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Best 102C soldering iron died almost immediately
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Best 102C soldering iron died almost immediately

by hammerquill on Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:48 pm

I just plugged in my 102C for the first time. Its on button behaved unpredictably, but eventually stayed on and the iron heated up (smoked off whatever oil was on the shaft). After a few seconds, it skipped from the lowest LED to 380. I picked up the iron and it made a crackle and died. LEDs off. I unplugged, let it cool down, and plugged back in. Nothing happened. On button didn't work. The instructions are Chinese only, so I opened it to see if I could replace a fuse. There isn't one. I also saw nothing obvious wrong inside - no burn marks, no obvious bad solder joints. Have waited and tried again. It's dead.

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Re: Best 102C soldering iron died almost immediately

by dastels on Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:49 am

The crackling sound makes me think there's a bad connection inside. I'd not plug it in again.

Please email support@adafruit.com with a link to this thread, your order number, and request the replacement of one BEST 102C soldering iron (with appropriate plug).

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