The heat gun has been a staple in the repair industry since its inception. Although it has been a vital tool, just as the repair industry has evolved, so have the tools being used to complete repairs. This evolution has brought forth the heating pad. Let’s take a look at both and you can decide, what’s hotter?
Heat guns are small, portable, and provide quick concentrated heat making quick work of opening devices and releasing parts/flex cables. This quickness however, is also its weakness. The heat it provides is concentrated, which does not always reach all areas of the adhesive holding a part in place. The concentration of heat can also lead to damage when heating an area for too long. You can maintain proper control, such as keeping the heat gun in constant motion and heating the opposite side of the component being removed.
Previously known as the bulky hot plate, this tool has evolved into a sleek heating machine. It is just as portable as a heat gun, but provides an even heating solution allowing easier, safer, release of adhered parts. This benefit minimizes the damage during home button removal (iPhone 7 anyone?), aids in opening devices with adhered screens, and makes difficult battery removal an issue of the past. The use of the heating pad also frees up a hand that would otherwise be occupied by a heat gun.
There are many factors to consider when deciding between these two tools, and what matters most is which tool you are more comfortable working with.
Let's hear from you! Do you prefer using a heat gun or heat pad?