I purchased a water torch on ebay about a year ago and replaced my
acetylene/air torch set up in my condo with it for safety reasons.
So far, it’s been great and I’ve had no issues soldering with it,
other than melting a few pieces in the beginning when I was getting
adjusted to the high heat! I use it primarily for creating pendants,
bezel settings, earrings and rings, but have even made the
occasional cuff bracelet with no problems. It definitely takes a
little getting used to as it offers a higher heat, but much, much
smaller torch tips so it’s a more localized heat. It would depend on
what you are working with, but for smaller projects it’s very quick
and efficient. I’ve found that with this torch, the surfaces I
solder on (heat sink block vs. heat reflective) make a huge
difference as well as far as the success rate of soldering different
I should also mention that I primarily work with sterling silver and
fine silver, and am not sure of how this torch would handle gold or
other alternative metals, though I have done a very small amount of
gold-fill wire soldering and it’s been fine.
One compartment, the one in the main body, is for the electrolyte
solution and distilled water, and the other (the cell) takes a small
amount of denatured alcohol and distilled water. Apparantly you can
also add boric acid (for flux purposes) into the cell, but I have
yet to try this and have just been fluxing my pieces instead.
If you have specific questions, feel free to ask as I am happy to
answer here or offline.