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Offline TuxKey

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Re: T12 Soldering Iron Clone Kit
« Reply #50 on: June 18, 2018, 05:16:31 am »
i prefer conical tips - aka spikes.

you can solder small stuff with the end, and big heavy stuff with the side of it.
my most used tip is type "BL"

i think the TS100 comes with the conical one.. i dismissed that one just because of all the negativity about it  :scared:
time and time again i was bashed with the phrase "why conical your soldering flat stuf pcb and mostly thru hole soldering"...was i misinformed ?
i'm going to buy a few practice boards and try my hand soldering them with chisel and then with a conical to see the difference myself.
Perhaps that's the way to go..


for now i ordered a new station that accepts the T12 tips i can get from aliexpress..and use the T100 as a spare iron or sell it later on.. what ever will see.
one problem i have solved with this second station that is fixing problems hahaha.. chicken & egg ... or better put.. if one iron has a problem how does one fix it if it's your only iron  :-/O

 

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Re: T12 Soldering Iron Clone Kit
« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2018, 07:05:50 am »
i prefer conical tips - aka spikes.

you can solder small stuff with the end, and big heavy stuff with the side of it.
my most used tip is type "BL"

i think the TS100 comes with the conical one.. i dismissed that one just because of all the negativity about it  :scared:
time and time again i was bashed with the phrase "why conical your soldering flat stuf pcb and mostly thru hole soldering"...was i misinformed ?
i'm going to buy a few practice boards and try my hand soldering them with chisel and then with a conical to see the difference myself.
Perhaps that's the way to go..


for now i ordered a new station that accepts the T12 tips i can get from aliexpress..and use the T100 as a spare iron or sell it later on.. what ever will see.
one problem i have solved with this second station that is fixing problems hahaha.. chicken & egg ... or better put.. if one iron has a problem how does one fix it if it's your only iron  :-/O

conical are usefull, each tip have it purpose. You should use a tip size that fit your solder joint, not bigger than pad nor smaller. Conical is very usefull to small smd, pin by pin soldering, conical is the most universal because can do almost everything.
Also you should use what work for you, there are people who hate conical and who only use them, so never follow like no other path exists, always make your tests
 

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Re: T12 Soldering Iron Clone Kit
« Reply #52 on: June 18, 2018, 12:21:51 pm »
conical tip can heat the pad and wire together and still have a small space to feed the solder nicely.

i have used the main 3 types a lot.
i started with an Antex iron for many years - they only have a wedge shape tip.
then i got a xytronics iron for a couple of years and used a "screwdriver" style tip.
now i use T12 conical for almost everything.

btw, i get the tips from banggood.

« Last Edit: June 18, 2018, 12:25:26 pm by stj »
 

Offline TuxKey

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Re: T12 Soldering Iron Clone Kit
« Reply #53 on: June 21, 2018, 12:24:12 am »
conical tip can heat the pad and wire together and still have a small space to feed the solder nicely.

i have used the main 3 types a lot.
i started with an Antex iron for many years - they only have a wedge shape tip.
then i got a xytronics iron for a couple of years and used a "screwdriver" style tip.
now i use T12 conical for almost everything.

btw, i get the tips from banggood.

i got the TS-D24 from Banggood together with my TS100. That's the smallest chisel tip sold for the TS100.
My TS100 came with the TS-B2 conical tip.

Two days ago i ordered the KSGER T12 STM32 soldering station. (the mini one without a power supply).
That station has way more tips to choose from..
i asked the seller to send me the T12-D12 with the station.. And i bought the T12-D16 XA High Grade.
According to the Hakko site there is one more size that is smaller hahaha.. T12-D08 that one is so small it looks like a conical tip  :-DD

The price difference between the regular T12 tips vs the high grade is €3 so the regular  cost around €3 and the high-grade ones cost €6.

btw a TS100 tip costs between €7 to €9..
 

Offline stj

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Re: T12 Soldering Iron Clone Kit
« Reply #54 on: June 21, 2018, 04:24:27 am »
i'm not sure what "high grade" means,
the ones i have are already very nice and show no signs of pitting or anything.
 

Offline LeonR

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Re: T12 Soldering Iron Clone Kit
« Reply #55 on: June 21, 2018, 08:17:31 am »
Quicko sells some T12 "high grade" tips. Dunno if it is snake oil or actually better quality.
 


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