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Old 01-14-2005, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Need a good soldering gun

I have a good pen iron, but I am building my first battery packs and I want a good gun to do a good fast job, since the less time heat is on the battery the better.

How many watts should I be looking for in a gun?

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Old 01-14-2005, 11:24 AM   #2
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Guns have watts, butthey have no material in the tip to hold the temperature...

a Good pen will do a better job on batteries than a gun will...

Check out the info regarding power at www.hakkousa.com and check out their heavy duty model 456 iron...only rated at 60W....but more than enough to do the job because of the tip, the materials, and the construction
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Get a hakko. It gets the job done
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Old 01-14-2005, 11:45 AM   #4
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My pen one is made by Circuit Test. It is a 30w pen with a max temp of 900F or 480C.
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Thisis the iron I'musing....

with an explanation of wattage, etc...

is 1100F hot enough for ya
http://hakkousa.com/products.asp?PID=455-456&page=1
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If you get a gun, get something like the Weller 8200. It is 100/140W and works very well for batteries. I have the 30 year old version that is 90/130W and it works great for batteries and motors. I have never seen a pencil iron that can really compare to it. Unless you are talking about Metcal irons, but I have never seen one of those outside of work. I like guns because you don't have to leave them on all the time to get them to work when you want them. Here is a link

http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brand...ldering%20Guns

http://www.newark.com/NewarkWebComme...SKU=33F148&N=4

You can also find them at hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes.

At homedepot.com you can search for "weller" and you will get a kit with that gun in it for like $30.
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Old 01-14-2005, 02:09 PM   #7
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Awesome, thanx.

I will head up to Home Depot in a few to see if they have it in stock.

Thanx again.
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