Mini soldering iron ?

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  1. StratPlus97

    StratPlus97 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm looking for a recommendation on mini portable soldering irons.
     
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    You mean portable like a Mag Torch, or portable like you can plug it in anywhere without a base station?

    Recommendation depends on use. Are you soldering surface-mount components or sweating water pipes? For emergency in-guitar wiring I'd get a 60W Hakko and don't forget a little metal stand.
     
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    Portable as in NON plug in. Not sure what a Mag Torch is. Soldering for guitar use.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Remember, you need a lot of BTUs when soldering on the back of the pots, or to the claw.
     
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    Agreed............. 60W. High heat for very short time is best for the back of pots.
     
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    Don't forget flux. Couldn't figure out why my grounds weren't sticking, until someone asked me "You use enough flux?"
     
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    I'd also recommend getting a couple of different tips for the iron, a larger chisel type for the back of pots, claw etc, & a fine conical type (probably already fitted to the iron.) I know you specified "non plug in," & butane irons can be handy little items, but really, electric is the way to go wherever possible & as was pointed out, anywhere you're going to use an electric guitar you're going to have electricity. A temperature controlled electric iron can be had relatively cheaply. Regarding flux, make sure it is electronics grade, no acid type flux. Same with the solder you use. Hope this helps. Cheers
     
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    I have a small battery iron, don't know what the wattage is but so far it's done everything I need it to. I thhink I got it at HD or Lowes
     
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    Way too complicated advice so far. Soldering like playing a guitar is as much about technique as the equipment.

    Run over to harbor freight and get their cheap soldering iron. Spool of rosin core solder. Heat up the wire end and put solder on. Sandpaper the back of the pot and splash some solder on the pot. Then put the wire to the pot and heat the two together pressing a little solder into the pair and the iron. Use a wood stick/pencil to hold the wire to the pot as you pull the iron away. Done.

    If you need to solder off-grid then get an inverter or a really big fresnel lens out of a television screen and aim well.

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    Uhh, probably going to need electricity? Pretty sure, I would NEED electricity an electric guitar.
    Although, I'm not sure what that has to do with my question. You may be implying that I should be using a plug in soldering iron I guess, which I have.

    I'm simply just asking for some recommendations on a portable non electric soldering iron.
     
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    Thank you, but i do know how to solder, and have been doing it for a while now.