1. Post #1
    Flumer's Avatar
    August 2011
    40 Posts
    Anyone know of decent soldering iron kits? Looking to solder joints on a circuit board.

  2. Post #2
    AlarinTaylor's Avatar
    June 2007
    636 Posts
    A Weller WES51. You won't regret the little extra money spent. It's an amazing soldering iron for the price.

    http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WES51-A...4951235&sr=8-1

  3. Post #3
    DPM
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    September 2005
    51 Posts
    http://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-937-Digi...4990323&sr=1-4

    I'd recommend this Aoyue over the WES51. This is just out of personal preference though.

    Don't go cheap if you intend to work with PCB's often, as dicking around with fixed wattage pen irons can get ugly pretty quick. If you're intending to learn with this, buy an extra tip or two as well, you're going to ruin at least one before you get the hang of it all.
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  4. Post #4
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    Dennab
    October 2008
    14,789 Posts
    there's no reason not to own at very least a chisel tip and a pencil tip If you're intending to learn with this, buy an extra tip or two as well, you're going to ruin at least one before you get the hang of it all.
    this, there's no reason not to own at very least a chisel tip and a pencil tip, and some spares won't hurt either if you're just starting out

  5. Post #5
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    VistaPOWA's Avatar
    October 2008
    8,370 Posts
    If you happen to live in the UK, go for this. It's a great soldering station.
    http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/produ...archDetail=005
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  6. Post #6
    Flumer's Avatar
    August 2011
    40 Posts
    Those all look great. Around what temperature do I want the iron to be at? It appears as though I have a range to choose from with these.

    Also, what's a good size tip to buy?

  7. Post #7
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
    14,789 Posts
    Those all look great. Around what temperature do I want the iron to be at? It appears as though I have a range to choose from with these.

    Also, what's a good size tip to buy?
    I have a 3/16 inch chisel tip, a 1/8 inch chisel tip, and a regular pencil tip

    I use this station and it's pretty damn nice
    http://www.palcoelectronics.com/p1002161.aspx

  8. Post #8
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    VistaPOWA's Avatar
    October 2008
    8,370 Posts
    Those all look great. Around what temperature do I want the iron to be at? It appears as though I have a range to choose from with these. Also, what's a good size tip to buy?
    1.2-2.4mm if you are doing electronics.

  9. Post #9
    FreeBee's Avatar
    March 2007
    230 Posts
    I'd go for a Weller too, they are great soldering irons. Whatever you do, make sure you have additional tips. Thin tips are a must have for soldering on boards.
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    metallics's Avatar
    September 2005
    4,918 Posts
    I agree with all the points above, Weller irons are amazing, but it depends how much use you intend to get out of it. If you're going to be soldering regularly and want neat joints or are going to be going anywhere near surface mount a decent Iron like the WES51 is a must, but if you're just going to birdsnest a few components or bosh something together on matrix board a few times and then forget about it, you may as well just get something cheaper... the 20 maplin iron works just fine http://www.maplin.co.uk/50w-solder-station-35016 a fair few of my fellow students have them to work at home with.

  11. Post #11
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    October 2008
    8,370 Posts
    The only disadvantage of having a Weller iron is the fixed temperature tips.
    They are also a *bit* overpriced.

  12. Post #12
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    May 2005
    1,845 Posts
    People like the Hakko FX-888. Allows you to control the temperature so you can get good joins.

  13. Post #13

    August 2012
    3 Posts
    I use a Weller soldering iron. I bought this unit last month and I love it. It has digital temp control, heats up fast, has a built in re-work station and it's easy to find replacement heating elements. it has worked great for me. Hand tools
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  14. Post #14
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    August 2005
    2,142 Posts
    Everyone's going to cringe, but I bought one on ebay for 8 maybe.. fixed temperature of course but that with a chisel tip works perfectly for my needs.
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