Solder Pots?

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  1. Grissle

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    Anyone use small Solder Pots for tinning wire? Seems like a handy bit of kit to have around. Or are they more trouble than they're worth?
     
  2. megafiddle

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    Pots are more of a production tool.
    It takes only a couple seconds to tin a wire with an iron.

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  3. bass_case

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    Great for making jumper cables for your car. Overkill for most sound cables. Although... I once had to fabricate audiophile cables made with Litz wire, where each strand of wire had a coating that required volcanic temperatures to melt away so that the solder could stick. The pot was great for that.
     
  4. bassbenj

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    I agree. Sort the the thing you turn on when you come in in the morning and you use it all day.

    I actually have a small solder pot that I picked up at a garage sale for a ridiculously low price (like 50 cents). It's really cute and works really well. Only it's WAY too big a pain to wait for it to heat up to use on any regular basis. Perhaps one day I'll have a weird tinning job that needs it but until then...
     
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  6. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    Hey, You do know the rule, no pic, no cute 50c solder pot ;).


    Unless one is making a snake needing to tin 100+ wires, or something similarily tedious, a solder pot wouldn't be my choice either.

    Inhaling all those lead fumes isn't particularily healthy either.

    Regards
    Sam
     
  7. bassbenj

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    Oh BROTHER!

    All right, wise guy! Here's the cute 50c solder pot!

    [​IMG]

    Happy? :D
     
  8. rpatter

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    Awww, that's adorable! Seriously though, PM if you ever decide you want to get rid of. I'll give you more than $0.50 for it. I could use something like that when I wind batches of coils.

    Ralf
     
  9. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    I sure am :).

    You were correct about the cuteness as well, I wouldn't mind having something like that among my tools either.
    All the solder pot's I've seen have been a lot bigger, to the point of being very inconveient for simple tinning jobs.

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    Sam
     
  10. Grissle

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    I've seen some half that size with good reviews, which is the reason I was curious originally. I'd call them hobbie types, take like 15min to heat up and go.
     
  11. gjbassist

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    I have been seeing this term: "a bit of kit" more lately.
    Is this a British thing? Like the time at Disney World when a woman walked up and asked me if I was in the Queue?
     
  12. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

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    yes, they are handy if you have a lot of wire to tin. they are also handy for soldering several wires together. And, of course you need to wait a long time for it to get hot and to dip the wires in a separate tin of rosin paste flux before you dip them in the solder.

    Great little pot though!
     

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