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T100 soldering iron.  could even be fed  from the cart ! i myself have a weller station. but i still want this one :)

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On 2/3/2020 at 7:54 AM, Shastapete said:

I also have a Weller WLC100 with a collection of aftermarket tips. I've used to to build a couple hundred cables and wire up a few recording studios over the past 15 years or so.

 

I just got a Hakko FX-901/P Cordless Soldering Iron, runs off of 4 AA batteries, got it to go in my pelican tool kit as a portable iron was what I felt like I was missing for effective field repairs/custom cables. Still haven't had a chance to fire it up yet, but I'll report back on how it works.

https://www.amazon.com/Hakko-FX-901-Cordless-Soldering-Iron/dp/B00FZPUA28

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Hey Pete,

 

Have you had a chance yet to heat up that Hakko cordless iron? Whatcha think?

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23 hours ago, Jim Feeley said:

 

Hey Pete,

 

Have you had a chance yet to heat up that Hakko cordless iron? Whatcha think?

 

I have, this past weekend I needed to do some repairs/make cables and I put it through its paces. worked on some hirose 4 pin power cables, XLR cables, and a small power distro project.

 

Pros:

Cordless

Heats up fast

Runs on AA batteries, which I have a ton of in my kit as almost everything I have uses them

 

Cons:

Unbalanced - With all the weight in the back of the tool it is harder to hold onto, and the design makes you want to hold it like a pencil near the front

No temp control - It gets pretty hot and is almost too much heat for delicate soldering

Fat - hard to get into tight places

 

The XLRs were simple, the heat was perfect to melt solder quickly in the solder cups

 

Hirose power cables, the Switchcraft power plugs were a breeze, but the 4 pin hirose connectors were about the limit for this device. No problem using this tool for a repair job, but my real solder station will be used if doing more of these at home. The width of the stock tip is a little too big and you have to be careful not to overheat the pins.

 

My power distro project: ultimately, I was successful, but I had to redo multiple connections because the cramped quarters and fat tool caused me to melt the insulation off my wires. This would have been hard with my "real" soldering iron too, but not as difficult.

 

Conclusion:

I'm certainly keeping it, and I was very impressed that it kept up the heat for over 45 minutes of work running off 4 white eneloops (would have gone longer, but I was done with what I needed to do). It isn't going to replace my main soldering iron, but for work away from power or on location repairs in emergencies it is going to be perfect.

 

You could probably use it to field repair ta5 connectors, but lemos would be a big challenge... and at $40 a pop I wasn't going to waste a spare trying to "repair" a working lav for the experience.

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That looks like a pretty nice tool overall. I have read that if you use enloops you get not only much longer use time but also much more even consistent heating from beginning to end without it getting too hot.

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