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hey everyone I was looking to get some suggestions for a soldering iron. I want to spend as little as I can but still get something good.
post #2 of 35

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__24790__Soldering_Station_with_Adjustable_Heat_Range_with_US_Plug.html
and some Hakko tips. They also sell a 4mm Hakko tip  Buy it with the soldering station can save you a lot of money. (amazon usually sells them around $10)
Heat up fast, good temperature control and there should be now problem with the Hakko tips.
Other similar products which are usually recommended are similar or same with the price over $50.

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Originally Posted by greyhamster View Post

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__24790__Soldering_Station_with_Adjustable_Heat_Range_with_US_Plug.html

and some Hakko tips. They also sell a 4mm Hakko tip  Buy it with the soldering station can save you a lot of money. (amazon usually sells them around $10)

Heat up fast, good temperature control and there should be now problem with the Hakko tips.

Other similar products which are usually recommended are similar or same with the price over $50.

thank you very much!
post #4 of 35
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The shipping on this isn't good for me as I'm in the states :(

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Last time I bought from them, it was shipped from NY and they charged $10 for shipping.

post #6 of 35
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let me look again
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nah idk it's still telling me insane shipping prices

 

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Originally Posted by greyhamster View Post
 

Sorry I forgot that you have to buy from US warehouse
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__19240__Soldering_Station_with_Adjustable_Heat_Range_USA_Warehouse_.html

Thank you, I'm also considering this one http://www.frys.com/product/1556308

 

what do you think?

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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post
 

Thank you, I'm also considering this one http://www.frys.com/product/1556308

 

what do you think?


It runs too hot.

post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by Avro_Arrow View Post


It runs too hot.

do you have any recommendations as well? trying to be an informed consumer making this purchase I know nothing about
post #12 of 35

A $17 40watt Weller soldering iron at Homedepot
However a solering station with temperature control is a big plus.

post #13 of 35

I asked this same question in another thread, and this is a quote about the cheaper Weller iron at Home Depot.

 

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Originally Posted by tomb View Post
 

The Weller you have listed is not worth the trouble.  It's an arts & craft soldering iron, basically nothing more.

 

 

I still haven't picked mine out yet either, but just sharing what was mentioned to me. Here's the rest of that post.

 

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Originally Posted by tomb View Post
 

The Kendal and Aoyue are Hakko 936 clones.  Read the reviews on Amazon and you'll see some people mentioning that the barrel of the iron gets hot (the part you hold onto).  Despite that, many people have purchased the Aoyue and claim that it works fine.  However, the ones that have switched to a Hakko would never go back.  I got a few at a 50% discount when Hakko was changing the design (to cut down on cloning, most likely).  I gave one to a friend who had used an Aoyue and he said, "Wow - the handle doesn't get hot!"

 

The Hakko FX-888D is the current model and now looks nothing like the Kendal and Aoyue.  You'll pay more than your budget - not quite twice as much, but you won't regret it if you continue to solder.  This place has almost everything you would want:

http://www.hmcelectronics.com/product/Hakko/FX888D

 

Stick with the chisel tips - a 1.6D is great for all through-hole PCBs, cabling, and connectors.  A 0.8D chisel tip will do SMD quite well.  Stick with 63-37 eutectic solder, with rosin flux - Kester has some with #44 rosin flux that's 0.025" diameter. That's about as small as you can get without it breaking all the time.  It'll do all the soldering you need for everything from cabling, connectors, through-hole PCBs and even SMD.  I wish they offered it in the half-pound, because I bought a half-pound of it 7 years ago and it's just now starting to run out.  A pound will last you for 10 years or more, most likely.

 
post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by greyhamster View Post

A $17 40watt Weller soldering iron at Homedepot

However a solering station with temperature control is a big plus.


I'm brand new to soldering so could you please explain why the temperature control is a plus, sorry for my ignorance
post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by AxelCloris View Post
 

I asked this same question in another thread, and this is a quote about the cheaper Weller iron at Home Depot.

 

 

I still haven't picked mine out yet either, but just sharing what was mentioned to me. Here's the rest of that post.

 


that's because most of tomb's soldering is on pcb, chips, circuit board...
for basic soldering the cheap Weller will be fine

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