Maplin 8W Battery Powered Soldering Iron


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About this product


  • 8W battery powered soldering iron to allow you to begin soldering almost anywhere
  • 15 seconds warm up to allow you to begin soldering almost immediately
  • Temperature ranges from 400°C to 420°C, dependant on battery power, allowing you to store heat in the tip to aid the melting process

Product overview

• 8W battery powered soldering iron to allow you to begin soldering almost anywhere
• 15 seconds warm up to allow you to begin soldering almost immediately
• Temperature ranges from 400°C to 420°C, dependant on battery power, allowing you to store heat in the tip to aid the melting process
• 1 hour run time, depending on the life of the battery (requires 3 x AA batteries, not included)

What makes this iron unique?
This soldering iron is ultra-portable as it is powered from three AA batteries, making it usable in almost any situation. Simply press the on button and the soldering iron will warm up to temperature within 15 seconds allowing you to start your soldering project right away. This soldering iron operates for up to one hour on alkaline batteries which can be replaced in a few moments.

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 an 8W battery powered soldering iron, it heats up the tip in under 15 seconds, allowing you to start soldering without delay.

Do I need anything else for this soldering iron?
This soldering iron includes 90cm of solder. Replacement solder is available to purchase when the supplied solder runs low. The iron is battery powered and requires three AA batteries, which are all you need to buy to get started. For extra batteries for your soldering iron, see Order Code L43AL. If you require a replacement combined element and tip, take a look at Order Code N40JG.

Rated 2 out of 5 by from low power I had trouble melting the solder supplied with it.
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect tool for those simple soldering tasks. It's obviously not designed for big soldering jobs, but works exactly as it's supposed to. Changeable tips too.
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this type of iron because of needing a low power one, no 18 watt 2 mins to start up type of thing, for doing high precision SMD repairs on mobiles etc. It heats up to full in 20 seconds or less, has a super-fine point to it so ideal for intricate jobs, and as I'd hoped for, it's not so powerful as to damage tiny components or ribbon cables and wire etc. I didn't want to be messing with batteries so I fitted a mains adapter (if you need to ask how, you shouldn't be soldering in the first place! lol), and now it's my main iron, constantly in use with my work and hobbies, well worth the cost, if only because of there being no other iron tip that is so fine (they need replacing though as they get bigger over time - I need a new one once every 2 months. Brilliant idea, and nice handy little device. Useless on big boards, highly earthed contacts such as on older TV equipment as it just isn't hot enough, but that's the point of it anyway. Also, if it cannot melt, use low melting point solder and apply some to your contacts to allow it to mix. Over all, very good item. Recommended for all intricate work.
Date published: 2013-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This thing is totally useless. No heat retention what so ever. It barely has enough power to melt the solder that is supplied with it. I tried to solder 1.5mm copper wire to an BNC connector. No chance.
Date published: 2012-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a brilliant product and has saved me in many a bad situation. Despite the slightly dissapointing battery life, this is something well worth purchasing.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Complete rubbish Not hot enough. Just about melts solder. Put the tip on what your soldering and the heat sinks away not allowing the solder to flow.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Utterly useless I bought this to do odd little jobs when mains was not available. It does heat up but will not even melt the solder supplied with it. The only way I could get it to solder a guitar output jack was by heating the tip a bit with a cigarette lighter.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Quality, Terrible Performance I have just returned home after purchase, and agree with previous reviews. Not even enough heat to melt to solder included - I am soldering 24AWG wire into a 9 Pin connector and it is failing miserably. I will be returning to the store ASAP.
Date published: 2017-01-29
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Wattage 8 W
Warm up time 15 seconds
Max temp 400 °C - 420 °C
Power 4.5 V 8 W battery power
Run time 1 hour with 3 x AA batteries
Special functions on / off switch
Weight 65 g
Dimensions 175 x 40 x 20 mm
Package contents
Soldering Iron
Tip cover
90 cm of solder
User manual

Hi I'm trying a small soldering project and I think this item has all I need, just about the solders provided, does it contain silver and is it Pb free? It would be even better if you can provide me with more details as I don't want to buy extra

Asked by: xyzjust
This should be everything you need apart from flux, you may need flux depending on the type of soldering you are doing. There is no silver or Lead in the solder provided.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-03-24

Tried to melt the solder provided with fresh in date batteries bought the day I bought the iron. Unfortunately the solder would not melt. Can you provide information as to which batteries are the best for this type of product. Thanks

Asked by: Customer
The ones in the link below should work fine.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2018-02-05

Will this be suitable for soldering pins onto an prototyping board such as the adafruit pro tinket 5v? (The pins come with the board)

Asked by: Josh
I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2015-12-11

Will it take 6mm width soldering tips?

Asked by: Brian
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-10-09

Does Maplin sell spare tips for this iron?
Asked by: Denys G Froehlich
Yes the code is N40JG
Answered by: PC
Date published: 2015-07-17
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