A powerful iron, but the JML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless is fiddly to use and not very powerful in cordless mode.
- Review Price: £35.99
- Ceramic Soleplate
- Vertical steam
- Can be used free-flight and corded
What is the JML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron?
Describing itself as the “gold standard in cordless ironing”, theJML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron is a powerful corded model that can be used as a cordless model. It has a ceramic soleplate with precision tip, a 162g steam burst, and you can also refresh clothes and fabrics by steaming them vertically.
JML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron – Design and features
The Phoenix Gold FreeFlight comprises two parts: a base and a cordless iron. Once the iron has reached the correct temperature, it’s possible to take it off the base and use it without a cord, just returning it to top up the heat. You can also lock the iron on to the base by using the base-lock switch found on the rear of the base, using the two together as a heavy corded iron, if you wish.
The base has a blue, automatic shut-off light curving round the back of it that blinks if the iron has been idling face-down for 30 seconds; if no action is taken, the iron goes into sleep mode. It also does this if the iron is upright on its base, doing nothing, for 30 minutes.
The light on the base also comes on when you switch the iron on, and then a narrow orange temperature indicator light on the body of the iron glows until the soleplate has reached the required temperature – at which point it clicks off. It does this every time you return the iron to the base to heat up after it’s been in FreeFlight mode.
The Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron has a slightly pinched-in point for going round buttons, a spray nozzle above it that’s operated by a variable spray button further back along the top of the iron, and a steam selector on top of the handle that clicks left and right. On the underside of the handle is a steam-blast trigger, and on the main body of the iron is a self-cleaning button and a variable temperature control dial.
The iron needs to be cleaned every 10-15 days. To do this, fill up the tank to the”‘max” level and set the steam selector to “off”. Then you stand the iron on its base and turn the temperature control dial to “max”, allowing the iron to heat for two minutes. Next, unplug the iron, remove it from the base, and hold it horizontally over a sink, pressing the self-cleaning button repeatedly for a minute to force steam and water through the soleplate to clear any deposits. You repeat this procedure in hard water areas. When the iron has cooled, turn it on at the mains and allow it to heat for two minutes to dry out any residual water inside the steam chamber.
JML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron – Handling and performance
Although the 370ml capacity tank is a selling point for the Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron, you can’t actually use the last 70ml; once you’ve poured in 300ml, the water has reached the “max” mark. The tank is also tinted such a dark charcoal colour that it’s almost impossible to see the water level, even in daylight. I had to use a torch to check it, which was annoying. Its 370ml tank uses 50/50 tap water and distilled, or de-mineralized water – aka “de-ionised” – in hard-water areas.
If you’re ironing something delicate and fussy, such as a complex ruffled shirt or dress, then the ability to do so without a power lead getting in the way might be a plus. Otherwise, it’s hard to make a case for having a FreeFlight iron. Most power leads are long enough and you’re likely to be ironing only on the finite area of an ironing board.
As for steaming clothes on hangers, or taking the folds out of curtains, those are definitely situations where an iron without a cord would be useful – but they both require quite a lot of steam and heat. Using an infrared thermometer, I measured the heat of the Phoenix Gold FreeFlight soleplate immediately after taking it off the base, and a minute later. The iron cooled quickly.
On a synthetic setting it started off at 95ºC, but soon fell to 65ºC. On a medium wool setting it started out 152ºC, then fell to 97ºC. On the hottest cotton setting it started out 175ºC but was soon almost half that at 90ºC – which meant it was far too cool to pump out steam. So if you were having to walk any distance to steam clothes, by the time you got there it would be too late.
The Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron did a good job on delicates, woollens and cottons, and the tip manoeuvred well around buttons. The water spray was good, and you could press it slowly for a dense, heavy spray that visibly spattered on a cotton sheet, or fast for an almost invisible vapour, which was excellent.
The 162g steam shot is a soft “whumph”, with a slight feeling that the soleplate is levitating, which is enjoyable. It’s oddly designed, though, because if you’re ironing a fabric that requires a lot of steam – a sheet, for example – then you’ll obviously have the steam selector at “on”; but you can only get a satisfying steam shot if you click the steam selector to “off” before pressing the steam blast trigger. As such, you’ll have to keep switching the steam selector on and off as you work.
With 48g/min of continuous steam, the Phoenix Gold FreeFlight was nice and steamy. At top heat, with the steam selector on, it needed refilling after 33 minutes. To get sheets super-crisp and press any wrinkles out of dry linen, I found I had to use the iron with the base clipped to it. The makers advise doing this for tough jobs, to impressive effect – but it felt a little peculiar. I had the unnerving feeling I was doing something I shouldn’t, and it was clunky.
The Phoenix Gold FreeFlight didn’t manage to get all the crinkles out of bone-dry heavy linen, but that’s a difficult challenge, and I didn’t really expect it to. However, it produced nice results on fabrics that were slightly damp, and ironed well through four layers of a folded sheet.
Why buy the JML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron?
The Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless Iron is a solid iron with some very useful features – such as the ability to automatically shut off after 30 seconds of being horizontal. The variable water spray is a good touch, too. It’s also nice and steamy with a steam shot.
