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It's the final two minutes of the best football game of the season, your team is up by seven and the opposition has the ball on your 10 yard line. The football is hiked, and as instantly as the ball leaves the centers hands, the TV looses power due to that loose wire you have been putting off fixing for months. Even worse, your regular soldering setup is all the way in the basement and will take too long to retrieve. What do you do?

Luckily for you, you have followed this instructable, and created the most useful tool package of all time, and even better, it is small enough to fit in your pocket, specifically, the pocket of the pants you are wearing right now. With a minute to go, the TV is up and running and your team has intercepted the ball. Way to go.

Sound like a situation you would like to avoid or a solution you would like to have on you at all times? Good, read on.

This instructable will document the steps necessary to modify and fit every tool and useful accessory required for an emergency soldering job in the hacker-essential, pocket-sized, minty-smelling, Altoids tin container.

Within one tin, you will be able to fit:
One Cold Heat soldering iron with two extra batteries and a spare tip (hardware store)
One clip anywhere helping hand (hardware store)
Several inches of multiple sized heat-shrink tubing (hardware store)
Several feet of electrical tape (hardware store)
Cable ties (hardware store)
Flexible standing light and laser pointer (because it's not worth doing if it doesn't have lasers) (pharmacy; tool aisle)
Small Phillips and flat head screwdriver (hardware store)
Small Wire stripper and cutter (electronic or hardware store)

This instructable will feature:
Hack your Cold Heat soldering iron
Hack your alligator clip wire leads
Hack your Strippers
The Rest
Pack your box
Video on Final Page *coming soon*
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You added HST, but nothing to shrink it. Wouldn't it need a lighter?
hi this is cool man

i like it man.

tzq33tdq4 years ago
i think this is a great instructable!!!
threewheela5 years ago
great ible. but im gonna have to make an iron in a can with some old school iron because i could never get my cold heat one hot enough to melt any solder :(
Your sentence, "Hack your alligator clip wire leads (or crocodile clip leads for those of you in FL)" makes no sense. Florida has alligators, not crocodiles.
actually, in south Florida, we have both. The everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live in the same place.
technicalities my friend! ;)))
Uhm, I hope you can appreciate the value of paying the utmost attention to "technicalities" when dealing with basically anything related to the purpose of this site. I'm just saying, taking a laissez faire approach to technicalities is how one gets a 120V surprise.
You know what REALLY "makes no sense?" Your statement that "Florida has alligators, not crocodiles." Yes, Florida has alligators TOO, but it also happens to be the only place in the U.S. that HAS CROCODILES. The Florida crocodiles are estimated to be some 400-500 and are on the rise. I find your whole "You shouldn't say crocodile clips instead of alligator clips YER JOKE ISN TEH FUNNAY" to not only be asinine, and pointless, but you're also "technically" wrong. Despite his statement being an obvious joke that you, for whatever reason, decided to get your panties in a twist over, his statement was also "technically" correct. You didn't do your homework and decided to jump on him for his correct and tongue-in-cheek joke. I won't even get into the fact that you then go on to suggest that by his joke (allegedly) being incorrect that this could equate to someone getting electrocuted. Are you for real?
Ah, I stand corrected... Their numbers are now in the thousands, and they're being considered for removal from the endangered species list according to National Geographic and the NPR.
agis68 Javin0076 years ago
HAHAAHAHAHAHA.........excellent risponce dude
So much for "i dont have bad language" eh?
OK maybe u have right but any other site than here, go to electo-tech.com and say this and then i will agree with u 150% but here no. Focus on the job, the spirit and the gnessis of this idea coming project. And don't spoil the spirit of any member here. They deserve the best, and from us looki an advice and some claps, to aplause their job, else u remember me the guy who was looking the tree and was forgot all the f.... forest. Iam not bitter in my feelings or havi bad language but that's the spirit of www.istructables.com.....elso go to the MIt forums...and make yourself feel better;)))
iculus (author)  capn_midnight6 years ago
I suppose I got this wrong. I think I had begun typing one thing, edited it, and forgot to run the coherence checker.
they have a coherence checker?
yup, and someone wrote gullible at the top of this ible'
no; i was just wondering cause it would be nice if they did, in fact, have one.
oh, lolz
meh , there both big , long and dnagerous , this reminds me of something...
i think he was being politically correct so as not to insult the alligators. you wasted your time arguing semantics, and i just wasted time replying to you.
Colonel885 years ago
Lol you had me laughing at "Hack your Strippers" no offense.
WarSaw6 years ago
awesome intro
Arbitror6 years ago
I really hated the Coldheat... The brittle tips kept breaking, and I couldn't do micro soldering easily...
static Arbitror6 years ago
II find the cold heat unit a dissapointing purchase myself. I had one of these http://www.gigaweb.com/products/view/3585/60-pro-charge-cordless-rechargeable-soldering-iron.html when I was doing a lot repairs in the field. I loved it but, it looks like inflation occurred in the mean time, and they where a boring gray color back then.
i got a WELLER butane soldering iron for 15 bucks at home depot and i love
I have been eyeballing those. I like the Wahl because it was quick to come up to operating temp.Also quich to cool down so so worries about melting any plastic in came in contact with after putting it in the tool box.
so how good does that cold heat soldering iron work does it do as much as a regular soldering iron
iculus (author) 6 years ago
This note is in reference to the two posts below should they still be there when this is read: The Cold Heat Soldering Iron and the wire strippers used in this instructable are less than ideal. They are finicky, brittle, the wrong tool, and underpowered. This said, they were used in the making of this instructable, and are only intended to be used in a pinch, where small size and convenience are more valuable than user friendly operation and frustration free work. I do not recommend either of these tools for your everyday toolbox.
arjo iculus6 years ago
yeah yeah i know, no diss intended.

just letting the folks know of a useful purpose of the tool intended and how to use it properly or an alternative with broader uses

*peace* bro :-D
iculus (author)  arjo6 years ago
No diss taken, I agree with you.
arjo6 years ago
just a point on those wire strippers. they suck pretty bad for normal wire, but they're designed for removing the outer layer of insulation from coax or multicore wire such as cat5. the plastic bracket applys just enough force to cut most of the way through the outer layer so it can be easily removed with a bend and a yank. personally id be looking for somthing like some fold-out scissors from a sewing kit. that covers you for all manner of stripping, cutting and gouging, all sure to be useful in an emergency. look around for a good set tho, there are some very bad examples that will only make you cuss and or hurt your fingers. a better pair wont be much easier to use (teensy tools in man-size hands never are), but at least will work.
iculus (author)  arjo6 years ago
Fold out scissors would be a great improvement in the future. I will have to look around. I used the wire strippers to do all of the wire stripping seen above, and had a tough (but successful) time with them.
Javin0076 years ago
Iculus: Great 'ible, and I'm sorry I didn't manage to see it previously. (Glad you're in the finalists stage, and good luck in the judging!) I think I may have to actually do exactly this with my cold heat gun. Currently, my "soldering kit" consists of a shoe box with a bunch of crap in it. The other day I needed to do a quick and simple solder job to test a hobby engine and ended up having to pull everything out and make a wreck of my table. This is just brilliant.
Skittles226 years ago
Such an awesome idea, so cool!
1up6 years ago
With all these awesome pocket-sized entrys, I'm running out of pockets to put them all in! :D Nice Instructable.
adamvan2000 1up6 years ago
*cough*cargopants*cough* ;O) ~adamvan2000
iculus (author)  1up6 years ago
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