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    Any one ever use this?

    https://www.asseenontvnetwork.com/vc...ldheat/121315/

    My first soldering job and I was looking for a cordless begginer's iron.
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    I bought one, and promptly returned it. The tip is VERY fragile. It basically arcs across the contacts, so you have to have a large surface, it doesnt work well with small stuff. It doesnt have the oomph for the big stuff.

    Go buy a good cheap corded iron or a butane powered iron. I personally have a "Isotip" brand and it is Awesome! And it was only $20 + butane. Note, use GOOD butane, not the stuff for lighters. It will eventually clog the unit.

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    • #3
      These guys are in for a lot of cash. They are talking about material that can heat up in a matter of seconds. Their plans include heated car seats that could heat up instantly without having to wait on a cold morning. That's some interesting ****. And as for the soldering tool, I'm thinking about ordering it, sounds like something I would want to at least try.
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      • #4
        Yeah, cold heat sucks. Wont heat up until you short it with two pieces of metal....and it DOES NOT get cold quick like on the commercial. Like a dumbass i burnt the hell out of my hand touching the tip 5 seconds after ATTEMPTING to solder something to no avail.
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        • #5
          Yeah I got one too after hearing some reviews that is was fantastic, but I couldn't get it to work right for the life of me. It would never heat up the solder right and I couldn't use it to consistently solder anything.

          Definitly stay far far away from this product.

          Also as a beginner, the last thing you want is a "beginner's" soldering iron. The cheap ones are much harder to work with. Soldering isn't hard once you learn the basics, but its harder then it looks. Your much better off spending $50 or so on a halfway decent soldering station that heats up good and is controllable. These also normally have more safety measures in them so you won't catch your house on fire as easily.
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          • #6
            I thought it was good when I saw it at HomeDepot, WRONG! waste of money. Good old snake oil in 21 Century package.

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            • #7
              It works good for some projects, but I find myself using my corded 35 watt iron 30% of the time over the cold heat. It takes some getting used to, you can't use it like a conventional iron. I don't think I would use it on logic circuits or anything that could be fried by 3 volts. I was adding an LED for hard drive activity, and while soldering it under my two armed magnifying glass thingy, I kept seeing a blinding light.








              The cold heat tool was powering the LED.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lando
                Any one ever use this?

                https://www.asseenontvnetwork.com/vc...ldheat/121315/

                My first soldering job and I was looking for a cordless begginer's iron.
                I bought this and returned it right away for a weller after finding out that it works by storing the 4 AA batteries power in capaciters and the shorting out the capaciters with the solder (Or material) it was HORRIBLE for electronic work and was even harder to 'tin' anythign as the solder doesnt accually stick to the non-metal tips (The metal is accually a connection in the tip and not the shaft.. so there is nothing for the solder to bind to)
                These are my findings and for anyone that DOES own it... Just dont try to touch the batteries after using it for 5 minutes.... They get SCREAMING hot. RETURN THE ******* MOTHERLESS POS!
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                • #9
                  Strange.... I really like mine. It works great... and I'm even modding Xbox's and PS2's with it (super small solder points). Done about 10 and have had 0 problems. I did buy their smaller tip though, which helps a lot.

                  It does take a little getting used to, but once you do it works great. I haven't picked up my old soldering gun since I got it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gospeed.racer
                    Go buy a good cheap corded iron or a butane powered iron. I personally have a "Isotip" brand and it is Awesome! And it was only $20 + butane. Note, use GOOD butane, not the stuff for lighters. It will eventually clog the unit.
                    here is a link
                    Have you used this on heavy wires-10-12 guage? I'm looking for something that can handle bigger stuff that my corded 10 watt doesn't do a very good job on.
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                    • #11
                      Costco sells it under the Coleman name brand for $16...

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                      • #12
                        I agree...my gf bought me one for my b-day, and it's kinda cool, but the tip is VERY fragile, and tip breaks, it won't really work (as it uses the contacts on both side of the V tip to work.) It also doesn't always activate, as you have to get those contacts to touch together through whatever you're trying to solder. I wouldn't buy one. Get a good old fashioned soldering iron and just don't touch it right after you use it.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hopperhawk
                          ...and was even harder to 'tin' anythign as the solder doesnt accually stick to the non-metal tips (The metal is accually a connection in the tip and not the shaft.. so there is nothing for the solder to bind to)
                          The manual says "Users more experienced with the soldering process will recognize that the Split-Tip eliminates the need for tinning and does not wet."
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                          • #14
                            Yeah, waste of money. I just hope I didn't get anyone to buy it the first time around! It has to be cleaned a lot too. When the flux sticks to the tip it doesn't make contact very well. It's comperable to maybe a 15 watt iron - not good for over maybe 14 AWG wire, and you'll wind up melting one contact or the other, but not both sides of what you're trying to solder. It'll frustrate you quickly. I've never used butane, but have had the ISO-TIP cordless for about 25 years and love it. The tips have to be replaced a lot and batteries every couple years but it works great for small and medium jobs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rgardjr
                              Have you used this on heavy wires-10-12 guage? I'm looking for something that can handle bigger stuff that my corded 10 watt doesn't do a very good job on.
                              I wouldnt use it for larger than 12 guage or so. It just doesnt have the heat to do it properly. They do make larger versions though, and thats what I would go for if you want to do bigger wires. We use the larger ones all the time in the dealerships. They also have a self ignitor instead of the flint style like the baby one that I linked to.

                              link to the 3 I would recommend
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