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Old 03-13-2009, 10:36 PM #1
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My last soldering iron commited suicide. So I need a new one.
Preffered price around 15 usd shipped. I live in Norway


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your best bet is a cheap one off ebay. i dont see the point in paying big bucks for an iron when the all burn up in the end anyway and the some of the cheap ones are just as good as the expensive ones...
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Default Re: WTB soldering iron

I disagree. I accidentally left my soldering station on over the weekend once. It has a built in "sleep mode" where it drops down to 250 degrees or so. I came back on monday and the tip wouldn't tin, I replaced the tip and have been using it to this day. It has a digital readout and always stays within 10 degrees of what I set it to. Other than the tip I fried I've been using the same tip for almost a year and it still tins instantly and evenly. Proper soldering stations are a dream to work with, the difference is night and day.

Mine is some industrial iron from a pcb manufacturing company I got used off ebay for $20, but I'm guessing it was only around $150 new. I would so totally pay full price for it again any day of the week.

I also just recently bought a metcal station from this thread: http://www.laserpointerforums.com/fo...num=1229571140
I haven't had a lot of time to play with it, but it's pretty much idiot proof, always makes perfect joints without having to set temperatures.
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;D im still on the same iron/tip combo i got over 2 years ago... with the iron i have the tip is extendable so if it does get pitted i can just extend it and smooth it down with a file or sandpaper. paid a total of 10$ shipped..
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I have an unopened soldering iron with 4 tips. Butane powered.
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My last soldering iron commited suicide. So I need a new one.
Preffered price around 15 usd shipped. I live in Norway
You get what you pay for.

I would just pony-up and get a decent soldering station for around $60.

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I personally use a 15w from radioshack. It works fine. I bought a finer tip for 3 dollars. It is well worth the money.
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Default Re: WTB soldering iron

I have one of these:

http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=15860+TL

It's a spectacular little station and is perfect for most uses. You can also buy replacement irons for like $5.

I've been meaning to wire in some kind of current meter or something, but I'm not sure what I'll do yet.
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I like the $20 propane one from Radio Shack.
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Default Re: WTB soldering iron

the 15w radio shack ones are good and cheap. Tips that come with it are ok. pseudolobster i agree with you completely i can always tell the difference between my radio shack and my more exspensive model. What kind of butanes are you guys using i had one and it sucked!

anyway get a 15w radio shack about 10 dollars here you go http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062730
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The problem with ebay, amazon and radioshack is that they don't ship to Norway, or take ridiculous shipping fees.
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