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Offline CentaurTopic starter

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is this soldering station a good deal?
« on: March 19, 2008, 10:45:36 PM »
Is this a good deal?

I'm new and I don't really know what to look for in a soldering station.  I really don't want to spend 100+ on one because i doubt i will really use it all that much.

Or I could buy just a 30W pencil for really cheep
and use that until i felt it was time to upgrade. 

So I'm looking at either buying a cheep one now with the plans for upgrading in the future if I need it, or the more expensive station now with the hope that I would not want to upgrade.

Any opinions?
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Offline airman00

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Re: is this soldering station a good deal?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008, 06:53:13 AM »
well it all depends what your plan for robotics is

If you are a beginner then the pencil soldering iron will be fine for you for 2 years or more
Soldering stations are good when you need to solder delicate components , etc.

Pencil should be fine for you . Also use a solderless breadboard for your robot instead of a prototype board, as to minimize soldering.
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Re: is this soldering station a good deal?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008, 06:49:38 AM »
I've been studying electronics for 6 years, and I don't need a solderstation.
I have a 40W and a 15W weller pencil. Perfect :)
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