They use a metal wire, wrapped around a metal tube that is directly connected to the 240 volts in the wall. It heats up, and then the soldering tip finally gets warm. They are not ESD safe, so it may fry your IC.
I have had 2 literally explode in my hand.
The neutral trace on the PCB heats up because it is too thin IIRC, and shorts. Then, 'pop', and great blue arc and everything is fried.
The best ones, have a ceramic element.
Then, finally the top ones, are the workstations where they regulate the voltage down to (usually) 24 volts with an adjustable potentiometer for setting the temperature.
If you're going to get a soldering iron, just get a decent one because it will last.
Go to JayCar actually and buy one. There all good there :thumbsup:
Yeah I had Chinese braid from eBay. It just did not work well!
Then I got a Dick Smith branded one from, Dick Smith (-_-) and it works very well.
some tip... never ever use short while soldering, you gonna end up blaming a lot, the less exposed skin the better, as for desoldering a excellent source of flux is in the nature, if you make a cut on a pine it will bleed some gooey resin, save it til solid, then just melt it with the solder tip and i will become flux, if you dont want to chop the pine go to a hardware store o a wood shop, it's used by acrobats on circus tu put on hands to avoid sliping, so is an easy to get. good luck with that saturn
I wouldn't use pine resin in its crude form as flux, there's probably impurities that might have an adverse effect on the soldering in it.
Isn't the colophony gymnasts use powdered, and thus pretty inconvenient to use when soldering? Personally I like the variant intended for violin bow hairs and such, it comes packaged in a way that makes it very convenient for the purpose.
Here are some good soldering tips for beginners:
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