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RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station

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64-053

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Product Summary

Get it right the first time.

This soldering station takes the guesswork out of the temperature equation. You simply enter a desired Fahrenheit or Celsius setting. As the iron heats up, the temperature reading on the LCD display increases so you can easily see when it's ready to use. There are even three presets that enable you to select frequently used temperatures with the push of a button.

  • Makes it easy for you to select the exact temperature you need for your specific application
  • Digital LCD display, interchangeable between Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Display shows temperature setting and actual temperature
  • Ideal for lead-free solder, rosin-core, lead-based, silver-bearing or any other
  • 3 temperature presets for frequently used temperatures
  • Detachable iron with pencil-style tip
  • Includes cradle stand
  • Temperature range from 302-842° Fahrenheit (150-450° Celsius)
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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

  • Soldering iron temperature control box
  • Detachable soldering iron stand
  • Soldering iron
  • Sponge
  • Owner's manual
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Date added Document
November 21, 2012 Digital Soldering Station (GuŪa Del Usuario)
March 10, 2008 Digital Soldering Station (User's Guide)

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Customer Reviews

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RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station
 
3.6

(based on 151 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (29)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good heat control (106)
  • High quality (78)
  • Heavy duty (40)
  • Powerful generator (39)
  • Good value (5)

Cons

  • NO replacement tips (9)
  • Poor quality (8)
  • Poor heat control (7)
  • No replacement parts (4)
  • No tips (4)

Best Uses

  • Minor projects (75)
  • Large projects (58)
  • Garage (38)
  • Electronics (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (66), Avid do-it-yourselfer (51), Casual do-it-yourselfer (13), Novice (4), Do-it-yourself (3)

Reviewed by 151 customers

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2.0

False Temp Reading

By RocketRdr

from Houston, Tx

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor heat control

    Best Uses

      Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

      The tip doesn't get even remotely close to what the displace temp is. Turn it all the way up and it will read that the tip is over 800*F but a temp probe proves that its just barely over 300*F. Changed tips several times and had the same end result. The hottest I've been able to get this iron to heat up to is 340*F while the displace was showing well over 800*F. This is a decent iron but it doesn't perform as advertised.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Cant find a needle housing replacement

      By daxter

      from clearwater. fl

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

            I really like this digit soldering station. But I only had about a month of use before I broke the needle housing and now I can not find the replacement soldering iron unit or the parts to repair my old one.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great iron

            By Rc junky

            from Pa

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

            • Good heat control
            • High quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Projects
              • Minor Projects

              Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

              I do a lot of soldering on RC planes and helicopters. This iron never fails me. I solder for hours at times and after two years i have had no problems.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I've Owned one for six years now...-

              By Solder Sam the Wire Man

              from Cydonia

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good heat control
              • Heavy duty
              • High quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Ham Radio Projects

                Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                This unit has served me well in the six years I've owned it. It's a great unit and parts ARE available. Buy with confidence.

                (84 of 84 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not as bad (or as great) as being stated

                By REALab Engineer

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • 3 Temperature Presets
                • Easy To Wield
                • Heats Quickly

                Cons

                • Quality Control Is So-so
                • Temp Display Inaccurate
                • Wand Has Short Cord

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                  Okay, half the reviews seem to indicate that this station is cruddy and half seem to say it's the best thing since sliced bread. The truth lies somewhere in between. Let's separate the truth from the lies:

                  "No Replacement Tips/Parts" - FALSE.
                  Many tips (and other parts) are available - (as has been established in other reviews).

                  "Good Performance for the $$" - TRUE.
                  You generally can't find digitally controlled stations under $150 elsewhere. And those that you do are (for the most part) worse than this one.

                  "Heats Quickly" - TRUE.
                  Actually, QUITE quickly - although the heat doesn't transfer well to the tip unless you put a little heatsink compound between the element and the tip.

                  "As Good as a Weller(/Hakko/MetCal/other)" - FALSE.
                  It's close to SOME Weller models, but it's not quite as good (as the ones I've used anyway). Also, I don't think it's in the same leauge as a Hakko or a MetCal (nor would I expect it to be for the money).

                  "Tips don't oxidize" - FALSE.
                  You will have to keep the tip clean just as you would with any iron, in fact, more so than most I find.

                  "Holds temperature well" - TRUE.
                  However, it does NOT hold the temperature it's displaying (which is off by 30 - 150 degrees C), but it is consistent in that once it reaches a supposed temp, it stays within a degree or two of it (whatever it may be).

                  "Handle is flimsy" - DEPENDS.
                  If you solder, replace the handle in the holder, and turn down the temperature (and don't step on it!), the handle could last a lifetime.
                  If you crank the iron up and leave it on high all day, however, the handle WILL eventaully crack (particularly on or near the collar threads).

                  BOTTOM LINE:
                  For a hobbyist (or even a professional) doing low duration (<4 hrs a day) or mid-to-low temperature work, this is a good value.
                  If you plan on using high-temp (i.e. lead-free) solder and/or doing large surfaces like chassis or shielded connectors for 8 hrs a day, however, you'll want to go better.

                  If you do buy one, check the unit ASAP (and thoroughly) after purchasing so you can exchange it if necessary (as there are occasionally bad ones), and be aware that the cord attached to the wand isn't particularly long, so you'll have to put the station near where you want to work.

                  Hopefully, I've provided a review which is a little more fair and balanced than most of what I've read. Good luck, all.

                  (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Replacement parts may be available

                  By mehcaver

                  from Corvallis, OR

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                  This unit looks an awful like a unit from Velleman. Might be worth giving them a shout. But, really, for this kind of money RS should stock spare supplies.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Consumer Level Iron. 5 stars

                  By Gavin Curtis

                  from Moscow, ID

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good heat control
                  • Heavy duty
                  • High quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garage
                    • Large Projects
                    • Minor Projects

                    Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                    I have 8 Weller WR-3 Professional solder workstations. These are $2500 production level machines made in Germany. This little iron replaced one during a pinch.

                    Lost two Weller stations, so had to send them for servicing.

                    They were 80 watt units with very high speed heat recovery for working on multi-layer PCBs. Out of hope, got this little 60 watt station as a last resort for a day or two.

                    Obviously, it is not built to the same quality standards as the Weller WR-3, but it was able to solder and cope with heavy heat sinking from the multi layer boards it was used to reflow. It really worked well... great enough until we could get another WR-3 online.

                    Excellent little solder station. I sort of expected marginal, but was pleasantly surprised. You should not regret getting one of these. Just be sure to stock up on tips and maybe even a spare handle/heater if you use it daily.

                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Do not recommend

                    By doc

                    from florida

                    Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                    No replacement parts for hand piece which is subject to breakage. Second and last one I'll own.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great Soldering Station For the money

                    By Dan

                    from Columbus, PA

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Good heat control
                    • Heavy duty
                    • High quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Minor Projects

                      Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                      Had the station for about a week the only troble when I first got it was that I run it at too low a temp. try 650F to start with.

                      Works great for hamradio projects I built a couple of cables and it did a nice job.

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      21 Soldering Tips are available

                      By Jim

                      from Parson's Tn.

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • 21 Soldering Tips Are Ava
                      • Good heat control

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Projects
                        • Minor Projects

                        Comments about RadioShack® Digital Soldering Station:

                        I had a problem finding tips. It isn't obvious unless you remove the tip. The Cap Nut, Shaft, and Soldering Tip are seperate peices. Radio Shack's online catalog has 21 different tips for this soldering station.

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