View Full Version : Cold Heat Solderer
01-18-2005, 12:20 AM
anyone tried one of these gadgets?
I see a lot of commercials about it, and it sounds too good to be true kinda stuff
probably cheap enough to try and throw away, but it seems like I try that method way too much
01-19-2005, 07:33 AM
I was wondering how well they worked myself.... They seem neat.
It takes about 500-700 degrees F to melt solder. Unless the tip arcs and splatters lead all over, I can't see how the tip can be cool enough to not burn things instantly after releasing the button. Either way, for heavier soldering jobs (multiple wires, heavy wires, cold weather), I doubt that it will work well enough. It's the metal(s) being tinned, not the solder that needs to be heated in order for the solder to flow and coat. If someone wants to solder without wires, propane powered units are available.
01-19-2005, 11:38 AM
I bought one to see....it SUCKS. It will only work with very small gauge wire and the free strippers that came with it broke the first time I tried to strip speaker wire.
01-19-2005, 12:39 PM
Thx for the replies.... Guess I won't be getting one of those anytime soon.