Maplin 50W Mains Solder Station

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About this product


  • 50W 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 180°C to 480°C, dependant on wattage, allowing you to store heat in the tip to aid the melting process

Product overview

• 50W 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 180°C to 480°C, dependant on wattage, 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 makes this iron unique?
This soldering iron is part of a solder station which controls the temperature of the tip. It is controlled through a dial on the station which also acts as a soldering iron stand. The station is connected directly to the mains, which powers the soldering iron. This is an ideal iron to begin soldering with as it is rugged, inexpensive and can be used on a range of soldering projects such as repairing PCB's or joining cables together. The included sponge within the station will allow you to keep the iron clean and prevent a build-up of oxides which can affect the quality of soldering and the temperature of the iron itself.

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 50W mains soldering iron, it heats up the tip within ten minutes to a selected temperature, allowing you to start soldering without having to refill butane tanks or replace batteries.

Do I need anything else for this soldering iron?
This soldering iron is simple to assemble. After assembly, all you need is some solder and then you can get to work. Once plugged in, it takes only ten minutes to warm up to the selected temperature.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm currently shopping for a new soldering iron as this one has failed after a couple of years of light use. The fitting which holds the bit seems to be very poorly secured as it now just falls out of the end, it's not obvious what was holding it in place in the first place. Also I recently received an electric shock from the screw in the handle. However it's a good tool for the price. Another review mentioned they may have updated the design, if this update addresses my issues could someone at maplin let me know and I'll happily buy another, otherwise I'll source an alternative.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought N78AR and replacement tips. Have to say , very good buy . For 11 pound i got a iron which is identical to vellmen model VTSS5. The tips cost me just short of the iron price , so whether i get 6 month or 6 years use its a no brainer! Tinned the tip correctly and did a couple of test solders on a few caps. I like it. I was actually going to buy gas powered torch but now ive got it home im glad i didnt. Its just the portability i like on gas powered but the last 2 ive bought have died after very short usage, so i think ive made the right choice ;)
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I am on my 3rd unit as they break in no time at all, 1st one lasted a year, 2nd one about 6 months, the latest replacement lasted about 1 hour. I think Maplin have now upgraded these as the original design was obviously poor. Maplin customer service is the best I have experienced which makes up for the inferior product.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This soldering iron is excellent value for money, I got in on half the asking price and I have to say I'm very satisfied with it. I do use weller soldering irons at work which cost around ???400+ and I must say even that I didn't expect anything closer to that, I was really pleasantly surprised at the end as I was able to do all my soldering without problem. As I saw in others reviews that handle gets hot I think it might be caused by using it on highest temperature setting for long time which is something you shouldn't with soldering iron of this price. little bit above 60% ( on temperature dial) did all for me and it wasn't just soldering wire to wire (it was bit complex synth sequencer project) and I was able to finish it with this iron without breaking sweat. Plus you can get spare tips from maplin so that's another bonus. Hope this helps So go get it while on sale:)
Date published: 2014-11-18
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Wattage 50 W
Warm up time 10 minutes
Max temp 180 °C – 480 °C
Power Mains
Run time Not time limited
Special functions Temperature controlled
Weight 604 g
Dimensions 85 x 137 x 170 mm
Package contents
Soldering iron
Iron holder
Clean sponge
User manual

I have this Solder Station but the iron holder has melted due to me not putting ther iron in properly so it is no longer secure or safe. Can I buy the holder only, if so how much?

Asked by: Parascot01
sorry we do not sell the holders for this particular item separately.
Answered by: Nataliemaplin
Date published: 2017-03-18

Can you buy a replacement chisel tip for this iron?

Asked by: Griff
Yes we do please see the following link:
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-03-11

Before I order a new soldering iron, I need to know if I can replace the element and bit (tip) . Do you stock elements and replacement bits (tips) for this soldering iron? If so, please tell me the stock number(s)

Asked by: DoctorNitro
Yes we do please see the following link:
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2017-03-06

Please could you confirm if you sell replacement elements for this soldering iron (N78AR)

Asked by: stewpot
Sorry we do not have replacement elements for this unit.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2016-12-30

Hi Maplin solder station has died,on investigation Triac has given up,(mac 97a6 08h ) where can I source another one or does it mean dumping the solder station `??

Asked by: terrry
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-11-14

Hello, Can you supply spare tips for this iron?

Asked by: David
Pack of tips can be found here
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-10-02

How do I order a spare soldering bit for the N78AR soldering station?

Asked by: Anonymous
Pack of tips can be found here
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-09-19

May I ask what spare bits this iron uses please?

Asked by: Keith
tips are available here ....
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-08-18
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