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Solrder iron controller

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Shane Kirkman, Nov 1, 2003.

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  1. I am making a Zero Crossing Triac controller for my still, which has a 1.5k
    I want to buy a soldering iron for my new hobby (electronics).
    My Question is : If I brought a hi wattage solder-iron. would the Triac
    controller be suitable to control the solder-iron, for basic PCB work
  2. Probably, if you can attach the temperature sensing element
    Triacs have a minimum holding current requirement, but I am pretty
    sure a soldering iron heater will draw more current than this.
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    Why not? I use my 40 watt electronics iron that way. It avoids
    overheating the tip when the iron is idle and I can leave it warm so
    it can heat up quickly when I need it.

    I chose an inline lamp dimmer with a 300 watt rating and wired a 7
    watt pilot lamp on the iron side to visually judge the setting.

    Carrying that beer/wine making project to the next level?
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