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So my soldering iron has died.... again. I keep buying the cheap 30w stick type, but its a false economy. They are slow to heat up, the break... what I need is a proper set.
But which one? Iv found a few on Ebay that are within budget that look ok, but I was wondering if anyone had any personnal experience with any of them? Or maybe you can recommend one? I dont want to spend anything over £50... and ideally less!
Or maybe you'd like to point out what I should be looking for? I do a fair bit of soldering and am impatient, so Im thinking a 60w should be more suitable than the old 30w....
These are the ones Im looking at;
That second link looks similar to the one I use. In fact it looks identical to the current offering from the place I got mine:
I got mine back around 2005 or so and have used it quite a bit for all kinds of projects: http://www.dunephotos.com/Electronics
For the price I payed I've been very happy and impressed. Heats quick, tips are easy to find...even came with a spare heating element that I haven't had to use yet. I've done everything from SMT work to some heavy cables with it and it's been able to handle anything I've thrown at it.
I've owned 3 soldering irons in my lifetime.
I ( 100 watts) came from a yardsale , but it was a name brand.
The other 2 both came from Radio Shack ..... all 3 still work. the 2 from the Shack are Weller and an off brand name probably made by them.
Here is is the soldering station I have, and I highly recommend it. Since I got this, my soldering has improved drastically! It is pricy compared to a cheapo from Radio Shack or wherever, but this is a pro-grade setup.
Blimey Ben you must be heavy on them. I have had mine for over 20 years and it cost me nothing.
Patience is a virtue!!
Nah.... Impatience is a virtue! :o)
Yup - all screws tightened regularly, tips changed... but they dont seem to last long.
Thanks for the pointers. Keep em coming