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Old 04-29-2007, 07:43 AM   #1
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Hey i am wondering should i buy a 60W or 80W soldering iron i can get either one for the same price, i was thinking of buying the 80W because i will be soldering up battries but i am afraid that it will be to hot for just general soldering such as soldering wires to a motor and soldering wires together or will it be fine?

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Old 04-29-2007, 07:49 AM   #2
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I have for 11 years used the Weller 40 watt.
Been through 3 of them. About 20.00 each at the local track and hardware store's.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:03 AM   #3
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Get the 80W... and if you can find one, get a base that allows you to adjust temperature. Weller makes one that works perfect (it's orange).

Going with a higher Watt soldering iron for the smaller jobs, (i.e. motor wires, etc) just means you have to be a little quicker in soldering your joints - however, in the end if you are going to be making batteries, you want the highest Watt you can afford so don't have to transfer much heat into the cells.
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cheap 80-100w for batts
hakko 907 for at the track
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Old 04-29-2007, 01:37 PM   #5
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I have a weller wesd51 with an etd tip, I have been really happy with it, it has a digital temp readout, and it is adjustable from 350-850F, I think its 50w wich is plenty for battery building. Be sure to get a wide flat tip (i.e. Chisel Tip) for battery building if it dosen't have one, the bigger the surface area you can get on the battery, the quicker you transfer heat the better, batts dont like high temps.
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cheap 80-100w for batts
hakko 907 for at the track
And for the rest of us that are not rich.... a cheap 80W with an adjustable base with different tips...

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A good soldering iron with adjustable heat like the Weller wes51, wesd51, or the Hakko 936 is well worth the money.
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Or, you can get an adjustable iron much cheeper like the Weller wlc200 that can do the same job.
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