However, the dark water tank and the need to keep flicking the steam selector back and forth to get both steam and a steam shot is irritating. I wasn’t convinced by the FreeFlight option, and using it with the base clicked on felt peculiar. There are better standard options in ourBest iron roundup.
A powerful iron, but the JML Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Cordless is fiddly to use and not very powerful in cordless mode.
Get the gold standard in clothes care with the astonishing Phoenix Gold ceramic steam iron from JML. The Phoenix Gold Iron provides gold standard care for your clothes.What happened to Phoenix Steel? ›
As of 2012, the Phoenix Steel site is empty. Most of its buildings were dismantled. Only the old foundry and company office buildings remain from the once-sprawling complex; both have been restored and put to other uses.Who owns Phoenix Gold? ›
Since 1988, Phoenix Gold Mine has been family owned and operated. The Mosch family is "the oldest continuous mining family in the state" of Colorado. Phoenix Gold Mine has been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel. Idaho Springs, Colorado.What is a cordless iron? ›
Firstly, cordless irons are not totally cordless. Instead of a cord connecting directly to the iron, the iron sits on a plug-in charging base. The base heats the iron to the proper temperature you've selected for your fabric and can then be removed for a cordless ironing experience.Can you leave an iron plugged in? ›
Do not leave the iron unattended when using it, especially if there are children or animals around. Check the unit for signs of wear, such as broken cables, before use. Let the heating surface cool down well before storing the iron.Do you have to charge a cordless iron? ›
Cordless irons: Cons
You need to continually place the iron back on the base to recharge. How often you do this depends on the setting you're using and the material you're ironing. But, the hotter the setting, the more often it will be.
A cordless iron offers numerous advantages, including the ability to quickly iron clothes without any hassle. Its user-friendly cordless design, make it easy to handle. And when it comes to post-ironing cleanup, storing the iron is a breeze - just put it in its case.What do symbols on an iron mean? ›
Dots inside the icon tell you which heat setting to use: one dot inside the iron icon means you need to use a low heat setting, two dots means you should use a medium heat setting and three dots indicates a high heat setting (usually suitable for cotton or linen fabrics).
Ironing is what you do when you want to get the wrinkles out of something that has already been made, such as a shirt or a tablecloth. When you iron, you press down with the iron onto the fabric and move it slowly back and forth until the wrinkles are gone.What is the red button on iron? ›
Red button is for turning "on" for regular heat up to temp. Numbers along ring above set temperature - higher numbers - hotter temp.
First you must burn charcoal, when the coals are hot, place some inside this iron, shake out the ashes, latch the top so the coals don't fly out while you are using it, and press the iron firmly over your clothing laid on a table. You must monitor the temperature, too much coals and your clothes could burn.How do you use the hot iron symbol? ›
High temperature – Three dots inside the iron symbol means it's okay to iron the item at a heat setting of up to 200 degree Celsius. Medium heat – Two dots inside the iron means it's fine to iron your clothing item at temperatures up to 150 degrees Celsius.Can you put cast iron directly on charcoal? ›
Everything a cast-iron skillet can do on the stove or in the oven, it can do just as well on the coals.Does heat activate charcoal? ›
The charcoal is “activated” when it's heated to a very high temperature. This changes its structure. Heating gives the fine carbon powder a larger surface area, which makes it more porous.Does activated charcoal work on iron? ›
The ability to prevent iron absorption from the digestive tract is limited. Although activated charcoal (AC) alone does not absorb iron, the oral administration of deferoxamine (DFO) and AC has been shown to reduce iron absorption in human volunteers.Why is my iron not heating up? ›
Once you plug in your iron and adjust the temperature, the thermostat indicator should light up. If the light doesn't come on and the iron doesn't heat up after a few minutes, the heating element might have burnt out. In most cases, it's not worth fixing the appliance.How do you Unwrinkle clothes in a hotel room? ›
- 1 – Pack a Travel Steamer. ...
- 2 – Use a De-Wrinkling Spray. ...
- 3 – Try the 'Shower Steam' Technique. ...
- 4 – Hang Your Clothes on Arrival. ...
- 5 – Use a Damp Towel. ...
- 6 – Use a Hair Straightener for Collars and Cuffs.
So, if your hotel room lacks an iron, instead of asking for one at the front desk, why not just hang your creased clothes in the shower? Just turn the heat up and let the hot steam fill the room – this will help your clothes release any annoying creases. Afterwards, your clothes might be a little damp from the steam.How do you use iron for the first time? ›
What do I do before using my iron for the first time? Before using iron for the first time, install the anti-scale cartridge and clean the water tank and the steam holes. It is normal to smell a mild odour or see some white residue coming from the soleplate holes during this process.What are the symbols on my iron? ›
- An iron with an X means the garment should not be ironed because it may cause damage.
- An iron with one dot requires the garment be pressed at a low temperature. ...
- An iron with two dots signals a medium temperature use.
On most irons there is a little wheel that you can spin and it allows you to change the temperature of the iron. An iron's temperature gauge usually ranges from 110℃ to 230℃ in most cases, and the temperature may also appear in Fahrenheit (230℉ to 446℉).