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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
 
2.7

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

44%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good heat control (10)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Minor projects (10)
  • Garage (3)
  • Large projects (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (12), Professional (3)

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4.0

Great Adjustable Iron for the Money..

By Frethand101

from Lima, OH

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Good heat control

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I bought this model last year at the local RS store & I am completely happy with it's performance so far.. I have no complaints about the iron itself but it'd be nice if RS would carry the tips "in-store" rather than "online only".. On a brighter note, ordering replacement tips online (3 types to choose from at $2.50ea) was easy & they were in my mailbox within 2 days of ordering which is pretty good IMO.. Another slight issue I have with the replacement tips is that there isn't much of a variety to choose from for this model iron.. The only tip options RS carries for this model currently are "lrg conical", "sm conical" & "lrg wedge".. Having at least a slightly wider selection of tips would make this adjustable model the perfect iron for anyone repairing/re-wiring electric guitars & fx pedals or any projects similar to that subject..

      As far as previous comments stating that the tips are cheap, wear out too fast or can't be found??.. My first lrg conical tip that came with the iron burnt up pretty quick but once I found the "wattage sweet spots" that were best for what I was soldering, tip damage was no longer an issue.. I should also mention that ordering all three tip types from RS online & religiously switching between tips based on your applications requirements for "tip size/type" vs. "wattage/heat disbursement" will obviously extend the life of these tips.. As for availability online, the tips are $2.50 a pop & the item numbers are 12088449, 450 & 451.. For some reason I couldn't get them to come up in the search field on RS's website but you can use the item numbers to hunt for them under the soldering tips category..

       
      1.0

      Terrible value

      By hacker goat

      from New York

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • It works

      Cons

      • Poor quality
      • Tip Is Very Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Minor Projects

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

      I was soldering an arduino board and the tip became un-tinable after a few sessions. After properly cleaning it, the tip still was not operating correctly. Replacement tips are available, but cost (with shipping) half the cost of the actual iron.

      Honest poor quality. Please do not try your luck with this.

       
      2.0

      No replacement tips available!

      By brian y

      from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Verified Reviewer

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

      There are no replacement tips!! Once the tip has wore out you have to buy a whole new unit!

       
      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

              (19 of 19 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.

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