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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Chris W, Jul 23, 2005.

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  1. Chris W

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  2. Chris W

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  3. Tom Biasi

    Tom Biasi Guest

    Hi Chris,
    Since you are asking, the unit you link has specs more than suitable for
    what you need. They make a comparison to a Weller, for a few bucks more you
    can have a Weller.
    In my opinion I would buy the Weller.
    Something like this one:
    http://www.hmcelectronics.com/cgi-bin/scripts/product/1980-0044
    Tom
     
  4. Hi,

    I have a very similar iron and would recommend it to anyone.
    There are two variants over here (UK), one with a straight digital
    temperature readout and the other with a LED bar-graph. Spares are
    easy to come by and I haven't had to replace a tip in several
    years of use. Throw away the sponge though and get some form of
    brass turnings tip cleaner and/or one of those tinning pots made
    by Multicore.

    Treat yourself. Hobbyist need good tools just the same as the
    professionals. I ran a large maintenance organisation for many
    years and if I could have thrown those crappy 'Curie Point' switch
    Wellers out of the window I would have done so but the military
    supply chain had standardised on them.


    Cheers - Joe
     
  5. Ryan weihl

    Ryan weihl Guest

  6. Chris,

    While the price is attractive and it might be a great deal, there are a few
    things that bother me about the specs.

    1. No approvals listed.
    2. No ESD (maximum tip voltage to ground) spec.
    3. No temperature stability spec.
    4. They don't know much about soldering iron care if they think you should use
    emery cloth and alcohol to clean the tips.

    I've used Weller/Ungar stuff in the past, but now I would go with a Hakko
    soldering station. You would pay a bit more ($90 or so) for a 936-12 ESD safe
    station but you definitely know what you are getting. It doesn't have the
    direct temperature readout, but you don't really need that for hobby work.
    Specs for 936-12 are at http://www.hakkousa.com/products.asp?page=3&pid=936-12.
     
  7. noullogan

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  8. Chris W

    Chris W Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion. That sounds like a better solder station
    than the one I was looking at and I found it for under $80. Not a bad
    deal so I added it to my wish list. Hopefully I will get it for
    Christmas if I don't decided to buy it for myself sooner :)

    http://www.thewishzone.com/?ID=cdw3423

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