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Old 11-03-2009, 05:44 PM #1
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Default Good soldering iron

Can someone help me find a good temperature controlled soldering iron please.

I don't need something too powerful. Or something too expensive either.

Must be less than $75 shipped to canada.

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Default Re: Good soldering iron

i dont know what plugs and volt they use in canada but at dx they sell some cheap adjustable irons .. although i dont know how good or bad they work and last.

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or try some local stores if you already havent.

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I have this one from sears you can get a lot of tips easily, its a weller and its only 50 bucks

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I use this one, adjustable temperature is very nice, comes with a base and spot to put a sponge, and its really cheap. I've put probably 1000 hours into mine and it still works great. I'm on my 3rd tip and like 5th sponge.

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I bought one of the micro chisel tips for it as well, they're cheap and it helps a ton for SMD soldering if you plan on doing any of that.

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Any idea where I can get a cheap device to hold parts as I solder them.

Some "extra hands" would be useful lol.
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I could totally use some of those "third hand devices" too. I wonder if DX sells them...
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they're called "helping hands".
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I haven't done this modification below but it sounds like a great idea.
make your 'helping hands' 100x more useful for soldering / gluing small parts
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Haha, I did the exact same thing as that second link of sk8er's. It does work very nice.
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Harbor freight has helping hands for about 3.99
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Go for a weller soldering iron. They seem to be best imo.
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I agree, Weller has been making them for decades. I have one that's got to be over 15 years old, and I haven't had any troubles with it at all!

Avoid the Radioshack irons, they have unreliable temp control...
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I use this one, adjustable temperature is very nice, comes with a base and spot to put a sponge, and its really cheap. I've put probably 1000 hours into mine and it still works great. I'm on my 3rd tip and like 5th sponge.

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I bought one of the micro chisel tips for it as well, they're cheap and it helps a ton for SMD soldering if you plan on doing any of that.

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Man that's a really cheap solder station! Are you sure this is a good choice to solder laser components?
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Don't mess around with them crappy cheap irons if I was going to buy a new iron I would probly get this one for the price it has a lot of real good features.
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That is one cool station! hey flaminpyro, you think that it would be a good deal? I have a cheap soldering iron which nearly killed my flexdrive, that's why I am searching for a professional station! More info would be appreciated! Thanks
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That is the one I would buy and I solder on thousands of dollars worth of diodes a year. the replacement tips are ony $3.50 and there is a shit pot full of em to choose from, the iron is ESD safe, it has led indacators to let you know what mode it's in, and it's temp controled not a silly little twistie knob that YOU have to guess at, YEP I might even get it now as a back-up as my weller I'm using now is about 25 years old and I just don't know how much longer it will last.

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That is the one I would buy and I solder on thousands of dollars worth of diodes a year. the replacement tips are ony $3.50 and there is a shit pot full of em to choose from, the iron is ESD safe, it has led indacators to let you know what mode it's in, and it's temp controled not a silly little twistie knob that YOU have to guess at, YEP I might even get it now as a back-up as my weller I'm using now is about 25 years old and I just don't know how much longer it will last.

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