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* Includes stand with integrated cleaning sponge, 2 soldering tips and 2 x 20g reels of solder
* With comfortable soft grip handle
* With handy drawer to store accessories
* Adjustable temperature (ºC): 100 - 500
* 48 watt
* Mains cable length (m): 1.85
* 3 year manufacturer’s warranty

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anewman#1
Also available at £2.99 each

- 100g craft solder
- 100g electronic solder
- 100g rosin-core solder
- 20g contact solder paste

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_17516.htm
u0421793#2
I wonder what tips it takes? eg: Weller, or some unique sort that will be hard to find again.
Rupz 1 Like #3
Not voting cold, but just thought to let you know you can get a student kit which includes a soldering iron, flux, stand, solder wire and a few other bits for £10 in maplins. I think its a great price because it hasnt moved since 2000.
col996s#4
u0421793
I wonder what tips it takes? eg: Weller, or some unique sort that will be hard to find again.

Good point.
Anybody got one and know the answer to this?
Quietus 1 Like #5
I hope the cable is longer than the picture shows!:D
natespeed#6
Rupz
Not voting cold, but just thought to let you know you can get a student kit which includes a soldering iron, flux, stand, solder wire and a few other bits for £10 in maplins. I think its a great price because it hasnt moved since 2000.
the solder in that one is not variable temperature, which is most of the is very useful.
supergran 2 Likes #7
I have absolutely no use for one of these what so ever but rest assured I'll be there on the morning of the 31st to pick one up *just in case* I need one in the future.

Why can I not resist a "bargain" ? :|
vyseyboy#8
500 deg C?? Really?
I guess the included solder will be lead free?

Currently getting by with 30W Maplin non-adjustable jobby, and dealextreme's fully leaded solder, but could do with something better.

Edited By: vyseyboy on Jan 25, 2011 10:40
mikeswrx02 1 Like #9
Cud some1 remind me on 31st?
lee-dle always advertise stuff a week in advance and good stuff r gone wen it opens!
gacameron01#10
vyseyboy
500 deg C?? Really?I guess the included solder will be lead free?Currently getting by with 30W Maplin non-adjustable jobby, and dealextreme's fully leaded solder, but could do with something better.

Just make sure you're not trying to repair anything with lead-free solder. You'll have reflowed the whole board before you can get your part placed.
rash#11
Rupz
Not voting cold, but just thought to let you know you can get a student kit which includes a soldering iron, flux, stand, solder wire and a few other bits for £10 in maplins. I think its a great price because it hasnt moved since 2000.


I've got one of those blue maplin variable temp - it's crap, the tip keeps falling off, and I hardly use it.

This one - if better as a good deal.
ShaunnyBwoy#12
Bought a maplin kit on ebay, and hoping this would be a much better investment... and smell less too.
MrRee#13
I bought a Maplin Gas Portable Soldering Iron - absolutely fantastic!! Takes cheapo lighter fluid too!!

Well worth considering before you jump into this fixed electric.
anewman#14
MrRee
I bought a Maplin Gas Portable Soldering Iron - absolutely fantastic!! Takes cheapo lighter fluid too!!


I have something similar but find it needs refilling quite regularly. I can only join about 4 pairs of wires before I have to refill.

I agree they are excellent though, particularly for work on cars where wires and extension cords would be a nuisance.

Edited By: anewman on Jan 25, 2011 18:11
miriam51#15
Looks like it comes with the usual 'nail' (which are a pain) and screwdriver tips, probably held in by a screw - nothing fancy like magnetic Weller tips.
Still, intriguing in that it's a decent 48W and has variable temp as well, most cheap irons are underpowered for many jobs.

Over 550º and the thermostat hasn't kicked in yet. :)
madmax666 1 Like #16
gacameron01
vyseyboy
500 deg C?? Really?I guess the included solder will be lead free?Currently getting by with 30W Maplin non-adjustable jobby, and dealextreme's fully leaded solder, but could do with something better.


Just make sure you're not trying to repair anything with lead-free solder. You'll have reflowed the whole board before you can get your part placed.


could you explain this a little as i have a 15 watt solder iron (not cheap)and i am looking for something better to do laptop repairs as this one struggles to de-solder power points.
I have tried lots of solder and some are ok some are hopeless

my question is do i go for lead free or leaded as i don't understand what you are saying.
and can anyone recommend a good solder iron and good solder for laptop repairs(nothing to cheap but nothing that costs the earth either.
as i only solder about once every 3 months if that


Edited By: madmax666 on Jan 25, 2011 19:57
gacameron01#17
madmax666
gacameron01
vyseyboy
500 deg C?? Really?I guess the included solder will be lead free?Currently getting by with 30W Maplin non-adjustable jobby, and dealextreme's fully leaded solder, but could do with something better.

Just make sure you're not trying to repair anything with lead-free solder. You'll have reflowed the whole board before you can get your part placed.

could you explain this a little as i have a 15 watt solder iron (not cheap)and i am looking for something better to do laptop repairs as this one struggles to de-solder power points.
I have tried lots of solder and some are ok some are hopeless

my question is do i go for lead free or leaded as i don't understand what you are saying.
and can anyone recommend a good solder iron and good solder for laptop repairs(nothing to cheap but nothing that costs the earth either.
as i only solder about once every 3 months if that


The eutectic temperature of lead-free is lower than that of leaded so if using leaded solder on a lead-free board you'll have reflowed the surrounding lead-free components before you solder the leaded part.
It's been a few years since i was in manufacturing (+service and repair) and leaded solder was certainly better but they've probably improved. In all reality, match the solder to the product, if it's lead-free you must use lead-free solder.
k13 wjd#18
good deal if you are gonna use it a few times a year.

Other than that, go buy a weller, and never look back.
Jeezeypeeps#19
Can anyone give a good explanation of the different solder types and their uses?. I just want the right type for soldering plugs onto battery leads.

Thanks
Derek_Duval#20
gacameron01
madmax666
gacameron01
vyseyboy
500 deg C?? Really?I guess the included solder will be lead free?Currently getting by with 30W Maplin non-adjustable jobby, and dealextreme's fully leaded solder, but could do with something better.
Just make sure you're not trying to repair anything with lead-free solder. You'll have reflowed the whole board before you can get your part placed.
could you explain this a little as i have a 15 watt solder iron (not cheap)and i am looking for something better to do laptop repairs as this one struggles to de-solder power points.I have tried lots of solder and some are ok some are hopeless my question is do i go for lead free or leaded as i don't understand what you are saying.and can anyone recommend a good solder iron and good solder for laptop repairs(nothing to cheap but nothing that costs the earth either.as i only solder about once every 3 months if that
The eutectic temperature of lead-free is lower than that of leaded so if using leaded solder on a lead-free board you'll have reflowed the surrounding lead-free components before you solder the leaded part.It's been a few years since i was in manufacturing (+service and repair) and leaded solder was certainly better but they've probably improved. In all reality, match the solder to the product, if it's lead-free you must use lead-free solder.
Are you sure? Usually it's the other way around, from wikipedia (Most lead-free replacements for conventional Sn60/Pb40 and Sn63/Pb37 solder have melting points from 5–20 °C higher). At work we increase the temperature profiles on our SMT ovens for ROHS, compared to conventional leaded. I do agree, leaded solder is much better, reworking lead-free is much more difficult. The solder lidl is selling seperately appears to be leaded (I can just make out the Pb on the label).

Edited By: Derek_Duval on Jan 25, 2011 22:06

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