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DeWalt DCE530B Heat Gun Review

Editor Rating: 4.5/5

Outstanding

DeWalt DCE530B

Reviewed by: Sean Masri

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020 @ 8:04 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Cordless, compact, and with 21st century aesthetics — the DeWalt DCE530B is an all-around heat gun for those users who need a machine that can cope with everything, from paint stripping to heat shrinking wire tubing.

Powered by a 20-volt battery — this unit allows you to access areas otherwise off limits to traditional hot air tools. Furthermore, should you be operating in dark or dimly lit environments — this machine boasts an LED illuminator light.

Cranking out two temperatures, 500 and 990 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat gun arrives complete with two additional nozzles, and possesses a lock-on trigger for hands-free operation.

This unit comes from the stable of the tool behemoths, DeWalt — a US-based company with nearly 100 years of experience in power tools. Now part of Black & Decker — its products are synonymous with quality, and the choice of construction professionals worldwide.

Pros:

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Dual temperature — 500 and 990 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Battery powered.
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Ideal for mechanics, plumbers, and serious DIYers.
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Blow speed of 6.7 cubic feet per minute.
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Complete with two additional nozzles.
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Ergonomic handle.
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LED light.

Cons:

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Restrictive temperature range.
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Not suitable for long projects — unless you have numerous batteries.
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Battery not included.

DeWalt DCE530B Features


For a relatively small unit, DeWalt has packed a powerful array of functions into this heat gun.

Here are the key features:

Dual Temperature


You can select between 500 or 990 degrees Fahrenheit output, via the top-mounted slide switch — giving you the choice between HIGH and LOW. This robust and tactile switch is easy to manipulate — making it ideal for use when wearing gloves or for those with little dexterity.

Hence, for jobs requiring gentle heat application, such as forming foam, select LOW — for more intense temperature requirements, like stripping paint — click onto HIGH.

Cordless


You don’t need to be a prisoner to power with the DeWalt gun DCE530B.

Unlike many units — this machine is cordless, powered by a rechargeable 20-volt lithium-ion battery. This gives you the freedom to cast aside the cable and work in environments where there’s no mains access.

Furthermore, this release from cord shackles means you don’t need to string together dangerous numbers of extension cables — thus reducing the risk of entanglement. Additionally, it also enables you to work in restricted areas — where mains power cords would otherwise be preventative to completing your project.

One charge of the Li-ion battery should allow for 42 minutes of continuous use. So — if you’re completing a lengthy job — I recommend that you have a couple of spare batteries on standby.

This cordless heat gun uses the standard DeWalt Max XR power pack — used by the majority of this brand’s tools. If you’re already a DeWalt fan — you’ll probably have some of these cells in your workshop. Bear in mind, the DCE530B does not arrive complete with a powerpack.

Trigger Operation


When you’ve been to the grocery store in your car, you don’t leave the engine running while you remove your purchases from the trunk and then let it continually tick over until you go to pick up little Jimmy from school later in the day.

It just wastes fuel.

Hence, I welcome the innovative power-saving and safety feature of this DeWalt heat gun — the trigger operation. The unit only emits hot air while you squeeze it — meaning it’s not running constantly — needlessly draining your power cell.

However, if you do require non-stop heat — you can ‘lock-off’ the trigger, enabling it to deliver continuous hot air.

Hands-Free Use


I tend to consider DIY a particularly enjoyable solo pursuit.

It’s me time — allowing me to be alone with my tool in my hand — ready to work hard. It’s not exactly a group experience.

While this has its benefits — it can mean some projects are a challenge with a heat gun. Jobs such as bending plastics require you to have two hands to manipulate the material — meaning holding the heat gun is impossible.

However, it’s reassuring to see that the DCE530B has a hands-free feature. Simply turn the unit on its end and its flat rear and battery provide a stable base — allowing it to point upwards. In this position, it delivers a vertical stream of hot air — giving you two free hands to wield and mold your material above this plume.

Naturally, in this position, you will use the unit’s ‘trigger-lock’ facility to ensure a continual heat blast.

Compact Design


The DeWalt gun DCE530B has a stubby head — measuring just 6.6 inches — much smaller than many of its competitors.

Hence, if you’re working in restricted environments, such as beneath floorboards, under sinks, or in engine bays — you’re able to reach areas others cannot access.

Nozzles


This machine includes two nozzles — one flat and one hook — enabling you to choose the perfect heat distribution for your current project.

Furthermore, even though this is a compact heat gun, the integrated nozzle is of regular size — meaning that the majority of DeWalt and standard third-party nozzles are also compatible.

LED Illumination


As restricted areas are often without light — the LED function on this heat gun may appeal. Allowing clearer visuals — it means your work will be more accurate and less haphazard than without.

