Best TIG Torches of 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
Picking out the right TIG torch can be tricky, especially if you’re just getting into welding. There are many selections available on the market right now, and finding the right one is a bit of a chore because of that fact. That’s why we’re going to share with you the best TIG torches that you can buy in 2019, and our reviews of those TIG torches!
One thing to remember is, each TIG torch differs a little bit. Some torches are great for outdoor work, for example, and some are not. In our reviews, we’re going to make these distinctions so that you know which TIG torch would work best for your situation!
A Quick Summary of our Favorites
|CK Worldwide CK20-25||3 lbs||4.7/5|
|Blue Demon 1.3.08.07.0064 BlueArc 90STI-90||3 lbs||4.5/5|
|Weldflame WP-17FV-12R||3 lbs||4.2/5|
|CK TL26-12-RSF RG Torch Pkg 200||4 lbs||3.9/5|
5 Best TIG Torches – Reviewed 2019:
1. WeldingCity TIG Torch – Top Pick
The WP-17FV-12R is a 150A air-cooled TIG torch that has a flex-head, which enables you to take the TIG torch in and out of places easily. Also, it features an on/off gas valve that is super simple. Even if you’re a novice to welding, this is a great choice due to the simplicity of the torch.
When we evaluate a TIG torch, there are three factors we judge and consider above all else. Those factors are power, how you maneuver it, and the cooling system.
For pretty much everything, 150A is more than enough. If you intend to work on bigger projects, then you might want to consider 200A, or if you just prefer having that option.
In terms of maneuverability, the WP-17FV-12R is great, due to the 12.5/ft. rubber hose and the flexible gas valve head. We definitely had no problem moving it around.
Finally, the cooling system is quite good. This is an air-cooled torch, and this means it’s a lot easier to run then a water-powered one. But, during our tests, it did get a little hot when we used it for a prolonged period of time. This is the only flaw.
Overall, this is the best TIG torch for pipe welding – in our experience – and the best air cooled TIG torch you can buy!
- Rubber hose and flex head allows for easy movement
- More than enough power for welding
- Simple on/off gas valve
- Great for beginners
- Torch got somewhat hot during heavy use
2. CK Worldwide CK20-25 – Best Water Cooled TIG Torch
Water-cooled torches have their merits, just like air-cooled torches. One thing to consider, though, is that TIG torches that are water-cooled are often a bit tricky to use outside, due to the size and heft of the water cooling unit that must be set up. However, there are a lot of benefits to having a water-cooled TIG torch, and the biggest one is that you can use your torch for longer, without having to stop and let it cool down.
In terms of power, this is a 250A TIG torch, and it is incredibly powerful! We had no problems welding several kinds of pieces of outdoor furniture – which we welded outside, due to the size of the water cooling unit.
The head of the torch is small and you can easily manipulate it in your hand. When we used it, it felt great. Very flexible. Very portable.
Our only flaw for this one is that the water-cooling makes using this torch indoors a bit trickier. But all in all, the CK Worldwide CK20-25 is an excellent torch, and the best water-cooled one you can buy!
- Easy to maneuver the head and hold it in your hand
- Water cooling unit allows for longer use
- 250A allows for incredible power and easy welding
- Difficult to use indoors
3. Blue Demon BlueArc 90STI-90 TIG-Torch
The Blue Demon 1.3.08.07 .0064 BlueArc 90STI-90 is a 150A, air-cooled, TIG torch that is perfect for most welding tasks. Unfortunately, it isn’t in our top-two due to a slight manufacturing flaw that did affect our overall experience, and a problem with the cooling system.
First and foremost, 150A is more than enough, and while it doesn’t give you as much flexibility as torches that have, say, 200A. But, nonetheless, this is a lot of power and during our tests, we had no problems with it.
You can easily move the head of the torch around, and while it isn’t a flex head, it is small and portable. With just one hand, you can hold it and manipulate it.
