Butane Soldering Iron

Hello! Recently my soldering iron broke, and i want to buy a new one! I was thinking of getting a butane with interchangeable tips. Can you suggest an online one thats >$10 and with free shipping? Thanxs!

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eric m8 years ago
saw one at Home Depot for 13 dollars $$. Benzomatic i think.
NachoMahma9 years ago
. Unless you have a specific need for a butane soldering iron (eg, need to solder where there's no electricity), I suggest you go with an electric. Butane irons are hard to regulate and the fuel gets expensive in a hurry.
Sandisk1duo (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
i would prefer one, since ther is no hassle with wires and i don't want a battery powered one b/c i don't like to buy batteries
. Personal preference is as good a reason as any. ;) . Since I don't normally use butane irons, I've never shopped for them and can't offer any recommendations. :(
Sandisk1duo (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
oh well, some other instructables members might
The good ones are nice, if there is no power.. Sometimes I use mine at home as well for odd jobs or in tight spots, I bought a Weller, but they are expensive because most decent gas powered soldering irons use a catalyst, fuel reaction, and this involves Platinum, which right now is over $2000 an Oz. So I wouldn't expect to find one for less then $40.. Mine are $69.95 Now you can get some that are basically a metal tip you add to a torch, but like Nacho said they are a pain to regulate and when you point the iron down most will just give you a crazy flames shooting out the sides when it gets liquid fuel.... From the experience I had from the one I used, I personally would buy a dollar store electric iron, and a light dimmer to control the temp, this setup actually works very nice especially for novices who don't want to spend a few hundred bucks, but want a half decent performance....
Sandisk1duo (author)  Big Bwana9 years ago
i alreday built one : ) buoght a dimmer at a friend's garage sale i works, but i need a decent knob scroll to the top to see it
I was thinking about building one, it wouldn't be perfect but regulation I can do, having spent some time tinkering with the valves and regulators involved in such an endeavour...
the bad idea radar is tingling... i have an iroda solderpro electric cordless soldering iron. works great, and was decently priced. im not a big fan of butane irons; my electric cordless one is fine for me. why exactly do you need butane?
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Ya it probably is a bad idea, by the time I buy a new tip, I could by a new cheaper iron so what's the point, plus bics aren't refillable either ...
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