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Solder Station 75% OFF (£9.99 @ Maplin)

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9y, 4m agoFound 9 years, 4 months ago
Just got the newsletter and according to it that Solder Station is now 9.99 saving 20 pounds!!!
Ive used it before at Uni and it is very good!
Just going to buy one for myself :)

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#2
Bargain. Direct link as the go to leads to the front page : Click.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/n78ar.jpg

Specs:
• Developed to meet the needs of students and hobbyists working to a budget
• 50W soldering iron
• Adjustable temperature range
• Anti-static ground output
• LED power indicator
• Pack of 3 assorted tips available separately (Order Code: N79AR)
• Supplied with a sponge, stand and one spike point tip

The user can vary the tip temperature from 350°F (180°C) to 900°F (480°C) without the need to change the tip or heating element. A pack of three assorted tips for this solder station are available, Order Code N79AR.


Nearly overlooked this thanks to all the DVD's being posted:whistling:
#3

Free delivery for me, Maplin have a store about 1/3 mile from my house AND 11 in stock:-D
#4
Ups. Sorry that was my first deal so I didnt really know what to add as comments. Sorry about the link as well.
#5
Qbazdz
Ups. Sorry that was my first deal so I didnt really know what to add as comments. Sorry about the link as well.


No need to apologise, the deep links don't seem to be working for Maplin, the go to deal button seems to wipe it out :)

Thanks for your first deal post Qbazdz :-D
#6
I wish I could solder! It's been a while since electronic at school. Now whenever attempt to solder anything it turns into a real messy affair!
#7
Defo a hot deal (I'm sorry).

I can solder fine - just tend to get too much heat into components too often! :(
#8
Needs a delicate touch, but yeah this is a hot deal.
#9
is there much difference between this one and the 4.99 aldi sunday special one
#10
Nice deal, I've got a 39.99 credit note I'd be willing to sell for 35.00 if anyone is interested, drop me a PM.
#11
josh1234
is there much difference between this one and the 4.99 aldi sunday special one


Got a link to this?
#12
Sandman`
Got a link to this?

Go to [url]www.aldi.co.uk[/url] and select "sunday special buys"

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y297/ShamblesX/aldi.jpg
#13
Nice! Think I might get the ALDI one, all I want one for fixing a few loose connections on my SCART cable - should do the job yeah? :S

Damn, its near impossible to find a phone number for ALDI. Trying to get the number for my local(ish) store but not even 118 has the answer!
#14
Do not mod a wii with one of these things.
#15
Spark
Do not mod a wii with one of these things.


With one of which things? I was going to mod my Wii with the solder station (bought at Maplins ages ago when it has been on offer before and used it to mod my Gamecube & Xbox 1), are you referring to that or the Aldi solder kit?!?!

Nice Tori avatar btw, saw here in Manchester a couple of weeks ago, 3rd row damn good as usual!
#16
The station is excellent for modding consoles, have done both Wii and PS2 Slim and if it can do a PS2 Slim it can handle anything.

If you went anywhere near a modern console with the Aldi one you're asking for trouble, the circuitry is so much smaller than the original Xbox days.

These regularly come up as a special so if you miss it this time it'll be back again before too long.
#17
Shengis
Free delivery for me, Maplin have a store about 1/3 mile from my house AND 11 in stock:-D


it might be heavy - get it delivered....


lol
#18
The aldi one is a bit cheap and nasty but in the right hands very capable of soldering anything the solder station could. Just thought I would add this because I repair circuit boards for a living. My advice though would be go with the solder station and get a bit of practice before you attempt very small circuitry .
#19
neal
it might be heavy - get it delivered....


lol

Yeah you're right. Third of a mile is a trek in itself and thats without the hassle of holding a carrier bag:whistling: :giggle:
#20
This maplins one is a heat control soldering iron though, so you can vary the heat of the tool ( which can be very handy ) - where as the ALDI soldering iron is a 1 heat version, i.e. you cant vary the heat of it - so it is a 1 heat better do all job :whistling:

I solder quite alot ( as a hobby - not professionally ) - and this is the soldering iron I use and would highly recommend from over a years experience with it if your just doing the occassional job or using it for hobby related interest's ( i burnt my first 1 out some how - but immediately purchased another as a replacement )

What is also handy about this tool is the fact that the heads are replaceable as said - for £5 3 more tips which vary ( 1 is a point - another is a chisel kind of head )
#21
Note: This has an adjustable temperature range which is not the same as being temperature regulated.

