Hey guys, I'm looking for a good battery operated soldering iron to add to my messenger bag, anybody have recommendations?
I know most people recommend butane for portable soldering irons, but it really feels weird to me to have a flame heating the tip. If you can get one that's powered by like a single 18650 battery, I'd love it.
Doubt it, you need to make a lot of heat to melt solder, an 18650 or any similar sized battery won't be able to do that well. Maybe a battery with a capacity >25 wh could provide the power needed, but then its too bulky.
It isn't necessarily that I think I'd need to solder something and wouldn't have an outlet (although I'm sure it's been an inconvenience to someone before), but more that I'd rather not have to worry about it. If I need to do some wiring work on my car for example, I'd rather not have to dick with an extension cord or cigarette lighter adapter to use a traditional iron. Not to mention that most decent traditional irons have a big base station I'd have to put somewhere, unless I just wanted to carry the cheapo Radio Shack style iron.
Just a convenience thing.
Most of the ones I've seen either come with a plastic tool case or a sleeve that goes over it that automatically pushes the power switch to off when you put it on. I don't think it would cause an issue.
if you just need something to get hot enough to do a simple sloppy solder, get a butane torch for $5 at walmart. I've used a shitty little ronson butane lighter to repair a frayed starter motor wire once while stuck out in the desert. If you want something to do actual repairs just get a $15 weller 40W pen and a couple of tips.
No, butane soldering irons suck, they're only good to throw in a tool box in your car or something. They're for when you NO access to power.
I use a little ronson jet lighter like this though for emergency soldering,
Just twist the wires together, wrap an inch or so of solder around the twist and let it flow.
Get this Weller to throw in your bag, there are outlets everywhere. http://amzn.com/B00B3SG6UQ
Also would be a good idea to pick up a pack of copper scotch brite scouring pads to clean the tip.
18650s have come a long way, just don't buy chinese *fire crap.
Samsung 30Q is good for 15-20 amps continuous discharge at 3 amp hours or so. That's plenty of heat for a few quick repairs.
>anon out in the bush
>suddenly finds himself in a ditch
>bunch of pipe fittings and 60/40 lying around
>good thing anon brought his trusty fucking soldering iron
>solders pipes together
>those pipes are definitely gonna hold water
>climbs pipes out of ditch
>builds house over it with his trusty pocket chainsaw and pocket mortise and tenon jig
Looks decent, that might work. I was really just hoping to have something cordless for super portability.
I can assure you I won't be going the lighter route, although I do carry a torch lighter in my bag as well (occasional cigar smoker) so if I'm ever in a super-pinch, I'll keep that in mind.
I never said emergency, this isn't for a bug out bag or anything like that, I just carry a toolkit with me everywhere I go because I work in IT and general electronics repair and end up fixing people's shit a lot.
Multiple times I've found myself needing a soldering iron for a job and having to source a cheap one on the spot, it would be handy to have something small that I could keep in the bag for those times.
>I work in IT and general electronics repair and end up fixing people's shit a lot
I'm really surprised you are asking 4chan for help on this, or even considering a battery operated soldering iron
Sounds like a good way to release the acrid white smoke monster
portable battery banks are good for 1-2 amps at most, a soldering iron draws 6-10. USB spec is like 500mah at most, and even those fancy high amp fast charge USB ports some manufacturers put on the I/O panel only do 2-3.
okay, i just went and googled what a USB soldering is. With a 9V adapter they'd be good for a couple dozen solders, but they're maybe 15 watts at most, which means cold solder joints and burnt PCB as you wait for the fucking thing to heat up enough to flow.
I've got one, I use a Hakko FX888D at home, and I love it, but the situations I'm talking about are at or above a 45 minute drive from home, I can't really just take a client's product, drive home, fix it, and drive back to give it to them 2 hours later.
How much do you need to solder?
If it's very little you could also opt for a soldering iron tip, a lighter/candle and pliers.
You can heat the tip when you hold it with the pliers and then solder.
It's not very effictive, but if it's only a few small connections it's ok.
I brought this while cycling/camping. Helped me out with fixing things that broke due to the many vibrations of cycling. It weighs nothing, especially since I carry pliers and a camping stove anyway.
Wow, yeah, these look great. Looks like it isn't super easy to swap out the 18650, which is sort of why I wanted it to be 18650 powered, but it'll certainly fit my needs and it's better what everybody else can't up with.