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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 06, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Butane Soldering Iron

Do any of you guys have one? Do you like it? I'm looking at getting one and wanted to hear some opinions.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 06, 10:01 PM
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Re: Butane Soldering Iron

I bought the Wall Lenk LSP-180 a few months back. So far, no problems at all. If I recall, it's equivalent to a 35-180W traditional iron. The things I looked for to begin with are: has to be capable of soldering some larger gauge wire (8-10 AWG), additional add-on of a heat blower (for shrink wrap), easy push-button ignition, and definately refillable butane cartridges.

Some models use cells that must be purchased (no refills), some are so weak, they basically are useless except for the smallest solder point on a circuit board.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 06, 05:42 AM
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Re: Butane Soldering Iron

I have a weller pyropen jr. Don't recall what I paid for it, but it wasn't as cheap as many others out there. The reason I bought it was because it had better heat control for removing surface mount ICs. However the PP Jr. is now a sick puppy. Not sure what's wrong with it, but I can't keep the gas flowing any longer. Perhaps the regulator is plugging up. I know several guys that have a less expensive butane iron but I don't recall the brand. All I know is that it came in a plastic box and the iron is red. Seems they are still having good luck with theirs. I second the remark about a hot-air attachment. Don't buy a butane iron without it.

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