|Manufacturer||Cooper Hand Tools|
|Item Weight||8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||10.75 x 2 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||W60P3|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||1 Weller Branded Product|
|National Stock Number||3439-00-866-6258|
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Weller transforms hand soldering The art of hand soldering has been around for a very, very long time, thousands of years in fact. But it was only until 1941 that a transformer based instant heating soldering method was developed by an impatient American radio repairman who was tired of sitting around waiting for his soldering gun to heat up. Carl E. Weller had to wait until after WWII ended in 1945 to get his Weller Manufacturing Company going. In 1960, the Weller Manufacturing Co. in the US patented the “Magnastat” soldering iron which used a magnetic component to regulate the temperature at the iron’s tip. In an expansion overseas beginning in 1959, the Weller GmbH plant in Besigheim, Germany, along with new plants in other countries, was organized to manufacture temperature controlled irons and soldering guns for primarily industrial markets throughout Europe and the Near East. Keeping pace with the increasing complexity of our customers’ needs, Weller Germany became the market leader for developing and manufacturing hand soldering products worldwide. Our products were proudly emblazoned with “Made in Germany”, signifying innovation and reliability.
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The Weller W60P3 is a 60Watts /120V controlled output soldering iron. Uses Weller "closed loop" method for controlling maximum tip temperature. Portable line voltage iron - no base station required. Iron features stainless steel modular plug-in heater for greater efficiency and versatility. Temperature is controlled by tip - 700° F. Nominal heat-up time with 700° F tip is 110 seconds. Uses CT series Weller tip - comes with CT5A7 tip. Heating element type is in-home wound, plug in. 3-wire grounded cord set. UL and cUL listed. Made in Mexico.
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I'll do a quick comparison for those who may not be familiar with how different types of 120v portable soldering irons work. There are two features you want to carefully consider when choosing an iron: 1) regulated or unregulated & 2) grounded or ungrounded.
The cheapest handheld irons are unregulated and ungrounded. Unregulated means the iron tip will get as hot as its wattage rating allows it to get, and ungrounded means the iron will have no earth ground wire for static charge to dissipate through (ungrounded irons are identifiable by the two prong power plug, grounded irons will have a three prong plug). Unregulated, ungrounded irons should only be used for tasks that are not temperature sensitive and that do not require ESD (electrostatic discharge) considerations. Making jewelry is an example of a task suitable to an unregulated, ungrounded iron. Such irons can usually be had for as little as $10. In general, if an iron is unregulated, it will also be ungrounded.
For more sensitive tasks, such as electronics work, you're going to want a regulated, grounded iron. A regulated iron will have some means of fixing the tip temperature maximum. The Weller WP25 uses a thermistor to ensure the tip temperature does not exceed 750F. The WP35 also uses a thermistor and will not exceed 850F. Both irons are grounded and are available in the $40ish price range. The WP25, being grounded, is an ESD-safe iron, and is perfectly fine for light gauge wires and most board-level work, but it may struggle on heavier joints where 25 watts of power isn't enough to sustain the regulated temperature. The WP35, with 35 watts of power, will handle heavier joints than the WP25, but at the cost of having a higher temperature ceiling (850F). Sometimes this is acceptable, but there are times when it's important to keep the tip temperature down when working on large joints, such as the case when tiny heat-sensitive components are nearby.
Like the WP25 and WP35, the Weller W60P3 is also a regulated, grounded iron. But unlike the WP25 and WP35, it does not regulate temperature with a thermistor. Its method of temperature regulation, patented by Carl Weller in the 1950's, is quite ingenious and works on the property of magnetic hysteresis. There is a small magnet in the tip which keeps the circuit closed and a spring in the iron barrel that wants to open the circuit. When a certain temperature is reached, the magnetic field strength is reduced to such a point that the magnet releases its hold, allowing the spring to pull back and open the circuit. Since the magnet is in the tip itself, different maximum temperatures can be chosen by using different tips that each have specific magnetic properties. More specifically, the W60P3 allows you to choose 600F, 700F, or 800F tips. Also, the W60P3 is a 60watt iron, so it can handle those heavier joints, but at a temperature that is right for you and your given task.
If you've been researching irons, you may have also noticed the W60P model. While it is identical in temperature regulation to the W60P3, it is not grounded. In general, the only reason you'd want to pick the W60P over the W60P3 is if you have to do work in older buildings that only have 2-prong power outlets. For most people, this would not be a consideration, and the W60P3 will be the right choice.
Overall, the W60P3 is a fine iron and its closed-loop method of temperature control is the same that is employed by Weller's classic WTCPT bench iron. While the W60P3 is pricey at $80, its versatility and quality make it a long-lasting worthwhile tool to add to your tool chest.
Make sure you keep the tip tinned and you won't have a problem soldering with this tool. If you're not sure how to do this, YouTube search "soldering iron tip tinning" and you will find many videos that will show you how.