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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.

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soldering iron (author)2012-04-13

There are some tips about how to choose the best soldering iron here: http://www.soldering-store.com/soldering_iron_reviews.html
There are some reviews of most common soldering irons in the USA here:
www.soldering-store.com/

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Sandisk1duo (author)2008-11-30

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

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mwagner63 (author)Sandisk1duo2010-10-27

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

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-11-30

bam
http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100-Soldering-Station-Hobbyist/dp/B000AS28UC/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1228098840&sr=8-1

get it quick, it's on sale, a great price, a great brand name.

also get tips while ur at it, they are like 4 bucks each, each one will last you a LONG time, so get a variety, such as really fat chisel, and really fine conical.

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-11-30

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.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-11-30

Do not get a coldheat. They are absolutely horrible.

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11010010110 (author)2008-11-30

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

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Gjdj3 (author)2008-11-30

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.

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-11-30

By the way, Weissensteinburg is not lying.

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-11-30

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.

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