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    Quote Originally Posted by Soopstradamus View Post
    I'm pretty sure this is the exact unit I have, except mine is 10-15 years old. Adjustable temperature up to 850F (burns the shit RIGHT OFF those gang-banged pots).

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    I think Elysian recommended these - I grabbed one and it works great seems to be the perfect temperature for electronics without having to mess with temperature control. But of course they have tons of other options.

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    My soldering iron does suck, and I plan on getting a Weller in the future

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    I'm using a small butane powered one right now for when I do need to solder. I only do a few bits here and there right now so I don't need anything overkill. I'd like to get more into little projects though and when I have the space I might pick up one of those adjustable Weller ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DslDwg View Post
    I think Elysian recommended these - I grabbed one and it works great seems to be the perfect temperature for electronics without having to mess with temperature control. But of course they have tons of other options.
    There's no such thing as one temperature that works. It really does pay to get something adjustable, even if it just has high/low settings. Doing the back of a pot - high (). Doing the fine wires that connect to a superswitch? Low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soopstradamus View Post
    There's no such thing as one temperature that works. It really does pay to get something adjustable, even if it just has high/low settings. Doing the back of a pot - high (). Doing the fine wires that connect to a superswitch? Low.
    I've wired two guitars complete with it - including push pulls and had no issues at all. It's hot enough to melt the solder quick but not so hot that it burns up your components.

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    I have a butane one my wife got me from radio shack. It might not be ideal, but its fun cranking the thing up to max and melting huge gobs of solder in like a second flat

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    We have Hakko 936s and Wellers. Both are excellent.

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