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Very basic but a good buy for £9.99

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.
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#1
Thanks for this, was meaning to get one of these last time this was at £9.99 but missed the deal!

Have some heat and rep ;)
#2
I bought this one on ebay works well and I find 50w too powerful on delicate boards. Under £9 for the full kit delivered and came quick. Works fine. High street so dear for this stuff, like Robert Dyas etc.
http://*********.co.uk/30W-Soldering-Iron-kit-stand-accessories_W0QQitemZ180180980596QQihZ008QQcategoryZ106001QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262
#3
Okay wont accept e-bay links, whoops
#4
posted this last time it was on offer : http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1659681#post1659681

good deal, bought one myself
#5
phil001;2100899
posted this last time it was on offer : http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1659681#post1659681

good deal, bought one myself


Is it good for sensitive boards? Variable heat seems to suggest 50W is the maximum but what is the minimum? So can it be adjusted to a 15W equivalent?
#6
darkovo;2100928
Is it good for sensitive boards? Variable heat seems to suggest 50W is the maximum but what is the minimum? So can it be adjusted to a 15W equivalent?

sorry, don't know, not a skilled solderer im afraid!
don't think its thermostatically controlled, there are no actual temperature markings on the dial
#7
Nice find.

Does anyone know if these are available instore? I'll be able to pick on up on the way to work if that's the case, and that'd be neat.
#8
dxx
Nice find.

Does anyone know if these are available instore? I'll be able to pick on up on the way to work if that's the case, and that'd be neat.


I have seen them sold instore and normally all the deals online are availiable instore too :)

Great offer, I am concerned about how low it can go wattage-wise. 50w is too hot for most boards and as said 15w is about perfect.
1 Like #9
dxx;2101221
Nice find.

Does anyone know if these are available instore? I'll be able to pick on up on the way to work if that's the case, and that'd be neat.

yep, bought mine instore last time.

search for product code N78AR
scroll down the page a bit to 'Store Stock Finder' & enter your postcode.
also ring the store as there online stock count is not always right!
1 Like #10
darkovo
Is it good for sensitive boards? Variable heat seems to suggest 50W is the maximum but what is the minimum? So can it be adjusted to a 15W equivalent?


Bought it myself ages ago when it was £9.99 before, worth snapping up. I myself am an unexperienced solderer, not exactly sure of the exact wattage on low, but it was fine for modding my Wii with relative ease. There again I had low heat melt solder and really fine kynar wire to do so. 12 months later my WiiKey is working as fine as ever..
#11
cicobuff;2101789
Bought it myself ages ago when it was £9.99 before, worth snapping up. I myself am an unexperienced solderer, not exactly sure of the exact wattage on low, but it was fine for modding my Wii with relative ease. There again I had low heat melt solder and really fine kynar wire to do so. 12 months later my WiiKey is working as fine as ever..


I'll have a wander into the store and have a look, Thanks for the info - also OP & phil001 :thumbsup:
#12
darkovo
I'll have a wander into the store and have a look, Thanks for the info - also OP & phil001 :thumbsup:



To be honest though I am no expert, but the temperature is most important not the wattage, the lowest temperature is 180c.

Taken from here.....http://www.antex.co.uk/pages/paper1.htm

It must be remembered that a 25 Watt iron will not run hotter than a 12 Watt iron, but it will have more power available to quickly replace heat drained from the iron during soldering. Therefore, the bigger the component being soldered, the greater the need for "quantity of heat", the higher the power needed

