only £18 on B&Q site now! Heat added i'm buyin one -- cheers for the heads up
All Soldering Discounts, Offers and Sale - December 2018
BUMP Just a reminder for anyone who is interested, this is available in store tomorrow :)
I found this video helpful when deciding which microscope to buy - He compares three different ones in different price ranges. Obviously the more expensive ones are better, but I went with the cheapest one because I'm not too concerned about video quality as long as I can basically see what I'm doing better than with the naked eye, and the main advantage of the more expensive ones is they have their own screens, which I don't really need as I solder on the same desk as my desktop PC, which has arm mounted monitors so I can just move one of those into a comfortable position for soldering when I need it, otherwise I might have gone for the mid-range one. So is the TS100 really that much more inconvenient to use with a power supply plugged into the back of it than any other wired soldering iron? Or does it depend which type of cable you use? I was looking at getting one because I've been struggling with a couple of soldering projects recently and I'm not sure if it's me or the equipment I'm using so I thought I'd try a new iron before I go back to soldering school! Although I could probably do with some better solder and flux as well...
Just done some searching and it looks like you are right. The rechargeable version has a black grip round the top and a LED light on the end. The photos and description don't show a charging base or wire either. The rechargeable one seems to be around £15-£17 when it is sold.
Thanks so much! Makes a massive difference for me.
Amazing response, thank you very much.
And of course you can back this claim up.... (skeptical) yes, yes they have....and :/
These used to be £ 5 in maplins when closing down
My point exactly. Weller is a tried and trusted brand whereas Aldi are cheap rubbish
weller has been making soldering irons for decades
Maybe. Thanks for the advice. I'll check.
They're open source design ... just find the cheapest one. Then stick any firmware you like on it. Banggood do them in bundle offers.
Hakko soldering irons seem to have mixed reviews on amazon
Seem to be a few ts100 models of different brands on amazon.
Mine's absolutely fine. It's a bit bulky, and not as good as my £75 Weller Portasol (unsurprisingly) but for the price it's fantastic value. Were you perhaps using lead-free solder? I'm afraid my concern for the environment stops at soldering and I only use old-school lead/tin solder.
Not much, unless you buy some solder too. There's a good selection of cheap irons on CPC, although I think you have to spend £10 to get free delivery. This one is £4.74 and has a silicone lead (heat proof and more flexible) http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d03174/40w-soldering-iron-silicone-lead/dp/SD02130 £12 will get one with adjustable power http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d02265/soldering-station-48w/dp/SD0186761
always wanted one of these but not sure what use i could ever make of it, so tempted at this price :D
Great find, ordered, many thanks, Mousey!
Spare tips are available on Ebay.
Sorry mate - some people are beyond help, you fall into that category.
You're still somehow missing the point @pennyfarthing88. What you're suggesting is tantamount to posting up the entire internet on HUKD. If I happen on that Antex iron for a fiver I'll post it up, because that would be a deal. A tenner is it's normal price, so it's not a deal. A Lidl soldering iron for two quid less isn't a deal. If I was to take your approach of posting up the entire Lidl tool selection every other week I could claim as many posted deals as you, but I have the gumption to know when something is a deal and when it isn't, so I don't. I really couldn't give a toss what people think, this is a deal site not my social circle. http://cpc.farnell.com/antex/sn82270/soldering-iron-30w/dp/SD00834 https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/ER30-soldering-iron-from-Antex-SYN2420/323250277845?epid=2254725656&hash=item4b4337cdd5:g:McUAAOxyiOxRy~td https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B006DIGXGS/ref=mp_s_a_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1527546181&sr=8-19&refinements=p_89:Antexπ=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=antex+soldering+irons&dpPl=1&dpID=21HI-dI5tyL&ref=plSrch http://cpc.farnell.com/c/tools-maintenance/soldering/soldering-iron-tips/antex-soldering-iron-tips https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B003DP5UOK/ref=mp_s_a_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1527546329&sr=8-10π=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=antex+40w
The tips look as though they screw into the end of the iron, never seen this type of tip fitting so indeed probably difficult to get spares. The tips we use at work cost about £5 each and are readily available Weller spares, they are solid copper with an iron plating, using modern ROHS compliant lead free solder the temperature we need to set our irons to ranges from 350-390 centigrade. Tips without plating won't last too long but as this product is also used for wood burning this is not an issue and means this product could last many years if used for that. Our soldering stations cost about £400 but are used all day everyday , I owned an Antex 25watt mains powered iron for years and the tips are readily available even today. As has been said lets not get personal about this, life is too short to stress about f
Chill guys, it's far too hot for armchair warfare.
