Soldering Iron Recomendations?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by UltraMagnus, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. UltraMagnus
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    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

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    Aug 2, 2007
    Portsmouth
    I am getting to a point where I am starting to feel my cheapo antex iron is slowing me down, and it really can't handle doing smts further than the odd resistor. Conveniently my birthday is coming up, so I was considering asking my parents for a new iron, and was wondering if any tempers have any recomendations?

    this one particularly peaked my interest as metcal have a special "hoof" bit for soldering smts.

    thanks in advance!

    edit: you know, not being able to edit titles is really irritating when you make a typo....
     
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I still use firestarter irons most of the time (although some have felt the taste of my file or had custom tips made) but when playing surface mount I agree it can get sketchy, even more in the realms of BGA.

    The link you gave is nice although £140 is a bit much and you are then within the realms of a basic rework kit which I would say is what you are ultimately gunning for.
    I have not used the site but for an idea:
    http://www.pcb-soldering.co.uk/index.php?t...;category_id=12
     
  3. UltraMagnus
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    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

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    Aug 2, 2007
    Portsmouth
    I have considered buying a hot air rework station, however my understanding is that to solder components using them you have to use solder paste, that is expensive and expires within months, which I would really rather not deal with.
     
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