Smaller solder irons for kids?
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Smaller solder irons for kids?

by HungryRob on Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:31 am

Anyone know if smaller irons exist for kids (8-10yo)? If so where? If not why not? Thanks.
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Re: Smaller solder irons for kids?

by adafruit_support_bill on Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:23 am

I don't know of any kid-specific irons. But I've taught a lot of kids in that age range how to solder and they generally don't have much problem with a standard-sized iron.
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Re: Smaller solder irons for kids?

by HungryRob on Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:22 pm

Thanks for reply, I will go ahead and try her out with my iron, I'm just worried if she burns herself it would put her off from trying again.
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Re: Smaller solder irons for kids?

by cccookie on Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:20 pm

I don't know of any kid specific irons, but an Antex 12W or 15W iron has a handle diameter smaller than my little finger. The slightly wider "guard" part is about (only slightly more than) the diameter of a tube of lip balm. It really deserves to be called a pencil iron. Not like those jumbo hot dog size irons. I can't use those things.

Oh, you will want to "work" the power cord a bit to soften it, or the stiffness will flip the tiny iron around. They do make a soft, silicone power cord, but I've only found them on 240V european models.
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