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Dave Scarlett

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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2020, 02:33:30 pm »

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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2020, 03:50:49 pm »

This guy's got some neat ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uGS11yuVyo&t=223s


Looks like the core of this system is what Mr. Hall was suggesting... 
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2020, 09:45:52 pm »

This one has been making waves in a few circles I'm a part of: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDTO6X7/

Heats up super fast, temp control is quite accurate, and it can be rigged to operate off of commonly available cordless power tool batteries thanks to its 12-24V operating range (which is stupid easy if you're in the dewalt camp since they make a battery adapter with a 12V power bung built in. Brilliant. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HLW5FYG/).
Thanks for the tip. Got one and flashed the firmware, love the form factor and size and weight! Perfect for my gig toolbox!
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2020, 03:11:15 pm »

Recently got one of the Ryobi hybrid units (18vdc or 110vac), and it is perfect for my needs. Only complaint is that it goes into "power-save mode" too often when I am not using it for a few minutes.
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2020, 06:44:07 pm »

I love my Weller Portasol, butane powered. So many places i have to work without convenient power nearby.
Fits easily in my tool pouch along with screwdrivers, pliers, etc. I keep a can of fuel in the truck.
I do have to change the tip every couple of years.

^^this

There are times when i prefer my butane iron to my electric just for the lack of "tether".
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2020, 09:13:09 pm »

Also a Hakko (I have a 936 on my bench but needed something for the tool box.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006MQD7M4/
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2020, 08:52:28 am »

In the tool box is a Weller iron, and a Portasol.
Workbench has a Weller Soldering Station.
I don't use the Portasol much, but in 20 odd years, it has never let me down.
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2020, 10:38:36 am »

In the tool box is a Weller iron, and a Portasol.
Workbench has a Weller Soldering Station.
I don't use the Portasol much, but in 20 odd years, it has never let me down.
Chris.
Weller iron in tool kit, if I have to use an extension cord so be it. Weller soldering station on the bench also. Never liked the Portasol. Makes me feel like a plumber.

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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2020, 09:53:49 am »

....I went with a Master Appliance Ultratorch UT-100SI for ~$100 a year or so ago.  I like it when it lights, but I've had consistent issues with the ignition.
I finally figured out my ignition issues.  One of my maintenance projects was to correct two mis-wired 1/4" TRS to XLR adapters (tip to pin 3!) and once again I could not get my torch to light up.  In frustration I moved the heat/fuel lever to the max position and bam, she fired right up.  I checked the manual this morning and I was following their directions correctly (fuel lever at 3), but they also state that, in colder conditions, to move the lever higher.  I don't think my 69 degree basement qualifies as "colder conditions" but whatever.  I am back in love with my angled tip, butane soldering iron :)
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Re: Your Favorite Portable Soldering Iron?
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