Need a Soldering Iron?

I know nothing about these but don't want one that is not reliable and must have temp control.

Thanks

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You need something like this maplin.co.uk/p/6…5kj
Hunt around as this varies a lot in price and you can save £20+ buy just finding the cheapest seller.
You need ESD Protection so you don't fry static sensitive devices. If you're just doing plumbing then not so much.

Ouch ! - No the previous post referred to a great bit of kit but I think what you are actually looking for is amazon.co.uk/Dra…kit -about £10 .Contains all the stuff you'll need ,iron ,solder ,sponge etc . Probably pick up similar from Argos, B&Q , Wilko or Wickes without spending much more than a tenner
Edited by: "rogparki" 3rd Jan 2015

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81cIRlWiliL._SL1063_.jpg

That guy's soldering with a screwdriver tip, must be a Mastercare employee oO

rogparki

Ouch ! - No the previous post referred to a great bit of kit but I think … Ouch ! - No the previous post referred to a great bit of kit but I think what you are actually looking for is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-71415-Soldering-Iron-Kit/dp/B000ELJ0C4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420318724&sr=8-2&keywords=solder+kit -about £10 .Contains all the stuff you'll need ,iron ,solder ,sponge etc . Probably pick up similar from Argos, B&Q , Wilko or Wickes without spending much more than a tenner



But that is not temp controlled is it.

Ellie Phant

But that is not temp controlled is it.


If you don't know about soldering irons ,you don't need temperature control .Years as an electronic technician ,never needed a temperature controlled yet.

What are you planning on soldering? The cheap ones have tips that are too large for a lot of purposes.

rogparki

If you don't know about soldering irons ,you don't need temperature … If you don't know about soldering irons ,you don't need temperature control .Years as an electronic technician ,never needed a temperature controlled yet.



Ok..fair enough.... but the op is saying he wants one with temp control
and according to Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange
Quote
"You always need a temperature controlled soldering iron. It's one of the first must-haves for the EE, together with a good DMM. Uncontrolled irons heat up to high temperatures while they sit in their holder, so that your first solderings occur at way too high temperatures, which leads to poor quality soldering connections and possible damage to (smaller) components."

Ellie Phant

Ok..fair enough.... but the op is saying he wants one with temp … Ok..fair enough.... but the op is saying he wants one with temp controland according to Electrical Engineering Stack ExchangeQuote"You always need a temperature controlled soldering iron. It's one of the first must-haves for the EE, together with a good DMM. Uncontrolled irons heat up to high temperatures while they sit in their holder, so that your first solderings occur at way too high temperatures, which leads to poor quality soldering connections and possible damage to (smaller) components."


To be fair I can see how that could be a problem with todays delicate pcbs . Doing it every day of my life that's what the wet sponge was for (temp control ) . If you're just soldering wires ,not on pcbs temp control shouldn't be a problem .
Edited by: "rogparki" 3rd Jan 2015

rogparki

If you don't know about soldering irons ,you don't need temperature … If you don't know about soldering irons ,you don't need temperature control .Years as an electronic technician ,never needed a temperature controlled yet.



I use Weller temperature controlled irons regularly at work. A lot of the stuff we have uses Low Melting Point (LMP) solder, either because components (ie ceramic chip C's) are prone to exploding or delaminating or the semiconductors, chips etc are temparature sensitive. So it's horses for courses I guess but the OP has asked about TC irons and in my experience Weller are the ones to go for but they're not cheap.


Edited by: "RxTx" 3rd Jan 2015

Lidl sales a good one from time to time, just need to change the tip with a more reliable one.

I think 'temperature control' and variable temperature are getting mixed up.
Most basic irons have temp control built in as part of the heating element. a pre designed set temperature they get to then cycle on/off.
some like the wellers you can change the temperature by changing the tip , the length of it determines the temperature via an expanding element.
Also have never needed or wanted variable temperature iron. just use different tips on my weller when needed.

if the op needs variable temp then I'd recommend amazon.co.uk/Wel…7EW

Hot air is the way forward....

181630420578 stick in ebay....this is what you need.

Hot air is the way forward....

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Tinker123

181630420578 stick in ebay....this is what you need.



That does look neat

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moneysavingkitten

What are you planning on soldering? The cheap ones have tips that are … What are you planning on soldering? The cheap ones have tips that are too large for a lot of purposes.



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