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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 35 Reviews
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.
Simple, cheap, did the job while it worked. Mine worked for just over 1 year with sporadic use and has now died (power light comes on but the iron remain cold).
Good while it lasted but now I have to repair the thing after what appears to be a common fault. I found that on the pcb there is the variable resistor 500k. This is problematic and takes no time at all to burn and cover with carbon. Also on inspection c1 capacitor (not soldered) and could be pulled out without desoldering. Both faults combined caused r4 resistor to burn and end the life of the iron. Now need to find out what r4 is if anyone knows so I can get it up and running again with better compo's I also plan to add a seperate switch as it needs it stop damage the the 500k variable (r1) And also so I don't need to change temp all the time. I suggest using the wall switch to people who already own this iron it'll last much longer as it's a good iron without these issues
Bought this 50w iron on recommendation from the store manager to replace the Antex 18w I bought earlier but found the tip was missing when I got it home. The tip doesnt melt maplin 217 degree solder at the highest setting, something the previous 18w iron did very easily. The spec can only be an estimate at this quality. I used to think Maplin was ok for emergency parts that you need on the day and accepted their business of higher prices for convenience, but I've wasted 3 car trips messing around and still haven't got a soldering iron - the soldering irony being that 75% of Maplins products are defunct without one.
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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+)||£22.99|
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