I use mine for electronics and restoring old radio's never let's me down, the soldering tips, If you can't find on ebay, then find some of the same diameter cut them to down size and use a die to put a thread on them, "Not rocket science".
Had a punt as good price, added some cheap air freshner 89p to get free delivery, Thx OP :)
It's not rocket science to get spare tips for this, it's just a cylinder of a certain size. Top tip I found when soldering us use flux paste and tip tinner to keep everything clean, otherwise you just end up with a rusty bit and a blob of solder that won't stick. (y)
The ones I have looked on ebay - are dangerous. They lack safety features and the temperature controls are mostly fake. With a Lidl product you know its genuinely has passed safety checks and does not have fake branding. They may come with cheap tips but I would put safety before cheap parts.
Please can you post some ebay IDs/ links? I'm on the lookout for a decent one, and you seem to know your stuff - thanks in advance.
I am getting blue flames out of the sides intermittently with the soldering tip, is anybody else experiencing the same?
Has anyone tried spending one of those £5 gift cards they were giving away over Christmas?
looked in store in Wembley and they've got the non-flash deal price on in-store (obviously the website and flash deals are now gone)
Just ordered ..absolute a stonking price..what a Bargain. I was debating ordering this a few days ago..............so glad I waited. I have this same model and it done me great over the years but the base cap ended f@@king up I really did not need ,but at this price............it`s a steal. ...This is a excellent gizmo for small jobs. Thanks OP. Heat! Best Regards,
Ordered thank you Anyone know if they stock various spare tips instore and at the £1.67/£1.70 price?
Handy for people who don't always have access to electric in their line of work (me for example). Working on a remote site for example. I'd be lost without a gas iron.
Maplin. Overpriced as always. I like how how Maplin is going downhill with the recent store crisis.
Why this and not an electric iron?
Do yourself a favour, spend another tenner and get the Dremel Versatip. Outstanding piece of kit, you won't regret it!
....or £14.39 even http://cpc.farnell.com/iroda/pro-50/soldering-iron-gas-30-70w/dp/SD0110602?ost=SD0110602
Picked one up, super useful for some situations not being stuck on a cord. Comes with some solder, only one tip though and seems to be a screw mount that looks a bit like a light bulb screw, so not sure wether you can replacement tips.
Bought one today. Very impressed.
Because it's only 8W XD
I have no idea why this is not far hotter. Its an excellent small soldering iron. Thank you for posting.
Handy for people who want to do small jobs.
That's important to me. Bits don't last long and only one of each size. Can't really vote it hot From the previous deal it seems that these MAY be the bits http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d00803-b8-1/spare-tip-d00803/dp/SD01785?MER=sy-me-pd-mi-acce
After having a parkside soldering iron literally explode in my hand - I’ll give this one a wide birth thanks
It’s cheap for what it is. Handy DIY tool
I believe it's a norm nowadays :(
You cannot get spare bits for these, so would avoid
Bought this and very happy with quality
Anyone who bought this can you please share your thoughts?
Where is the promotional message to select ?
Just what I needed....Thanks (highfive)
nice little kit this, I bought a month ago and have used to fix some headphones and a toy train
To be honest at this price I'd just buy a normal cheapy soldering station. You're unlikely to use more than a couple of pointed tips and maybe a chisel tip. Plus using decent quality solder can make soldering 10 times easier
Thank you for update :)
Bought in November and it is a good iron. Very happy with it.
Thank you :)
Out of stock now. Shame as it seemed a good deal. Heat added anyway (y)
For those who bought the station these spare tips fit http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d00803-b8-1/spare-tip-d00803/dp/SD01785
....Possibly why the stations were removed from website and empty spaces on many shelves...
