | 338°F|
|Glue stick diameter||7 mm|
|Glue stick length||15 cm|
|Max. use per charge||6 glue sticks|
|Charging time||4 – 5 hrs|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||~170 x 40 x 60 mm
~6.7″ x 1.6″ x 2.4″
|Weight||140 g | 5 oz|
MSRP is £40 including VAT, or about $48 USD excluding VAT. Bosch glue pens will be available in the UK starting in May 2013.
So will the Glue Pen set new standards in gluing as Bosch boasts? I don’t know, but it does seem like a great product and one I would definitely use. Ordinary hot glue guns – even mini ones – often drip out huge globs of glue. This one looks like it can glue with a lot more finesse, and it’s also pocket-friendly with separate on/off and glue advance switches.