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Old 06-17-2004, 12:48 PM
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i have a 240v soldering iron, will it work if i plug it in a 110-120v socket?
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Yes, but at half the rated wattage output and likely to be at a lower temperature.

40W 240v roughly eqivalent to 20W 110V

Soldering irons are just low impedance, high power resistors.
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the best is to have a Tamiya 7.2V solder since EP racer can get 7.2V easily or those uses gas worth to have one in your oit box
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even better for the track is butane, that way you dont need any volts I usually bring one with soldering, hot knife, heat gun, and blowtorch tips
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Originally posted by rc_square24
i have a 240v soldering iron, will it work if i plug it in a 110-120v socket?
No it won't! The voltage isn't high enough for the heatingwire to heat up. To get even a warm sensation from the iron you need atleast 180volts.
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Butane irons at radio shack $19.99 with variable temp, cordless, & they get very hot!!! in seconds.
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well, i tried it last night......as im stayin at someonelses place right now...i waited until everyone was asleep....just incase theres no freaking out if the fuse pops

the thing heated up as usual in like 20sec (ceramic) and it still melted solder and wire work. it was a 70w so maybe it was cut down to about 35-40 w?
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