Soldering station

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  1. iCubeFan

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    Apr 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM #1
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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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    Apr 12, 2014 at 4:42 AM #2
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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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    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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    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM #4
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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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