January 6, 2011
about 4 years ago
I just wanted to add that I had the same experience. The same iron but not from Sparkfun, after only 20mins of usage began to flare near the base of the head. It very quickly (a second or so) melted the surrounding plastics and the head became loose.
I turned it off rather quicky at that point, and left it somewhere safe. When I came back it had resolidified at a bit of a kinky angle. :-)
That one’s gone back to the shop.
So there does seem to be a common flaw with these. Careful with them folks.
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