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Title: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: flester on January 11, 2021, 07:34:44 AM
I got a cheap 30W soldering iron as a stopgap.

https://www.cutpricewholesaler.com/diy/diy-accessories/bb-si101-blackspur-30w-soldering-iron-with-pointed-tip
Unfortunately, the tip lasted approx 30 minutes of use. The tip is 75mm long, approx 3.5mm diameter and held in place by two grub screws. Does anyone know of a better quality tip that would fit?
Title: Re: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: flester on January 11, 2021, 07:48:07 AM
actually a 4mm drill bit fits with loosely so it might take up to 4.5mm
Title: Re: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: joecool85 on January 14, 2021, 08:15:14 AM
The Weller tips I use cost more than your iron did!  Not sure what to recommend that would be inline with your budget.
Title: Re: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: edvard on January 18, 2021, 08:36:10 PM
If you know of someplace where you can find or buy an old-style float and arm style toilet valve, that arm is often copper or brass, and the diameter will fit in most soldering irons.  Cut off small sections and file one end into a tip. 

If you want REALLY budget tips, I have been known to buy a screwdriver or two from the local hardware store that sells cheap junk.  Found one with a shaft diameter that fit and cut it into sections with my Dremel.  No, it doesn't work as good as a proper tip, but it'll get you by while you save up for a nice tip.
Title: Re: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: flester on January 19, 2021, 05:21:07 AM
I really need to get a better iron/station. Any recommendations around €100/$120 or so?
The cheapo is useful but it seems shame to bin it after a day. You get what you pay for, right? I think I've found a source for suitable tips now but I'll also try the workarounds mentioned below.

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Title: Re: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: flester on January 19, 2021, 05:22:06 AM
I think I have one of those toilet valve thingies.


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Title: Re: Soldering Iron Tips
Post by: joecool85 on January 19, 2021, 08:55:22 AM
I really need to get a better iron/station. Any recommendations around €100/$120 or so?
The cheapo is useful but it seems shame to bin it after a day. You get what you pay for, right? I think I've found a source for suitable tips now but I'll also try the workarounds mentioned below.

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No need to spend that much!  I use a Weller WLC100 regularly and love it.  They go for around $40 USD.