Soldering Irons - wattage 40w 80w - what does it mean?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by benhenny, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

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    Cooper Hand Tools
    TC Soldering Tips PT Series
    "6" = 600ºF
    "8" = 800ºF
    etc
    http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brands/weller/index.cfm?model_list=1&att_id=WEL007 &att1=Tips and Nozzles &att2=PT Series

    Imo you need 7s and 8s and you need thin pointy tips (conical) and fat flat ones (chisel and/or screwdriver). The thin ones are for component wires and the big ones for sheet stuff like pot cans.

    You need the 8 for repairing lead-free. The 6 is low-temperature, specialised, don't bother.
    The 7 is for fresh tin-lead.

    I reckon this one is the successor to my 45W Weller TCP (takes the same bits)
    http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brands/weller/index.cfm?model_list=1&att_id=WEL007 &att1=Tips and Nozzles &att2=PT Series

    [ed -sorry, the linkies have a problem with the extra spaces - dig down products to industrial soldering station WDCPT and PT series tips]
    Do note these are industrial tools, not DIY - hence not cheap.
     
  2. Hoopermazing

    Hoopermazing Tele-Holic

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    Bingo! ...which is why I said what I said at the beginning of the thread. You want to get in and out as quickly as possible.
     
  3. tarts

    tarts TDPRI Member

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    This has been my experience too. A hotter iron will heat up a smaller area quickly as apposed to one too small which will start heating up a larger area before the solder starts to melt. You can get by with one iron but it's better to have the right tool for the job. Just remember that an 80 watt iron is not twice as loud as a 40 watt iron.
     
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