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    Quote Originally Posted by gambit32
    A buddy of mine at work and I saw this in the paper a while ago. So he bought one. He says it's not that great. He got his off of ebay. He said the tips on it were very fragile.
    yeah, i would assume the tips are not very dense, which is why they can heat so quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gambit32
    A buddy of mine at work and I saw this in the paper a while ago. So he bought one. He says it's not that great. He got his off of ebay. He said the tips on it were very fragile.
    Now you tell me.
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    If he found that the tips were fragile then he used them to solder. If he did that then he was using it wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by gambit32
    A buddy of mine at work and I saw this in the paper a while ago. So he bought one. He says it's not that great. He got his off of ebay. He said the tips on it were very fragile.

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    Well friend of my friends cousins friend... Nah really.. As binary said, it probably is more brittle than your conventional tip, but personally i dont see what exactly do you have to do to break a tip We'll wait and see Should arrive next week!
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    Oh wow, perfect for those of use who don't have a workshop/garage and have to work in the yard/street. No need to trail wires, and extensions.

    Hmm, do think geek ship overseas? Lets have a look shall we.
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    why not get a 12v soldering iron ? I have one with spring clips to the battery in the car, and i extended those leads, now I can solder all over the place in the car with no AC electrical leads
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    Doh, that would be the easy option. But I've just "ThoughtGeek" and ordered one. Got to have some cool tools in the tool box you know, dremel gets lonely when faced with just screwdrivers and the "Big Hammer". This can keep it company.
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    I have one of theese. It's ok, not great. The way it works is that the tip is two conducing materials seperated by a small gap. You place the item you wish to solder across the gap wich causes conduction thus heating the metal and allowing you to melt solder.

    It doesn't work well for anything not solidly mounted, i.e. tinning wires and such. Also, the standard tip is a little to large for any detailed work.

    I first saw this on thinkgeek, and did a search, purchased it from QVC.com (they were chapest at the time). Thinkgeek does have other tips available, I think I'm gonna try some of them before I give up all hope.

    Again, works fine for soldering stanard/large items. I've used to to connect PL-259's to coax without problem, but have had problems tinning wires, and soldering circuit boards.

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    I ordered the smaller connical tip while I was at it, so I can see if it works OK.
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    Got mine today. Its is Okay. Not great. Good for soldering wires together. Crappy for doing any detailed PCB work. I didnt get the small tip. That may have helped but it will come in handy for wiring in my car.
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