February 15th, 2006, 12:03 AM
"Cold Heat" Soldering Iron. (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cold-Heat-Soldering-Tool-Iron-ColdHeat-Solder-NEW_W0QQitemZ4440083116QQcategoryZ46413QQssPageNam eZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
I used my normal soldering iron this weekend on my project and managed to balls it all up. So im thinking of getting one of these to try out.
Anyone used one? It seems like it would work ok.....
February 15th, 2006, 12:10 AM
I got one for Christmas, it was very dissapointing. It will solder but does NOT have the wattage or small precision tip to solder guitar components. I actually threw mine in the trash.
February 15th, 2006, 06:19 AM
I bought one of those butane powered ones last weekend & was disappointed with it as well. I'll just use it as a cigarette lighter I guess.
February 15th, 2006, 02:32 PM
My brother in law had a butane soldering iron, and thought it was excellent.
February 15th, 2006, 02:52 PM
IMO, if you are going to start soldering get the real deal. I agree w/TDowns that a 60-watt is just right for guitar work. In the last year I tried a 25 and a 40-watt and I feel the 60 is the way to go.
February 15th, 2006, 05:34 PM
Ive got a 40w Weller. But its got a MASSIVE tip on it which makes intricate work difficult. Bought that thing off ebay in a fit of Pique after ruining a push pull pot whilst trying to get the grounds on the base of it. Anyway Ill try it. Iff it crap ill just sell it again.
Ive thought about getting a new tip for my weller, but I dont know what model number it is....
Sigh. So close to finishing, yet so far....
February 16th, 2006, 12:13 PM
They're not too good for guitar work.
They're good for installing a radio or other electronic gizmos in your car if you'd like to solder the wires. It's portable and you don't have to worry about starting a fire if you put the iron down in a bad place.
When working on car electronics I don't like butane soldering irons and an extention cord makes an electric iron or gun clumsy.
February 17th, 2006, 01:22 PM
For Soldering on contrl pins it works OK, but if your Soldering on Pot bodies such as ground wire it is useless!
I won't heat up the metal, good for small contacts not for flat cold objects! :(
In short your on a gig and your wire comes loos on a pin fast repair super handy item to have in your gig repair kit.
One other thing the damn thing is so fat you cant see what your soldering and you have to see the tip because ther are two prongs that both need to make contact on the metal to heat the blasted thing! It allso is a cheap item made in CHINA (Whats New). :roll:
Save your money don't bother it's a cool thing but a junk toy in the end. Bring a backup guitar.
$14.00 Radio Shack gets you a screaming 45-watt Soldering do all Iron. :wink:
Allso if your soldering Iron tip is to fat I file them to what size i need Hey is that to Easy. :roll: