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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:14 pm 
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After 20 plus years mine has given up, so i thought, just go out and buy one......what crap they sell now as soldering irons, the one i got worked great for 2 days, then, after the shiny tip went dull won't pick up solder or get hot enough to melt solder.....utter crap.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:14 pm 
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Can't go far wrong with Antex: http://www.antex.co.uk/


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:17 pm 
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Antex.

The maplins brand look like low quality shite (and probably are), I have 2 but still prefer my antex.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:25 pm 
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cheers just ordered an antex, many thanks !


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:57 pm 
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As an aside, what solder are you using?

Some solder, especially this new fangled lead free stuff is a right pain to work with, it has a higher melting point and doesn't flow as well as good old lead solder.

For audio stuff I like to use WBT Silver Solder: http://www.audiospares.com/product.php?productid=1416, I bought a big reel of it a while back because I was worried that ROHS might mean leaded solder became unavailable. Whether it sounds better than ordinary leaded solder I don't know, but it's lovely to work with, melts and flows really easily and gives nice shiny joints. Because it melts at a low temperature there's less risk of overheating delicate components, or melting the plastic/insulation of audio connectors etc..


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:45 pm 
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still using same solderreel as before cheers, just a crap iron, got a refund :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:10 pm 
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xerxes wrote:


...but that's only 4% silver; I use 99.9% pure silver solder in my cables 8)

As for soldering stations, if you're really serious then it has to be a Weller, but I have one of these...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/60-Watt-digit ... 33826b28fd

...and one of these...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercury-703-1 ... 1e7bf0af88

...and they both work just fine 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:15 am 
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I use an RS soldering station, which is actually a Siemans job with an RS sticker on the front. It's survived 23 years of use (I'm a radio amateur), still going strong. Soldering stations are a bit longer lived, have a bit more oomph when dealing with lead free rubbish, though I've got several kilos of olde fashioned solder left, enough to last the rest of my life.


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