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I had a problem with soldering I hadn't tined the tip properly its a cheaper solding iron. I bought tin past it works very wel if i use solder flux core it's no good with just solder . I would to like to get this weller soldering iron its £56 but is it any good?

If everyone could send in the pictures of their soldering irons and brief descriptions such as how it works with solder flux core or all types of solder, price etc it would  be helpful for newbies to make a choice.

 

 


   
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@videogame95 This is what the experts use and what I bought. A little pricey, but with tools you get what you pay for. Of course you need the 'right' solder, and paste for PCB work (one of the most faked items) plus I swear by liquid flux for everyday use. https://amz.run/7ZRi

Also the 'right' tips I made 3 purchases, a general purpose set, then the chisel tips needed for working with PCBs and chips. Here they are https://amz.run/8dHf and https://amz.run/7hrC and finally https://amz.run/8dI8 . I am probably forgetting a few misc things, but lots of videos will guide you.

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Posted by: @videogame95

I would to like to get this weller soldering iron its £56 but is it any good?

I replaced my ageing Soldering Iron with a temperature controlled one and considered a Weller (I can't see to which model you're referring), but the model I wanted was over £70 and from what I could gather, even that was 'cheep', for a temperature controlled Weller, but I've no doubt that the quality is going to be good.

I ended off getting this which I've used once and I have to say that it's real nice to use. Heats up in about 2 minutes, the Pen is light weight, with very little drag from the cord (I also considered a cordless, because of the issue of drag). How long it will last, is anyone's guess, but it seems to be a good Iron for the cost. I'm not saying that I'm recommending it; just sharing what I have.

 

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@rob42101 Notice in the ad it points out how the rest is anti-static. It is NOT grounded like mine is and it's made of plastic, mine is steel with a sensor to know when the iron is on the rest. Likethey say, cry once.

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@videogame95 FYI @rob42101 I just noticed your budget restraint. I did a quick Google and found the following. Same manufacturer as mine but much simpler and cheaper. It uses the T18 tips and they have the special tips (hollow) for solder dragging which us hobbyists are always trying to use but often fail. These tips make it easy. Here is the link for my country, adjust as needed. https://amz.run/8dQY

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@zander Thank you. I've already bought it and as such, I'll have to live with it, mistake or no mistake, but if others can learn from this, then that's a positive.

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@rob42101 Understood. You may want to get something to check the temperature with as sometimes those budget irons don't have great temp control. Also do your research on not only the solder composition, but recommended diam for specific kinds of work. I have two diameters, the very thinnest is 0.015"/0.38mm. It is Sn63Pb37 2.2% flux core. The thicker is 0.8mmSn60Pb40 1.5%-2% flux. My temp is set to 631F/333C. I almost always use liquid flux, it makes the soldering go about 10 times faster.

One thing you may not have is an auto off feature. If so, consider adding a simple plug in timer so you don't walk away with your iron on.

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@zander Thanks for your help I've a cheap soldering iron but turns off if not moved 

I will invest in new when I move into home

And then make up a premant place for 


   
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