Our biggest problem with this TIG torch is that the gas hose is very flimsy. While it didn’t pop off, it felt very loose. The other problem is, the air-cooling system didn’t do a very good job at cooling the torch down. It got hot very easily, so we had to constantly shut it down and wait a while. For those reasons, this isn’t in our top-two.
- Small and portable head
- Enough power for most tasks
- Easy to maneuver
- Flimsy gas hose
- Air-cooling system didn’t work very well
4. Weldflame WP-17FV-12R TIG Torches
Our number-four choice is the Weldflame WP-17FV-12R. In the WP-17FV-12R, you have 150A of power, an air-cooling system and a flex head. Overall, this isn’t, by any means, a bad TIG torch, but there are a few problems that didn’t make our experience the best.
Power is fine, we had no problems welding a few things. There was enough power to do so, and 150A really is enough for most tasks.
The flex head was easy to hold and easy to maneuver. No problems with that, and since it isn’t water cooled, you can use it outdoors and indoors with no problems.
However, we had some problems using it. You see, after welding a piece of furniture for about forty-five minutes, the flex head developed a bit of a bulge and it appeared to be melting. We were using it at 100A, and this may have been the problem. From what we could tell, you really don’t want to use this particular TIG torch above 80A or 90A, it’s really not made for that, even though it says it is. And that’s the problem. It doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to work, and we’ve heard that many other customers have had this problem as well. For that reason, we can’t highly recommend it unless you really are working on smaller welding projects, such as welding smaller pieces of furniture, for example.
- Flex head was easy to move around
- Works well for smaller projects
- You can’t use the full 150A
- Flex head started to melt
- Doesn’t work as advertised
5. CK TIG-Torch Package 200
Finally, we have the CK TL26-12-RSF RG Torch Pkg 200. This TIG torch is 200A, very rigid, doesn’t have a gas control valve, the head is very difficult to maneuver, and, overall, we can’t recommend this particular TIG torch.
Ultimately, the reasons we can’t recommend it have to do with the fact that our tests were mostly unsuccessful. We tested out small welding projects, and then bigger ones, and found that the 200A power wasn’t quite accurate. If you used it at the 100A mark, it got very hot and didn’t work very well at all, so we had to keep it at 70A, which is a significant decrease from what was advertised.
Then, we had a lot of trouble maneuvering the head, due to its heft and clunkiness. This didn’t help matters much, either, and on top of those two things, it got very hot as we used it and the air-cooling system did nothing. For those reasons, we cannot recommend the CK TL26-12-RSF RG Torch Pkg 200.
- Works somewhat well on smaller welding projects
- Doesn’t work as advertised
- Cooling system didn’t do anything
- Heavy and clunky head
In a TIG torch, we look for three things.
Power refers to the amps that the torch can utilize. More amps mean that you can perform bigger tasks, weld bigger wires, pipes and large pieces of furniture, and things of that sort. If you intend to weld bigger things, then look for “150A” and above. But, if you’re just doing smaller stuff, than 100A will be more than fine.
These days, flex heads are all the rage, and you should look to get one of them because they allow you to move the torch easily and with no strain on your hands. But, another point to consider is whether or not the cooling system is air or water – which, of course, leads to our last point of consideration.
Water cooling systems are good because they allow you to use the torch for a lot longer, without it overheating. However, water cooling systems are larger and they work best outside, where there is more room. Air-cooled systems don’t allow you to use the torch for as long, but they are more flexible. If you’re going to be working outside, water-cooled may be the way to go. But, if you like that flexibility, then air cooled is probably right for you.
From our tests, we have concluded that the WeldingCity WP-17FV-12R is the best TIG torch you can buy in 2019. We highly recommend that particular TIG torch, but more than anything else, we hope that we’ve informed you of the many options that are available, along with the specific things you should be looking for in a TIG torch, depending on your own needs and what kinds of welding projects you plan on undertaking.
Thanks for reading our reviews, and remember to focus on Power, Maneuverability, and the Cooling System in order to find the right TIG torch!
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