Help Wanted Which soldering iron is best choice

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  1. PsySc0rpi0n

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    Those are very similar tools, and I have no experience with either of them that I can remember. If you know of either mfr or name brand as being questionable, avoid it, but even cheap off-brands usually work good enough for a while.

    Neither one shown is for heavy work, but 25W is larger than what I typically use on printed circuit board work. Still, tip selection is what matters for getting the job done. Personally, I'd buy something like that in person, so I could hold it and see it, but perhaps you don't have that opportunity. I've used different irons in different shops, but my own are Weller, I just stick with them. There's good availability of replacement tips etc.
     
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    I have no experience of either of these irons or the manufacturers (I also have a weller!).
    The second one has a wider range of tips to choose from but they are more expensive too.
    I think, as a first iron, I'd go with the cheaper one. After you've done some soldering you'll discover what's important to you.
     
  4. PsySc0rpi0n

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    But do you guys knows any of these two brands or not even that? I'm also looking at those Wellers!
     
  5. ci139

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    i guess i have 40W adjustable weller with non etchable tip
    the other 50% is what you youse on it
     
  6. PsySc0rpi0n

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    Ok, I might consider a solder station because you all seem reasonably correct!
    But in that case I might also need to increase budget!
    Probably I'll be able to spend about 100€ = $110 = 90£. Ok with maybe +/-30€ = 27£ = $33.
    Between these 3 brands and up to at most maybe 60W/80W and with adjustable temperature, what you guys think I can get??

    PS: I prefer to buy within EU to avoid customs problems!
     
  7. ci139

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    i bought my Kyoritsu years ago when it cost me the 3-th of month income (had to keep some diet) - good tools cost - all expensive tools are not good - some are not good for anything - - - about the same sum went to quality hex and torx key-sets - still got all of them with no signs them starting to get tired - over 10y service ! if we do financial calculus then if you'd had to by a new tool every year you'd consider it to be 10x cheaper as buy 10€ iron for 1y - and it further wastes your time and resources needed to get your work done
     
  8. PsySc0rpi0n

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    I see your point... Anyway I'm looking to Ersa I-Con IC1300 Pico for about 144€... It might be a good choice... I'm just wondering about the tips because I can't see it very well due to the image to being big enough to zoom it!
     
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  10. PsySc0rpi0n

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    That one also looks nice!
    I'm also considering offers from Weller!
     
  11. PsySc0rpi0n

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  12. ci139

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    no matter mine's a quality one i got it cheap . . . either it was a welcome price or was year end discount or perhaps they just forgot to add decent markup something between 14...18€ - not a station just the iron

    the point is if you already experience you'll know what you going to get/buy - if not - buy something cheaper for starting
     
  13. GopherT

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    I always buy soldering iron brands that will have the tips available for a long time. My son is on his third soldering station because the tips were discontinued. (Actually, the manufacturer disappeared).

    Anyhow, I was lying a bit, I said I always buy one that will be around, I bought a Weller. My one and only.
     
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