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I can't really speak on ESD killing diodes, I've never killed a diode from ESD. I live in the tropics, so the humidity is always too high for static electricity. However, you could just manually attach some wire to your iron and ground it.

Although, unless you have an ESD safe workstation, grounding your iron isn't really gonna help, in fact it could make it worse, since the static is usually on your body, not the iron.


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3 Three Weller D550 260 200 Watts Soldering Guns | eBay


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these three are for parts or repair. more than 300 hits on 'weller soldering gun'
tolya they sold a boatload of these..
both the ones I have work fine- and Ok for some applications but not so much for working with laser diodes.

I just found mine & its a 8200 N- not grounded plug..

here is one at Feebay

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if LL does not want it the first to PP me 15$ can have it. that seems to be about the averge shipping charge for these.

*********@benneh above -nice find-- good price +3 for posting the link

since you have one wth is this part??

well for some reason ATM I cannot add attachments to this post.
I will try again later..
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I had THIS but I've had to return it as the tip doesn't get hot at all and I have to solder with the side of the metal. Even when I did that I still had to hold it there for about 5 seconds before the solder melted.
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I am so glad you made this thread! I have narrowed my soldering iron down to the Weller WES51 a couple days ago for $84 I Really wanted the WESD51 but all the reviews on seem to say that its only $50 more for the digital display (Analog works for me! ) I got the Amazon 2 day shipping "wooohoo!"

I have also read that the WES51 "feels more solid" than the Hakko 888 which looks silly to me.

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You're welcome.... now what Are you getting?
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This one. for the $ it looks to be right for me at this point.

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That's the same problem I'm having Gun. I saw the Weller WES51 too Bacon, but Norbyx's link has a digital for $49 and free gifts... but it doesn't say if it has ESD protection and that seems to be kind of important from what people who know are saying. Good price on that Weller btw.

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Read the manual, its online it has esd protection.
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That's the same problem I'm having Gun. I saw the Weller WES51 too Bacon, but Norbyx's link has a digital for $49 and free gifts... but it doesn't say if it has ESD protection and that seems to be kind of important from what people who know are saying. Good price on that Weller btw.

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I use the 15W grounded from Radio Shack... Works great Not to much to burn things and just enough to make sub second solder joints...
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