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Overall a great product
on May 31, 2012
I got this product as an upgrade to a $10 cheapo soldering iron that I got from radioshack. I have been using my soldering iron to solder small components to pcb's(0603 size components, 30 ga wire, etc).
I was pleasantly surprised by this product. One of the biggest features of this product is that it is wireless and you dont have a flame to deal which is the downfall of many butane soldering iron. The only downfall of this is that it chews like batteries like there is no tomorrow, but if you get some good rechargeable batteries you will be fine. There is no need to do the mod that some other posts say you should do(adding a power supply), because that defeats the purpose of buying a wireless soldering iron.
Another thing that I love about this is that the handle is very close to the tip, this gives you more control of the iron which helps out when dealing with with smaller parts and working conditions. When using regular soldering irons the handle usually ends at the half way point, so it is hard to control the tip. This is not the case with this iron, it allows great control and precision.
One complaint that I have seen others say is that holding down the power button is hard. I do not find this an issue because my index finger rests there naturally and it is a very light pressure button. But if you really do not want to hold down this button you can glue it down and just use the switch.
In conclusion, if you need a portable soldering iron for light duty jobs this iron is for you. But if you are wanting to do bigger soldering jobs get a more powerful iron. Also, make sure you put the batteries in the right way, I have a feeling that is why some people are saying that theirs didn't work(even though there is a diagram on the iron that shows you how to you them in)
-Great for electronics/smaller jobs
-Bright led that lights up your working environment
-Heats up and cools down in a matter of seconds, you don't have to worry about burning down your house
-Leverage of the handle(it is close of the tip)
-Battery life(to be expected)
-not good for soldering big things together, this is for electronics, not your car
-can't regulate the temperature
-no instructions(but you can figure it out very quickly)