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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Dirk Bruere at NeoPax, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. miso

    miso Guest

    I agree on tip changing, but I don't change tips between every joint.

    I'd like to see the official failure rate on the metcals. I find so many
    busted ones that it can't be good.
  2. miso

    miso Guest

    But the current generation is made in China IIRC. I'll make it a point
    to get the model numbers the next time I see a pile of busted metcals.
    Busted Metcals don't last long on the surplus shelf since there is a
    small fraternity of people that know how to repair them and then put
    them on ebay.
  3. Thew key to longevity for both tips and the driver unit is to turn the
    thing off between sessions. It only takes 5 seconds to heat from ambient
    and even less when it is already warm. Leaving them on all day cycles
    the drive constantly, and burns up the tip itself too.

    Turning off the power keeps a 5 year old tip as new looking as a tip
    only a month old by some dope who is casual about it.
  4. You're a total retard, and about as green as used coffee ground fungus.
    Just about that 'smart' too.
  5. That was my conclusion too… just bought one on, $74 and
    abt $40 freight to Australia.
    Plenty of spares available locally (the station itsef costs much more
    locally though)

    Clifford Heath

    Don't be a lazy, energy wasting fucktard. Turn OFF your iron between
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