This is a very simple fixed temp, quick heating, 30W 110/120 VAC soldering iron. We really enjoy using the more expensive irons, but if you really need a cheap iron for your tool box, this lovely iron is a good choice. This is a low-cost iron and it works! But it doesn't come with a stand. We recommend you checkout the iron stands below.
The iron is attached to a six foot cable which is terminated with a North American standard type B plug. There is a nice grippy surface at the end of the handle that does double duty as a nice heat shield.
A 1/32" pointed tip is included. The soldering tip and the heating element are replaceable, see related items below for compatible replacements.
Note: This is a 110VAC version and will only work properly on that voltage.
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Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
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Based on 7 ratings:
4 of 4 found this helpful:
This the first soldering iron I've ever owned. I thought soldering was really hard, then I realized this tool is the worst. I couldn't get this to melt solder at all. I had also bought a smaller soldering pencil from a local store, which I had to use for everything because after wasting an hour or so trying this on circuits or soldering hardware to no avail, I gave up.
Hmm, definitely sounds like you may have received a bad unit. I'll take care of that for you.
6 of 6 found this helpful:
i plugged it in tonight (brand new) as i needed to solder abot 40 or so pin headers to connect a Teensy 3.2 board to their audio shield. in doing this work the iron was not able to heat the pin well enough to the point where the iron would not melt the solder when directly touched to the iron after 20 seconds.
my project is on a slight hold until i find a better irom.
2 of 3 found this helpful:
This is a great product except if there is anything on your tip it won't melt the solder. :)
2 of 3 found this helpful:
First soldering iron I've owned. It worked well for very small connections.
1 of 3 found this helpful:
If you need an inexpensive soldering iron, something to whack a few components onto a board with, this is the one should get. Sparkfun sells more high end irons if you need more, but this one is great for simple soldering. I'm happy with it.
Great size tip. Good all around temperature. I've bought 5 of these over the years for classes. Better than the random crap they sell everywhere else.
This soldering iron is really only good for soldering two wires together. The tip doesn't get hot enough for soldering to pads. I highly recommend spending $5 more and getting their 60W iron. I don't have that model but I recently got a different adjustable 60W iron and it made soldering so much easier, and enjoyable! With this one though, I actually hated soldering.