The true nature of the Bosch Gluey in many ways is indicated in its form factor – compact, largely self explanatory and in a series of interesting colors. And like the Ixo line, Bosch are targeting a new tribe of DIYers with devices that deliver the durability and performance expected of the iconic German brand.
So let’s talk more about the Bosch Gluey. For one, it’s the first product ever to offer glue gun functionality in a real pen shape. Cordless for easy maneuverability, Gluey’s familiar pen shape removes the intimidating factor of using a gluing tool and encourages spontaneous everyday use.
Now the familiar shape factor, I feel, is a key USP. Most industrial devices come across as complicated and even dangerous to the untrained. Ditto for the traditional glue gun, which need to be plugged in, limiting portability with rather industrial design aesthetics.
Yet another aspect that should appeal to any DIYer, serious or hobbyist, are the included mini flue sticks. Spontaneous ideas as well as more time-consuming projects can be pursued, ranging from fixing broken toys and footwear to making creative cards or arts projects. And key to this of course are short bursts of glue, which is what Bosch have anticipated, including mini glue sticks, including transparent, colored and glitter glue.
So how does it all work? Switch on the Gluey via a button on the end of the hot glue pen and place the glue stick of your choice into the compartment in the front part of the handle. A green LED ring indicates when it is ready to use: The LED flashing means that it is heating up, when it lights up permanently, the Gluey is ready to go – it takes no more than 60 seconds. Slide out the glue sticks in place with the slider, and you are good to go. The Gluey is powered by two rechargeable batteries, and Bosch mentions up to 60 glue sticks can be processed on a battery charge.
In conclusion? The Bosch Gluey is super-handy, a smartly innovative device that DIYers at all levels will appreciate. And a creative tool that takes an interesting design approach. Much recommended!
The Bosch Gluey comes in five colors, Evergreen, Lagoon Blue, Smoky Grey, Cupcake Pink and Marshmallow, and will retail at AED 128