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Maplin 50W Solder Station

Code: N78AR


3.1  out of 5 based on 35 reviews
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  • Ideal for general electronics and electrical repairs
  • 50W temperature controlled soldering station with adjustable range
  • High quality compact design includes safety guard iron holder

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Maplin 50W Solder Station

• Ideal for general electronics and electrical repairs • 50W temperature controlled soldering station with adjustable range• High quality compact design includes safety guard iron holder• Anti-static ground output• LED power indicator• Pack of 3 assorted tips available separately (Order Code: N79AR)• Supplied with a sponge, stand and one spike point tip

The Maplin 50W Solder Station is low-cost and ideal for individuals working on budget equipment, as well as for general electronic and electrical repairs. The tip temperature can be controlled, from 350°F (180°C) to 900°F (480°C) without the need to change the tip or heating element. Additionally, a pack of three assorted tips for this solder station can be purchased separately (Order Code: N79AR).
Type: Mains Solder Station
Wattage: 50W
Warm Up Time: 10 minutes
Spike point tip
Temperature Range: 180°C - 480°C
Tips Included: Yes
Cable Length: 1.2m
Head Material: Steel
Handle Material: Plastic
Colour: Blue
Product Width: 85 mm
Product Depth: 137mm
Product Height: 170 mm
Product Weight: 604 g

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  • Terrible

    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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • garry said:

    Can this iron be used for white metal products

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Julian said:

    Does this iron have a hot-knife tip for cutting synthetic ropes

    This is not included

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  • Peter said:

    Does N79AR red light go out at corect temp

    No sorry this product does not support that.

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  • Peter said:

    Are the tips small and long enough to allow me to solder some tiny fuses on a nintendo ds?

    No sorry this product does not support that.

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  • Antony Owen said:

    Can you get spare iron for this station?...I know you can get tips...

    Unfortunately these are not available.

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  • Tom Scott said:

    Can Maplin lead free silver solder be used with this iron.

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Andrew said:

    Does N79AR have a grounded tipfor SMT work?

    No sorry this product does not support that.

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  • John Wayman said:

    Is a replacement heating element available?

    Unfortunately no, Only spare tips (N79AR)

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  • Andy W. said:

    Can I buy a replacement nut for this iron? (To hold the replacement tips in place)

    For spares please contact Customer Service

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  • Greg said:

    What is the size of the bit supplied with this iron?

    The supplied bit is a tapered bit (to a 0.5mm tip)

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