Damn good deal for the money. Its just a shame I bought the £20 maplin kit (Antex 25w) just last month :(

P.s. If you are buying this for electronic kits then I would recommend also buying Tip Tinner which works very well and makes the whole soldering experience far easier.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?TabID=1&ModuleNo=3929

And a (third) hand tool is also very useful for holding circuit boards
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=4017

Here is also a good You Tube video guide on soldering basics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLfXXRfRIzY
#22
Lukas
i burnt my first 1 out some how - but immediately purchased another as a replacement


That is what happened when my friend bought one of these, I have concerns about durability of the solder station. Looked at one in Maplins thought it looked a bit cheaply made, and passed. It was on offer then for £17.95, but included the three spare tips.

I guess it is worth a punt at £15 including the tips, but I always find it pays off to invest up front in good quality tools.

Paul.
#23
cicobuff
With one of which things? I was going to mod my Wii with the solder station (bought at Maplins ages ago when it has been on offer before and used it to mod my Gamecube & Xbox 1), are you referring to that or the Aldi solder kit?!?!

Nice Tori avatar btw, saw here in Manchester a couple of weeks ago, 3rd row damn good as usual!


Yeah I was at the same gig actually, it was incredible. :-D

As for the soldering iron, well I would always say user a lower watt and better quality one for consoles, but I guess its up to you.
#24
i use profesional soldering irons that cost £600 and from standing cold to ready to use they take mier secconds. with digital displays etc. however at home i have a wella soldering iron, its worth spending a little money on a decent one! go to farnell or rapid electronics they have a huge selection!
#25
This is a very good soldering iron, More so because you can lower the temp to avoid damaging the circuits etc.
#26
cheers (rep & heat added)
#27
Remember to leave solder on the tip of your iron when you switch off, this will protect it and prevent it from oxidisation. A good quality Solder with a Flux Core is also recommended for most applications.
#28
I have some spare time on my hands and have always wanted to gain an understanding of electronics/circuits e.t.c. It appears that I have my first fixit case...a Winnie the Pooh lamp which when working lights up, plays music, operates a mechanism which swings piglet. I have removed the base to check for any loose circuits but can't find any...after that I'm stuck and need to consult DIY electronic books if I am to proceed and move away from being part of the throwaway culture especially as this lamp cost £69.99! Can anyone point this novice in the right direction so I can start learning how to fix these sort of things...whether it be a book, website or electronic kit from maplins? Is there a piece of equipment out there which will help me to identify which component is not working in this lamp?

Thanks everyone.
1 Like #29
yes, its called a multimeter.... check on maplin...
1 Like #30
Silly Chip
I have some spare time on my hands and have always wanted to gain an understanding of electronics/circuits e.t.c. It appears that I have my first fixit case...a Winnie the Pooh lamp which when working lights up, plays music, operates a mechanism which swings piglet. I have removed the base to check for any loose circuits but can't find any...after that I'm stuck and need to consult DIY electronic books if I am to proceed and move away from being part of the throwaway culture especially as this lamp cost £69.99! Can anyone point this novice in the right direction so I can start learning how to fix these sort of things...whether it be a book, website or electronic kit from maplins? Is there a piece of equipment out there which will help me to identify which component is not working in this lamp?

Thanks everyone.

Try the Teach-In series run by EPE magazine:
http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/teach-in2006.htm
#31
Thanks guys!

The wonderful world of multimeters :oops: :? :-( I'd better learn what a diode is before working out which one to purchase. Is this any good?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=44679&DOY=27m7

I will purchase the Solder Station mentioned in this thread.

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