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What's a good soldering iron? Answered

Me and my dad have a really crappy soldering iron. It has a really messy tip, it heats slow, it has a short cord, and it is clumsy to hold. We were wondering what to look for if we were to go to Fry's or Radio Shack to buy a new one.


most hardware stores have smoldering irons, i got a $5 20w soldering iron at wal-mart

Lowe's $13 Weller with 2 tips and x-acto attachment

Whatever you get, make a good soldering stand for your iron. On a wood or metal base, it should have a funnel like spring to put the iron in and protect you from the hot tip. You should also have a spot for a damp sponge to wipe the tip with the burnt on flux. Expensive Weller soldering stations have these features along with temperature control.

Do not get a coldheat. They are absolutely horrible.

for electronics : sharp point tip with ~30 W power for more massive crafts : more power and i think point tip is still the best get earthed tool (i electrocuted enough times from those cheap 2-contact plug irons) to keep the tool in good condition : cover its tip entirely with red-core solder as soon as it heats up for the 1st time dont let the hot tip to come in contact with water or moisture


9 years ago

I agree with GM and Weissensteinburg. Avoid coldheat!

As for a good iron, RadioShacks irons are good just because they're cheap. They work pretty well, but the tips wear down fast. Other than that, they work great for what they cost.

By the way, Weissensteinburg is not lying.

You can just go to RadioShack and get their soldering irons.

They're pretty good; they should have a blue and black handle.

There's a 30 watt one for like $8 that comes with little tools & solder.