Portable soldering iron..which one?

ModelRailroadForums.com is a free Model Railroad Discussion Forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.


ShadowNix

UP and GN Modeler
Just wondering which portable soldering iron you guys use/like? My 20 year old Lenk (butane) died and sure, can just get another, but why not upgrade to something better...if you guys know of any? I prefer using a portable one for soldering joins, power and custom track work... and leaving my fancy station set in once place (I use a lot for my fast-track turnouts and other work... Anyone using the electric battery ones? I had one 10 years ago I hated... just wondering! Have a great day and thanks for the input!
 

ShadowNix

UP and GN Modeler
Never used a portable soldering iron, I prefer a station.
Yup what I use like 95% of the time...I like the control, etc....but sometimes you need to move... I do have a wheeled/portable cabinet and do move the station to there when needed, but looking for alternative...
 

Smudge617

Well-Known Member
Yup what I use like 95% of the time...I like the control, etc....but sometimes you need to move... I do have a wheeled/portable cabinet and do move the station to there when needed, but looking for alternative...
I did try one for a while, just found the fluctuating temp very frustrating.
 

ShadowNix

UP and GN Modeler
I did try one for a while, just found the fluctuating temp very frustrating.
Exactly smudge...its been 10 years... hoping others have better experience than you or me... I do say some interesting reviews on these battery powered ones T100 and Pinecil v2... but then I have a cord and a battery...hmmm...I do love dialing in my temp on my Hakko FX951...so easy and works PERFECTLY...
 

timlange3

Active Member
Define portable. I have a Ryobi soldering station. Runs off battery (I use battery only) or 120VAC. Can set temperature, came with two tips, holder for the iron, and small sponge. When I turn it on takes about 30 seconds to get to operating temperature. Usually on my workbench but have taken it out on the railroad to fix things. I believe the model is P3100. Battery can be used with all other One+ Ryobi tools.
 

TLOC

Well-Known Member
I use a portable re-chargeable soldering tool, a corded soldering iron and a soldering station.

The re-chargeable has been strong enough to solder feeds to rail. Lasts about an hour of mostly constant soldering. I do find the tip gets loose and is annoying. I have had mine since before Covid 2020. Would I buy it again? I tried it once trying to solder Rail to pc copper strips. Not strong enough IMO. So not at the price shown today

I found them all on Amazon this afternoon, priced higher now then I paid
1D12AC1B-3053-4279-BAA1-AF6FD926834D.png
The soldering iron
4FD48B72-0365-4768-8B8D-D1840D1379F6.png

The station
CAE17AE2-B341-4D6C-B4F6-614971DC89F3.png
 
Last edited:

ShadowNix

UP and GN Modeler
Hmmm tempted by the battery versions...hmmm! So used to butane it is hard....Hmmm. Thanks for the input all! Now, back to working on split gear replacement...
 

Rico

BN Modeller
I have one of those “cold soldering“ thingys, haven’t touched it in so long I can’t remember how well it worked!
I should dig it out soon and make sure the batteries aren’t corroded.
Anyone try one of those?
 

ShadowNix

UP and GN Modeler
I will let you know...have a bunch of replacement, both wheels and gears arriving...i have watched a million youtubes.... made a masonite jig for holding...more to come on that...
 

ShadowNix

UP and GN Modeler
Smudge, made a jig with a 2x4 piece (to hold wheel) and used a oak dowel on my drill press...worked well and replaced the gears on like 8 sets in minutes...Nothing fancy ;)
 

Smudge617

Well-Known Member
Smudge, made a jig with a 2x4 piece (to hold wheel) and used a oak dowel on my drill press...worked well and replaced the gears on like 8 sets in minutes...Nothing fancy ;)
I just use a small vice and two washers with the sides cut off so the look like the letter C connected by a piece of brass, place them between the wheels and the gear and gently squeeze them together, I get perfect b2b gauge every time, wierd how we come up with one off novel ideas how to do stuff.
 




Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)


ModelRailroadForums.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

Top