Recommendations on a soldering iron?

Diego Technician California Posted   Latest   Edited  

just in the market for a new iron. the shop has a Milwaukee cordless but it’s too heavy, and without the extended battery it’s easy to tip over. Not opposed to wired or butane, just want one that gets nice and hot. Thanks! 

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Eric Owner/Technician
Washington
Eric
 

I bought the snap-on butane kit which works nicely, my first iron broke after a couple weeks however and I’ve been waiting on warranty part for 2 months now… the power probe butane kit is tried and true and much cheaper. Also they have other kits on Amazon with good reviews. Try them out and return them through Amazon if you don’t like them.

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Diego Technician
California
Diego
 

The little butane ones look enticing. I was deep in an Audi the other night hating life with the monster that Milwaukee sells.

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Lazer Mobile Technician
New Jersey
Lazer
 

I was looking at the snap on one because it also has the plastic welding, do you know were to get more plastic sticks?

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Diego Technician
California
Diego
 

My coworker has the plastic welder. they sell them at mcmaster carr if you have an account with them.

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Alejandro Technician
California
Alejandro
 

I like using a soldering gun. They got hot almost instantly and cool down Fast while still being plugged in. I like cheap Home Depot Weller guns as I can get replacement tip there. As For an iron I use a corded craftsman. All the soldering I do is wire repairs. So I don’t need anything fancy. A little of flux and a cheap iron work well.

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Paul Owner/Technician
California
Paul
 

I mostly use soldering a soldering station, hot air, and hot tweezers these days since everything is so small. But for soldering wires on a car I use this amazon​.​com/gp/aw/d/B07B3S… Its wired and heats up very fast compared to every other non-station type I’ve used. It has a “turbo” button and get hot in around 15 seconds (not measured. Just my guess. I have the straight style…

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Diego Technician
California
Diego
 

Love to hear it dude! Most benchwork I've done is coil drivers on an N54 DME, was interesting with little knowledge.

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Jeffrey Mobile Technician
Illinois
Jeffrey
 

Sugon is what I use for bench work. Very affordable chinese made with JBC handles and tips. As for wiring in car I would use a battery operated like the other 2 pics. I own a slightly different one, it might be discontinued as I can’t find it for sale anymore.

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Paul Owner/Technician
California
Paul
 

So someone already beat me to the punch. The Metcal soldering station is the best I've ever used. It's a beast. I'd guess the base is somewhere around 10 pounds, so it's about as far from portable as you can get. I have the model with two ports that automatically switch. I have a soldering iron on one and a pair of hot tweezers on the other. It's a little different than other units in that the…

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Eric Owner/Technician
Washington
Eric
 

I also just found this which looks interesting but have no experience with it

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Barry Mechanic
Virginia
Barry
 

I use the power probe butane iron it gets hot quick and stays hot great for under dash work

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
Matthew
 

I used to use that exclusively but I found I kept getting it too hot and ruining the tips.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hello Diego, Here is the best one I have owned for a couple of years now. I do a lot a wiring repairs and fabrications. I will add that it is important to use quality Butane in it. Very reliable kit. LEXIVON Butane Soldering Iron Multi-Purpose Kit | Cordless Self-Igniting Adjustable Flame 7-Tip Set | Pro-Grade (LX-770): Amazon​.​com Tools & Home Improvement

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Dario Owner/Technician
Texas
Dario
 

I use this Ryobi soldering station. Love it! homedepot​.​com/p/RYOBI-ONE-18…

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Erick Educator
California
Erick
 

For most of my work, although not available new but replaced by a vastly inferior gun, I use a Weller 8200 with the screw in collets to hold the tip. They are available on eBay for about $15-20 and are bullet proof. For electronics where you have to worry about sending a surge into a circuit I use a YIHUA 939D which works great and is also inexpensive. Both of course with cords, but they always…

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
Matthew
   

I have this one and I have no complaints at all. I also got some powdered tip tinner and that has been an absolute game changer for me with soldering. My tips are shiny and have great heat transfer.

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Geoff Diagnostician
Hawaii
Geoff
 

when I google powdered tip tinner I just get all sorts of tip tinner and not seeing powder. You have a brand and p/n or trade name?

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
Matthew
 

I got mine on Amazon apparently in 2018 and still have most of it. Best stuff ever.

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Eric Technician
Illinois
Eric
 

I have thst same Hako and it is a great unit. Dont use it at work, but making xlr/microphone cables a breeze. Heats up almost instantly.

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John Owner/Technician
Iowa
John
 

I like this one, I am on my second one in 12 years amazon​.​com/PPSK-Automotiv…

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Jose Technician
Illinois
Jose
 

I use a t100 powered by a Milwaukee 18v battery. It works really well on the field. I would recommend an iron with the heating element on the soldering tip itself like the t100. This helps in heating up faster and better temperature control.

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Tony Owner/Technician
Missouri
Tony
 

I have a 90's version of this gun. It always works, is easy to tin, and can handle small to large wires. I really dislike Weller and other guns which use the "hairpin" type element geld in by screws. They perform the opposite of what I wrote above in my experience.

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Nathan Technician
Arizona
Nathan
 

I use the Weller gun for the most part. As long as you take care of it, and keep the tips tight and clean, it will last a long time. Had mine for 15 years, and I use it alot. For tight spots or where an electronic iron can't be used, I have the PowerProbe butane iron. I got the milwaukee one but gave it back. Battery time is short(even with the big ones) and didn't get hot fast.

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Jason Owner/Technician
Virginia
Jason
 

As far as bench work goes, Nothings better then metcal IMO. I have a cv5200: ebay​.​us/HRZkOT But the MX is probably a better buy for most people: ebay​.​us/nTuK3x

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Anthony Engineer
Michigan
Anthony
 

Weller pyropen is the best butane iron I’ve found. Self igniting ones are a bit more.

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Geoff Diagnostician
Hawaii
Geoff
 

I'm a corded Weller guy, but the main thing I learned is that the tip is typically ruined from oxidation in storage. You can have an old iron that you think is crap, but with a brand new tip (out of a sealed bag) it is suddenly awesome.

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Tim Mechanic
Arkansas
Tim
 

I've been using this one for the last few years. Gets hot quickly, no cords to tangle, works well. amazon​.​com/Weller-P2KC-Pr…

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Andrew Owner/Technician
Australia
Andrew
 

If your using it a lot and need cordless. You can’t beat Weller Portasol PSI100K or under its new colour scheme they call it a “SuperPro 125”. It was Recomended to me after I became disillusioned with other butane soldering irons that would only last 2-12mths. I just bought my third one which is pretty good for 23 years of use. I use it a lot and solder multiple times a week. Yes I do look after…

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Bill Owner
Maryland
Bill
 

I probably have 5 different ones for my electronic hobbies but for automotive use I typically pull out my 50 year old Weller soldering gun. I think it is 100/140 watts ? Heats up almost instantly and works great.

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Jon Owner/Technician
California
Jon
 

I use the Power Probe iron for most jobs (someone has already posted a link to it). I have a soldering station for intricate work.

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Andrey Owner/Technician
Washington
Andrey
 

Found this one and it looks very good. Did not own it but I have very similar one with 110v power. Very happy with mine and looking on this one for mobile jobs. jmmsolutions​.​com​.​au/collections/so…

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