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recommend me a soldering iron/station
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:16:43 AM »

my cheapo B&Q soldering iron isn't really up to the job - other than for melting xt60's - & I'm after something a bit better before I start trying to solder flight controllers.

soldering stations seem to be eye-wateringly expensive - it is really worth paying the extra for what seems to be a just glorified thermostat?  :o

many thanks
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Re: recommend me a soldering iron/station
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2019, 10:14:40 AM »

TS-100 all the way.
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Re: recommend me a soldering iron/station
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2019, 04:34:54 PM »

If you can get a second hand Weller, that would be good.
Metcals are superb.  We have one at work and it's in a league above a typical maplin temp controlled iron.  Whether they're worth the wonga is another matter, but you could be looking at 600/700 quid for one.

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Re: recommend me a soldering iron/station
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2019, 09:31:21 PM »

thanks gents.  the Aoyue 936 looks a bit more like what I'm after.

I did look for second-hand Wellers, but they hold their value really well.  :(

for 600 I would expect a robotic iron that did the soldering for me  ;)
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Re: recommend me a soldering iron/station
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2019, 01:10:03 PM »

I would get a selection of tips from fine to coarse to go with it as well .
« Last Edit: August 19, 2019, 07:00:01 PM by Jake Bullit »
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 01:03:37 PM »

At work and at home i am using Weller WSD81 + WSP80
The best soldering station i ever used
Tried the WE1010 early this year but that is crap
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 05:20:02 PM »

I've got a Silverline 265829 48 W Soldering Station (44 on Amazon). It copes with everything up to an xt60 and you can get a fine tip if you need one. If you need to solder an xt90 you'll want something bigger.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003TO0QX0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Q7axDbC2GZ6NS
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