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Old 01-06-2014, 12:31 PM   #21
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To bring this back. I managed to kill my sparkfun unit. It wont run the heating element now unless the temp is set to max. The temp sensor in the tip seems to be reporting normally so something bit the dust inside the unit. I guess its time to buy a weller.
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I got this at christmas.
I've only used it once now, but it's better than my weller unit.
Amazon.com: OTC 4472 Cordless Solder Tool Kit: Automotive Amazon.com: OTC 4472 Cordless Solder Tool Kit: Automotive

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I got this at christmas.
I've only used it once now, but it's better than my weller unit.
Amazon.com: OTC 4472 Cordless Solder Tool Kit: Automotive

i love my propane iron i use at work. its way too much work to get 120v to a work area, they are great if you need the mobility. not to mention they offer lots of power.
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I've got a vintage Weller WTCPN with a TC-201 iron on it. It does everything I've asked of it, though it's not ideal for hauling out into the field. The tips are what controls temperature on this model, so you have to learn to solder with what you've got, not play with the ****. I picked mine up refurbed at a Ham swap meet with a ton of tips and a Sold-A-Pult solder sucker. **** desoldering braid. You just have to get good enough to not lift traces.

For work in the field, I spent $20 at Lowe's and got a Bernzomatic Micro Butane Torch with Soldering Kit. The thing that sealed the deal is you can remove the solder tip and use it as a heat gun on heat shrink. It's far from the best soldering tool, but it gets the job done when I don't want to run an extension cord across the parking lot.
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