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Offline aeberbachTopic starter

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Universal voltage soldering iron?
« on: March 24, 2024, 10:41:53 pm »
I have searched and not found an answer here or by browsing manufacturers. I suspect the answer is no.

I live in Australia now, 240V AC mains, but work may take me to 100V or 115V places for a few years. If I want to upgrade my soldering station (discontinued Hakko 942, tips out of production) will I need to buy new soldering equipment there and I have it for just those few years? Is there a system I could buy into now that I can take with me? Or do any of the manufacturers offer reasonably priced parts to convert their stations?

I'm looking at under $1000.
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Re: Universal voltage soldering iron?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2024, 10:50:09 pm »
You can get some station that has SMPS. For example some Chinese station that uses Hakko T12 or JBC cartridges. Or you can get some portable iron that runs from PSU or power bank. Like Miniware TS101 https://www.welectron.com/Miniware-Soldering-Iron-TS101-I
« Last Edit: March 24, 2024, 10:53:59 pm by wraper »
 
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Re: Universal voltage soldering iron?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2024, 11:02:12 pm »
buy wot takes your fancy for your home country use and if buy a 110-240 step up transformer for foreign parts
 

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Re: Universal voltage soldering iron?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2024, 10:18:44 pm »
Metcal GT90/GT120 use an off the shelf DC supply so will work 100-240V.

But agree with wrapper, tons of cheap stations will run off 12V or 24Vdc so you can pair them with a universal power bank/brick. Thats going to be a more compact solution. You can also run a lot of them off of 18V lithium tool batteries for portability.
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