Social Proof


For me, the DCE530B is a highly versatile tool that will suit the keen DIYer, plumber, or mechanic, where cordless freedom is a requirement.

But is it a shower and not a go-er?

To find out, I donned my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker and investigated what industry experts, home DIYers, and professionals thought of this heat gun.

The responses were highly positive. Users remarked on its impressive power output for a battery model, useful trigger-lock function, and LED illumination. Admittedly, some guys indicated that it wasn’t suitable for extended use — unless you have backup power cells. But then, that’s the case with the entire cordless tool world.

But, don’t just take my word for it — check out the reviews for yourself:

Alternative to DeWalt DCE530B


In my opinion, the DeWalt heat gun DCE530B is a hot air tool particularly suited to those confined and low-light areas.

However, if the features of this unit aren’t turning you on, consider some other worthy examples:

Milwaukee 2688-20


Like the DeWalt, this heat gun provides a cordless answer to hot air requirements and at a similar price point.

However, it differs in that it has a smaller head — allowing for use in even tighter spaces — and heats up faster than the DeWalt.

  • One temperature setting, the DeWalt has two.
  • Also includes an LED illuminator.
  • Has no additional nozzles, unlike the DeWalt.

Wagner HT1000


Similar to the DeWalt, this machine has a dual temperature setting — but runs off mains power instead of a battery.

Aimed at the casual DIYer, it’s budget friendly and boasts a useful integrated hook for storage — which the DeWalt lacks. While practical, it forgoes the ultra-modern aesthetics of the DeWalt — which may not appeal to the image-conscious tool wielder.

  • Higher operating temperature than the DeWalt, at 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lighter on the wallet than the DeWalt.
  • A three-inch longer head than the DeWalt means it’s less practical in confined areas.

Porter Cable PC1500HG


If you consider the two temperature settings of the DeWalt restrictive — consider this multi-heat machine.

An easy-to-use dial provides a power range of 120-1150 degrees Fahrenheit — meaning that the Porter Cable is suitable for a greater degree of applications than the DeWalt. Although, being mains-powered, it lacks the freedom of the cordless model.

  • Easier on the bank balance than the DeWalt.
  • It’s large — a 10-inch head, compared to the DeWalt’s 6.6 inches.
  • No additional accessories, unlike the DeWalt model.

Conclusion


If you work in tight spaces and find being tethered to the wall frustrating, I feel this heat gun could be the solution.

Working off a powerful 20-volt battery — this machine releases you from the constraints of a mains cable, while still delivering temperatures up to 990 degrees Fahrenheit.

A handy trigger-lock delivers hands-free use, while the LED light allows you to wield this unit, even in low-light conditions.

Although perhaps designed more for those looking for specific application use — such as working in engine bays or low-light conditions — it can still function as a handy general-purpose DIY unit.

Overall, the DeWalt DCE530B is a reliable, modern-looking, and freedom-boosting machine that can really take the heat.

DeWalt DCE530B Heat Gun FAQ

Can You Use any DeWalt Battery With the DCE530B?

This heat gun works with all DeWalt 20-volt rechargeable batteries, including the 20V Max and 20V XR models.

Will the DeWalt Heat Gun Work on Car Decals?

Yes. The DCE530B will help to remove car decals by loosening the adhesive. Ensure you have the unit on the low setting, though, to prevent any damage to paintwork.

How Much Does the DCE530B Cost?

The DeWalt cordless heat gun is a seriously feature-packed machine that’s competitively priced against comparative models To see the current cost, click here.

DeWalt D26950 Hot Air Gun Uses?

Featuring dual temperatures, the DeWalt cordless DCE530B is suitable for a cornucopia of applications, including:

  • Desoldering pipes.
  • Shrinking wire cases.
  • Desoldering circuit boards.
  • Stripping paint.
  • Removing laminate.
  • Stripping varnish.
  • Heat applications in confined areas.
  • Vinyl wrapping.
Q: DeWalt DCE530B vs DeWalt D26960K?

The D26960K is a mains-powered unit, compared to the cordless DCE530B.

Furthermore, the Dewalt D26960K is a heavy-duty machine that’s designed for intense and lengthy projects. It comes complete with seven nozzles, two scrapers, and a hard carry case.

Q: What Is the Temperature of the DeWalt Cordless Heat Gun DCE530B?

This machine is a dual temperature unit. Via a HIGH and LOW switch, you can choose either a 500-degree or 990-degree Fahrenheit setting.

Q: How Long Does the Battery Last on the DeWalt Heat Gun DCE530B?

One charge should provide around 42 minutes of use. So, if you’re working on a large project — it’s advisable to have some batteries on standby.

Q: Is the DeWalt Gun DCE530B Heavy?

The DeWalt cordless heat gun weighs 1.64 pounds. Naturally, as it houses a rechargeable battery, it’s not as lightweight as some mains-powered models.

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