Solder is a combination of metals, which are solid at normal room temperatures and become liquid at between 180 and 200°C. Solder bonds well to various metals, and extremely well to copper. Therefore if at 180c its enough to just melt solder, it should be low enough for sensitive boards, certainly been alright for mod chipping with me. Done a Gamecube, Xbox 1 and Wii with it.
#13
Just a quick tip - the really cheap soldering irons (not necessarily this one but certainly most under a tenner) are poorly insulated which results in a significant leakage current at the tip - not a problem if your soldering leads/analog circuits etc but if your dealing with CMOS (microchips etc) they can be destroyed pretty easily...
#14
the problem with higher wattage irons is that they are more likely to overheat any components nearby the solder point... a 15w iron will take longer to heat a component than a 50w iron and is therefore less likely to fry it.
#15
Good price . If your soldering small components though youll need around a 15watt soldering iron as has been stated already.
#16
I guess I have lucked out using mine for soldering my Wii on the lowest temperature setting. Surely this would be fine on low heat as long as you are only wire soldering to points and not any chipset soldering? I have found it fine for modding and general wire soldering, lead making etc, so perfect for a "novice solderer"
#17
dxx
Nice find.

Does anyone know if these are available instore? I'll be able to pick on up on the way to work if that's the case, and that'd be neat.

Go to the deal page, and do a stock check with your postcode (at the bottom of the page). These do seem to be in stock aplenty, whereas the recent web deal on the wireless VOIP phone was not in any stores anywhere near me.
#18
Chuck U
Go to the deal page, and do a stock check with your postcode (at the bottom of the page). These do seem to be in stock aplenty, whereas the recent web deal on the wireless VOIP phone was not in any stores anywhere near me.


This is such a regular offer it seems once every two months or so this crops up, hardly think its going to be a stock absorbing offer, but yeyp its advisable anyone uses the stock checker before making a special trip just in case!
#19
Hot hot hot.....:oops:

I'll get my coat........
#20
matdey;2103301
Hot hot hot.....:oops:

I'll get my coat........

your avatar scares me...
what is it?
#21
no1knows
the problem with higher wattage irons is that they are more likely to overheat any components nearby the solder point... a 15w iron will take longer to heat a component than a 50w iron and is therefore less likely to fry it.


That is false. I am quite experienced in soldering and own some of the more expensive tools, one station in excess of a grand. Output on that particular station is 120W yet is used around the world by many production lines on some very fine and sensitive components.

By having a large thermal load (w) the tip does not lower temperature as quickly as cheaper (less W) irons. So if you have a components, lets say a 12 pin DIL chip on transferring heat your iron tip looses heat. On the 4th pin your £9.99 15W iron is now struggling to recover, so to solder you must either a) let the iron recover by not using it b) carry on but placing the iron for a longer period on the PCB which will place a greater amount of energy into the surrounding components. Remember some of the energy is lost through convection.

The more important question should be on tip temperature, A higher temperature is more likely to cause damage than wattage. As you can probably imagine a £10 iron is not going to give accurate tip temperatures, it is fine for the odd job but I would be a bit wary on using one on more expensive boards. As mentioned earlier I would not be too confident in the ESD protection either.

I have seen these fairly often in Maplin at £10. Quality is no the best TBH. For the odd job Argos stock a Black & Decker sometimes for a £10 which comes wtih many tips and holding arms.
#22
RISC
I have seen these fairly often in Maplin at £10. Quality is no the best TBH. For the odd job Argos stock a Black & Decker sometimes for a £10 which comes wtih many tips and holding arms.


http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/0072344/Trail/searchtext%3EBLACK+AND+DECKER.htm

Looks better quality than this one from Maplins, but it is £19.99 not a tenner, however the fact it comes with all those tips is pretty good value I think!

Edit....have it for £17.99 at woolies http://www.woolworths.co.uk/web/jsp/product/index.jsp?pid=50943608 mistakenly listed as 120v with an american plug socket on the end in the photo! I somehow doubt they would supply you a US voltaged Solder iron! This iron is listed as 25w but DOESNT have a variable temperature, just two settings..so actually I think the Maplins one with this in mind IS better value even for a small job as a hobby item.
#23
darkovo
Is it good for sensitive boards? Variable heat seems to suggest 50W is the maximum but what is the minimum? So can it be adjusted to a 15W equivalent?


Very poor choice for sensitive boards, get a 15-20w

Ash
#24
phil001
your avatar scares me...
what is it?


Not sure...... i saw someone using it on a different forum out there in t'interwebland and thought that i would use it somewhere else... :oops:

and yes, she is quite scary

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