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Solmon SL20 mod and teardown

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Alana:
Got my hands on some second hand test equipment and parts, including this iron.
I played around with it and decided to use it as my main iron, but in order to do it as i like to do it i needed to add a power switch. After i did that i realized that this is old soldering station, entirely analogue and someone here may be interested in what's inside. Pics were taken after i added power switch and from what i can see this unit was already modified by its original owner.

Chips are 2x LM339 and one LM324. Power to the heater is controlled by BT136 triac.

SeanB:
Not exactly old, still available as new ( I have one) and with the spares available cheap, like the complete iron ( fits SL20 and 30) and the transformers and the main board. Somebody took the time to mount it in that case, it comes in a sloped plastic case normally, they cut out the front panel ( where the board sits )and mounted it in the metal case. Only issues you will have are the DIN plug corroding inside with years of use and going intermittent, but a new socket is quite cheap or free if you have an old XT board lying around to take the keyboard connector out of it. In the original white plastic ( mine is now yellow) it has a power switch, though some people leave it on always with no problems. Replacement tips are cheap, got plenty around, and they are cheap new retail by me. Got 2 sitting next to me in a baggie I picked up free a few weeks ago.

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