R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric Off-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-19-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
gfx
Tech Adept
 
gfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 233
Questions?? Cost Efficient Soldering Iron

Can anyone recommend a good but cheap soldering iron?

I don't want to build my own NiMH packs; I just want to solder only one wire on my Novak ESC, so that's why I don't need anything expensive.

I know Radio Shack sells soldering irons, but are these sufficient for my purpose?

Also, what additional things will I need other than solder?

Thanks for any info.
gfx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 12:10 AM   #2
Tech Master
 
hanzo3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Anaheim Hills, CA
Posts: 1,293
Trader Rating: 55 (100%+)
Default

Get the hobbico one. You need one that solders at 60W I believe. Tower has it, most HS have the hobbico one. Runs around $10-15. The hakko one is best one and that is the next step at $80.
__________________
Chris TRF419 TA05V2
TQ RC Racing Powered by teeth
hanzo3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 01:55 AM   #3
Tech Master
 
JeromeK99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Loma Linda, CA - USA
Posts: 1,137
Trader Rating: 3 (100%+)
Default

I use a Sears Craftsman 45watt iron at the trackside... They are only $10... tips are $2.99 and when the iron goes bad in a year.. trade it in!


Jerome
JeromeK99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 03:30 AM   #4
gfx
Tech Adept
 
gfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 233
Default

Thanks for the info.

As for what else I might need; I read something that talks about using a "braid" to remove the existing solder... what exactly is that? And is there anything else I will need for this minor soldering project?
gfx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 03:59 AM   #5
Tech Adept
 
Mack_Mechanic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cole Camp,Missouri
Posts: 227
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

The "braid" they are talking about is actually solder wick.Here is a link to what I use.http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=8775
__________________
Steve Arms
www.rcracebarn.net

There is no such thing as too much motor....just not enough driver!
Mack_Mechanic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 05:53 AM   #6
Tech Adept
 
rc10 ryan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 166
Trader Rating: 11 (100%+)
Default soldering iron

Any 6$ cheapo one found at a hardware store works. I just reccomennd cleaning the tip ( i use sandpaper) before every time you solder or just when it gets dirty. Leave any soldering iron plugged in for long enough gets hot.
rc10 ryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 06:02 AM   #7
Suspended
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 290
Default

Radio shack, Sears, Ace Hardware and others sell irons that will easily suit your purpose and cost 20 bucks or less. As long as you get one that's at least 40watts you'll be fine. Do not use sandpaper to clean the tip, wipe it off on a wet sponge or paper towel --- it'll last longer.
cracka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 12:41 PM   #8
Tech Champion
 
Jason Pelletier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New York
Posts: 8,820
Trader Rating: 33 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hanzo3 View Post
Get the hobbico one. You need one that solders at 60W I believe. Tower has it, most HS have the hobbico one. Runs around $10-15.

That ones a piece of Shit i had it. The best one to get is the weller sp40l 40w

http://www.all2ools.com/index.pl/fro...ctid=WLR/SP40L

Have had this for over a year and it works well. That hobbico will ruin your cells the tip sucks.
__________________
Island Raceway & Hobby
Jason Pelletier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 12:50 PM   #9
Tech Champion
 
thecman26's Avatar
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: South Central Kansas
Posts: 7,753
Trader Rating: 99 (100%+)
Default

Actually most of the "cheap" soldering irons imho are pos.
I have had 4 of the under $40 irons

If you really want one that works look for a good used Hakko on ebay or on here in the for sale page

I got a good (hardly used) Hakko 936 for $45 on ebay and it is amazing to say the least. You can do it all with that staion.

It may cost a lil more but you will be better off! I threw away all 4 of my "cheapo" irons! All 4 together would have bought a BRAND new 936.
__________________
Chris Keen: Viola, Kansas
Kyosho RZ6, TLR 22 3.0, TLR 4.0 SR (soon),& 22T 3.0
"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken!", Col. Sanders
thecman26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 01:48 PM   #10
Tech Lord
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 11,530
Trader Rating: 21 (100%+)
Default

For some reason, the hobbico irons eat tips. If you go with one of those, buy an extra tip.
Duster_360 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 06:42 PM   #11
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Christchurch, NZ
Posts: 1,063
Default

Having a good, hot iron is essential for soldering work. At least 40W, and a chisel tip, forget those pointed tips, they don't hold the heat.

If you think it's a waste of money, I just f*cked my Tekin ESC by having a iron that wasn't hot enough, and melted part of my circuit board because I held it on the pole too long. THAT was a lot more than the cost of an iron, believe me
JR007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 08:57 AM   #12
Tech Fanatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Socal
Posts: 887
Trader Rating: 42 (100%+)
Default

Home Depot has one under 20 bucks (Weller) and comes with a chisel tip. I see alot of racers using them.
desertraton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 09:11 AM   #13
Tech Initiate
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 29
Trader Rating: 3 (100%+)
Default

To echo the others here:

40W+
Chisel Tip

I use a 40W Weller Soldering Station for wiring and an 80W Mastercraft (Canadian Tire) for batteries. The 15W sharp-tipped pen-style soldering irons are useless.
eps5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 11:26 AM   #14
Suspended
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Everett
Posts: 1,428
Trader Rating: 7 (100%+)
Default

Spend $80 on the Hakko. It's cost effective and efficient as you'll never buy another soldering iron again. ...and it's only $80.
Wes Briscoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 11:35 AM   #15
Tech Elite
 
OTE_TheMissile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,688
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Send a message via MSN to OTE_TheMissile
Default

I agree the little $8 Hobbico irons are pretty cheesy...but, they're $8. They come with 2 tips, and if you take decent care of them they'll get you through a ton of joints before they both erode away. Usually by that time the iron itself is so corroded from the heat the tip won't even come out. But I'm also reasonably satisfied in saying I got my 8 bucks worth out of it, toss the whole thing in the garbage and buy another one.

Now, if you're one of these guys that hardwires everything and is using a soldering iron nonstop, then I could see spending the money on a Hakko. But for a guy like me that has connectors on all his batteries and only pulls a motor out when it needs to be worked on, the little Hobbicos work just fine.

Just my $0.02
__________________
Faster Than Factory
On The EDGE Racing, est. 2001 - Home of the 524, the Silverado Slammer E-MAX6X6, and the Sand Dollar prerunner
Mike Budzien | facebook.com/OTE.TheMissile | RIVCO Products | The RC Corral | iRacing.com
OTE_TheMissile is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Saint Louis Carpet Racing!!! evostyle Kansas/Missouri Racing 1379 02-07-2009 09:11 PM
New technology and club racing- has it thinned out classes? tc3team Electric On-Road 75 05-23-2008 02:16 PM
Good Racer Car? dracy69 Electric On-Road 59 08-06-2004 06:21 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 05:41 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net