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hesam.moshiri:

madires:
No surprise at all! It's the same for LED modules, wall warts and other stuff. Usually 2 - 3 Chinese Watts are 1W. >:D

hesam.moshiri:

--- Quote from: madires on August 24, 2022, 01:28:27 pm ---No surprise at all! It's the same for LED modules, wall warts and other stuff. Usually 2 - 3 Chinese Watts are 1W. >:D

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Yes, but you know, I received some comments that I don't know anything and the rated power has no relation ... etc, but real professionals know why a soldering Iron is more expensive than another. Just use a solder wick and flux and try to suck some. none of these cheapies are able to do

madires:
Don't take such comments too seriously. Unfortunately it's part of the game. I agree, in most cases cheap irons lack thermal mass and tips don't last long.

SiliconWizard:
Yes, for some reason, vendors of cheap chinese soldering gear pretty much all grossly overestimate the rated power.

I bought one of those very cheap "hot plates" on Aliexpress that you can get for a few bucks. It was rated 550W. Real measurements showed only about 200W peak. Max temperature was also a lie - claimed to be 250°C (or even 270, not even sure anymore) and turned out to be barely 220°C right in the center. So barely enough for desoldering jobs on lead-free stuff. Now it still does the job for small boards with not too much thermal mass, but why lie that bad? The price is rock-bottom, we know we ain't getting some high-end gear.

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