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Hi,

I think it's time to have my own soldering station. I'm tired of asking for favors :oops:

Can anyone recommend a good quality and affordable soldering station?

Which ones are you using by the way?

Thanks!
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If you are working on electronics and plan to invest some time and effort,
get a low-cost temperature controlled unit like a Weller WES51 plus a few
small conical replacement tips. This should cost about $100 or less.

If you are comparing irons, look at the "working distance" from the grip
where you hold it to the tip, tip replacement costs, auto-shutoff/safety
features, and whether it comes with a stand. For a little more money
you can get a digital temp readout, etc.

You don't need more than 50-80W for light electronics assembly/rework.

[ These types of irons are *not* suitable, e.g. for heavy gauge metal or
wire soldering so if you need to do that you'll need a different iron. ]
 
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If you are working on electronics and plan to invest some time and effort,
get a low-cost temperature controlled unit like a Weller WES51 plus a few
small conical replacement tips. This should cost about $100 or less.

If you are comparing irons, look at the "working distance" from the grip
where you hold it to the tip, tip replacement costs, auto-shutoff/safety
features, and whether it comes with a stand. For a little more money
you can get a digital temp readout, etc.

You don't need more than 50-80W for light electronics assembly/rework.

[ These types of irons are *not* suitable, e.g. for heavy gauge metal or
wire soldering so if you need to do that you'll need a different iron. ]
thanks oiwjmrof!

I' m going to need it mainly for wire soldering but in the future I'd like to use it for protoboard soldering
 
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A minor clarification...

By "heavy metal wire" I meant like 00 gauge (double zero) 10mm in diameter,
stuff you would use for arc welding. :)

Anything you are working on with protoboards will be fine with 50-80w, but
if you try to solder car battery cables, you'll need a bigger iron.
 
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