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Description: This is a simple soldering iron stand composed of a heavy-duty metal base and a reinforced spring holder. The base and holder are detachable. A circular cleaning sponge, which has a nice home at the bottom of the base, is included.
This holder should fit most soldering irons, and it’s a great way to keep our ‘fire-starter’ handy and off your floor.
Based on 3 ratings:
2 of 2 found this helpful:
The spring iron holder on this stand is fine. It’s long enough to hold most irons, and has stood up with heavy use. Now, the base… it isn’t heavy enough to balance any but the tiniest iron. Sparkfun doesn’t sell tiny irons, they sell normal irons. Put the normal iron in the stand, stand falls over. Repeat. You will burn something, probably your desk and maybe your hand. The sponge is also terrible, but you should be using a brass sponge anyway. I modified mine with some lead wire to keep it from falling over, but it still wobbles. Spend $10 and get something better.
The thing about good and cheap is that it isn’t perfect. It holds my small iron well. It wouldn’t likely hold a gun or larger iron. I threw the cheap sponge away and just used my brass wool cleaner instead.
This product is completely unsuitable for use as a soldering iron stand. It is not nearly heavy enough to support a soldering iron plus power cord. In the brief period before I gave up on it, it tipped over twice, once managing to dump the hot soldering iron onto the floor.
This couldn’t even be used as a tacky desk ornament. The splinters of metal and razor sharp edges on the poorly manufactured base would cause enough of a hazard on their own.
One star because I can’t give it zero, and the impressively cheap sponge it comes with does, in fact, hold water. Barely.