• Good Soldering Iron Kits
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Anyone know of decent soldering iron kits? Looking to solder joints on a circuit board.
A Weller WES51. You won't regret the little extra money spent. It's an amazing soldering iron for the price. [url]http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WES51-Analog-Soldering-Station/dp/B000BRC2XU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334951235&sr=8-1[/url]
[url]http://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-937-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000I30QBW/ref=sr_1_4?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1334990323&sr=1-4[/url] I'd recommend this Aoyue over the WES51. This is just out of personal preference though. Don't go cheap if you intend to work with PCB's often, as dicking around with fixed wattage pen irons can get ugly pretty quick. If you're intending to learn with this, buy an extra tip or two as well, you're going to ruin at least one before you get the hang of it all.
[QUOTE=DPM;35657555]there's no reason not to own at very least a chisel tip and a pencil tip If you're intending to learn with this, buy an extra tip or two as well, you're going to ruin at least one before you get the hang of it all.[/QUOTE] this, there's no reason not to own at very least a chisel tip and a pencil tip, and some spares won't hurt either if you're just starting out
If you happen to live in the UK, go for this. It's a great soldering station. [url]http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/588666/ST50-A-Analogue-soldering-station-50W/SHOP_AREA_17589&promotionareaSearchDetail=005[/url]
Those all look great. Around what temperature do I want the iron to be at? It appears as though I have a range to choose from with these. Also, what's a good size tip to buy?
[QUOTE=Flumer;35662862]Those all look great. Around what temperature do I want the iron to be at? It appears as though I have a range to choose from with these. Also, what's a good size tip to buy?[/QUOTE] I have a 3/16 inch chisel tip, a 1/8 inch chisel tip, and a regular pencil tip I use this station and it's pretty damn nice [url]http://www.palcoelectronics.com/p1002161.aspx[/url]
[QUOTE=Flumer;35662862]Those all look great. Around what temperature do I want the iron to be at? It appears as though I have a range to choose from with these. Also, what's a good size tip to buy?[/QUOTE] 1.2-2.4mm if you are doing electronics.
I'd go for a Weller too, they are great soldering irons. Whatever you do, make sure you have additional tips. Thin tips are a must have for soldering on boards.
I agree with all the points above, Weller irons are amazing, but it depends how much use you intend to get out of it. If you're going to be soldering regularly and want neat joints or are going to be going anywhere near surface mount a decent Iron like the WES51 is a must, but if you're just going to birdsnest a few components or bosh something together on matrix board a few times and then forget about it, you may as well just get something cheaper... the £20 maplin iron works just fine [url]http://www.maplin.co.uk/50w-solder-station-35016[/url] a fair few of my fellow students have them to work at home with.
The only disadvantage of having a Weller iron is the fixed temperature tips. They are also a *bit* overpriced.
People like the Hakko FX-888. Allows you to control the temperature so you can get good joins.
I use a Weller soldering iron. I bought this unit last month and I love it. It has digital temp control, heats up fast, has a [URL="http://www.oneclicktools.350.com/"]built[/URL] in re-work station and it's easy to find replacement heating elements. it has worked great for me. [URL="http://www.oneclicktools.co.uk/"]Hand tools[/URL]
Everyone's going to cringe, but I bought one on ebay for £8 maybe.. fixed temperature of course but that with a chisel tip works perfectly for my needs.
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