Product Type: Iroda gadgets
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Time for some Ironing
Iroda Solder Pro 50
Member Name: pippylongstockin
Iroda Solder Pro 50
Date: 19/12/11, updated on 19/12/11 (103 review reads)
Advantages: Handy, pocket-sized, accurate
Disadvantages: fuel leaks out when re-fueling
This makes a great gadget-like addition to your tool box. It's small, it doesn't use electricity or rely on batteries. It's about the size of a large permanent marker and it runs on gas.
The Iroda Solder Pro 50 is a butane powered solder iron which heats up quickly to a workable point in about 30 seconds. It has a fold out hard wire stand attached to the neck so you don't have to lean it against something or rest it clumsily in a dish. It holds about 7ml of butane gas which lasts for about 30 minutes on a low setting. To higher the flame intensity there is a button you push up a L shape notch. Once you get it over the lip the spring should no longer be providing tension against the button allowing you to take the flame to full capacity.
The Solder Pro 50 has many attachable long lasting catalytic tips which heat up fast. These have different tips for precision and type of work your doing. You will only get 2 or 3 heads with a basic kit and further accessories did cost me more than I expected extra, on top of the Solder Pro. It would be nice if you could buy single attachment tips to be honest. For instance I wanted a blow-torch tip which basically gives you a naked flame but I had to buy a deluxe multi-pack which cost another 20 pounds so I could get it.
In the basic kit you will also get some solder and a special cap which clips on like a pen top. This has a ignition spark on the tip for setting alight the butane. The butane refilling itself was however a bit messy when I tried it. It's a visible gas tank at the top which you stick the butane can nozzle into rather like a refillable lighter. I've tried doing this differently a few times and each time my fingers get drenched with lighter fuel. It may just be a glitch with mine but it's very annoying.
It's great to use in addition to it's size. It has a great deal of accuracy and multi-use. It fits very comfortably in my palm and has a rubber middle for grip. I would very much recommend it as a tool. It's also a very cool gadget. Shame about the refill.
Summary: really good soldering iron
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