Originally posted by marvi
does it work the same way as a/c powered irons? do you need special solder? how long does the cartridge last? thanks for any info
i was looking at one from radio shack and it seems a good tool for outdoor racing with no a/c power.
Yup the butane iron works the same as an ordinary iron. You basically fill it up with lighter fluid (NOT ZIPPO!!!), turn on the gas supply and light up the tip. You can control the size of the flame to control the temp, rule of thumb NOT to use too hot a flame for too long and shorten the solder tip life.
A full charge for me lasts abt 20 minutes, enuff for most on track emergency work, hard wiring etc. IF needed, I just carry a small can of butane with me to recharge the iron in the pit... much lighter than an extention cord hehehehe.