Razertip P80 Wood Burner Review
The Razertip P80 is a revolutionary wood burning machine with a digital interface so it’s time to go over what this machine can do. One of the coolest features is the digital memory button and how easy it is to switch tips. In this video, I cover the new digital interface, heat retention, tip selection, ease of switching tips, quickness of heating and cooling, costs and overall pros and cons. Join me!!
Criteria for review:
- General Features
- Heat Retention
- Tip Selection
- Ease of Switching tips
- Quickness of heating and cooling
- Stand Out Perks
Before we get started, I want to make sure this is clear. I’m not being paid to say any of these things. These are 100% my thoughts and opinions. The main thing our followers ask is “what equipment should I use?” For years, I stuck with one burner, so for the sake of giving my audience the best possible info, I decided to branch out and test other options.
I reached out to several wood burning manufacturers and asked if we could test there burner and review it. I was honest with them and told them that I would give an 100% honest review. I want my audience to have the best knowledge possible and I want them to know what to expect. Most of the manufacturers responded excitedly and gladly sent me a burner to test and review. the Razertip P80 is one of those, so let’s dive into the criteria.
First, I want to explain the criteria in which I’ll be reviewing this tool and others similar to it. I’m going to be doing a series of reviews and I want to keep the criteria similar so they are comparable. General Features (which won’t be judged, just explained) Heat Retention, Tip Selection, Ease of switching tips, quickness of heating and cooling, cost, and stand out perks that this tool has.
The stand out perks category is a chance for me to explain a feature or two a tool has that the others don’t. It’s my experience that each one of these tools and companies offer something the others don’t and they need to be mentioned. All of these tools perform similarly and very well, so in most cases of deciding which one to purchase it comes down to personal preference and expectations and these stand out perks have a lot to do with those personal choices.
The Razertip P80 is a smaller unit, which I really like. It may seem like a small thing, but when your desk is covered with wood burning materials, it’s nice to have a unit that doesn’t take up much space.
The burner wand’s cord connection is located in the front and there are two small clips on both sides to hold the wand in place when you’re not using it. The connection cord comes with the kit. The P80 comes with one cord/pen hookup, but it offers an expansion option. The right side wall of the unit comes off and you can connect a second unit, with a second pen. The second unit and second pen have to be purchased separately, but it’s such a unique feature. I really like the idea of purchasing a single unit, then adding on later if you decide you want to have two pens. The instruction manual in the kit explains how the expansion works if you wish to upgrade in the future.
The on/off switch and power connection is located on the back of the unit. There is also a fan on the back that helps keep the unit cool. You can hear it turn on when the unit is in use, but it’s pretty quiet. You wouldn’t know it was there unless you were listening for it.
The digital interface. You can program your heat degrees digitally with the Razertip P80. 100 degrees it the minimum and 800 is the maximum. The interface lets you set your desired degree by manually entering it, or you can increase/decrease the heat using the plus and minus button (increments of 15 degrees) on the screen.
There is also a memory button and a sound button located on the interface. The memory button lets you set two degrees and quickly switch back and forth between the two. For example, if you wanted to burn an image that need high heat and low heat, you would manually enter 300, then set it. Then you would enter a high heat degree like 700 and set it. Then you’d be able to quickly switch between each degree, 300 and 700, by just pushing the memory button. It’s a handy feature that lets you quickly go back and forth without having to manually enter several numbers over and over.
The sound button simply mutes all of the button sounds. I took full advantage of this feature. Every time you press a button there is an indicator sound and it gets kind of annoying after a while. It’s nice that Razertip added in the option to turn it off.
Safety Features. Most wood burning machines have a similar toggle switch located somewhere on the outside of the unit and start to heat up the second you turn on the switch. The Razertip P80 has the same type of toggle switch, however, the burner wand doesn’t start to heat when you switch it on. This is unique to this unit. When you turn the power switch to the on position, it only turns the digital interface on. In order to turn on your pen, you have to touch the green power button on the interface.
Razertip added two indicator lights on the unit to let you know when the machine’s wand is hot and ready to burn and when it’s not. On the digital interface screen, there is a huge green power button. When you touch the button, it turns on the power to the wand, and then the button becomes red, letting you know heat is flowing to the wand.
There is a second indicator light on the front of the unit. The clear plastic piece surrounding the cord connection is actually a light. When you activate heat to the pen, this indicator light turns blue. I really appreciated this extra detail. Because there are two buttons to push in order to get heat to the pen, it’s nice to have easy-to-see lights that let you know when the pen is hot and when it’s not.
HOT PEN = Red Power Light on the interface and a blue indicator light on the front
COLD PEN = Green Power Light on the interface and no light on the front
Let’s talk about heat retention!
Razertip is known for its high quality in the wood burning industry, so it’s not a surprise that this machine retains heat really well. Anytime you touch the tip to the wood, you’re going to lose heat a little. I have yet to find a burner that contradicts that. But what I look for in these reviews is if the heat retention performs less than average, and Razertip holds its heat retention right up there with the best of the burners to be found.
The only time I lost heat was when I burned for long, long periods of time. The wand would start to lose heat after extended burn times. My normal range of burning with this machine was in the 500 – 600 range and then I would increase it to 700 or 800 when the heat would begin to decrease.
Overall, I didn’t have keeping a solid flow of heat to the pen. There wasn’t one art piece that I had trouble burning while using this unit.
Razertip has a good selection of tips. When I reached out to Razertip for the this review, they sent me a collection of their most popular tips, so the tips in this review don’t necessarily come in a kit. They can all be purchased individually or you can buy a kit and add this to it.
What I love about the Razertip pen is the size. Of all the wands I’ve tried from other brands, the Razertip wand feels most like a pen or pencil. It actually makes me feel like I’m drawing. I know that’s an important feature for a lot of burners out there. The bulkier thicker wands from other brands feel a little more cumbersome and people want to feel like they are holding a pencil. It gives you more control over the action of burning. It’s a nice touch.
Ease of Switching Tips
Switching the wands on The Razertip P80 is the easier tip switch I’ve tried. All you have to do is pull the wand off of the cord, and then add a different one. It’s the easiest tip switch I’ve tried so far. Super easy.
Quickness of Heating and Cooling
It only takes seconds for the tip to reach the heat setting you entered in. And when I say seconds, I mean like 4 – 5 seconds and the tip is ready to go.
It takes a little bit longer to cool, but not by much. I counted around 20 seconds from the time I turned off the heat and the tip was no longer making burn marks on the wood. And because the tip switch is so easy, you don’t have to wait to put on another wand.
The Razertip P80 may be the most expensive burner on the market. I haven’t encountered another unit that is in the same price range. The P80 base unit, which means, there are no tips or wands, it’s only the unit itself, costs $360 on the Razertip website.
The highest package is the P80 unit with wands and a tip cleaner is $527.45. In the package there are 2 Interchangeable pens, 5 ball tips, a spear pen, a shader pen and assorted tip wire. There’s a lot in this kit.
There are also a lot of options between that $360 – $527 range. There are a few kits to choose from with different options. You can find all that info on the Razertip website.
Pros and Cons
The Razertip P80 is the only digital interface wood burning unit on the market that I know of. Razertip is also a very well established brand that produces high quality machines. If you invest in this brand, they will be around for a while and continue to supply you with wood burning accessories.
- Extra Digital Features
- Small Pen like Wands and Tips
- Established Trusted Brand
- High Quality Machine
- Good Heat Retention
- Easy to Change Wands
- Expansion Options
- Fully Regulated, Stabilized Power Supply
- Safety Certified with the ETL C/US