Amazing soldering tool

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Amazing soldering tool

Post by jimandy » Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:09 am

Anyone had any experience with this soldering tool recently advertised on some cable channels that features instant heat up, instant cooling? Sells for $19.95 and they throw in a wire stripper. What they claim is you can touch the tip seconds after using and you won't get burned, carry in a pocket and never catch your clothes on fire, etc. etc.
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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by frhrwa » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:38 pm

scares me....
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Post by sundancer87 » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:40 pm

I'll bet it does all it says, I'll also bet you don't want to try soldering anything on a populated circuit board.<p>You kind of have to look at the people depicted on the commercial. Do we really burn ourselves like that? If we are like them, then we don't need to be around electricity, heat or water.<p>I've looked at them and decided they would be OK for some applications, as long as you can stay supplied with batteries.<p>If you are looking for portability there are the butane solder pencils and the DC ones. But be careful, they'll burn you as well.
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Post by Mike6158 » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:40 pm

:D <p>You know what they say...<p>Where there's smoke
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Post by High4Volts » Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:42 pm

We somehow got one of these at work and believe it or not it does work ok. You can get different type of tips for it. I wouldn't use it for precision stuff though. And it does heat up fast and cools in a few seconds. The only problem i found with it is I dropped it about 6" on my desk and it chipped the points where it makes contact with what you are soldering. I haven't tried to use it after that happened. I think someone told me at work they found it at the local Ace Hardware store.
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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by jimandy » Sun Jan 09, 2005 5:23 pm

<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr> [from high4volts] i found with it is I dropped it about 6" on my desk and it chipped the points where it makes contact with what you are soldering. <hr></blockquote><p>Are the tips replaceable?
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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by High4Volts » Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:51 pm

oops i did fail to mention that yes they are. They have them listed on this website.

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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by Chris Smith » Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:14 am

They are the space shuttle ceramic tile material, metal-ized to conduct heat through electricity, hence they cool down real quick.

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Post by dacflyer » Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:12 am

is it me or does that thing seem to operate like a mini-arc welder or spot welder..i see a small spark of light when they use it on tv..
it might be good for electrical,,but i wouldn't think it'd be safe on electronics..sensitive electronics at that..

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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by jimandy » Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:25 am

Ahhh. Space age material, replaceable tips. That does it. I'm gonna buy me one of these. But I think I'll go with the TV offer so I'll get the "free" stripper. Already have a stripper but I figure two strippers in the house are better than one. <p>Ooops. Don't tell my wife I said that.
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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by philba » Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:51 am

lol<p>I'll pass on this. I sure don't like the idea of it anywhere near sensitive electronics.

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Post by Dean Huster » Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:21 pm

Sounds like a resistance soldering tool of some sort. I'd bet that it has a limited mass that it can handle. Resistance soldering was usually used to quickly solder turret terminals and such things on crowded connectors. You didn't burn wire insulation as easily with it. But the tips still got a bit toasty. After all, heat is heat and metal does conduct it.<p>Dean
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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by jimandy » Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:19 pm

<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr> Resistance soldering was usually used to quickly solder turret terminals and such things on crowded connectors. <hr></blockquote><p>Wow, I've never heard of that. Sounds like arc welding in miniature.
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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by Enzo » Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:04 pm

Resistance soldering is vaguely related to arc welding. It works, but I wouldn't want it on my circuit boards. When my old Weller gun tips would burn through, I discovered early on that I could touch both ends of the broken tip to the work and continue to solder. Exactly the same as these new things. <p>But it does send its current through the work to function. So I would limit it to soldering wires and non-electronic things like leaded glass work.<p>The reason the tips don't heat up a lot is that the work itself is what is heating up. The the tips just heat up from contact.

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Re: Amazing soldering tool

Post by Chris Smith » Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:04 pm

The bright light comes from the led Illuminator.<p>Other than that, its just a different type of metal "in ceramic" tip.

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