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New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well
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New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by oshdiy on Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:27 pm

I just received the new Best 102c 60w adjustable soldering iron.
I have found it to be of higher quality than the $10 irons on Ebay and Amazon.
The temperature setting is fairly accurate as I verified with 3 thermometers.
Most other irons with the little dial on the iron put out 150 degrees C more
than is specified by the dial. This leads to dangerous vapors.
The cord also appears to be of silicone and of good quality.
It also comes with a fine tip point that is good for detailed work.
My praise to Adafruit for selecting a quality product.

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by adafruit_support_mike on Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:07 am

Thanks!

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by kcl1s on Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:24 am

Great review! Thanks. I am thinking about replacing my 8 well used 937D stations with these. I use them to teach soldering to young people at different locations and transporting the bulky stations is a chore. Do they heat fast and maintain temperature OK? I think I will need some short extension cords to make it to the power strips.

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by Unclescotty3412 on Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:37 am

Hi, I bought best-102c. It doesn’t heat to temps labled. I tested with 2 different temperature measuring devices. I also tried to tin the tip with lead free solder. How do I get a replacement. I like the iron, but I have an immediate need. Thx Scott

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by adafruit_support_mike on Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:31 pm

What temperatures are you getting compared to the values on the readout?

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by Unclescotty3412 on Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:19 am

Hi Mike, I turned on iron at 11:40 and tested at 12:05. It is set at 380c. I tested with a infrared thermometer that I use a lot. It read about 30c. Scott

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by adafruit_support_mike on Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:42 pm

30C is barely above room temperature, and would indicate the heating element is completely dead. Is that correct, or did you have a typo on 300C (or some other value)/

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by Unclescotty3412 on Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:02 pm

Hi Mike, Yes that is correct. After a half hour being plugged in I tried to melt existing solder on a board I had sitting around. It didn’t melt solder. I then plugged in a old craftsman 45 watt and it worked pretty quick despite being badly oxidized. Is there a phone number I can call during the day? As I mentioned in my original email, there some urgency to get this resolved. Thx Scott

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by adafruit_support_mike on Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:03 am

Thanks for the confirmation.

Send a note containing a link to this page and your order number to support@adafruit.com. The folks there will get you a replacement iron.

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by Unclescotty3412 on Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:28 am

Hi mike, I received new iron today. It’s the same as last time. Dead iron. Afrter 1/2 hour on highest setting not melting anything . Please process mt refund.. thx Scott

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by adafruit_support_mike on Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:04 am

Send a note containing a link to this page and your order number to support@adafruit.com. The folks there will process a refund and arrange return shipping for the two irons that failed. We'll want to take a look at what went wrong.

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Re: New Best 102c Soldering Iron Works Well

by adafruit2 on Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:12 pm

hiya we received the irons. they work well, but they were left on for many many hours or soldered acid-core solder or something because the tips were oxidized and did not conduct heat well.

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