Thought I would upload some pics of my portable soldering iron setup which has replaced my jink desktop unit.
The TS-80 is USB C and I run it from a little quick charge 3.0 power bank. The whole setup fits into a neat little pelican case using 2 3d printer brackets to keep the iron in place.
For such a small unit, it heats up faster than my LARGE desktop unit which uses 240v AC!
For less than $200 Aussie I think this type of setup is a much have for everyone!
Neat! Personally, I prefer my mains soldering iron and for more constructive work an RSU And I haven’t used it for ages, but I did learn to use a blow-torch to hard-solder HVAC tubing. (copper/brass, Alu, stainless steel)
I’ve been looking to do something like this for a while. Tried with a TS80, didn’t manage to do the needful. I’ll be trying again when my pinecil shows up. Thanks for the inspiration!
It doesn’t have a blow torch which is a bit of a bummer, but its efficiency and portability make it good for pretty much all of the stuff I need it for. My desk unit has a blow torch which didn’t work from day 1, so any soldering that is surface mount or the likes, I sneak into a lab at a local university to get it done (shhhh)
Hot “tip” for young players, a Velcro strap to hold the iron in stops it rattling around like a coin in a can (forgot to mention it in the post).
Get yourself a little container for that brass wool.
I was thinking about putting it in a little plastic baggy, but i don’t buy enough coke to have a spare one lying around. =P
Anything that will catch the solder balls then you scrape it. Even like a egg carton or something, though it may be too light.
I have a similar TS80P setup.
Much more compact but without a power-bank.
So it’s more portable by the “throw it into a bag” rather than “solder in the field” standard.
The whole thing is 18cm x 7cm x 4cm and contains:
- 2 tips
- disassembly hex wrench
- 45W USB-PD/QC3 charger (came with the TS80P)
- US>EU adapter
- USBC<>USBC cable
- mini stand with some wool for tip cleaning
Is there no concern about scorching the cardstock on an egg carton?
It is pretty thick I guess, and super cheap to replace
The drop will cool long before there is a chance of scorching (or fire).
Different story with the soldering tip.
A sheet of MDF works nicely as a work surface.
Oh, I thought the wire wool was for “scraping” remnants of still wet, and dried solder/flux off the tip.
Oh, my bad! I completely misread the conversation!
Yeah, the brass wool is to clean the tip (like the “classic” wet sponge).
Ah, I see, so you were thinking cardboard as a work mat, hence any stray drops cooler by the time they hit the deck?
Very nice, my setup is only slightly larger coming in at 18cm X 9cm x 6cm. I don’t carry spares (although I should) but I could fit a few tips in there if I needed.
The best thing about my setup is its hard and water proof case, and the power bank meaning I can solder on an jetstar from Sydney to Melbourne.
Good to see the TS-80s making their rounds =D
Man, do I have a clean TIP!