Adjustable Temperature Soldering Station 48watt - £8.99 Available from 24th @Lidl - HotUKDeals
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Adjustable temperature (ºC): 100 - 500
48W
Includes stand with integrated cleaning sponge, 2 soldering tips and 2 x 20g reels of solder
With handy drawer to store accessories
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11 Likes
500ºC
HOT!
8 Likes
***DONT BUY IT***

The tips for these are terrible and there's no replacements!!

They are screw in ones - similar to Weller but not quite the same size.

Edited By: paolo on Jan 17, 2013 10:15

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11 Likes #1
500ºC
HOT!
1 Like #2
Just what i been thinking about getting thanks for the post
#3
Nice deal
#4
perfect just what i need
#5
Great price!
#6
yep.good deal
#7
Good value. If I didn't already have a version of this I'd get it.
#8
Weird just thought yesterday I need one of these to try and fix my raspberry pi HOT
#9
Bah - ordered a cheapy one off amazon a few weeks ago, wish I'd known about this first doh!
#10
Great deal have some heat :)
1 Like #11
Where do you get replacement tips from? 2 tips don't last that long.

Important to note the temperature is adjustable (more accurately, the power is adjustable), but they aren't temperature regulated.
#12
cybergibbons
Where do you get replacement tips from? 2 tips don't last that long.

Important to note the temperature is adjustable (more accurately, the power is adjustable), but they aren't temperature regulated.

It seems to be thermostatically controlled. I don't understand how 'power' could be 'adjustable' Usually there is a sensor near the heating element
1 Like #13
Damn, would have preferred this one over the one I bought from Aldi which was not adjustable.
Do I need a third mmm :p
1 Like #14
Why do I want one?! Ill only make solder balls with it
#15
My husband wants to teach my 13 year old to solder properly so il grab him one of these, thank you
1 Like #16
Oh god, not these again, they're cheap for a reason haha! the handles too big, the tips aren't strong so they just 'explode' and the sponge is like a Jacobs cracker!, although the free reels of solder are tiny, they do the job :P
#17
Awesome, time to find my nearest Lidl!! My existing iron is a bit brutal, works fine for big tasks but has a tendency to cook smaller components.
#18
jasee

It seems to be thermostatically controlled. I don't understand how 'power' could be 'adjustable' Usually there is a sensor near the heating element

Power is very easily adjustable simply by changing the voltage across the element. You can do this with a standard fixed power, non-thermoststic soldering iron using a light dimmer switch.

If this really is thermostatically controlled it's a good deal, there are plenty of cheap temperature adjustable soldering irons that are not though (Maplins were selling them for a fiver a couple of years back).
#19
Jasee - the only way you can adjust the temperature is by varying the power. This is true for thermostatically controlled irons as well, they just tend to do it by switching on and off.

I've not seen a sub £25 thermostatically controlled iron.


Edited By: cybergibbons on Jan 17, 2013 20:56: typo
8 Likes #20
***DONT BUY IT***

The tips for these are terrible and there's no replacements!!

They are screw in ones - similar to Weller but not quite the same size.

Edited By: paolo on Jan 17, 2013 10:15
2 Likes #21
In this case you do get what you pay for. The funny thing is people often buy a cheap iron like this with the idea that they are just a beginner so don't need to spend much on an iron. The trouble is it is counter intuitive, as a beginner is far more likely to destroy things with a poor iron and then give up in frustration.

Soldering isn't terribly difficult but it does take some practice to get good heat contact with both surfaces to be joined and to know how long to hold the iron in place etc. I'm not suggesting spending a fortune, but a nice small handled iron with a good quality tip does make the job easier and the availability of replacement tips is essential if you plan on making much use of it.
1 Like #22
paolo
***DONT BUY IT***

The tips for these are terrible and there's no replacements!!

They are screw in ones - similar to Weller but not quite the same size.

I don't know you so why would I take your word for it that they are rubbish.
The cost is only £8.99 with 3 year warranty so why worry about replacement parts?

I will only use it infrequently so I'm sure it will be a good buy.

Thanks op heat added
1 Like #23
john306

... with 3 year warranty so why worry about replacement parts?

The tips are not covered under warranty, they are consumables. They need replacing regularly, so if you can't get them you have to throw the iron away and buy another, not exactly the best way to go about things really. Most Irons have spare tips available for a couple of pounds.
1 Like #24
john306

The cost is only £8.99 with 3 year warranty so why worry about replacement parts?

Do you take a glue gun back because it has run out of glue sticks? Or a cutting disc off a grinder when it is worn down?
#25
mikerj
jasee

It seems to be thermostatically controlled. I don't understand how 'power' could be 'adjustable' Usually there is a sensor near the heating element

Power is very easily adjustable simply by changing the voltage across the element. You can do this with a standard fixed power, non-thermoststic soldering iron using a light dimmer switch.

