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Offline minibutmany

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USB soldering fun
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:40:33 am »
 

Offline Bud

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Re: USB soldering fun
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2014, 07:27:12 am »
For one's sake, who needs it? What a dumb waste of time... For tight spots there exist butane pencil soldering irons, smaller, more powerful and even work well outdoors.
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Offline zapta

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Re: USB soldering fun
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 03:44:29 pm »
Would be nice to have a micro usb connector so it can work with standard USB cables.
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Offline marcan

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Re: USB soldering fun
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2014, 09:38:49 am »
I have one of these in my backpack at all times, which I use with a portable USB battery:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portable-USB-Soldering-Iron-Soldering-pen-8w-5-volt-SI-8U-/261243937709

I was expecting it to be total garbage, but it turned out to be surprisingly usable. Heats up super fast, and more than enough for a quick hackjob on non-power circuitry. It's saved my ass a few times. The touch-sensitive button is finicky, and I did replace the retarded 3.5" jack in the back with a MiniUSB connector, but hey, it works.

Don't underestimate the convenience of having a small USB-powered soldering iron lying around. Even a crappy one can be a lifesaver.
 


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