Last Updated on January 2, 2021 by builder Aaron Barnett
Cordless heat guns are a safer alternative to gas-powered heating arrangements. Cordless heat guns are even more portable and convenient for pinstriping, and general heating applications for building and DIY. The best battery operated heat gun is made by Milwaukee, Dewalt, or Ryobi.
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#3 Top cordless nozzle design
Ryobi P3150 875 °F, 18V, cordless heat gun kit
#4 Highest heating capacity
Ridgid R860434B 1100 °F, 18V, cordless heat gun (tool only)
Cordless heat guns, along with other types of cordless power-tools, pave the way towards the future of the industry. Battery operated heat guns are not much different from corded ones. While they won’t be able to dish out as much as their corded counterparts, they are by no means sub-par. These light, compact models are still able to reach temperatures of up to 1000°F(538°C)!
These battery-powered heat guns are just as handy and flexible and can still perform various tasks for home improvement, restoration, and even cooking! What they lack is a bit in firepower, but they make up for it with easy access and maneuverability.
If you’re more of the mobile type, then this tool will be a nice addition to your kit. If you already have or are familiar with working with corded heat guns, then this guide on the best cordless ones around is sure to spark your interest if you’re a serious DIY’er or a diligent painter.
Features to consider when buying a cordless heat gun
Reasons to buy a cordless heat gun
Things to check before you buy a cordless heat gun
Know your brands.
Cordless tools tend to be more expensive than corded ones due to their added portability. This makes it doubly important to know which brands are known to offer quality products.
DeWalt and Makita cordless heat guns will always be known, as far as power tools go, but given the innately higher price. It will do you well to research lesser-known brands that can still perform, like a Craftsman and Ryobi cordless heat gun, although you won’t get the same battery life.
Check the durability.
Cordless and corded models don’t differ much in construction. While it’s true that corded models have a bit more of a sturdier frame, given the higher power and output, battery heat gun models should still feel solid and not have parts that could easily fall or break-off. Check if it has incorporated safety features to ensure a longer life.
Check the battery.
The battery is the tool’s life – without it, it’s simply an overpriced paperweight. Check if your model’s battery matches its size and output; you’d generally want a stronger unit to have a bigger battery to ensure high performance for longer periods of time.
Most 18-volts hold enough charge to run for 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the chosen setting.
Think about the price.
Keep in mind that these tools are already more expensive than their corded counterparts on average, that’s why it’s important to also inspect the price before purchasing. The cost has to be commensurate with the model’s features and performance. A decent bare-tool usually costs between $65 – $85.
Corded heat gun vs cordless heat gun
Battery-powered heat guns are better for a wider range of applications. They are more portable, practical, and require almost no set-up in order to use. If you’re the type who’s constantly on the move, then cordless heat guns are the way to go.
Corded heat guns are a little bit superior in terms of raw output and run-time, but really only shine with long, demanding projects. They may be lighter, but you can’t use them without a dedicated power source and a lead across your work site.
The importance of airflow & temperature settings
What other tools should you consider instead?
For applications that require heat, you can’t really replace or find a better alternative than a heat gun, unless you need to weld or melt metal. So far, a heat gun is the best tool to have if you want to thaw, shrink-wrap, dry and strip paint, and remove adhesives.
What we do suggest is to couple the battery-operated heat gun with other tools that are suited for home improvement and material alteration, such as metal-forming. A heat gun is a precision heating device, the same as how an oscillating tool is a precision cutting device. Use the oscillating tool to cut away at walls, doors, and grout; while using the heat gun to tend to old paint, wallpapers, and tiles.
Speaking of doors, after stripping easy to scrape paint with a heat gun you can also use an electric file sander to remove paint in hard to reach tight spots.
After stripping paint with a heat gun you can tidy a wooden or metal surface up using a finishing sander.
Choosing the top cordless heat gun
#1 Top-performing cordless heat gun
The DeWalt DCE530P1 is the best cordless heat gun. It’s the best because of its intricate mix of performance and features. This DeWalt 20V heat gun can really turn up the heat and reach temperatures of 990°F(532°C)! It has a LED light to allow you to work in the dark and even a lock-off trigger to allow for manual operation.
The large 20V battery gives you around 42 minutes of run-time. It’s light, capable, and fairly priced for what it offers. The best one? Definitely.
Best value cordless heat gun
The award for best value cordless heat gun goes to this M18 heat gun Milwaukee 2688-21. With a lasting red lithium battery, this portable pyro-caster can reach temperatures up to 875°F(468°C)! Couple that with a 6-second warm-up time and powerful airflow and you have one serious contender.
With power comparable to a corded tool and an intelligent temperature management system, this Milwaukee cordless heat gun was built to serve and last. This is your gun if you need a reliable one when you travel and do work even in the most remote of locations.
Most affordable corded heat gun
If you want a functional and affordable heat gun, then you get the best from the VonHaus 18V Cordless heat gun. It has a dual-action trigger for added safety and heats up in 10 seconds. While wind-up might be a bit slower, it’s capable of reaching up to 932°F(500°C).
Partner this with the fact that it includes 3 nozzle attachments, and you get a pretty decent piece of equipment.
How does a heat gun work?
Heat guns work pretty much in the same way that hair dryers do. Heat guns have where it then crosses a heating component that quickly heats up the air which is then directed through the nozzle, towards the target area. Basically, take your hairdryer and amplify its capacity by 6 times.
Tips for using a cordless heat gun
Comparing cordless heat gun
|DeWalt DCE530P1||Milwaukee 2688-21||Ryobi P3150||Ridgid R860434B||Prulde NHG0140||Craftsman CMCE530B||Von Haus|
|Verdict:||Top performing cordless||Best value cordless||Most affordable cordless|
|Weight:||2.5 lbs||1.7 lbs||1.4 lbs||3.5 lbs||4.62 lbs||1.67 lbs||1.3 lbs|
|Temperature:||990 °F||875 °F||875 °F||1100 °F||1022 °F||950 °F||932 °F|
Heading into our final thoughts, the DeWalt DCE530P1 is the overall best cordless heat gun. With a short warm-up and long run-time, this model performs closely to corded ones and is well worth the price.
The Milwaukee 2688-21 is the best for value, especially if you’re looking for output and features.
Looking for something a little more affordable? Then the VonHaus 18V Cordless Heat Gun is for you. It reaches commendable temperatures and, not to mention, comes with multiple nozzle attachments, compare that with what you already have at home!
And that wraps up everything about heat guns. Corded or cordless, there’s no denying their uniqueness and flexibility. For info on the best corded heat gun click here.
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