48w adjustable soldering iron - £8.99 @ Lidl from 31/01 - HotUKDeals
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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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#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
#2
I wonder what tips it takes? eg: Weller, or some unique sort that will be hard to find again.
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.
#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?
1 Like #5
I hope the cable is longer than the picture shows!:D
#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.
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" ? :|
#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
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!
#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.
#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.
#12
Bought a maplin kit on ebay, and hoping this would be a much better investment... and smell less too.
#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.
#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
#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. :)
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
#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.
#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.
#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
#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
#21
Jeezeypeeps
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.

Easiest to use would be rosin core.
#22
Good price
#23
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.


Sorry I am a bit thick but what do you mean by reflowed and how do I know if a board is lead free
#24
if you cant/dont get this, i use Aoyue 936, chinese clones of the Weller i think, tips are compatible
http://www.pcb-soldering.co.uk/index.php?target=products&product_id=23

if you're doing a bit for yourself, leaded is ok
if you 're selling something, must be lead free basically.

i wonder how good these are for under £10 though :o



Edited By: Smiff on Jan 26, 2011 00:41
#25
mine broken not that long ago. I really would suggest that if you have not got a soldiering iron, go out buy one and it could save you loads by repairing stuff yourself.
#26
I wonder if this is an actual temperature controlled iron or just variable power. I would guess just power at that price but I'll definitely check it out.

Also the solder is 60/40, you can just make it out on the labels (one of them is 70/30 which I guess is the craft solder?).
#27
how do you know what temperature to set it at for say different jobs -or is it just trial and error
#28
Lowest the solder comfortably melts at I would say. If you are soldering together two heavy thick gauge wires then you may need more heat to melt the solder.
#29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solder

there's a melting point table down at the bottom
#30
silly me.... just been to lidl and asked about this.... then realised it's only on offer tomorrow....
2 Likes #31
I've been into lidl and picked this up, i got 2 more in case any fellow Hukder's want one, lidl's didn't actually have alot of stock....
... i can post in a new thread if needed, but first 2 people to ask can have one....
#32
Went into my local Lidl this morning and picked one up, also didn't have a lot of stock, only 5 and very little in the way of solder.

Note that both the Rosin Core and Electronic Solder (Sn60/Pb40) will both be suitable for electronics soldering as they both contain flux, the Rosin Core Solder is 1.5mm diameter and contains 2.5% flux and the Electronics Solder is 1mm diameter and contains 3.5% flux, the Electonics solder is Type HF32, which googling tells me it is Halogen Free activated rosin flux whatever that means....over to the electronics experts.

The tips for the iron are of a screw threaded variety (as in the screw thread is integrated into the metal of the tip itself, you just screw the tip directly into the threaded hole of the iron) , I am keeping my receipt and not using the item until I can confirm where to get replacement tips, anyone any ideas?

As for Bikerjodie, I never thought of doing likewise, and it is very good of you to think of the fellow HUKDers by buying extra in case.
#33
I have never seen a screw thread tip, hmmm. I usually keep sanding my tips down though, don't know if that's a good or bad thing but it brings them up like new and stops solder running off when tinning.
#34
I initially thought there were none in the Southampton area (High Street & Shirley), couldn't see any out on display and the employees I asked (who had very broken English) didn't have any clue what I was talking about. However when I got home I rang the Lidl customer service number to check stock in Fareham and the very helpful lady told me that Southampton High Street had 4! So off I went again and they indeed did have 4, now 3 :)

Not sure about the Shirley area though.


Edited By: Elec on Jan 31, 2011 15:58
#35
A handful available in Swindon. Just had a quick go with mine and it's not too bad. According to the instructions, the tips are "standard".
Of course the great thing about standards is there are so many to choose from
#36
Thanks, got one and 1 of each of the solder from Cov Brandon. They had about another 5 on display.
#37
None left this afternoon in my local store Risca, went to Newport next to Kingsway centre and they had a good few left still.

Having looked at the box I have spotted my obvious error, it is 48w not 45w, only 3w difference :)

Edited By: anewman on Jan 31, 2011 18:59
#38
I've been into lidl and picked this up, i got 2 more in case any fellow Hukder's want one, lidl's didn't actually have alot of stock....
... i can post in a new thread if needed, but first 2 people to ask can have one....


scott148
none in my store typical.


i have 2 spare for fellow hukd'ers


Edited By: bikerjodie on Jan 31, 2011 19:51
#39
Went into Manchester today especially to get one of these but couldn't see any sign of them, not just sold out which was disappointing.

To be honest though, if replacement tips are a pain to get hold of, it might not be such a bargain after all. Would be interested to find out anyway....
#40
fuzzface
Went into Manchester today especially to get one of these but couldn't see any sign of them, not just sold out which was disappointing.

To be honest though, if replacement tips are a pain to get hold of, it might not be such a bargain after all. Would be interested to find out anyway....


I have 2 if you want one? See my posts above

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