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RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron

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DSL-050

 | Catalog #: 64-094
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Product Summary

More settings for more jobs.

Use the RadioShack DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron on a variety of jobs. Just set the desired power level (20W-50W) appropriate to the job and proceed. The cool-grip rubber handle makes it simple and comfortable to use.

  • Selectable power settings 20W-50W
  • Power on/off switch and LED power indicator in handle
  • Cool-grip rubber handle
  • Reaches maximum temperature of 900°F (482°C)
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  • Selectable Wattage soldering iron
  • Soldering iron stand
 

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  • Labor: 90 days
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RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron
 
2.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

47%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good heat control (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Minor projects (9)
    • Garage (3)
    • Large projects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (10), Professional (3)

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    4.0

    Good iron for beginners

    By HTC

    from ashe county, NC

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Good heat control
    • High quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Minor Projects

      Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

      Good iron for beginners. like the selectable wattage And well built. However the tip goes bad after a couple of uses and having tough time to find replacement.

       
      3.0

      Good iron, bad tip, worse service.

      By Jared

      from Fort Bragg, NC

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Comfortable to use
      • Good heat control
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Sales Is Clueless
      • Tips not available
      • Tip wears quickly

      Best Uses

      • Garage
      • Large Projects
      • Minor Projects

      Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

      The iron itself feels sturdy and well built, thegenerator is strong, and the control is pretty solid. However the stock tip wears within a couple hours of use, is near impossible to tin properly, and is practically uncleanable. The worst part is the iron is available in stores, but the tips are not. I would also complain that the service is terrible. I asked about the tips in the store, the counter girl to me over to the section I just looked in, asked if I looked here and when I said no she said we must not have it and then just walked off, she didn't even offer to check online. as was mentioned in other reviews, RS does not just sell phones and ipods, you need to train the staff to cater to ALL customers, including us who still DIY electronic projects.

       
      1.0

      Decent iron, tips suck

      By Mike

      from VT

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Tips unavailable in store
        • Tip wears quickly

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

          Bought in store several months ago; wish I had read reviews. I can echo what others have said before: iron itself is fine, but the tip wears down very quickly and is hard to keep clean. Replacement tips are NOT available in retail stores.

          I will probably replace with a better iron rather than track down and replace poor tips from the website while paying shipping. For now, I've screwed in a tip from another iron. It is working, but certainly not ideal. I got lucky that the tip I had was close enough in size, but it is not a long-term solution.

           
          3.0

          Good Iron, Garbage Tip

          By W0AVM

          from North Platte, Ne

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good heat control

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garage
            • Large Projects
            • Minor Projects

            Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

            I've had this iron for some time after my trusty 30 watt bit the dust after solid use for just shy of 6 years and purchased this one as having a variable wattage iron has become a must for me since I do radio repair work.

            The adjustable wattage works nicely and I've come to notice that the knob has solid stops at 30 and 40 watts which is nice when adjusting on the fly.

            One problem I've come to notice is that the provided and replacement tips seem to be made of a rather soft metal similar to pot metal and tend to be eaten away or erode rather fast if you do a lot of solder work like I do, which I find unacceptable. I'm considering fabricating my own tips out of a harder or different type of metal to counter this problem.

            Otherwise it's a good iron for almost any soldering job.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Comes with wrong tip

            By John

            from Southern Oregon

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable heat
            • Can be shut off

            Cons

            • Comes with wrong tip
            • Dial indicator off

            Best Uses

            • Minor Projects

            Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

            Okay iron, but label behind dial wraps about 300 degrees while knob only turns about 100 degrees. Also, it comes with cone tip instead of the more commonly used chisel tip. Cost for replacement chisel tips (with shipping, since they don't keep them in stock) is unacceptable. I would recommend to others, but with caveats.

             
            5.0

            Awesome!

            By AG

            from NYC

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

            Heats fast, reliable. Selectable wattage helps in a lot of situations, sometimes you need to control the heat in order not to melt the isolation, etc.

            I was afraid not to be able to find tips, but the reviews here helped. Thanks a lot. -AG

            (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Soldering Irong for the Money

            By Darianj

            from NYC

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good heat control

            Cons

            • Tips purchase online only

            Best Uses

            • Minor Projects

            Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

            Purchased this iron about 7 months ago. I will say that it's a good iron. Heats up fast and gives good steady heat throughout the time you use it. I also like the softer handle which is a little more confortable that most irons.

            Here's the deal on the tips...Before I boutht this, I read all the reveiews and realized that replacement tips were not going to be easy to find. I went into the local RS and asked about that before the purchase. The salesman was not able to find them on the shelf (no surprise) but did find it available online. He wrote down the catalog number for the 3 differnt tips...they are:
            640-0115 - Cone Tip
            640-0116 - Fine Tip
            640-0117 - Chisel Tip

            The fact that RS doesn't stock these in their local stores is dumb. The fact that you can't find them online unless you know the exact cat. # is even dumber. And the fact that some of their own sales associate don't know how to find them (As others have mentioned)is the dumbest of all! Hey RS...train your sales associates on something other than selling phones! Stocking the replacement tips for the soldering irons you sell isn't a bad idea either!

            Anyway...If you don't mind buying the tips and paying shipping for them $6 min., this is a good iron to have.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Replacement Tip Appears to be Available

            By Computer Doc

            from Spartanburg, SC

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good heat control
            • Like the variable wattage
            • OnOff switch

            Cons

            • No replacement tip

            Best Uses

              Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

              Had this iron about a year or so, and do motherboard soldering in my computer repair business. Worked fine until tip started wearing down. Went to local RS store and they said replacement tips weren't available. Went online and initially found the same to be true. But I happened on a Google search page (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12088450&clickid=prod_cs)and found 3 tips available from guess where - Radio Shack. They advertise a cone, chisel, and fine point tip for this model (DSL-050) with Radio Shack catalog numbers of 64-115 (cone), 64-117 (chisel), and 64-116 (fine-point). They cost [$], but if you have them shipped then the shipping ($6) is more than the tip cost. I'm going to see if my local store can get one.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't Buy It

              By Mechabnical Mayhem

              from Grand Rapids, MI

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

              • Good heat control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cut off and re-use cord
                • Pointing at stuff
                • Wedging shop door open

                Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

                Long tip is unavailable. Salesman claims he asked Corporate several times for tips. No excuse for this. Right now I'm filing teh tip down to a point (It's quite long), but the day will soon come where there's no tip left or there's so little tip inside that it either heats poorly or burns the heating element out.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A solution for those looking for tips!

                By Munkie

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Beginner

                Pros

                • Good heat control
                • High quality

                Cons

                • NO replacement tips

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RadioShack® DSL-050 Selectable Wattage Soldering Iron:

                  The tip measures as follows:

                  3 inches long, 6mm in diameter.

                  There are NO THREADS on the tip. It simply slides in and is tightened by the two screws on the iron.

                  I hope this will help anybody looking for tips.

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