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Maplin 50W Solder Station
|Type:||Mains Solder Station|
|Warm Up Time:||10 minutes|
|Spike point tip|
|Temperature Range:||180°C - 480°C|
|Product Width:||85 mm|
|Product Height:||170 mm|
|Product Weight:||604 g|
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10 of 38 Reviews
Stopped working after 2 months of occassional use.
I bought the iron on special, to replace my previous iron, which looked remarkably like this one but lasted over 10 years. As soon as I opened the box I could tell this was a different, lighter weight, built down cheaper, product.
Might be worth the tenner I paid, if you are desperate. however. If you want an iron you can use regularly and will last a few years, save your money up for a higher quality item.
My last iron which I bought from Maplin, looked identical to this one and it performed perfectly fine for over 10 years, with moderate, hobbyist use. As I had a couple of new bits sitting in a draw, this looked like a good buy.
Oh how wrong I was.
First, the heat guard is rubbish. Second, it does not perform like a 50W iron, being nothing like as hot as I would expect on full setting. Third, after just two months of moderate use, it's fallen apart and given up completely.
I would give it no stars if I could.
Save your money.
A great solder station
I received this soldering Iron as a Christmas Present and I was instantly impressed. The iron heated up within about 5 to 10 minutes and the iron created perfect pyramid shaped joints on the PCB kit I was soldering. The instructions are easy to understand and they tell you what colour means what temperature on the variable switch. I have chosen to use the orange section. This is about 270 oC. The tinning sponge was great and shocked me pleasantly as when it is dampened it expands to twice the size. I am very pleased with the iron and would recommend it to anyone.
I've used it twice on mid heat, and on the third go the tip had already got carbon on it to an extent that it was unusable, you get what you paid for, but I would have expected more than 2 uses!
Unfortunately I've lost the receipt so this will be going straight into the bin. If you were considering getting this, I would suggest you pay a little extra and go for a well known brand such as Antex or go get yourself an adjustable gas soldering iron (which in my opinion are great).
I've bought 2 of these Maplins and only been able to use them a few times before they stop working all together. You are better off paying a little more for a more pro version such as the 60W solder station.
this is the second one of these I have had, the first one lasted about a month, this one has lasted 2 so its getting better, avoid!
I have only just started to use this iron and so far it has performed well. Purchased 9/2013. Temp control is guesswork but I found that on half heat it solders pcb components quickly. Initial heating takes a while, but once up to temp it does well. It comes with I fine point tip, which is interchangeable, but I didn't get the extra ones. As an inexperienced solderer I would say it was a good first purchase.
I've had the iron for about a year, only using it occasionally. Last time I was using it, the was a 'pop' accompanied by the unmistakeable smell of blown-up capacitor, and the iron now has no temperature control ! I would have expected a slightly longer life.
I've had this for a few years now and it works pretty well. It feels a bit cheap but does the job. I got the extra set of 3 tips which were a good investment. My main complaints are that the cable between the iron and the station is a bit stiff and so can be awkward to handle, and the mains lead is a bit short. I set the temperature with a thermocouple connected to a multimeter and found just between the red and orange sections on the control was about right for normal soldering with lead-free solder (about 350degC) - but this control isn't calibrated so the temperature may be different for you.
I have bought this items three times - one for myself and the to my brother in low - as it was very easy to use - I have also bought one to my father. we all use it when ever soldering is needed. it is stable and worm up fast, do exactly what you need doesn't heat the area.
QuestionsAsk a Question
10 of 14 Questions
Can this iron be used for white metal products
Does this iron have a hot-knife tip for cutting synthetic ropes
Does N79AR red light go out at corect temp
Are the tips small and long enough to allow me to solder some tiny fuses on a nintendo ds?
Antony Owen said:
Can you get spare iron for this station?...I know you can get tips...
Tom Scott said:
Can Maplin lead free silver solder be used with this iron.
Does N79AR have a grounded tipfor SMT work?
John Wayman said:
Is a replacement heating element available?
Andy W. said:
Can I buy a replacement nut for this iron? (To hold the replacement tips in place)
What is the size of the bit supplied with this iron?
|Item code||Item name||Quantity||Price|
|N78AR||Maplin 50W Solder Station||(1+)||£24.99|
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