# Soldering Iron

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#### Tom Biasi

Jan 1, 1970
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Chris W said:
Can someone tell me if this a good deal and of reasonable quality for a
hobbiest?

http://www.megaproductions.net/Soldering_Iron1.htm

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Chris W

http://thewishzone.com

Hi Chris,
Since you are asking, the unit you link has specs more than suitable for
what you need. They make a comparison to a Weller, for a few bucks more you
can have a Weller.
In my opinion I would buy the Weller.
Something like this one:
http://www.hmcelectronics.com/cgi-bin/scripts/product/1980-0044
Tom

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#### Joe McElvenney

Jan 1, 1970
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Hi,

Can someone tell me if this a good deal and of reasonable quality for a
hobbiest?

http://www.megaproductions.net/Soldering_Iron1.htm

I have a very similar iron and would recommend it to anyone.
There are two variants over here (UK), one with a straight digital
temperature readout and the other with a LED bar-graph. Spares are
easy to come by and I haven't had to replace a tip in several
years of use. Throw away the sponge though and get some form of
brass turnings tip cleaner and/or one of those tinning pots made
by Multicore.

Treat yourself. Hobbyist need good tools just the same as the
professionals. I ran a large maintenance organisation for many
years and if I could have thrown those crappy 'Curie Point' switch
Wellers out of the window I would have done so but the military
supply chain had standardised on them.

Cheers - Joe

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#### James T. White

Jan 1, 1970
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Chris W said:
Can someone tell me if this a good deal and of reasonable quality for a
hobbiest?

http://www.megaproductions.net/Soldering_Iron1.htm

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Chris,

While the price is attractive and it might be a great deal, there are a few
things that bother me about the specs.

1. No approvals listed.
2. No ESD (maximum tip voltage to ground) spec.
3. No temperature stability spec.
4. They don't know much about soldering iron care if they think you should use
emery cloth and alcohol to clean the tips.

I've used Weller/Ungar stuff in the past, but now I would go with a Hakko
soldering station. You would pay a bit more ($90 or so) for a 936-12 ESD safe station but you definitely know what you are getting. It doesn't have the direct temperature readout, but you don't really need that for hobby work. Specs for 936-12 are at http://www.hakkousa.com/products.asp?page=3&pid=936-12. C #### Chris W Jan 1, 1970 0 James said: Chris, While the price is attractive and it might be a great deal, there are a few things that bother me about the specs. 1. No approvals listed. 2. No ESD (maximum tip voltage to ground) spec. 3. No temperature stability spec. 4. They don't know much about soldering iron care if they think you should use emery cloth and alcohol to clean the tips. I've used Weller/Ungar stuff in the past, but now I would go with a Hakko soldering station. You would pay a bit more ($90 or so) for a 936-12 ESD safe
station but you definitely know what you are getting. It doesn't have the
direct temperature readout, but you don't really need that for hobby work.
Specs for 936-12 are at http://www.hakkousa.com/products.asp?page=3&pid=936-12.
Thanks for the suggestion. That sounds like a better solder station
than the one I was looking at and I found it for under \$80. Not a bad
deal so I added it to my wish list. Hopefully I will get it for
Christmas if I don't decided to buy it for myself sooner

http://www.thewishzone.com/?ID=cdw3423

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Chris W

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