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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by davidd31415, Jun 17, 2005.

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  1. davidd31415

    davidd31415 Guest

    Has anyone here damaged or known someone who has damaged 'sensitive'
    electronic devices with ColdHeat? I've heard only terrible things
    about it from people I know who solder on a regular basis and decided
    not to try it out for that reason alone, but I am curious about this
    because it seems "sensitive" devices are going to be sensitive to both
    heat and currents; I've listened to one-sided arguments claiming that
    the current would pose less of a threat than the heat and am interested
    in investigating that claim further.
  2. Guest

    Go read the reviews and then buy a real soldering tool.

    Wellers and Hakkos are good. Metcal is REAL good.

  3. Bob Monsen

    Bob Monsen Guest

    I have one. It uses large currents to melt the solder. It sparks when
    you touch it to metal. However, it doesn't have enough oomph for even
    small soldering jobs. Also, there are warnings about using it on
    'sensitive' electronics. I wouldn't recommend it.
  4. davidd31415

    davidd31415 Guest

    Right, I have read the negative user reviews before and have seen many
    people warn against using them on 'sensitive' electronics (perhaps
    that's why I can not find anyone who has damaged 'sensitive'
    electronics by using one). I'm not considering buying one, I am simply
    looking for cases where such damage has been realized.
  5. Nog

    Nog Guest

    It's crap. I like my butane soldering iron. Heats up quick and I can control
    the temp.
  6. Tom Biasi

    Tom Biasi Guest

    Maybe you can't find anyone who has damaged components because anyone who
    would be working with sensitive components wouldn't use the thing in the
    first place.
  7. davidd31415

    davidd31415 Guest


    I know a CE who defends "reviews" that claim ColdHeat is actually
    better for 'sensitive' components. He relies on published reviews over
    any user comments because he believes reviews are based on controlled
    laboratory settings where the device is used properly rather than users
    who may be misusing it.

    It's unfortunate that most sensitive devices that would require very
    delicate soldering in the first place are probably too expensive to
    risk destroying in the name of researching the uslessness of something
    the has the "As Shown on TV" label on it.
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