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Hey everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place for this post, but it seemed appropriate.

I'm looking for a good soldering iron so I can get started doing things I've always wanted to do with electronics, but never had the tools (or skills, for that matter) to do it.
I'm not looking for anything special, just something good for someone just starting out with electronics. A few years ago I bought some $12 one from Home Depot that was useless so I'm looking for atleast something better than that.

My price range is around $50, but I could spend a bit more if you guys think its worth it. I have absolutely no experience soldering so I have no idea what I'm looking for!
Edited by VanillaCena - 2/21/11 at 9:33pm
post #2 of 8
I've been using soldering irons straight from Radioshack since I was a wee lad in the 80's. Never had a problem with them. Think my last one cost me around $10 and I use it all the time.
Edited by zzM - 2/21/11 at 9:38pm
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post #3 of 8

This will be about the best under $50 dollars iron you can get. But i would get a "ST7" tip to go with it as it is a small iron tip for it.

post #4 of 8
id personally go for a hakko 936 knockoff. (mpja csi, etc.)

i actually picked up a barely used hakko 936 for 40 off craigslist a month ago. was going to get one of these but they were sold out

http://www.web-tronics.com/cispdeesdsas.html

i think these can be used with hakko tips etc.
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My suggestion, don't buy default watt soldering irons. They suck and eventually break. A lot of the times the heating tips aren't hot enough or even enough to melt the solder.

Look at the Hakko 936 or Weller WES51. These are good entry level soldering irons with adjustable wattage controls. I personally chose the Hakko 936 over the WES51 because it was cheaper. Once you get one of these you won't need another soldering iron station again. No more 15w irons, 30 watt irons, etc... just adjust and you're good to go.

But sure, if you can't afford it then get the knock off like someone suggested already.
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Looks like I'll pick one of those up then, depending which I can find at a local hardware store. Thanks a lot guys!

Also I have this solder, except mine says 60/40 not 40/60. Would this be ok? It looks like it contains lead as well, is that the normal kind to use?
Oh and

is the soldering iron I had before!
post #7 of 8
You want to use rosin solder for electronics. Not sure if its best to have lead or no lead rosin. I used no lead when I re-did the wire harness on one of my bikes.

Ive been using a 30 watt iron with screw on tips from harbor freight with no problems.
Edited by Rangerscott - 2/21/11 at 9:58pm
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Originally Posted by KILLER_K View Post
This will be about the best under $50 dollars iron you can get. But i would get a "ST7" tip to go with it as it is a small iron tip for it.
Amazon.com: Weller WLC100 Soldering Station for Hobbyist and Do-It-Yourselfer: Home Improvement
+1. Beats the hell out of the Craftsmen or Radio Shack ones. The adjustable voltage is important, whether you're working on PCBs or soldering two wires together. It's not as good as the more expensive ones, but unless you're serious with PCBs, i don't think you'll need it.
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