Soldering iron question

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  1. Strange Brew

    Strange Brew Well-Known Member

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    My old soldering iron is past its best, but if i am honest, it was always a bit too big and bulky for guitar work and the odd amp repair.
    I would prefer to only have to buy one new iron, so - what power soldering iron would you recommend?

    Is there any particular advantage to either Electric or gas (butane) powered?
     
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    SG Lou Moderator Staff Member

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    Can't help ya there bud, I got one of them old fashion ones myself.
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    I can't solder to save my soul, but it may be what you get used to..........? 8)
     
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    I just use a 25 watt. Works great for electronics, it won't burn up small parts fast, but not quite hot enough for soldering pickup covers. Had to break out a bigger dog to do that work.

    I just use weller electric ones.

    H2H
     
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    The Weller WTCPT soldering station is very good. I think it's about 40 watts. Much easier to work with than gun style irons. It's small enough for soldering pots and has enough watts for pickup covers. Just realize that the amount of time the you keep tip in contact is just about as important as the wattage. The only advantages I can think of for butane are no power cords and for soldering static sensitive devices like computer chips. A big disadvantage is that you have to refill them.
     
  8. ess

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    i got an ancient 25watt thing here. okay for wires. but it would surely fry a pot :lol:


    which ever one ya get Brewski...... just keep your end clean :wink:
     
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