If this really is thermostatically controlled it's a good deal, there are plenty of cheap temperature adjustable soldering irons that are not though (Maplins were selling them for a fiver a couple of years back).

I see, I've not seen one like that. Obviously you wouldn't get accurate control of the temperature, it could be almost anything
#26
hot
#27
john306
paolo
***DONT BUY IT***

The tips for these are terrible and there's no replacements!!

They are screw in ones - similar to Weller but not quite the same size.

I don't know you so why would I take your word for it that they are rubbish.
The cost is only £8.99 with 3 year warranty so why worry about replacement parts?

I will only use it infrequently so I'm sure it will be a good buy.

Thanks op heat added

do you end up with alot of crap, if you don't read reviews because you don't know them? :|
#28
I brought 23 of these units, as I'm building a aeroplane.
1 Like #29
Going_Digital
The tips are not covered under warranty, they are consumables. They need replacing regularly, so if you can't get them you have to throw the iron away and buy another, not exactly the best way to go about things really. Most Irons have spare tips available for a couple of pounds.
They need replacing regularly ? That is not correct, because it depends on how much use it gets!
One tip would last you for years, maybe 5 years if you use it once a month, as 99% of people here will anyway.
I am not sure why some people right in big capital letters do not buy and such, this is a very good buy, as most things from Lidl and Aldi. I bought the one from Aldi, that comes with a range of tips for wood carving, but it does not have the power regulator.
#30
Gas FTW :p

Hate electrical irons lol (Nothing wrong with them, I just prefer Gas ones)
#31
***DONT BUY IT***
The tips for these are terrible and there's no replacements!!
They are screw in ones - similar to Weller but not quite the same size.

Parkside is made by Einhell exclusively for Lidl. You can find a list of their products Here

You will be able to buy the tips from Einhell...but I can't find them on their website.

:p
#32
Is it included "sucker"? to suck the liquid when you want to unsolder?

Sorry for the word "sucker" but I do not know what it's called. :p
#33
Suprised by so many comments - I know what it does, but what do people actually use it for?
1 Like #34
ilovecoffee
Suprised by so many comments - I know what it does, but what do people actually use it for?

Personally, for fixing stuff.

Lot's of electrical items break due to bad solder joints. Apoligies if you already know, but essentially, the metal that keeps electricty running through something stops as there's no contact. Re-flowing (heating up) the solder often fixes it.

Going beyond that, you can somethime see a burnt out cap, buy a replacement & solder it in place. For me it's better than binning something. I managed to get another year out my Dishwasher with a little tinkering.
#35
This seems like a good buy at this price. 48W should be hot enough for all electronics soldering work.

Regarding the tip issue, I have a very cheap 50W iron for many years and the tip is still ok. So it may not needs frequent replacement at all.

If it's temperature controlled (which I believe is not), it can easily be converted to PID control if you want the temperature to stay precise.
#36
cybergibbons
john306

The cost is only £8.99 with 3 year warranty so why worry about replacement parts?

Do you take a glue gun back because it has run out of glue sticks? Or a cutting disc off a grinder when it is worn down?

Of course not, but with a soldering iron the last thing I'd think about when buying is getting replacement tips.
It's going to be use very infrequently so should last years and years, it costs £8.99, anyone buying this and intending to use it everyday ought to get a better one.
#37
kpmatthews
john306
paolo
***DONT BUY IT***

The tips for these are terrible and there's no replacements!!

They are screw in ones - similar to Weller but not quite the same size.

I don't know you so why would I take your word for it that they are rubbish.
The cost is only £8.99 with 3 year warranty so why worry about replacement parts?

I will only use it infrequently so I'm sure it will be a good buy.

Thanks op heat added

do you end up with alot of crap, if you don't read reviews because you don't know them? :|

Depends who the reviewer is, specialised website etc then yes, someone who randomly posts "***DONT BUY IT***" then no..........Do you believe everything anyone and his dog tells you?

So if it's crap why did you click on the deal, and the post... trolling?
#38
nice buy. just stay away from the burgers though!
3 Likes #39
twines
I brought 23 of these units, as I'm building a aeroplane.


Is this one of your previous builds?

http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/17/32/20/4039703/3/628x471.jpg
3 Likes #40
For what its worth, it appears to be a PARKSIDE PLS 48 B1

Instructions here:- https://www.kompernass.com/admin/view/manual/ec5149a7ee70b5d427583e62430d766b.pdf

The dial is calibrated in 100 °C increments.

Product video in German here:- http://www.lidl.de/de/PARKSIDE/PARKSIDE-Regelbare-Loetstation-PLS-48-B1

I haven't found a source of spare tips yet, though you could try emailing the service centre. A couple of spare tips for my 25 watt antex iron would cost almost as much as this, so even if I can't find replacements, I wouldn't consider it a deal killer.

Edited By: melted on Jan 17, 2013 17:43

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