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Jim C

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yes rosin. i think im going to get a cordless iron. i don't do much soldering but i like the freedom of no cord.
Portables - I've had a Portasol (runs on butane gas) and another with a red handle and charging station whose name I forgot.
They both suck as far as adjustability and getting hot fast.
Get a decent 40 watt iron or maybe a soldering station with adjustable temp. It's an important tool that you will use on occasion, but forever.
I bought a Weller soldering station 30 years ago that still works great.
 

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Portables - I've had a Portasol (runs on butane gas) and another with a red handle and charging station whose name I forgot.
They both suck as far as adjustability and getting hot fast.
Get a decent 40 watt iron or maybe a soldering station with adjustable temp. It's an important tool that you will use on occasion, but forever.
I bought a Weller soldering station 30 years ago that still works great.
yeah, i was hoping the cordless heated faster. but i get you on being able to adjust temps is a must have. most of the soldering is on cars so i was thinking it might be a quicker fix instead of dragging a cord around.
 

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I haven't used a cordless iron but i have used a massive stained glass iron. Made a guitar amp in college with a star ground Had several feet of copper wire radiating out from it and eventually it just scoffed at my modern low mass high wattage iron. An old timer loaned me his iron and it did the job.

(Now days I'd instead share grounds between inverting stages, only put current hogs on their own wires, but always let balanced stages share, and keep your bypasses local.
 

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I used an older one (9 or 10 years ago) worked pretty good, but really went through batteries. it used 4 AA but i never tried the lithium batteries.
this one I think:
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for the last year or so at work,(before I left) we used these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHJM3KM..._csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9waG9uZV9kZXRhaWw&th=1 (probably not this exact one)
and my coworker 3-D printed an adapter for the RYOBI 1+ batteries we used for our work lights. it wasn't "cordless" but you didn't have to run a cord. just the cord from the iron to the battery pack. and it worked really good and heated up in under 10 sec.
 

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I used an older one (9 or 10 years ago) worked pretty good, but really went through batteries. it used 4 AA but i never tried the lithium batteries.
this one I think:
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for the last year or so at work,(before I left) we used these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHJM3KM..._csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9waG9uZV9kZXRhaWw&th=1 (probably not this exact one)
and my coworker 3-D printed an adapter for the RYOBI 1+ batteries we used for our work lights. it wasn't "cordless" but you didn't have to run a cord. just the cord from the iron to the battery pack. and it worked really good and heated up in under 10 sec.
im gonna look around and see what is out there. really would like to be cordless.
 

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Mine is a 60 watt Weller mains power, would love cordless but not sure I could get the same power and range of bits I need.
for table top repairs corded would be fine but on a car i think a cordless would be good. but only if it is adjustable and enough power. just figured they might have them sorted out by now.
 

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I can think of nothing I would solder for an automotive connector.
They make so many crimp and pin type of connectors that are far superior IMO.
Even super rowdy race cars use crimp connectors.
it just looks cleaner with shrink tube on there to me. wiring is not my favorite working on cars. i prefer engines or welding on them.
 

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Was able to finally procure some pot. Good timing too, as I left it plugged in again. So sick of batteries in guitars. Look I'm not such a vintage snob that i can't see the idea of buffered and balanced outputs. But why couldn't we use phantom powering if we're going to do it?
 

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Was able to finally procure some pot. Good timing too, as I left it plugged in again. So sick of batteries in guitars. Look I'm not such a vintage snob that i can't see the idea of buffered and balanced outputs. But why couldn't we use phantom powering if we're going to do it?
You could, but are you sure you really need balanced output? It basically doubles current consumption for what is often very marginal performance gain in the case of a 10-20 foot cable fed from a low impedance source. The little buffers I make can run for at least 5-600 hours on a 9V battery, FWIW. Change your battery once a year and call it good. I have one bass using non-phantom external power on a 4 pin XLR (because options), but a 3 pin (TRS) jack will do just fine for external power if you just have to have it. EBS and others have done pedal powering that way, Maybe ironically, I'm just using a 9V battery in my external power box for now although a higher voltage rechargeable has always been in the plan.
 
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