Not recommended. In my opinion potentially dangerous. I've just bought one of these at Maidenhead - they had several. I needed a second iron for occasional use at my studio, so took a chance on this suspiciously cheap offer. Warning 1: The cable strain relief at the end of the iron itself does not securely grip the cable, which is free to rotate (at least on my sample). The wire is therefore liable to fracture or disconnect in time. There is mains voltage going to the iron - could be a big bang if the live wire comes loose, or compromised safety if the earth wire fractures. I wrapped some self-amalgamating tape around the body of the iron and the strain moulding to avoid these problems. Warning 2: The tip of the iron extends beyond the bottom of the support spring, so when hot it's a hazard to cables and people. Both the iron's cables have mains voltage on them, and the iron could melt through the insulation when it's apparently safely stowed in its holder. Warning 3: The solder that comes with the iron is 60/40 tin/lead. Toxic fumes! The iron gets hot enough for lead-free solder, so no excuse for this. The manual includes appropriate health warnings, but you can't see these until you've bought and opened the box. Note 1: The iron is not temperature controlled, just power controlled as far as I can see from a quick look inside the base. There's a triac, a trimpot, some filter components but not a lot else inside. The mains earth and neutral wires are joined straight to the soldering iron, the live goes via the simple electronics. I have 40 years experience as an electronics engineer and am confident there's no temperature sensor.
No stations for me but the cordless one is surprisingly good
Been to Lidl the past 3 days. Managed to get soldering station but didn’t look for the rotary multitool. Past 2 days there have been tons of soldering stations but no multitools. Gutted!
I asked the question on Amazon about the voltage. They replied saying it was 220V and have changed picture to reflect that I think. So looks a pretty good deal.
Looks a good deal as long as the 240v/earthing situation can be confirmed.
Had that on here last year! https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/19-off-ts100-digital-oled-programable-soldering-iron-station-embedded-interface-dc-5525-built-in-acceleration-sensors-with-stm32-chip-3937-banggood-possiblte-6-cashback-2435762
Ah, I was expecting it to be more complicated than that lol Thanks for the info!
I know but its made mine so thanks again xx
Frequently if Chinese stuff comes with a fuse, it is a counterfeit one
Can you get non fusible resistors though ;) I just thought it was a bit tight. If it did blow you wouldn't even be able to read the markings to replace it. At least the cheap chaddy ebay stuff normally comes with a proper fuse AND if you get really lucky they put in in the L line rather than the N XD
You can get fusible resistors ;)
In picture 2, are they using a resistor as a fuse? I might take my old one apart and see what that has inside, last thing I used it for was as an ashtray lol. If the handle connection is 24v you may be able to mod it to take a knockoff Hakko handle. More trouble than its worth probably, but something to do when you're bored XD
Bought it and I regret. What's inside Parkside PLSD 48 A1? Tips, probably same as on previous models. As others said, they were pretty bad. At least, I can control temperature, not a power, like on cheaper irons. I will check accuracy of temperature and update this post. Update: Around 20-30°C (tried 2 different tips) less @ 300°C and 400°C. Another thing, sometimes it stops warming up for 2-5s at random temperatures and when temperature on LCD hit 400°C, multimeter shows 340°C and it takes another 20-30s to stop at 375°C. Next time, I will buy Hakko 936 clone(wep,huakko,yihua). Cheap tips and spare parts. I can even replace control board with original Hakko panel.
morrighas done the job already But, if he took one apart, I think there's a fair chance he'd find it isn't actually temperature controlled and doesn't have a temperature sensor, just a triac based dimmer circuit, see this image of the banggood one:- http://www.zimagez.com/full/8e033479503e0ecc2dc3c6c42df2e6e4712e2d2ad6f6fe7d7c30f994dcd03fadd8b5933227442bf0f68e9e1ab8ca0dd1.php I was right about this one posted previously though :- https://www.hotukdeals.com/comments/permalink/31887457
Sounds like it's time to get Big Clive on the case!
I have something very similar to this but with earth clip. It doesn't have enough thermal capacity for some jobs, for example I wanted to remove a connection to a small/thin copper plate on a power supply that I was fixing and it couldn't do it. However, it was good for the Sn/Pb wires for small jobs. Plus, I wouldn't trust that temperature dial. I just ordered the "Hakko" T12 DIY Kit for about $10 ... got some good review on Youtube. My advice is to save your money ... and get the T12 kit.
