I've seen TV commercials for a portable, battery driven soldering tool
whose tip supposedly produces enough heat to solder small joints
almost instantly, and then, almost as quickly, cools enough to touch.
A tool like that would be very handy for me around the house if it
works as advertised. Has anyone actually seen or used one of these
Any comments will be gratefully received.
Do you have a link to this device? It's operating window sounds rather
narrow; it probably is only sized to solder demonstration joints ;)
Because there is no "standard" soldering job, there are several different
sized tools available from a pencil tip soldering iron for electronic work
to a torch for pipe sweating. IMHO your money is better spent on a regular
soldering iron for smaller home stuff and a gun for the bigger things, and a
torch for the plumbing jobs.
Like most things, you get what you pay for.
It looks like it has potential for PCB work.
Apparently it is essentially batteries hooked to two needles.
when both needles touch solder, it shunts the circuit and high current
flows through the solder heating/melting it.
I'd be tempted to grab a couple sewing needles, use some high temp
epoxy to glue them close to each other, and hook them up to batteries
to see if i could get a cheap equiv. ;)
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
To have a chance of it working, you probably need to use rechargable
(NiCd or NiMH or PbH+) batteries to generate the necessary high current.
I recommend using solid copper wires, sharpened to a point and tinned,
for the electrodes instead of steel needles.
On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 21:54:50 -0500, "John Harlow"
I found a few links using "cold heat solder" on Google.
I agree that the device appears to be limited to small jobs, but
that's mostly what I'm looking for. Occasional jewelry repair, circuit
board repairs or part removal, etc.
It's a bit of a pain for me to haul out my soldering gun because I
don't use it often, but when I want it I want it NOW!
I agree also that you usually get what you pay for. This thing is
$19.95 plus S&H.
This is Turtle.
This thing is only good for small solder jobs like a wire on a relay board or
maybe 2 #18 wires being put together. I bought one for my brother in law for
christmas and tried it out. It's really good on small stuff but not for anything
that will take a good amount of heat to put them together like 2 pieces of #12
wire. If everything was on things like a computor board or a hvac gas furnace
relay board where all the connections are real small. It will be good but bigger
I read the report posted here and holding the connection together and soldering
it is always a problem to start with but with this thing -- if you can get the
wire to stay still and in place. it will work fine and also small wire. It has a
definate limit to it's use.
Link ---- Go to Home Depot Website and ask for [ cold heat ] and the thing will
pop up and then hit on it to tell about it. under spec.s. Now let me tell you
they are out of them and it will be two weeks before they get any more.
I've tried the "Cold Heat" but wasn't impressed. I have soldering guns and
irons in the car but keep a butane iron in the tool bag for the quick
touch-up. The butane is a light weight blessing, use it, put the cap on and
put it back in the bag!
those butane ones rule. they even work in the wind unlike most cordless
electrics. had a job once where i had to get onto some serious machinery
and solder some wires in the wind at -30F. even corded electrics werent
working all that well... butane did em right up.
Good Advice. I've noticed a trend with the 'latest inventions'. They
are only available via informationals. 6 months later, they are
available via main store chains, like hd, and walmart. 6 months after
that, they are available at garage sales and thrift stores.
Each time, declining in selling price. ;)
<< Any comments will be gratefully received. >>
Take the money and send it to the Red Cross for tsunami relief where it will do
some good. Do your soldering with the proper tools, Radio Shack, others, have
things that really work. IMHO you will never find one of these on a technicians
bench in a commercial R & D operation or repair shop. HTH
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