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Worst iron I have ever seen!
on March 29, 2015
If I could give it a zero, I would. I purchased three of these for our club. Before we could use them to do any soldering, as soon as they were plugged inad heated up, the plastic handles on all three MELTED!!! The irons were starting to list at a dangerous angle from the handle, so we had to switch them off. I was afraid that the things would bend in half while we were trying to solder wires. What is worse is that the same thing happened on all three irons, so it is not a defective item. The plastic is simply not the right kind to use in this application. I'd say the manufacturer got confused between thermosetting and thermoplastic plastics.
I have been using soldering irons for the past thirty years or more, but this is the first time the iron melted through the base! If you find it hard to believe, just check the attached photo. Even Radio Shack irons have lasted me for years. These lasted about ten minutes. MInd you, I had placed them inside those coiled soldering iron holders thinking they would be safe when not being used.
They do heat up correctly, and maybe they can be used for soldering, but I would be concerned about burning things around it more that getting a good soldered joint.
By the way, this review is only about the iron. The seller shipped them promptly and they reached me on time, so I have no complaints about the service. Just that the product itself is unsafe to use, in my opinion. I am returning all three of them.