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My soldering Iron is dying

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Corider, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. Corider

    Corider Well-Known Member

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    Looking for advice. My soldering Iron is dying and not getting as hot as it used to. Does anyone have any suggestions on a quality,budget friendly soldering station. Or if not budget friendly something that has a good chance of lasting until the end of time? Thanks in advance.
     
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    @Corider I'd suggest checking out the Hakko Digital FX888D. For the price you'd be hard pressed to find something better. It'll cover all your RC and other soldering job needs.
     
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    @WoodiE,
    That looks like the perfect option, I really appreciate your input!!
     
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    I have the same one but non-digital. Very nice unit. Get yourself some rosin core 60/40 and the thing pretty much solders things for you. I just have to hold the beer.
     
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    I appreciate the input. I was looking at the non-digital to save a few bucks. Great information, Thank You!
     
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    You can replace the heating element in most soldering irons.
     
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    I'll 2nd the hakko, just make sure you get an assortment of tips.
     
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    80W is a lot for and unregulated stick iron. Plus that huge tip will be in it's own way. 40w or 60w with a 1/4" or 1/8" chisel tip would be better. for 12g and smaller, the 40w will work. for 10g work, the 60w is better.

    I used this $13 iron for many years -
    https://www.radioshack.com/products/40-watt-pencil-iron

    I even used the pointed tip that everyone seems to hate.

    While looking for a link to that iron, I saw this $25 Adjustable iron - https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-multi-watt-soldering-iron RS even has a tip kit for it with a nice small chisel tip for $5 - https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-soldering-iron-replacement-tips
    Plus you will want an iron holder - the little wire prop that comes with cheap irons is useless.
    https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-soldering-iron-holder

    Up to 50w max, adjustable, for about $40 with the tip kit and stand, seems like a deal if someone does not want to jump into a full soldering station.
     
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    If you soldering iron has a removable tip sometimes it builds up a coating on it and will not conduct heat as well as it did.
    Try removing the tip(make sure it is cool and unplugged) then clean the whole tip with a fine sandpaper, then roll sandpaper up into a small enough tube to slide up into the hole the tip came out of and sand it clean also. Wipe tip off blow out hole and use a Q-Tip to clean it out. Reinstall tip and give it a try. Not a guaranteed cure but has worked for me and could save you a few bucks.
     
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    Harbor Freight, reliable and cheap, make sure to use their coupon codes and catch on the way a free measuring tape or flashlight, lol.

    I even got a spare just in case mine dies in the middle of the night doing minor soldering work.
     
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    Ouch - don't use abrasives on tips. This will remove the iron plating on it. Use brass wool to clean it and always re-tin after cleaning. There are dozens of videos on YouTube explaining proper tip care.
     
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    I use sanding paper, it has worked forever with no issues. They are cheap, buy them in pairs at HF at least yearly. I even use a dremmel to make it super sharp, and a knife to scrape new metal surface.
    The abrasive deal is over-rated, please... o_O
    don't buy any of those solder 60/40 63/37 lines from EBAY, they are garbage.
     
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    Right - entirely likely. I was merely passing along what science states in relation to handling those tips. I tend to go along with knowledge from reliable sources, in this case from the well versed folks on EEVblog if I remember where I originally read that.
     
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