This is a retired product, but fear not as there is a newer, better version available: TOL-10707
Replacement: TOL-10707. We now carry the AT937B which is essentially the same iron but with a slick new enclosure. This page is for reference only.
Description: We know you've always dreamed of having a SparkFun branded soldering station. And here at SparkFun, we are all about making wishes come true. This is a great step up from the basic soldering stations from Radio Shack or wherever you picked up a cheap iron because your last one broke right in the middle of a project.
This iron looks suspiciously similar to the Hakko 936, but it's not. Call it what whatever name you want - we've found it to be a well built, great intermediate soldering station for the price. With a heavy base, comfortable iron, adjustable temperature, and a good selection of tips (coming soon), you can't beat this station for value.
Unit includes 110V base station, iron, iron holder, and sponge. We can't say enough good things about this iron - set the iron temp to 350C and forget it. It's the iron that we recommend to our friends who've been bitten by the electronics bug. It's just a workhorse!
The unit takes around 20 seconds to heat up. We usually turn the iron on then go in search of water to wet the sponge. A wet sponge is used to clean the tarnish from the tip of the iron.
The red LED on the front will be constantly on while the iron is heating up. Then the LED will start to pulse slowly (on for around three seconds, off for around three seconds, repeat). This LED indicates that the iron has reached and is maintaining a constant temperature (also called a control loop or feedback loop).