In Reply to: Cold Heat Soldering Tool posted by Passin By on July 24, 2004 at 02:14:30:
If you really want an electric cordless soldering iron, get an Iso-Tip, rather than wasting your money on some dinky "As seen on TV" toy. But frankly, nothing's going to match the power of even a halfway decent gas soldering iron, and Radio Shack's current offering should be more than good enough for many tasks.
This thing looks to be using some sort of resistive heating . . . resistive soldering thingy. Nothing too magical about that 'cept the tinning thing doesn't have to take place. Current is passed between the forks of the tip. In this case, I'd wager that there is a pulse-type dc-dc converter doohicky to make AA batteries melt metal at the touch of a button. Given a $20 price, this thing sounds like a good time. I want one just to see what else it can do. Bet it'll heat up a paper-clip enough to make my cube-mate automagically scream!
The best butane si I ever had (I don't know if they still make them), was a weller propen... better than most soldering stations I've used. About 15yrs ago, they ran 60 bucks or so..
Harbor Freight Salvage sells a compact butane torch that has a nice small, well defined flame for a modest price. The torch is re-fillable from a butane tank for cigarette lighters.
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