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compact hot air iron thoughts?
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compact hot air iron thoughts?

by alaskanb3arcub on Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:32 pm

I've been looking into something like this(https://tinyurl.com/y4x5f83l). Has anyone come across something like this that they know to not be trash?

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Re: compact hot air iron thoughts?

by mikeysklar on Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:33 pm

I didnt' see the max temp, but I usually need 400F - 500F when desoldering. This is our more compact model.

https://www.adafruit.com/product/1869

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Re: compact hot air iron thoughts?

by alaskanb3arcub on Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:53 am

It will be a while before soldering electronics that small will be doable due to vision and lack of space to setup a lab area to do so.

I plan on doing [optical disc] repair by wet sanding discs(picked up 2000 grit paper at NAPA today), then considering using such an iron to melt the plastic, much like heat polishing plexiglass. Storage for me is at a premium as well, and I like the thought of something that will consume a lot less space. I have also seen models that have compact controller/power supply external to the iron itself, but still having a smaller footprint than the Quick(example: https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Control- ... B08HHT6S4P).

I work at a thrift store that gets a lot of [optical discs] in... less than great condition, and the admittedly used/discontinued, disc repair machine I have(DiscGoDevil 2.0) uses supplies t hat are not replaceable when gone, and new machines are... prohibitively expensive, as well as having the supplies explicitly timed, not allowing the consumables to be stretched out. Sandpaper and electricity to power a hot air iron would be much more cost effective.

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