The two gas torches from Campingaz’s HYPERTORCH range are both suitable for skilled DIY and trade use – using a mixture of butane and propane gas to deliver enough heat for soldering copper pipes and removing paint etc. Campingaz claims that the mixture gives an extra 35% of heat energy compared to a single gas.
Both of the torches come in a simple and PZ version. The PZ version is lit using the piezo switch that provides the spark to light the gas, while the simple version will require a lighter.
The HYPERTORCH A2000 PZ has a pistol grip and small gas canister. It stands roughly 20cm high and is 27cm long with a brass nozzle that stands out to direct a flame onto the work area. The body is made from a solid plastic. Areas of ‘manual use’ are picked out in red – like the piezo switch. The handle itself is large enough to fit a large gloved hand. It has some grippy checkering and finger grips and the piezo switch is placed where it can be flicked by a thumb. Just behind the switch is the adjustment wheel marked with a clear + and – to indicate on and off for the gas.
The instructions and safety guidance provided with both torches are clear and explicit on how to use the torches safely, how to mount the gas canister and how to deal with some of the safety issues that might occur. The simple line diagrams are clear and referred to in the text so users can ensure they are doing the right thing.
Using the torch does not need a degree in engineering – all controls work easily.
The first time it took a matter of minutes to get it going. The click-on plastic base is wide enough to provide a very stable stand for the torch. And it can be removed when the gas canister needs to be replaced. With the wheel valve in the closed position, the gas canister is screwed on slightly more than finger tight until it is sealed against the O-ring on the valve assembly. Then open the valve wheel and flick the piezo switch until the flame is lit. Once the flame has stabilised, use the valve wheel to get the sort of flame you need for the job in hand. Plumbers will be happy to know that this torch can be used in a full 360 degrees once the flame has been stabilised.
The HYPERTORCH A3000 PZ has a bigger (and therefore longer-lasting) gas canister and the long slim shape helps reach into spots where the A2000 cannot. Again, the plastic base means that it can be put down safely.
The torch head is solid plastic with working parts picked out in red and the piezo switch doubles as the gas valve – making one handed use a possibility. Ergonomically shaped bulges and bumps allow the user to hold the nozzle onto the work area while keeping fingers clear of the heat. There is also a loop stand to hold the torch flat. It could also be a hanging hook for the back of a van.
It takes minutes to get this torch operational with a flame adjusted for work. It too can work in 360 degrees so the user can get the best angle to work.
Campingaz offers these professional torches with a limited 2-year guarantee, and from my experience of them they will withstand the bumps of a worksite.
- Easy to handle
- Full 360 degree burn
- Cartridges easily available
- Enough heat for trade use
- Base stabiliser included