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Offline TrumpkinTopic starter

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recommended soldering iron
« on: January 09, 2008, 09:43:20 AM »
hey I was wondering what is the best soldering station that I could get for $100.
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008, 09:58:58 AM »
I found some resonably priced soldering stations at  http://www.madelltech.com/m3-8.html The Problem is I don't know which soldering station is better than another one
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008, 02:11:41 PM »
To get the best answer for this question, call 1-800-394-1984... it is the toll free number for Howard Electronic Instruments.  (www.howardelectronics.com) These guys are the absolute best and most knowledgable resource for selecting the right soldering iron for your needs.  They just also happen to have good prices as well, but noone will be better to advise you than these guys!
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2008, 11:07:09 PM »
this is the one I use


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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2008, 04:56:59 PM »
where did you get that solering iron? Is it butane fueled?
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008, 04:59:13 PM »
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2008, 05:00:05 PM »
why spend $100 dollars on a soder gun
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 05:11:47 PM »
I'm fed up with my cheap soldering iron
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008, 05:12:42 PM »
Why is it called a rework station and why is there two soldering irons?
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2008, 05:41:49 PM »
one to get rid of the solder and one to put it back

aka rework the pcb
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008, 05:17:29 AM »
many soldering stations have a hot air soldering iron, where you literally solder with hot air coming out of the end of a nozzle, they are good for re-working on stuff where solder is already present and you just melt it, but a real iron is a lot easier for soldering fresh components - in my opinion.

Also if it has an hot air iron, you can probably work smd's easier


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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2008, 05:22:01 AM »
lol that would be way easier :D
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2008, 08:48:13 AM »
Here is the link to my model:
http://www.mpja.com/viewallpict.asp?dept=446

Scroll down to see the hot air attachments you can buy.

I also use the hot air for heatshrink mostly. ;D

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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2008, 09:31:03 AM »
Is there a difference between the one that I posted and the one you posted? The one from gsm seems to be much cheaper.
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2008, 09:36:02 AM »
hmmmm not sure . . . the one in the pic above looked exactly like what I have so I posted it . . . but this morning I checked the actual model and linked it . . . maybe its cheaper because it doesn't come with something?

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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2008, 01:53:29 AM »
yea it looks same....
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2008, 10:24:58 AM »
i found another soldering station i want your opinion on, https://store.sra-solder.com/product.php?xProd=6363&xSec=22
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2008, 10:54:31 AM »
Why to spend money on a soldering station and not a soldering gun... I just bought this Weller and it's perfect... The station which is this black box is made by me... Just some connectors and a toroid coil and you are free to go...
Build time... less that half hour!!! The temperature is controlled by the tips... The tips are act as thermostats... So different tips.... different temperatures!!! There are classes... You usually use class 7 which is 320+ C if I'm right...

Anyways, good luck to you... a good soldering gun is everything!!!


BTW beware... the tips from the soldering gun you buy must be changeable!!!
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2008, 03:50:20 PM »
whats the coil for?

I'll be in the market for a soldering iron once i get a bit better.
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2008, 03:54:03 PM »
WOW, my mom ordered me a Weller soldering station for my b-day! Definently a big step up from my dads 30 year old soldering iron! AWSOME  ;D  ;D  ;D  8) here it is http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/weller/solder/wes51.htm it'll be nice not haveing to w8 5 minutes for it to heat up.
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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2008, 07:32:59 PM »
That looks awesome!!  :o  :o  CONGRATS!!! Wish I had one like that  :D

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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2008, 06:38:12 AM »
whats the coil for?

I'll be in the market for a soldering iron once i get a bit better.

The soldering iron operates at 35W@12V, 50W@24V, 45W@42V!!!

I use a toroid coil for stepping down from 220V to 24V!!! It heats up in less than 20 secs!!! And the tip is very nice for handling both SMD and DIP!!!

I really nice choice!!!




Trumpkin congrats for your new tool!!! I wish ya shinny solder pads!!!


Just for information, what I have is just the soldering gun not the station!!!


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Re: recommended soldering iron
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2008, 09:18:13 AM »
I'm so happy :D
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