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Old 1st March 2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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Is the Black & Decker dual- temp craft and soldering iron any good?

One thing it has different tips, some of them might be good for smd components.

Does anyone have experience with these iron?
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Old 1st March 2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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You might consider looking at the Weller wes51. They are under $100, have a wide range of temp control, and you can get a huge variety of tips for under $5 bucks. I use the standard tip that came with the iron and bought a needle point tip for smd's. It's also ESD safe.

Works awesome and they have a great reputation.

Sorry no personal experience with B&D models, I did not realize they made soldering irons.

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Old 1st March 2006, 04:16 PM   #3
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You might consider looking at the Weller wes51. They are under $100, have a wide range of temp control, and you can get a huge variety of tips for under $5 bucks. I use the standard tip that came with the iron and bought a needle point tip for smd's. It's also ESD safe.

Works awesome and they have a great reputation.

Sorry no personal experience with B&D models, I did not realize they made soldering irons.

-David
Thanks for the reply

I might buy the weller in the future but the Black & Decker is $20 at Homedepot.
It has odd tips even one shaped like a leaf
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Old 1st March 2006, 06:17 PM   #4
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$20 soldering irons will give less than $20 results. Black and Deckers tool quality has really fallen off in the last 5 years. If you really can't spend more than $20, Then get Ungar with interchangable elements and tips or watch out for a deal on a used station. Once you've used a temp controlled quality Iron, you'll never go back.
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Old 2nd March 2006, 11:07 AM   #5
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If there's even a remote chance you're going to be doing SMD work, you want the best quality tools you can afford

Hell, surface mount is damn annoying even with the proper tools
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Old 2nd March 2006, 11:21 AM   #6
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I have a CSI station 1A http://www.web-tronics.com/solstat.html

Although I have never used a real quality soldering station, this does the job for me, even with SMDs. Worlds better than the cheapie blister pack irons. $50 with a bunch of tips.
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Old 3rd March 2006, 01:29 AM   #7
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I've got the CSI 2A and it's comparable to a Weller station which I use daily at work - only it's a lot cheaper! I build and rework boards that use all surface mount parts. 0603 size and up packages are easily soldered with normal or flat/chisel type tips and some sort of flux (liquid or pen dispensed). Either of the CSI stations are great for the price. The tips don't seem quite as good as Wellers but that just means you have to do a little more work to keep it clean.
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Old 5th March 2006, 02:20 AM   #8
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Don't touch the B&D iron.

For most PCB work, you need a ground referenced tip, not a hard ground. You also will need a controlled tip temperature.

There are many good controlled stations for $100 or less. Not getting one of these will cost you more $$$ in so many ways.

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Old 5th March 2006, 04:54 AM   #9
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SOmeone in of of the trade threads said he was sitting on a few nice soldering stations and irons only needing tips for $40 or somethiing... looks like a bargain
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Old 7th March 2006, 10:03 PM   #10
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Well, I hope you guys are right about the CSI irons. I just picked up one of the 1A models and am keeping my fingers crossed!

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