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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Guy Fawkes, Mar 23, 2006.

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  1. Guy Fawkes

    Guy Fawkes Guest

  2. Ray

    Ray Guest

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Xmod-Cold-Heat-Soldering-Iron- (snip)
    The tip is pretty small and can't heat a very large connection, but the worst
    problem is that it puts 6 volts (four AA batts inside) across the terminals at
    the tip... shorting that produces the heat. I wouldn't get near any PC board
    with that toy. You risk torching the components! Another thing: don't depend
    on the tip staying cold like they show in the ads. It does get hot on larger
    solder jobs and can burn you. Not worth it!

    Ray

    PS I didn't buy one. One was left on my bench by someone who just had to have
    it... and then discovered the shortcomings.
     
  3. Art

    Art Guest

    IMHO: I Actually think it would be much more fun and enlightening to build a
    nice Van De Graff and us it to solder the components to the double sided
    boards!! Any one that has done any amount of repair within the last 15
    years knows that discharging any amount of current across a junction to
    solder it can and probably will decrease the longevity of modern
    electronics.
     
  4. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I look for opinion of users, but I don't think I ever have seen a user respond,
    only speculators.

    greg
     
  5. CRaSH

    CRaSH Guest

    I think one speculator stated he had one left on his bench, that he
    USED.....
     
  6. sofie

    sofie Guest

    GregS:
    My brother got one for his birthday last month..... IMHO it is nothing more
    than a toy.... might be useful for a very occasional solder job like a
    soldering a wire on a battery clip or some other light duty job. I tried
    several solder jobs and got less than satisfactory results and I certainly
    wouldn't use in around and near semiconductor junctions.
    So there..... an opinion of a user.
    By the way, if you ever take a piece of equipment to a service shop and they
    have one of these "cold" soldering irons on the bench..... leave
    immediately, don't leave your equipment, find a different shop.
    --
    Best Regards,
    Daniel Sofie
    Electronics Supply & Repair
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  7. Guy Fawkes

    Guy Fawkes Guest

    thanks all, much appreciated.
     
  8. Ken Layton

    Ken Layton Guest

    Completely useless if you need to de-solder something.
     
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