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Posted: 1/18/2015 1:18:57 AM EST
I need a new, variable temperature soldering iron. Something I can use to solder components on a circuit board. Any suggestions on a good one, under $50?
My old iron with a home-made regulator took a dump.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:56:49 AM EST
I've been using a Weller WLC100. 40w and has enough oomph for the large terminal strip connections used in homebrew tube gear. With the right tip and the temp turned down I've done 1/8w resistors and such on some really tight through hole boards. Don't do surface mount so can't help you there.

Amazon has the station for under $50. Mouser also carries it at a slightly higher price but they also have all the tips so one order, one shipping.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 8:32:07 AM EST
Save up for a better iron.
I bought the Hakko FX-888d, and absolutely love it!

Bill


Link Posted: 1/18/2015 9:45:47 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bill3rail:
Save up for a better iron.
I bought the Hakko FX-888d, and absolutely love it!

Bill

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I love mine as well.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 11:39:43 AM EST
I got a Stahl temperature-controlled soldering station for Xmas from my father-in-law. It has swappable tips. I was using his old Weller station, but I think he wanted his back.

It's pretty nice and I think less than $50 on amazon.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 12:00:32 PM EST
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I love mine as well.
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Originally Posted By Dr_Dickie:
Originally Posted By bill3rail:
Save up for a better iron.
I bought the Hakko FX-888d, and absolutely love it!

Bill

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I love mine as well.

Love my Hakko as well.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 12:14:06 PM EST
I picked up a Hakko 25 watt a week ago but haven't had a chance to use it yet.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 12:37:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 1:01:34 PM EST
I've been using a Weller WLC100 for over 5 years now with an assortment of tips. It's been fine and the only thing I don't like is the stiff cord. Would be easier to use with a more flexible cord. If it can't do what I want I get out the soldering gun.

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100-40-Watt-Soldering-Station/dp/B000AS28UC

That said, I just bought a Hakko FR-300 desoldering tool and would probably try one of their irons next.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:46:26 PM EST
I really need a new iron but anymore 99.9% of my soldering is at work. The boss will not spring for a new iron and the one we have right now was built by the Romans. Until it dies I am stuck with it.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:42:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bill3rail:
Save up for a better iron.
I bought the Hakko FX-888d, and absolutely love it!

Bill

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I don't mind spending more for a quality product. I can't tell what tip is included. I don't like sharp conical tips.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 5:41:42 AM EST
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I don't mind spending more for a quality product. I can't tell what tip is included. I don't like sharp conical tips.
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Originally Posted By bill3rail:
Save up for a better iron.
I bought the Hakko FX-888d, and absolutely love it!

Bill

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I don't mind spending more for a quality product. I can't tell what tip is included. I don't like sharp conical tips.
Mine came with a nice tip, smooth cone with one flat side and no sharp point. And the tip is very easy to keep tinned. I don't know what they have it coated with, but it is great--best iron I have ever owned.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:05:45 AM EST
I also recommend the Hakko. The Hakko made me realize I've been soldering incorrectly my entire life.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:27:41 AM EST
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I also recommend the Hakko. The Hakko made me realize I've been soldering incorrectly my entire life.
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After I tried the Hakko, I thought the reason I was never able to solder properly was due to using cheap irons!

Bill
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:59:03 AM EST
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After I tried the Hakko, I thought the reason I was never able to solder properly was due to using cheap irons!

Bill
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I also recommend the Hakko. The Hakko made me realize I've been soldering incorrectly my entire life.


After I tried the Hakko, I thought the reason I was never able to solder properly was due to using cheap irons!

Bill


Any tips for the novice? I make a mess trying to solder connections--I was hoping that the iron was to blame.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 11:24:17 AM EST
Weller makes a good iron and base. I use a WES51. Very nice unit. Heats up in seconds. Let's you know when it's at the set temp. I just got this one but coworker has his for 10+years with no issues.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:21:22 PM EST
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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:53:44 PM EST
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I have a Hakko FX-888. Not the digital model, but it's predecessor with the analog temperature control. It works well, and was easy to use. The cord is flexible, and does not get in the way at all.

I did this with it, and a whole lot more while building the K2.



It came with a sharp conical tip, but I replaced it with a flat screwdriver tip. If you get a Hakko, and don't like the tip it comes with, I'll send you a flat screwdriver type, as I have a few spares out in the tool box.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 4:35:41 PM EST
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Ok, Hakko it is then. It's ordered from Amazon for $91.
Thanks y'all. I've done lots of soldering back in the days. Having a good, variable temperature soldering iron is very important.
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