Dremel has come out with two new Versa butane-powered mini torches for soldering, heating, heat shrinking, and various other flame and heat-based applications. There are two models, the 2200 Versa multi-function torch, shown above, and the 2000 Versa soldering torch, shown below.
The 2000 soldering torch seems to be designed and sized for more precise heating applications, while the 2200 seems to be better suited for tasks where you might want a larger heating cross section for longer amount of time.
Both kits come with everything you need to get started, minus the butane that can be purchased locally.
Street Prices: $45-55
As appealing and versatile as the small Versa butane torches might be, the pricing seems a little bit high. But on the other hand, each kit does come with a nice variety of practical attachments.
The Dremel torches face stiff competition from Blazer, Wall Lenk, Bernzomatic, and Weller. These brands have been in the butane torch and tool business for a while, and their products are well regarded.
What is so special about these Versa butane torches, compared to tried-and-true models from brands that have strong footholds in the micro-torch market?
It is unclear as to whether these Dremel butane torches are uniquely designed, or whether they are rebranded versions of models already on the market by an OEM or other brand. Dremel isn’t exactly a name I would associate with butane torches.
Dremel also recently came out with a sharpening station, and despite Dremel’s claims that the station only looks like another product and has unique attachments, it really looks to be a near-identical copy of a sharpener that is available at Harbor Freight at a much lower cost. I am still waiting for Dremel to explain how their sharpening attachments can be “unique” when they look to have come off the same exact injection mold as the ones on the HF unit. This is a big part of why I am hesitant to let myself be too optimistic by the new torches.