Duratool Variable Temperature Soldering Station 48W - £13.19 @ CPC
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Duratool Variable Temperature Soldering Station 48W - £13.19 @ CPC

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Found 11th May 2015
Variable temperature soldering station with dial, looks identical to one for sale in Maplins for £24.99. Loads in stock.

Also this one of a different design available at a slightly lower price of £12.59 but stock not expected until mid-June: cpc.farnell.com/dur…608

I just want to add to save people some time, I have checked all available alternative codes for both items 00-99 and these are the cheapest links, there are a couple for each at the same price but none cheaper.

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Slight caution, I've bought this from Maplin when it went on offer for £14.99, within 10 months I've already had it replaced four times due to poor build quality, power failure, etc, annoying really as when it works I'm more than happy with it

Original Poster

tim30485

Slight caution, I've bought this from Maplin when it went on offer for … Slight caution, I've bought this from Maplin when it went on offer for £14.99, within 10 months I've already had it replaced four times due to poor build quality, power failure, etc, annoying really as when it works I'm more than happy with it



Wow, is that with heavy usage? I had one of the Maplin ones which was used sporadically, maybe every couple of months but for reasonable lengths of time soldering a number of items when it was used. It was good for a few years (may still be but not at my house anymore).

It is worth noting though that these are not heavy duty items, I would certainly not recommend them to someone who needs to solder on a regular basis, like weekly, invest in something better.
Edited by: "nige182" 12th May 2015

Maybe once or twice fortnightly only to be honest, so I was absolutely shocked, first lasted a month, second about 6 weeks, 3rd about 6 months, now on the fourth. I'm not holding my breath for this one but fingers crossed. Ironically I used to have a cheaper one I got for £4 about 10 years ago from Maplin on clearance, that was spot on, shame it failed really! Only part that was missing is the docking station bit.

These are regularly half price at Maplin (and the model up is) I have one and still going strong after a few years (light work though),

cracking little iron for the money - though I think I paid £13 for it new on ebay.

just finished a load of car audio work and it survived being outside with the wind blowing.

Really cheap one

What tips does it use?

My friend has one of these, and it doesn't get hot enough to melt the solder.
Probably just got a bad one though

I have one of these. I'm terrible at soldering. It can sometimes be difficult to get the perfect temperature where the solder flows in a timely manner and doesn't insta-vapourise.

I get there in the end though, and I'm happy with mine. I just wish I had better eyesight and a steadier hand...

Bought one a while ago, give it a miss - temperature was VERY variable.

agree with previ

McGoose

Bought one a while ago, give it a miss - temperature was VERY variable.



+1

I have this and love it. It's actually my second one, in 8 years. Sure, it can be accused of not being 'bomb proof' 'temperature perfection' or 'no CE mark' blahblahblah. But, I can vouch for this as a piece of hobbyist staple equipment.

amazon.co.uk/Sil…ron

I'd rather use a gas one. Cheaper, and no wire to have to fight with. Also heats up faster and is also variable temp.

Also comes with other attachments, hot knife, mini blow torch (useful for tight nuts).
Edited by: "JoeyJoeC" 13th May 2015

Original Poster

JoeyJoeC

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-497837-Soldering-Iron-195mm/dp/B003TNUPZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431519846&sr=8-1&keywords=gas+soldering+ironI'd rather use a gas one. Cheaper, and no wire to have to fight with. Also heats up faster and is also variable temp. Also comes with other attachments, hot knife, mini blow torch (useful for tight nuts).



Sounded nice but then I read some of the reviews on that, rated rather poorly.

nige182

Sounded nice but then I read some of the reviews on that, rated rather … Sounded nice but then I read some of the reviews on that, rated rather poorly.



Perhaps not that one specifically. I have GoSystem ones. I do have a cheaper £10 one from eBay which does the job.

Have one of these. The iron is not a temperature controlled iron. All the control knob does is vary the power to the element. Ok for intermittant hobby use and thats about it. If you want a good iron with proper temperature control and plenty of reserve power for big jobs I would advise looking at the 60w jobbies they have on banggood for less than a tenner ..... no stand of course , but you could order one to suit at the same time. btw I'm an electronic tech.
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