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Old 09-09-2004, 10:07 AM   #1
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hey guys! just wondering if anybody tried using this iron for rc purposes. here's the website to check it out:[URL=http://www.coldheat.com]
i'm curious to get other peoples opinions on this. i don't know if it will be good because it generates a current to melt the solder, (might be bad for batteries or wiring on esc's). anyway let me know what you think. thanks.
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:10 AM   #2
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I Just ordered one, I'll let you know how it works.
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Looks interesting. I would be hesitant to use it on electronics. Batteries, connectors, and stuff like that would probably be fine. Let us know how it works mtveten. I just don't see 4-AA's doing the job.
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hmm...4aas dont sound like they will do the job (as sated above)...what is the watt rating of the iron?

think i will stick to my 12v one
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:41 AM   #5
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how funny there's a thread today! I saw this yesterday on tv.... and soldering batts or motors came right to my mind! It'll be real cool if it really works and especially works on batts and esc soldering!

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Old 09-09-2004, 11:34 AM   #6
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they claim 800deg tip temp and ok for R/C industry, I figure for $20.- its worth a shot.
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no it sucks for the rc world because if you need to tin a wire of solder something on you need all the hands you can get and with the cold heat one hand has to constantly be pushing down the button
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But the tip looks small like a pencil tip, does it come with other tips?
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Charlie O - You can buy other tips.
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i dont know how much 800deg farenhite (sp) is in celcius but it will probably be around 300-400 which isn't very hot for a soldering iron
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800F is plenty hot enough - minimum tip temperature would be around 700F normally. I use a 800F tip normally.

What matters is whether the iron has the power/tip mass to keep that temperature going when you put it on the cells.
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Old 09-09-2004, 03:17 PM   #12
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i don't think it gets hot enough to do wires and batts. i think the temp is equivalent to a 20 watt iron. good for circuit boards though.
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yea i belive circut board is what it was designed for but me i will just stick to my cheap 60watt it gets super hot and it always works and it was only 7 bucks from tower!
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Originally posted by mtveten
I Just ordered one, I'll let you know how it works.
let us know how good/bad it is. did you get the chistle type end? check if it is also good for soldering motors.
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Well it should arrive monday with the chisel tip. I ordered it use for soldering motor & battery wires at tracks with no power, hopefully it will be suficient for that.

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BTW if anybody elese want to order one that have them at thinkgeek.com for $20.- ready for immediate shipment instead of the 6-8 weeks wait at coldheat site.
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