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Sears.com has Cooper Tools Weller Soldering Station (WLC100) on sale for $24.92. Shipping is free on orders $25 or more. Thanks slickosaurus

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Features a variable power control that produces 5-40 watts of power. Lightweight pencil type iron w/ replaceable heating element. Ideal of hobbyists & more. Offer valid for online pricing only and not available for in-store pickup. - Discombobulated

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The listing states it's a Cooper Soldering Station, but based on the reviews and pictures you will received a Weller. Apparently Cooper owned Weller prior to Cooper being bought out by Apex. I'm guessing the item was entered incorrectly on the Sears website. Lowest price ever on Slickdeals by a few bucks if anyone wants to play Sears roulette.

Free shipping on orders over $25, so you need a filler.

Weller WLC100 [sears.com]

I had "surprise points" so I decided to take a chance. I received a confirmation email from Sears.
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I think various similar models have been up before. This is definitely a good price,
but it's not a temperature-regulated iron. It is variable-heat meaning you twist the knob and the constant rate of heating changes (and therefore the temperature). But, it also means it doesn't respond as quickly once the tip cools down because it has no way of "knowing" that you just soldered a big connection and the tip is now cool.

The next step up are precision-regulated and usually start at about $70-100 (a Hakko deal at $69-79 is the most common), and others are usually around $100 and up. Some have digital temp displays.

Anyway for $25 this is definitely better than a cheap HF or Radio Shack (R.I.P.) iron, but be aware of what it's not. If you're going to be doing a lot of work, especially on small electronics, you may want to step up to a regulated type.
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So do I need to buy another solder gun to solder this gun before I use it? Lol. Jk
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Keep in mind that replacement Weller tips are about $7 each. Take a look at the YiHua 936, a clone of the old Hakko 936. Only $19. Replacement tips for it are about $0.50 each. I've had one for a couple of years and really like it.
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I think various similar models have been up before. This is definitely a good price,
but it's not a temperature-regulated iron. It is variable-heat meaning you twist the knob and the constant rate of heating changes (and therefore the temperature). But, it also means it doesn't respond as quickly once the tip cools down because it has no way of "knowing" that you just soldered a big connection and the tip is now cool.

The next step up are precision-regulated and usually start at about $70-100 (a Hakko deal at $69-79 is the most common), and others are usually around $100 and up. Some have digital temp displays.

Anyway for $25 this is definitely better than a cheap HF or Radio Shack (R.I.P.) iron, but be aware of what it's not. If you're going to be doing a lot of work, especially on small electronics, you may want to step up to a regulated type.
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With $10 free cash points this was $15 plus tax. Thanks op.
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you basically paying half of the amount for a brand name.

if you are paying for it (instead of your customer or company, in which case. go wild) do yourself a favor and look at 853D that you can get for about 50 dollars.
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Keep in mind that replacement Weller tips are about $7 each. Take a look at the YiHua 936, a clone of the old Hakko 936. Only $19. Replacement tips for it are about $0.50 each. I've had one for a couple of years and really like it.
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I took mine apart to look at the innards.. Very thin wiring on the inside. the main in uses nice 14awg, but then from there to the resistor and iron out it cheapz out.

It's probably ok given the low amps, but Overall, I'd rewire some of that cheap 18,20awg, for safety
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I took mine apart to look at the innards.. Very thin wiring on the inside. the main in uses nice 14awg, but then from there to the resistor and iron out it cheapz out.

It's probably ok given the low amps, but Overall, I'd rewire some of that cheap 18,20awg, for safety
So do I need to buy another solder gun to solder this gun before I use it? Lol. Jk
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So do I need to buy another solder gun to solder this gun before I use it? Lol. Jk
// Headscratch

// I can't remember, a few of the connections inside may have had the quick connects, but i sort of remember some did not..

// I guess Technically.. YES? laugh out loud
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This is a fantastic price
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I think various similar models have been up before. This is definitely a good price,
but it's not a temperature-regulated iron. It is variable-heat meaning you twist the knob and the constant rate of heating changes (and therefore the temperature). But, it also means it doesn't respond as quickly once the tip cools down because it has no way of "knowing" that you just soldered a big connection and the tip is now cool.

The next step up are precision-regulated and usually start at about $70-100 (a Hakko deal at $69-79 is the most common), and others are usually around $100 and up. Some have digital temp displays.

Anyway for $25 this is definitely better than a cheap HF or Radio Shack (R.I.P.) iron, but be aware of what it's not. If you're going to be doing a lot of work, especially on small electronics, you may want to step up to a regulated type.
Yihua 937D+ is as good as Hakko/Weller digital, temperature regulated stations that sell for $100+ and they sell for about $30.
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Keep in mind that replacement Weller tips are about $7 each. Take a look at the YiHua 936, a clone of the old Hakko 936. Only $19. Replacement tips for it are about $0.50 each. I've had one for a couple of years and really like it.
Thanks will do
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I think various similar models have been up before. This is definitely a good price,
but it's not a temperature-regulated iron. It is variable-heat meaning you twist the knob and the constant rate of heating changes (and therefore the temperature). But, it also means it doesn't respond as quickly once the tip cools down because it has no way of "knowing" that you just soldered a big connection and the tip is now cool.

The next step up are precision-regulated and usually start at about $70-100 (a Hakko deal at $69-79 is the most common), and others are usually around $100 and up. Some have digital temp displays.

Anyway for $25 this is definitely better than a cheap HF or Radio Shack (R.I.P.) iron, but be aware of what it's not. If you're going to be doing a lot of work, especially on small electronics, you may want to step up to a regulated type.
Appreciate the insight on that
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Get a Hakko FX-888D and be done with it once and for all. I went from watching hours of YouTube videos and wasting hours of my life to making horrible solders to making really good ones and tining wires really well within an hour or two the other night.
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Get a Hakko FX-888D and be done with it once and for all. I went from watching hours of YouTube videos and wasting hours of my life to making horrible solders to making really good ones and tining wires really well within an hour or two the other night.
What YouTube videos can I watch to learn how to solder?
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