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What soldering iron are you using?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by CantSitStill, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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    CantSitStill

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    I need to upgrade from my cheapy cheap Radio Shack 25w soldering iron.
    It just doesn't heat up fast enough, or maybe even enough in general.

    What are you using, or even better, what do you think I should buy?
    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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    SnowroxKT

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    I bought the cheapest, 2 part soldering iron from the local electrical shop. Will try to grab a link... Wish I bought the auto temp ones I have used for ~80-150 though... Mine was ~40.

    Mine is this one, works good but have to adjust the temp every now and then, not the biggest deal but a pain.

    http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100-40-Watt-Soldering-Station/dp/B000AS28UC

    Have used this type before and wish I would have bought this... Used for many projects, from small projects to large stuff
    http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000ARU9PO/ref=pd_cp_hi_0
     
  3. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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    Most of the places I've worked have had Edsyn irons. They seem to be pretty good quality. I've got an adjustable Tenma that I've had for about 10 years or so. It was cheaper than a weller or hakko and has been pretty good.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    very, very stock.
    have you tried a new tip? i have the same one you do and that did the trick for me.
     
  5. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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    Maybe I should try this first!!! Back to the Shack
     
  6. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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    haha i like to start cheap and if that doesnt work then get a new one!
     
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    So, I got a new tip at Radio Shack but I haven't tried it yet since I decided to further my education and bought an electronics learning lab. Just built a circuit to make an LED flash. Now I just need to figure out why it flashes. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1334103911.913339.jpg

    I feel like a little kid!
     
  9. Apr 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM
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    Those soldering stations are pretty cool. That may be the way I go if this new tip doesn't work. I'm all for buying more tool than you need right now and growing into it.
     
  10. Apr 11, 2012 at 5:27 AM
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    A good iron will make a big difference in the quality of solder joints. I've had a couple real cheap ones (one from Radio Shack) and they just aren't very good at all when compared to a quality iron.
     
  11. Apr 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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    Capacitor charging and discharging. I think that is what I see on there.
     
  12. Apr 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM
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    i use one for the shack as well...been using the same one for 65+ clusters on tacomas and ive only kept changing out the tips
     
  13. Apr 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM
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    Hey, thanks! I'm hoping as I get further along, I learn more about the "why"
     
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    I have one of the new Cold Heat devices. Believe it or not, it works great! And it's cold to the touch in a fraction of a second after you let go of the trigger.
     
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    i use a gas soldering iron at work. made by power probe. its freakin awesome
     
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  18. Apr 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1334245173.716466.jpgHow about this?
     
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    that looks like one of the portable gas ones ;)
     
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    I cut some wires here. Added some wires there.
    Do you know which one? My dad has an older one and says it sucks. I'm desperate for anything that can improve my soldering skills. I've even been practicing by trying to put old broken led flashlights back together. Everything I touch either doesn't stick or looks like I was sweating copper pipes... before it comes loose.:mad:
     
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