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Soldering gun wattage question
« on: April 07, 2003, 05:08:26 PM »

Well my soldering iron is a pile of crap. So I decide to rummage in the basement. And what do I find? A electronics soldering kit (circa 1969) well It is a Weller 8200-N, 100/140 watt soldering gun. Well I was wondering if it would be safe for computers (ie cd drive pcbs) Now I saw the same model (circa 2002) in Mousers electronic catalouge, but I would rather be safe then sorry

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2003, 05:33:17 PM »

The weller 100/140 watt will probably be too hot for your needs.  I would use the circa 1969, it's meant for electronics, so use it for that.
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2003, 05:39:44 PM »

Well my queston was answered in IRC. It is safe.

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2003, 06:14:04 PM »

Soldering guns are not all that good for electronics work, you can only leave them turned on for around 15 seconds at a time, and the heat is very intense. Its also quite difficult to handle a soldering gun for light electronics work. They're more suited to other applications. I suggest you go out and buy a soldering iron, Antex ones are particularly good.
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Soldering gun wattage question
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2003, 07:17:05 PM »

It'll be hard to get the precision you need for PCB work with a soldering gun.  Weller is a good brand too.  Get a low wattage one, about 25 watts or so.
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