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#1 yaazz

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 04:21 PM

My crappy RadioShack soldering iron is getting pretty old, and I think it may be time to upgrade to a newer, better model. The problem is, I don't really know where I can buy one other then RS.

Does anyone know anywhere else I can look for a nice iron, and possibly even recommend one or two of them to me?


#2 Alex548

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:17 PM

Try a Weller soldering pencil (or soldering station) beerchug.gif
Not sure what you wanna spend, but it you want something better than Radio Shack, you're gonna have to spend more than $10 smile.gif

What's your budget like?

Here's one quick link to start you out: http://www.elexp.com/sdr_wlc1.htm

Edited by Alex548, 03 December 2009 - 08:18 PM.


#3 yaazz

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:16 PM

What is the difference between that Iron and my RS iron? The one I have now can do 15/30 watt toggle and has a seperate spring/sponge attatchment.

What makes this one worth the extra money?


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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:23 PM

quality & replaceable heating element. smile.gif

Edited by Alex548, 03 December 2009 - 11:29 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:20 AM

QUOTE(Alex548 @ Dec 3 2009, 04:23 PM) View Post

quality & replaceable heating element. smile.gif

the RS elements are replacable too, IIRC

personally if you want an upgrade from an RS iron get a temperature controlled station, i have this one and its been great
http://www.circuitsp...itml/icOid/7508

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:43 AM

I use to use a heat gun and solder flux in a syringe. Life was so easy, of course i was remounting chips but was still fun.

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 07:20 PM

If you check cooperhandtools, you'll find some good prices for soldering iron.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 02:15 AM

i bought a used weller soldering station on ebay for $30 4 years ago, it has paid for itself many times over. Every weller i have ever used is great.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:56 AM

I bought a new tip, and it will do for now, but I think a soldering station might be a good investment. Where can I buy one that isn't an online store?

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 12:33 AM

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