June 18, 2013

Weller Soldering Iron Giveaway

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Good news. Weller is providing one of their new soldering irons for us to give away to one of you. Pretty cool. They've got a couple different models and the one they sent us was the standard duty model. They've all got LEDs at the nose which is always a good feature (wasn't it like five years ago that LEDs didn't come on any tools?) The soldering iron has a very nice ribbed rubber gripping area and above that is a triangular housing where the LEDs live. The thought behind this is that you use the round handle to roll the iron how you want it, then grip the triangular area for working stability.

There is more info in this video:


Depending on the model, the units cost $15 to $30.

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So yeah, to toss your name in the hat for the random drawing, leave a comment at this post letting us know your experience with soldering irons, if you have any. If you don't, that's cool too and doesn't make any difference for the drawing. In that case, just let us know the kinds of things you'd like to do with the soldering iron. Easy enough.

Have at it.

The irons are available at Amazon

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 18, 2013 6:51 AM

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Recent Comments

would enjoy owning a Weller soldering iron. thank you for the opportunity.


Posted by: ROBIN WOLFE at July 5, 2013 10:48 AM

Thanks for the giveaway, I have used a few propane soldering irons for field work for the portablity, but those are sometimes finicky to start up.


Posted by: PatR at July 3, 2013 8:18 AM

Have a Weller pistol grip style from early 60's and it still works well but is bulky. I like the new one with the LED.


Posted by: Bill Ryan at June 24, 2013 9:21 PM

I used soldering irons professionally since 1973 since I troubleshot printer problems on dot matrix line printers, when 200 lines a minute was fast. All we had was Weller irons and mine must be at least 30 years old and getting pretty hammered although it still works great. I have a harder time finding good resin core solder than I do kicking the old Weller into gear. LEDs to light the work? I'm in!


Posted by: BruceJ at June 24, 2013 4:04 PM

Weller products are great. I've used them to fix circuit boards and build RC planes and digi-amps. No complaints.


Posted by: David Wanderman at June 24, 2013 10:33 AM

My experience with soldering irons dates back to the mid-to-late 20th century, when I was a student in Mr. White's Metal Shop 1A and 1B classes at Niskayuna High School. Back in the day (before the war), they were large, unwieldy things, with big wooden handles and poor ergonomics. I look forward to the possibility of reliving those teenage years with a streamlined iron of the 21st century.


Posted by: James J. O'Hara at June 24, 2013 4:04 AM

I use a soldering iron to make jewelry. In need of a new though (hint hint).


Posted by: dustin b. at June 24, 2013 12:55 AM

I have two soldering irons but the LEDs look like a useful feature.


Posted by: Greg Smith at June 20, 2013 7:53 AM

I do a lot of stained glass work and go through soldering irons on a regular basis. I also do some electronics work and those last longer. I think it's about the length of time they're plugged in - the ones I use for glass can be heated for hours at a time while the more delicate ones are usually on for about 1/2 hour. Feel free to replace the above rambling with:
OOHHHH! Pick me! Pick me!


Posted by: RainDog at June 19, 2013 12:23 AM

Mostly use my soldering iron for melting ptex to repair ski bases.

And tip has fallen off my old big box special so i'm in need of a new one!!!


Posted by: DaveP at June 18, 2013 1:05 PM

I think this is a good iron for larger stuff, but for anything delicate I prefer my Metcal (now OK Industries) self-regulating irons.


Posted by: Dave at June 18, 2013 12:41 PM

I've got a really old Weller soldering gun, the type that has the mini flashlight bulb. It kind of throbs when you pull the trigger. The tip is getting pretty soft, so a replacement would be great.


Posted by: Tom at June 18, 2013 10:49 AM

I have a very old soldering iron, that I use for small DIY projects, crafts and the occasional fix on one of the cars.


Posted by: Steve Cecil at June 18, 2013 10:18 AM

I do the usual with soldering irons, soldering electrical connections. I have also used them to fix jewelry.


Posted by: Philippe Jegues at June 18, 2013 9:51 AM

Having worked with computers most of my career, I've had the need to solder now and then. It's just something you'll need to do eventually.

And I'm really bad it. Embarrassingly bad.

But hey. Maybe a better tool would make me a better solderer.


Posted by: RyanB at June 18, 2013 8:16 AM

I just got a weller soldering iron the other day and am quite pleased so far! This is a great giveaway!


Posted by: John S at June 18, 2013 8:13 AM

I remember trying to fix electronics and put things back together as a kid. Figuring it out on my own, I had a lot of failures with the soldering iron, but at least a few successes. Its been years since I've had one in my hands.


Posted by: Ian at June 18, 2013 7:25 AM
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