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Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by myo aung, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. myo aung

    myo aung Guest

    does anyone has soldering iron that i can borrow

    thanks
     
  2. Better yet - has anyone used one of the ColdHeet soldering irons advertised
    on TV? Powered by several AA batteries and not much bigger that a fat pen.
     
  3. Doug Dotson

    Doug Dotson Guest

    I just saw the ad for that last night. It sounds great if it really works. I
    can't
    imagine it is much more than 25 watts or so.

    Doug
     
  4. How many watts do you need for wiring lights and switches that control them?
     
  5. In a pinch I just use one of those little blow torches than use a butane
    lighter as fuel source. Always have it there for the heat shrink tubing
    anyways.
     
  6. Doug Dotson

    Doug Dotson Guest

    A 25 watt iron is good for printed circuit boards and such. Soldering
    heavier wire for lighting and such is alot easier with a heavier iron.
    Something
    like a Weller soldering gun. Plus, lights and switches are generally
    crimped, not soldered. I use a Portasol butane iron on the boat, but as I
    said earlier, very
    little is soldered.

    Doug
    s/v Callista
     
  7. Steve Thomas

    Steve Thomas Guest

    I use one of those micro torches that you can work entirely with one hand.
    Crimp, then solder.
    Mechanical strength and corrosion resistance - the best of both worlds.
     
  8. BrianR

    BrianR Guest

    Might be an idea to tell people where you are, as there are people from all
    over the world here.
    From your properties I assume you're in Kent UK. So a soldering iron in
    Florida wouldn't be much use, besides the voltage would be wrong.
     
  9. A-MAze

    A-MAze Guest

    Why borrow something you can buy for less than 10 euros?
     
  10. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I believe in being as autonomous as possible on my boat or in my shop.
    Seldom find a need to borrow anything.. Additionally I attempt to be as
    independent of shore power as possible when it comes to onboard repairs.

    That said, I have a 12 volt soldering iron, from Radio Shack. I'm not sure
    of the wattage but it must be around 40 watts and is somewhat dependent on
    the battery voltage. I all but electronics, I much prefer it to my 120 vac
    soldering iron. Really heats fast and does a great job on the heavier
    electrical connectors.

    My experience and opinion, FWIW.

    Steve
    s/v Good Intentions
     
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