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Can anyone reccomend a quality Soldering Iron?

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I decided recently that to do a few mods i have in mind i will need a soldering iron. Iv never owned one before and have no idea what the good brands are. I follow the "you get what you pay for philosophy" and usually spend alot on tools. Since it will just be for casual use this time im looking for something mid range. Rather not spend much more than £30 if i can avoid it.

Would also prefer if it was plug in rather than Butane. Any advice would be apreciated. Whats evreyone else using?
post #2 of 12
You want to make note of the wattage. Say a 45w soldering iron gets hot quick and you are more likely to burn the part you are soldering if you are not careful. So a 25w iron would be safer. I would recommend Weller irons, they have decent soldering stations. It all depends on what you are doing. Just get a few tips to change out. Like a thin or a broad tip based on application and the area you have to solder.
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If you are only planning to solder wires together, then just get the cheapest smile.gif
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Thanks for advice, didnt even consider wattage. It would just be joining small wires, resistors and LED's. I'm new to soldering so i will go with 25W probably. Again, thanks for the help:)
post #5 of 12
The soldermatic 2000 is the way to go thumb.gif

Seriously though, I wouldn't do 25 watt unless it was for IC. But since you have never owned one before, 25 watt would be safer. I also recommend Weller irons.
post #6 of 12
Or get a variable one.

Here is a starter set which goes up to 48W, solder and suction pump for only 13 of your British Pounds smile.gif

http://www2.conrad-uk.com/goto.php?artikel=588417
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Honestly for occasional hobby work you can pick up pretty much any iron that falls between 15-30W.

I've done simple wiring and complex circuit boards with my ancient 15W/30W RadioShack-Brand iron. The SSMH in my sig was built using it.
Nothing fancy but it works and doesn't cost much at all.
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For woodburning, you may be able to use the pencil tip for solder.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weller-Sp25L-Soldering-Iron-230V/dp/B0009VX232/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1327540915&sr=1-1-fkmr0

Get lead free solder and a stand if you want to keep it from burning a hole in your desk.
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Hahaha totally wrong link, no idea how i managed that. Thanks for the help. Looks good to me, going to order it now. I assume cheap solder and stand will do the job, as long as i get lead free?
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