Maplin 40W Mains Soldering Iron Kit

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About this product


  • 40W mains powered soldering iron that allows you to get soldering by simply plugging the iron in
  • Heats up in 10 minutes to give you a stable and constant temperature to complete all your soldering tasks
  • Temperature ranges from 450°C to 480°C allowing you to store heat in the tip to aid the melting process

Product overview

  • 40W mains powered soldering iron that allows you to get soldering by simply plugging the iron in
  • Heats up in 10 minutes to give you a stable and constant temperature to complete all your soldering task
  • Temperature ranges from 450°C to 480°C allowing you to store heat in the tip to aid the melting process
  • No restrictions on how long you can use this soldering iron as it is mains powered

What is included in this kit?
This mains powered soldering iron has a 40W output and is supplied in a kit. The kit includes a de-soldering pump to help you remove old components from a board, a soldering stand to safely store your soldering iron and a tube of lead-free solder to get you started.

What difference does the wattage make?
The wattage of a soldering iron is one of the most important factors when deciding which one to buy. Higher wattage will deliver more power to the iron’s tip, allowing it to heat up quicker. As this is a 40W mains soldering iron, it heats up the tip within ten minutes, allowing you to start soldering without having to refill butane tanks or replace batteries.

Do I need anything else for this soldering iron?
To get started, this soldering iron kit has everything you need. Simply unpack the kit out of the blister pack, assemble the stand and plug in the soldering iron. Replacement solder is available to purchase when the supplied solder runs low. If you need replacement tips for this soldering iron, take a look at order code N29KT.

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Initially I found this product great for what it is, but as I have used it over the course of an afternoon that has changed. The soldering iron oxidised gradually with use over the afternoon. The solder provided has no rosin, which cleans the solder tip during use. I had to buy some flux seperately to solve this only to later realise that water based flux has no corrosive quality in it to clean the oxidised layer off the tip. This now means that the iron doesn't melt the solder very well. The stand; solder pump are ideal! I would just recommend people to purchase rosin core solder with this, if you are new to soldering like I was. Otherwise the soldering iron should be up to the job.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rubbish I'm by no means an expert. Last time I had a go at soldering was at school over a decade ago, but this thing is hopeless. I seem to remember it was pretty quick and easy to get two wires soldered together, but this thing is hopeless. The tip will not melt the solder. I could only get it to work half way up the tip - a good few minutes after first plugging in. I was initially drawn in by the low price and accessories, thinking it would be fine for the very rare occasions when I need to do any electronics. Don't be fooled. I can't honestly believe a shop like maplin would stock such a sub-standard item.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought this as a starter kit because of price. The tip did not tinned well and on investigation, the tip is made of steel instead of copper! The temperature of the iron seemed to 'run away'. When measured, the temperature at the tip exceeded 400 degrees C which explained why the delicate copper tracks on the printed circuit were damaged! This is a serious fault as the iron is not self limiting in temperature. Not a recommended buy.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all purpose iron ,ok its better to have temp control but this is a great work horse. And to correct some other reviewer you CAN purchase replacement Tips and they are great as well, one is a flat blade type for those bigger jobs,I am well pleased !
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Received as a gift this Christmas. I wanted one as I was interested in building some simple kits Maplin supplies and developing them further. The kits is an excellant starter set and supplies everything to begin right out the packaging. Highly Recommended!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great soldering iron and well worth the money! I bought the 3 extra tips so that I could get the "normal" tip which was well worth buying. I needed it for automotive wiring outside, which it handled with ease. The only problem/niggle is that the mains lead is really not long enough.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good for small jobs but my tip has bent so I need to buy a new one. Although is very good for making your own projects! I would recomend it to a friend. It is good for how much it is worth! {:)
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Iron works well. Stand is light so not as stable as would like. Solder & sucker all fine. Good price for the full kit.
Date published: 2014-11-11
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Wattage 40 W
Warm up time 10 minutes
Max temp 450 °C to 480 °C
Power 40 W
Run time Not time limited
Special functions N/A
Weight 160 g
Dimensions 30 x 30 x 210 mm
Package contents
1x 40W mains soldering iron
1x De-soldering pump
1x Soldering iron stand
1x Tube of lead free solder
1x Instruction Manual

I brought the 40w iron a few weeks ago and after just a few uses it has stopped heating up at all. Should I return the item to you or is it worth you sending me a replacement tip to see if it works again?

Asked by: Laura
This sounds like a faulty item and may need replacing at your local maplin store.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2018-02-02

How do you use the de-soldering pump

Asked by: Camel
Press down the plunger. Use your iron to melt the solder. Place the tip of the desolder pump over the wet solder whilst simultaneously moving the hot iron out of the way. Press the button on the pump, the plunger shoots upwards drawing the wet solder into the body of the pump. Repeat as many times as needed. If you are still struggling then try web searching "how do you use a desoldering pump" and watch one of the many instructional videos available there.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-12-20

Can you give me the order code for spare tips

Asked by: Tarot
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2018-01-20

Where could I get the alleged instruction manual which is not there in the kit.?

Asked by: Mercury
This kit includes everything you need to start soldering, but there is no how to solder booklet, if you would like to learn this skill there are a vast amount of books or online resources to help you.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-08-14

Is this electrostatic safe?

Asked by: Pre2
This is not certified on the unit so I would advise no.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-04-17

Hi what is the diameter of the tip on this soldering iron?

Asked by: lorn369
The included tip is 0.6mm.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-04-12

How do i load the solder into the desoldrink pump

Asked by: Paulie 001
The desolder pump is a suction device to get rid of loose solder and would not be loaded.
Answered by: Nataliemaplin
Date published: 2017-03-21

Hello, I just bought the kit, but there isn't an instruction manual included although it's listed in the contents of the kit. Would it be possible to download it online? Thank you!

Asked by: Gund
Unfortunately we do not have any manuals for the item.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-01-03
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