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Old 09-02-08, 11:21 PM   #1
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soldering station recommendations?

I would like to start building my own battery packs and maybe try to make some of the drivers for the LED lights that come up from time to time.

I am looking for recommendations for a soldering station. Looking to spend about $100.00. I am looking at this one http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?C...ID=1250&Page=1

Any thoughts on this one? Other recommendations?
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Old 09-03-08, 06:17 PM   #2
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Weller makes a pretty sweet station, but it ain't cheap. We have one at work. I usually just use my portable butane one though.

I guess if you are going to be doing alot of soldering it makes sense, but, for my money, a 10 dollar one from radio shack will get the job done. Just buy plenty of good solder flux.
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just took a look at feebay. Looks like lightly used wellers are going for 70-100 bucks. I would take a look at them.
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Any particular Weller unit you would recommend?
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The Hakko you linked to in your original post is great. It's the one I've used for the past few years. I got mine here for a bit less. I have no complaints. It comes up to temp quickly and can be temp adjusted for working on different sized things.

You might want to get a few different sized tips while you're at it, though the one it comes with is a good general purpose one for most normal sized electronics and wires. For small surface mount parts or soldering to large pieces of metal, smaller/larger tips are advised.
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I have the Hakko and it's great.

BUT, these CSI units have great reviews at half the price. I've never used one though:
http://www.web-tronics.com/solstat.html
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Any particular Weller unit you would recommend?
Not really. Haven't used enough different ones to know the difference. I will check out the one at work and tell you which it is.
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I am leaning toward the Hakko, I have heard good things about it on some other forums.

I have not heard of the CSI units before, although they seem to have a very good price. For all I know they could be a very well known. I am a newbie when it comes to this stuff, but I find it very interesting.

What other tips would you suggest I get? As I stated in my original post that besides circuit boards, I would also like to be able to do battery packs.
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I do all sorts of hobby work including soldering batteries and circuit boards with a simple 25 watt soldering pencil. $5 or $10 from Radio Shack. I use soldering stations at work, and they are nice, but honestly, not necessary for casual stuff.
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I have a $50 weller station thats been good to me for the last 10 years. http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=372-120 I use it mostly for RC cars and car stereo work. Never had any problems with it
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I thought of going with two separate soldering pencils. One 20 watt for boards and a 40 watt for battery packs. I looked at the ones at Radio Shack and they just looked cheap. I found some Weller at a local outlook store, but the cost of the two units was almost $40.00. I figured if I spend a little more I would get a much more versatile setup.
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I was leaning toward the hakko, but after I thought about it I ordered this one http://www.web-tronics.com/didisostc.html I ordered two other tips (1.6mm and a 4mm) it comes with a .8mm tip. Total price with shipping came to $68.58.

Had I gone with the hakko it would have been over $100 shipped with the two other tips.
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