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weller soldering station or just iron?

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T-bro

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hey all, i'm about to get me a weller... station or iron i dont know yet. so i need help. is it better for me (i'm building some hobby and small circuits nothing big for now) to get a station or just an iron?? some advice plz :)
 

killivolt

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hey all, i'm about to get me a weller... station or iron i dont know yet. so i need help. is it better for me (i'm building some hobby and small circuits nothing big for now) to get a station or just an iron?? some advice plz :)

I'm using a weller wes51 Been a good iron so far. Back when I worked in a electronics shop we had them on 10hrs a day. We just had to keep replacing the tips when they became heat stressed.

I think the one I have now was under $60.00us.


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I'm using a Weller WES51 also, which is what I started using in school - I looked at a lot of less expensive ones, but for a piece of equipment that so important, I decided not to mess around. I would definitely recommend the WES51 since I've never used anything else except the cheap Radioshack irons.
 

dknguyen

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Biggest thing about an iron is the dumb wire gets in the way. With a station the station weights down the wire so it doesn't try and hang everywhere.
 

shimniok

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Is the station adjustable heat? That'd be the ideal from what I am told.

Meanwhile my little Weller pencil iron has served me well for years now. Amazing how much better my solder joints are with a decent iron.
 

dknguyen

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I've never seen a station that wasn't adjustable heat. But the pencil I have is adjustable heat too.
 

HiTech

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I just use one of these units pictured below. I never have to worry about not having enough wattage. However I seem to have destroyed a good many IC chips and MOSFETs, etc. It could be from current surges and heat. Hmmm.;)

 

microtexan

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soldering iron

I just use one of these units pictured below. I never have to worry about not having enough wattage. However I seem to have destroyed a good many IC chips and MOSFETs, etc. It could be from current surges and heat. Hmmm.;)

Didn't you get the surface mount attachment?:D
 

kpatz

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I just use one of these units pictured below. I never have to worry about not having enough wattage. However I seem to have destroyed a good many IC chips and MOSFETs, etc. It could be from current surges and heat. Hmmm.;)

Try grounding it, that should help with your issue of frying MOSFETs. ;)
 

dknguyen

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Only if you have no skill. Otherwise it would look like a perfect welded joint with no distinction between trace and pin.
 
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