View Full Version : Varibable Temp Soldering Iron - How Important

22nd May 2006, 09:31 AM
Hey there

I have finally got around to setting up a work spce with my test rig and bits and pieces.

as part of the setup, my soldering iron is ajust a lowly 25W iron. Nothing special but it does the job. However, I have read that if you are going to do any soldering (and truth be told I am not doing too much yet), you should have avariable temp iron.

What do people here use?

If you use a vriable temp iron what would you recommend?



22nd May 2006, 10:45 AM
I picked up one at dick smiths on special a few years ago.
I paid $55 for mine.
Not the best but does the job


22nd May 2006, 10:47 AM
I also have a Hakko de-solding station. These are the best !!!

22nd May 2006, 11:25 AM
I've just got a 30watt soldering iron. Trav has got this wicked battery operated one though. He got it from dick smith. I used it a few weeks ago and was blown away by it.

It gets hot real quick, even quicker then my mains powered iron, plus it is really light and easy to work with. Ask trav for the details, im going to get one once i stop spending my money on broken system 22 boards :cry

22nd May 2006, 12:12 PM
I got this one from Dick Smith and its been fine for all my work on my Pinball boards.


A desoldering station would be great but I don't think I can warrant the expense, so for now the solder pullit from Dick Smith is doing the job.

22nd May 2006, 12:56 PM
I'm in the market for a good station too (for pinball PCB work) from what I've read they suggest a station that has a digital readout and they also mention one that is static sensitive? Anyone know anything about the static sensitive stuff?

From the link that hamish_nz posted to Dick Smiths there is a couple of Digital readout ones and a wella that has a temp controlled tip (no readout)

Is the wattage rating simply the time the iron takes to come up to operating temp and nothing else? There is one for 128.00 (T2250) and one for 200.00 (T2260) both mention zero- voltage switching to protect sensitive components.

I may just get the T2260 and be done with it, I guess it will last me a lifetime anyway, I just don't want to get one and then say Damn I wish I got one with this feature or that feature etc.


22nd May 2006, 03:06 PM

for the budget stations this looks to be the best in terms of showing the temp

I guess the main question is what is the real difference between a cheap station and a low wattage iron ?


22nd May 2006, 05:26 PM
ive used a station as well as others for many years now and the stations are good
at the end of the day it doesnt matter if its $20-$500 worth its how you use them as well as maintain them
a good tip helps.over the years ive seen some bad soldering techniques.
50 bucks for a station is a bargain.

Arcade King
22nd May 2006, 05:47 PM
How important?

Like berty said my $30 buck (reduced to 24.95) battery powered beast is all i use now.
The Iron is only as good as the operator.