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Radio shack irons suck.

Even the cheaper Weller options ($20) are better than what Radio shack sells as high end.

Also what Brasslad posted, get one if you can. Brass tip cleaners are amazing and should be standard with every iron. No more stupid sponge!

Hakko and Weller are both great brands. Both offer models with temperature controls and actually heat to that range.
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well, when i get a job, i will buy a better one, but for now i will continue to use the radio shack one. it will serve its purpose.

its really hard being a pc enthusiast on a budget.
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well, when i get a job, i will buy a better one, but for now i will continue to use the radio shack one. it will serve its purpose.
its really hard being a pc enthusiast on a budget.

That the great part about Weller, is that they offer great quality soldering irons at low cost. If you do plan to continue soldering, it is well worth it to invest in a much better iron, and as Mootsfox said, Hakko and Weller both offer great soldering stations, and irons. We use Hakko at my job, and they are phenomenal for the cost. I own three Radio shack irons, two of them are just irons and one of them is a soldering station. All three of them get hot after 5 minutes of use. The same cannot be said for the Weller and Hakko products I have used. The are fantastic in terms of quality, especially for the price.


If you plan on continuing soldering I highly recommend investing in a decent setup. This would include quality tips, de-soldering tools, and fluxes.
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That the great part about Weller, is that they offer great quality soldering irons at low cost. If you do plan to continue soldering, it is well worth it to invest in a much better iron, and as Mootsfox said, Hakko and Weller both offer great soldering stations, and irons. We use Hakko at my job, and they are phenomenal for the cost. I own three Radio shack irons, two of them are just irons and one of them is a soldering station. All three of them get hot after 5 minutes of use. The same cannot be said for the Weller and Hakko products I have used. The are fantastic in terms of quality, especially for the price.
If you plan on continuing soldering I highly recommend investing in a decent setup. This would include quality tips, de-soldering tools, and fluxes.

I use a basic Weller station at home and work ($80ish on amazon) and I won't even do simple jobs with a shack iron anymore. If I get asked to do any soldering, it's with the station, always.

Oh, and OP, wear your safety goggles when soldering. The second time I did any serious soldering work, I saw someone splash a glob of solder into their eye. Not fun.
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I use a basic Weller station at home and work ($80ish on amazon) and I won't even do simple jobs with a shack iron anymore. If I get asked to do any soldering, it's with the station, always.
Oh, and OP, wear your safety goggles when soldering. The second time I did any serious soldering work, I saw someone splash a glob of solder into their eye. Not fun.

fantastic recommendation on wearing safety goggles. i dropped solder on my finger the other day. 3rd degree burns are the best.
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I use a basic Weller station at home and work ($80ish on amazon) and I won't even do simple jobs with a shack iron anymore. If I get asked to do any soldering, it's with the station, always.
Oh, and OP, wear your safety goggles when soldering. The second time I did any serious soldering work, I saw someone splash a glob of solder into their eye. Not fun.

Brb buying some safety goggles. Also its not helpful to breathe in the fumes - doesn't do a lot of good to your internals. Flux is perfectly fine to use, that and a wet sponge and it makes it sooooo much easier to tin wires. I also find that twisting the end of the wire stops stray bits of wire sticking out during tinning and causing a bit of a mess.
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Brb buying some safety goggles. Also its not helpful to breathe in the fumes - doesn't do a lot of good to your internals. Flux is perfectly fine to use, that and a wet sponge and it makes it sooooo much easier to tin wires. I also find that twisting the end of the wire stops stray bits of wire sticking out during tinning and causing a bit of a mess.

Lead isn't going to vaporize at soldering temps (~600F), but breaking in fumes is bad certainly. A respirator and/or a well ventilated area is key. Also after dealing with any lead products, wash your hands.

Twisting certainly helps. I twist both ends, tin them, and joint them. Shouldn't take any additional solder at that point. I do hate sponges though. The brass cleaners have worked far better for me, and you don't have to worry about keeping the sponge wet.



Oh, and if it wasn't mentioned before, pick up a third hand. They are a couple bucks and make life so much simpler.

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