|Soldering Iron Faulty? Repairing Soldering Iron Tips|
So as it's a problem people face and because some of the information is transferable to other situations, I decided to document my basic fault finding on the soldering iron.
Take all necessary safety precautions before you attempt anything.
N.B As well as links for my channel and other videos I've also included some links to buy replacement soldering irons you might be interested in. But before you rush to buy a soldering iron, see if these tests help you out.
|Faulty soldering iron|
So for finding faults on this soldering iron, I'm going to be looking at the plug, the soldering iron cable and lastly the soldering iron itself - all as separate zones to test.
I like to start with the easy things and the most common culprits, so my first stop will be the soldering iron plug.
Don't worry if beyond this point your soldering iron is a different model, the wires are a different colour or your plug looks different. The gist of what I'm saying should be transferable to your situation.
|Undoing the plug|
|Opening the plug|
|Inside an English plug|
The fuse is basically a thin piece of wire that burns out when too much electricity runs across it, this is what's common called blowing a fuse.
|Buzz test setting|
|Testing soldering iron fuse|
So with soldering iron plug checks all done I'll screw up the plug and move on to testing the soldering iron lead.
|Undo grub screw|
|Who would abandon an orange in the middle of a field?|
|Soldering iron cover removed|
|Checking the soldering iron leads|
So we have only one place left to check,and as were all smart arses now, we know the fault is in the soldering iron itself.
There is only one thing to check in the soldering iron and that's the soldering iron heating element. This is again just a coil of wire that electricity whizzes around in, making it hot.
|Heating element test|
To test the heating element I just use the same buzz test on the thin wires (where they are soldered to the live and neutral) and would you Adam and Eve it - it makes no sound, meaning it's ker-knackered.
If the brand of soldering iron sold spare parts I could just replace the component, but they don't, probably because they would prefer me to buy a new soldering iron.
|Awesome blue colour burnt onto soldering iron tip|
I hope this information helps you out, I've also included some links to replacement soldering irons you'll be interested in (and the expensive ones for you to look at too).
Affordable Soldering Irons - U.S
Expensive Soldering Irons - U.S
Affordable Soldering Irons - UK
Expensive Soldering Irons - UK
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