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110v-230v switchable soldering iron
Old 8th May 2006
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110v-230v switchable soldering iron

Hi all,

I don't usually come in this forum- but decided that I really need to get my soldering chops up to scratch.
Also we are about to move back to the US in the next few months so I am looking to buy a good soldering iron that is 110-230v switchable.
Can anyone suggest a brand and maybe a site to purchase in Europe?

Also is there a good book on electronics 101?
I can make cables and such but my knowledge of physics and the finer points is a bit shoddy.
My end goal is to be able to recap my D&R console- I don't want to make circuit boards or anything that advanced.

Many thanks.

James.
Old 8th May 2006
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Hi
If you are moving to the USA then get a USA model and a cheap 230 to 110 converter for when you are in Europe. The Weller range (TCP) are good workhorses (24 volt element with a transformer in the base), expensive but will last.
Available from www.farnellinone.co.uk and they sell in many parts bits of Europe and as Newark in the USA.
Matt S
Old 8th May 2006
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I'd just buy a cheap antex iron whilst you're in europe (about a tenner) and then get something more decent if you find you need it when you get to the US.

FWIW I consider myself a pretty competent solderer and use an cheap Antex iron all the time.

si
Old 8th May 2006
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Thanks for the responses guys.
Reckon I'll get a cheapy here and then a nice one once I get to the US.
Surprised there aren't any switchable irons.

JR
Old 8th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by richmondjames
Surprised there aren't any switchable irons.

JR

I'm not...the kind of technolgy that most irons use doesn't lend itself to switching easily.

A bit like having a switchable lighbulb ?

si
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