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Old 02-16-2012, 03:26 PM #1
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Hello...

My cheap eBay soldering iron bought for $4 broke down on me after the first solder job. I need a new one but I don't have a lot of money, the soldering irons here in Sweden are only stations starting $199. LIDL had one for $20, but they have stopped selling them in Sweden. (And they were pro stations aswell with tips and all included!)

So I'm wondering if someone can sell me a old one still working or maybe buy one of a store near you and sell it to me? I don't have a lot of money to invest into it. A normal soldering iron pen style would be OK.


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If you find one you like. I'd gladly ship it out to you. However I don't have any old ones I could give you.
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Lol, not again. Avoid the cheap irons. Buy a decent one and have a lifetime joy.
20-30 euro is pretty decent. You don't need 200 euro irons for the professionals.
Are there no electronic webshop in Sweden ?

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What electrical do you use? 60hz 120v?
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In Europe all electrical equipment use AC 230V 50Hz.

I ask €10 for the soldering iron but the shipping is already €12,45 from Belgium.
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I just bought a BernzOmatic Butane Soldering Iron for $20 from home Depot.
I needed to do some light soldiering on my car stereo, and didn't want to buy a bunch of extension cords to get my iron station down to the car.

Its the best iron i have ever used!

the temp control is Perfect for small jobs and its portable NO ELECTRICITY NEEDED Plus with as many smokers as there are in the world I know the butane lighter refills are everywhere.

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I've been using a cheap ($40) temperature controlled 50W soldering station I bought off of Amazon for years now. I'd never go back to a fixed temperature iron. Small chisel tip ftw, btw. You'll never be able to solder quickly with low heat stress with the pointed tips irons come with.
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I've been using a cheap ($40) temperature controlled 50W soldering station I bought off of Amazon for years now. I'd never go back to a fixed temperature iron. Small chisel tip ftw, btw. You'll never be able to solder quickly with low heat stress with the pointed tips irons come with.
I thought chisel meant "sillicon" in english as in sillicon valley. Guess I'm wrong.

Well, I found out that a store named BILTEMA here sells them for $10. And you also get a stand, sponge, tip cleaner and five different tips. Cheap.
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You can find cheap soldering irons and stations in Kjell o co., Biltema, ClasOhlsons, Jula, and probably in several other places:
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I have this one, it's pretty good. I had one just like it a long while ago that died on me, but I think it was because I was turning it on at high heat, which caused too much stress on the heater. Now I always start on low heat, and bring it up to higher after a few minutes of warming up. It is very good for the price anyway.
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You'll spend more by going cheap and then learning your lesson and then buying the tools you really want--and get to suffer using the crappy equipment in the mean time that breaks your projects. Save up and buy something decent. You won't regret it.
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I just bought a BernzOmatic Butane Soldering Iron for $20 from home Depot.
I needed to do some light soldiering on my car stereo, and didn't want to buy a bunch of extension cords to get my iron station down to the car.

Its the best iron i have ever used!

the temp control is Perfect for small jobs and its portable NO ELECTRICITY NEEDED Plus with as many smokers as there are in the world I know the butane lighter refills are everywhere.

I really recommend this thing if you can find one!

These are usually not recommended for soldering diodes to drivers. The temps can fluctuate enough to fry a diode. So always use caution.
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Thank you all for your responses! I just bought a soldering iron and it works perfectly! Thanks everybody!
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For all else wondering I bougt a weller soldering station model # WESD51 a while back and it absolutely rocks. Worth every penny, that thing will solder pretty much anything.

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