[UK] Help with Soldering Selection

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by 1Mperios, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. 1Mperios

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    Hello all,

    I am relatively new to the world of electronics. I currently own a cheap soldering iron (20quid) and would like to step up the game to a better one. I live in the UK, and would like to own a soldering station with temperature control which shouldn't cost more than 60-80 quid. Recommendations or suggestions for a newbie would be greatly appreciated. Also: which store in the UK offers the best deals on electronics components.

    Cheers. :)
     
  2. paulktreg

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    Have a look at CPC, you will probably find a decent soldering iron as well as components. Rapid Electronics is also worth a look. I've dealt with both and I've no complaints.
     
  3. JohnInTX

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    I like Weller and Hako for temp-controlled soldering stations. At 80quid ($131.00 in the colonies; I don't know what it is in Texas - we're different :) ) you should be able to get something basic but useful. Since you'll be buying tips and things over the years that you use it, buy something in a known brand avoiding the Chinese cheapos..

    For temp-controlled you can go bigger in watts 60-100 maybe and let the controls handle the temperature. I run my Wellers at 700 degF as a nice balance between heat, controllability and tip life.

    You'll never regret buying quality tools. Just my .01 quid.
     
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  6. 1Mperios

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions and links! I will check them out.
     
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