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15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip

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Product Summary

Your source for soldering products.

15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip is an ideal choice for integrated circuit work.

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  • 120V AC electrical outlet
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Disclaimer: California residents: WARNING: This product contains, or when used for soldering and similar applications produces, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects (or other reproductive harm).

What's in the box

  • 15W Heating Element with 5' 1 1/2" Power Cord
  • Soldering iron stand
  • Owner's manual
 

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  • Parts: 90 days
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RadioShack15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip
 
3.6

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good heat control (24)
  • High quality (15)
  • Heavy duty (11)
  • Powerful generator (7)
  • Inexpensive (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (9)
  • Poor heat control (8)

Best Uses

  • Minor projects (32)
  • Garage (6)
  • Large projects (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (18), Casual do-it-yourselfer (8), Professional (8), Do-it-yourself (5), Novice (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I can't complain

By radioshack since the 80s

from New York, NY

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Buy Locally When Needed
  • Inexpensive
  • Just The Right Low Heat
  • Small Pointy Tip

Cons

  • None For My Need

Best Uses

  • Minor Projects

Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

I bought several soldering irons over the last 30 years and I like this one most. Doesn't last 30 years. I bought about 4 of them, but each one performed well over many years. The tip becomes black burned. I replace it maybe once in couple of years. I use it for electronics, even surface mounted at least the bigger parts. I built many microcontroller projects using this iron.

Outside in the field I use butane iron. It becomes to hot and it is hard to regulate. I wish I had power outlet on a job.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not hot enough!

By James

from Jacksonville, FL

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • High quality

Cons

  • Poor heat control

Best Uses

  • Eye-stabbing

Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

Bought the iron to do a few small circuitry projects, and after waiting 30 minutes for it to warm up, it still wouldn't even melt the solder. Not a very good product in my opinion. Maybe good if you wanted something to stab into your eyes, but other than that, I found this particular soldering iron useless. About to go return it and get a better one

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Quality!

By John

from Austin, Texas

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Poor quality

Best Uses

  • Minor Projects

Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

You get what you pay for. Spend a little more on a quality brand. My RS 15 W iron lasted less than a year-it will not heat up at all now. The tip quality is also very poor. To put it in perspective, I have antique soldering irons with copper tips that work as well as they did when new. Radio Shack quality has really gone downhill from the 1970's.

 
1.0

Save Your Money

By Sam

from Northern Nevada

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor heat control
    • Poor quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

      Tip temperature would not stay consistent, most of the time it wouldn't get hot enough to melt the solder, much less heat up the joint. I don't need to solder electronic components very often, so the previous reviews and the price where attractive, but I was very disappointed in the performance. It's in the trash can and I'm shopping for another brand.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Value!

      By ricpie

      from Wilkes-Barre, PA

      About Me Professional

      Pros

      • Comfortable To Hold
      • Good heat control
      • Great For Printed Circuit
      • High quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Integrated Circuit Work
        • Safe On Sesitive Circuits
        • Surface Mount Repairs

        Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

        This soldering iron was designed for work on circuit boards. Since it is grounded there is little risk of static electricity getting on the circuit board from the iron. The iron supplies enough heat to safely solder small components without heat damage. Since it only has 15 watts of heat, some patience may be needed; however, some micro circuis will not be damaged because of the relatively small wattage. There are more sophisticated irons out there but for ocassional use, this is an excellent value!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works Great So Far

        By Realistic Rick

        from Hammond

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Fine Tip
        • Good heat control
        • Unscrewable Tip

        Cons

        • Loses Heat if Loose tip
        • Tip Unscrews Itself

        Best Uses

        • Micro Circuits
        • Minor Projects

        Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

        I used this to unsolder with wick but as I would roll the tip would unscrew and loose heat.
        TIN THIS THING FIRST and it worked great.
        I did make some leds for a stereo convert
        and this iron has nice pin point tip. Good heat for small jobs

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good enough for small Projects.

        By Steve

        from Salt Lake City

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Heavy duty

        Cons

        • Poor heat control

        Best Uses

        • Minor Projects

        Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

        I use this for soldering instrument wiring. I should have gotten the 40 watt. After using it on 3 projects it just doesn't get hot enough anymore. It worked great the first time, but takes almost 30 mins to get hot enough now.

        (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Soldering Iron

        By The Unexpected Bill

        from Illinois

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good heat control
        • Heavy duty

        Cons

        • Tip-retaining screw

        Best Uses

        • Kit Building
        • Repairs

        Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

        I bought one of these irons a little over ten years ago and eventually taught myself how to solder with it.

        You can buy fancier irons with heat controls and more well known names, but this little 15-watt job from RadioShack is not a bad unit to start with.

        For big jobs, like large power connections, you'll want a bigger iron than this one.

        In the time that has passed since I've purchased this iron, I've used it to do more repair work than I can remember. It's been called into service to repair abuse-shattered circuit boards, to reflow bad solder joints, to replace capacitors in various devices and even to do repairs on computer motherboards. I've even used it to build some electronic kits and do some minor surface-mount rework. In all of that time, it's never let me down.

        To be perfectly honest, all of these years and projects later, this little iron is starting to wear out. The tip has seen better days, and the little screw that holds it in broke off a long time ago. It still works well enough and I know it'll get me through a few more jobs.

        Considering the price paid and the amount of work it has done...I can't complain. I'll definitely buy another one of these.

        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Best buy for [$]

        By PCB Maker

        from Central NJ

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good heat control

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Minor Projects

          Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

          I've used this iron for over a year now. usually on a 3-4xs a week basis and the tip is just now giving out. I have stripped circuit boards and built others from scratch with it. Keep it clean and it will reward you for your [$].

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Sure makes me appreciate my old Weller!

          By [*]

          from SCREWED USA

          About Me Professional

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about RadioShack 15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip:

                Prior guy is right: screw keeps loosening and I am going to replace w/stainless screw, [*]. Tinning it does NOT seem to hold as tip is being eaten link zincs on a boat.

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