FREE soldering iron worth £9.99 when you buy 2 x solder @ £3.99 each - Maplin *INSTORE & ONLINE* - HotUKDeals
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This is an awesome deal from Maplin, I spotted it today instore in Bromley but it's also online!

Basicly, you buy 2 x 2m Solder @ £3.99 each = £7.98 and you get a FREE soldering iron worth £9.99!

So that's £17.97 worth of soldering equipment for only £7.98!

Great for all those little jobs around the house!

Cheers!
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#1
iif i had 1 of these i would be dangerous, so many bad ideas!
#2
Not a bad deal but out all the little jobs i've got to do around the house, not one of them involves soldering.
#3
If you can get a £9.99 soldering iron to actually deposit any solder on its target then you are a better technician than I was. I've got a cheapie at home and honestly it's not worth the trouble. If you really need to get a job done you would have to get a professional soldering station £several hundred. Can't grumble at the price though.
#4
£9.99 X)
2 Likes #5
My solder iron is ******* too and cost about £8. It leaks gas when you press/turn/hold/use it and the tip is almost hollow through use.

I disagree that you have to spend a fortune. You just need a good tip, as in cheap enough to replace often and the right size.

I don't rate this deal- £4 for solder is bit much when I can get it for £1 at the toolshed. Cheap irons are £3 or £4. Decent ones (for eg laptop jobs) are about £15 at Maplin and never seem to be on sale. Too much for me, lol, cheaper just to buy what you want already soldered.
#6
Been posted before
#7
Always great service at Maplins as well.

Edited By: schnorbitz on Apr 11, 2011 22:48
#8
Perfect if your into modding Xboxs and PS3's
Heat added
#9
NICE
#10
Be careful if you use a cheapo soldering iron for electronics, high probability you'll do enough damage to cancel out the savings on this one.
#11
Shame they don't do silver solder at that price... and the lead free stuff is utter rubbish.
#12
I Don't want to comment on the quality I think every one know about it
#13
warren321
If you can get a £9.99 soldering iron to actually deposit any solder on its target then you are a better technician than I was. I've got a cheapie at home and honestly it's not worth the trouble. If you really need to get a job done you would have to get a professional soldering station £several hundred. Can't grumble at the price though.


For solder to be deposited on the target there has to be sufficient heat transferred to the target. If it's not hot enough the solder won't flow. Even if you manage to transfer solder without getting the component hot you'll end up with a dry joint. A professional soldering station won't help at all if that's what you're having trouble with.

These soldering irons are fine for fairly medium duty work, but I wouldn't use one for console modding as darwin said, chances are you'll toast whatever you were soldering.

Unfortunately as a deal it's not that good, as Zaphodbb mentioned the individual items can be bought cheaper elsewhere.

Edited By: slimy31 on Apr 12, 2011 08:33
#14
It's cheap but now sold-out on-line, but if you are after a v cheap soldering iron can also try toolstation £5.70 http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Hand+Tools/Electricians+Tools/Soldering+Iron+40w+230V/d10/sd170/p74671

100g solder £2.57 http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Hand+Tools/Electricians+Tools/Solder+100g/d10/sd170/p81552

Don't think I'd like to use any of these on a pcb though so not voting hot or cold
1 Like #15
I have been using the same Antex 18watts on occasions in the 20 yrs to repair dry joints or to quickly solder something. This costs £18 , also from Maplin, and you can get additional solder tips. Perfectly good to do the odd electronics repair.
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The key to good soldering is to clean the items properly (e.g. with a slip of emery or wet-and-dry), have a good cored solder (and a little extra flux if necessary) and get in quickly with a hot iron (with a clean, properly tinned bit of the right size). Don't dwell, don't poke about and you will get a result.

If in doubt about flux residues, clean them off with a cotton bud and meths. The quality of the iron is not too important - but little point in buying a cheap one that will become useless if the element fails or the bit wears out and neither can be replaced economically. A proper stand with a bit-cleaning sponge is very helpful.

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