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Dual-wattage Soldering Iron

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64-2055

 | Catalog #: 64-2055
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Product Summary

Pick your power.

Excellent for most electronic projects, this dual-wattage iron lets you choose 15 watts or 30 watts with the flip of a switch.

  • Selectable switch lets you easily swap the power setting
  • 15-watts or 30-watts: tailor your temperature depending on your project
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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

  • Switchable Dual-Wattage Soldering Iron
  • Iron safety stand
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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RadioShackDual-wattage Soldering Iron
 
2.6

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

42%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good heat control (12)
  • High quality (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Cheap (3)
  • Good value (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (13)
  • Poor heat control (10)
  • Weak generator (5)

Best Uses

  • Minor projects (17)
  • Garage (3)
  • Large projects (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (16), Casual do-it-yourselfer (8), Professional (5), Do-it-yourself (4)

Reviewed by 43 customers

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1.0

worked a few times

By frank

from portland, or

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

        I used it for a few projects before it would no longer melt Radio Shack solder even at the high wattage setting.

         
        2.0

        Okay for a few uses, then it's junk

        By Doc

        from Caroline, VA

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Dual Wattage

        Cons

        • Poor heat control
        • Short Cord

        Best Uses

        • Minor Projects
        • Paper weight

        Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

        I bought this soldering iron about three years ago to do some occasional (about twice a year) simple repair of circuit boards - swapping out components and re-soldering. It's been used maybe 10 times during those three years for that purpose. This soldering iron was good for about the first five uses, and after that I had to endure a longer heating time just to melt solder directly on the tip! I also experienced random cold and hot zones on the tip, even after cleaning the tip. Finally the iron got to the point where the tip would not heat, but the rest of it would heat like normal... even when the tip was fully secured. The last time I plugged it in, it continually tripped the circuit breaker with no apparant reason for the problem.

        The cord could've been about two feet longer, also. With my setup I had to always use an extention cord or a surge protector strip to get the extra length needed to go from the wall electric outlet to the work surface.

        This is good for the occasional use, but not for much more, or even years of service. Now it's sitting in the trash.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't waste your time

        By Bart

        from Mansfield Ohio

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

            I bought this unit as a replacement for my last radio shack soldering iron that lasted me for over ten years. This one only lasted a few months for a total of three uses.
            Radio Shack used to mean quality, now it means junk! I will no longer be a radio Shack customer.

             
            4.0

            Dual power a plus

            By Garrick

            from San Marcos, CA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                  I bought this for temporary use because I didn't take my big temperature controlled iron with me. I didn't want to spend more than I needed for a job. This iron will heat up quickly on the 30W setting, then I switch it to 15 watts for light PCB work and to keep it warmed up without burning up the tip. When needed for heavier work then switch to 30W setting. A poor man's temperature controlled (manually by the operator) iron. Good deal for the price.

                   
                  3.0

                  Average Iron

                  By Dave C

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Dual Wattage
                  • Low cost

                  Cons

                  • Poor quality tip

                  Best Uses

                  • Garage
                  • Learning
                  • Minor Projects

                  Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                  I bought this iron to teach myself to solder. It has been mostly adequate for that. The tip that comes with it is quite large and hard to get into smaller places. As one reviewer stated, you really need to switch this iron down to 15W if you're going to let it sit. After a couple long runs at 30W, the tip started to deform and pit. After the third time, the tip now has a hook to it.

                   
                  1.0

                  Useless

                  By freerange

                  from White Salmon,. Wa

                  About Me Professional

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                      The tip does not fit properly.
                      The set screw does not allow the tip to be tightened. That is the job of the set screw.
                      There is not enough heat transfer. I have not found a job small enough that this soldering iron can do.
                      I have kept this around as an emergency back up iron. I am throwing it in the garbage.
                      Useless.

                       
                      5.0

                      Have used for a year, still going strong

                      By Bob

                      from Latrobe, PA

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good heat control
                      • Heavy duty
                      • High quality
                      • Powerful generator
                      • Used For Usb Repair
                      • Useful For Modding

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garage
                        • Large Projects
                        • Minor Projects

                        Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                        I have used this so splice 14 AWG wires together, have used this to modify a PS2 console and have use this to repair a USB flash drive, had to solder wires onto the microcontroller used kynar wire 30AWG and lots of flux. Works very good and heats nicely for me. Works even better if the tip is filed down slightly to reach the pins of IC chips if needed.

                         
                        3.0

                        Decent

                        By Greg

                        from Gresham, OR

                        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • High quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Minor Projects

                          Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                          I see a lot of people complaining about this thing burning out on them. I guess it depends. I have used mine from minor circuit board repair to repairing jewelry and it has held up, until today. I agree that is does have a broad tip that makes it unwieldy in some situations. I am now looking to buy another one to replace mine since the front metal portion of it has broken loose. Oh, did I mention I have had this one since 1991? Yes, I definitely got my money's worth out of this one.

                           
                          5.0

                          Use the tip from the 15W iron

                          By Tech42

                          from Ladysmith, VA

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good heat control
                          • Light weight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Electronics

                            Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                            I didn't like the included tip either, but the 15W, 64-2052 tip fits this perfectly and is a great fine tip. A bulky solder station is better if cost is no object, but I prefer this for the toolbox. The one caveat is you must switch to 15W to let it sit on a stand or it will go through tips and eventually die, but with most cheap single-wattage irons you have to turn them completely off to let them sit any length of time. Use the 30W for warmup or switch to it a few seconds before tackling a larger component. My first one lasted 3 years of heavy use until I let someone else use it. I replaced it without hesitation; the new one appears identical.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Horrible soldering iron

                            By sdreview

                            from san diego,ca

                            Pros

                            • Cheap

                            Cons

                            • Poor heat control
                            • Poor quality
                            • Weak generator

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about RadioShack Dual-wattage Soldering Iron:

                              Can't fint any replacement tips other than the stock tip. Useless iron if you need to solder with a small tip. Don't waste your money on this iron, spend a few more bucks and get a quality iron like a weller.

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