I agree spend more money and buy a branded one that has been tested to UK standards and will not electrocute you.
very cheap electric goods from china = dangerous equipment. For the few pounds saved it is not worth potential danger. I have bought a few cheap transformers/equipment with allegedly uk plugs to find they had no earth cabling. Just buy them from cheap uk suppliers instead. You really are not saving much.
My Antex was £15 delivered, from eBay in 2011. My first 2 soldering irons were from Lidl, and after that I decided to get something more long-lasting, with a ready availability of replacement bits. I find the Antex easier to work with than the Lidl ones: but then again, it's possible I've just become better at soldering over the years. e.g. back when I was starting out with my Lidl ones I doubt I was cleaning and tinning the tip enough.
How much did you Antex cost for just the iron? A replacement bit for an Antex is nearly the cost of this iron.
£3.90 for the iron now (fierce)
That's a Lidl soldering iron, which was only £6.99 in store. Mine didn't last long at all- I'm much happier with my Antex 25W which replaced it.
I would say 40 watts is a bit on the high side for soldering electronics, although if you are reasonably skilled you'd probably get away with it. As I recall they used to recommend 15 to 25w for a fixed wattage iron. I have an old 25w Antex with a silicone flex, that I bought decades ago, I went to the higher end because I often needed to solder moderately thick wiring as well as electronic parts, otherwise I'd have got a 17W. CPC have a budget variable wattage (it is not temperature controlled) soldering station for £14 it seems to be a copy of one Maplin sold years ago, don't know what the quality is like. http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d02265/soldering-station-48w/dp/SD0186706
I've purchased similar iron in the past. They are all the same just re-branded. The adjusting knob does not work and even in the lowest position the tip glows red hot. It burns everything including wires rendering them useless. I am a cheap fu*k but one thing that I would not use is a *cheap* two pin Chinese soldering iron. I'm emphasising on cheap since China makes good products but this is a waste of money.
Following my earlier post, soldering irons are also good for plastic welding, such as cracked plastic car bumpers. No need to buy new or secondhand replacements. Search YouTube Peters Garage.
Here's some other soldering offers on CPC Solder Station for £12 :- http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d01843/soldering-station-48w/dp/SD0169606?ost=sd0169606&searchView=table&iscrfnonsku=false&ddkey=http:en-CPC/CPC_United_Kingdom/search (note like the mustool iron it is not temperature controlled) Tenma 60W Digital ESD Soldering Station £45 :- http://cpc.farnell.com/tenma/21-10115-uk/soldering-station-digital-esd/dp/SD0173806?ost=sd0173806&searchView=table&iscrfnonsku=false&ddkey=http:en-CPC/CPC_United_Kingdom/search Hot air 300w rework station £48 :- http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d03167/hot-air-smd-rework-station/dp/SD0212306?ost=sd0212306&searchView=table&iscrfnonsku=false&ddkey=http:en-CPC/CPC_United_Kingdom/search 8w ! SMD solder station :- http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d03172/mini-soldering-station/dp/SD0212806?ost=sd0212806&searchView=table&iscrfnonsku=false&ddkey=http:en-CPC/CPC_United_Kingdom/search
Electronics engineer here, would never go near a 12w iron for electronics or electrical purpose, wattage too low. I have always used a temp control 50w iron around 350 to 400° but have gone higher when soldering large electrical wires to lugs etc. Also use a gas iron when working with electrical stuff or for wiring in the car. But wouldn't use for electronics as it's too hot for that and the exhaust emits hot gas/air that could damage loose wires and connectors that may incidentally be there.
But for just £4 you can buy an iron from a UK supplier and not risk electrocution each time you use it!
A very nasty soldering iron.... Avoid at all cost ;) maxmix
Yep, got one of those just out of curiosity. Horrible piece of kit, definitely wouldn't have paid more than £1 for it.
looks very similar to Maplin one posted a while back, now discontinued. https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/maplin-30w-60w-mains-soldering-iron-96p-maplin-free-c-c-2504383