SainSmart Pro32 Soldering Tool Set (2018 Model)search

SainSmart Pro32 Soldering Tool Set (2018 Model)

SainSmart Pro32 Soldering Tool Set (2018 Model)

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So mine just came in a couple days ago, but funny thing is that it came in an Amazon Prime package. (and yes I had to double check my orders to make verify it came from MD) What the heck... Massdrop what's going on?
It’s only $64.99 on Amazon with free 2 day shipping with prime.. why would I buy it here when it’s more expensive?? Massdrop fail. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0183RJIUE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fCB8BbXX8VRPZ

My drop just arrived today and there's a small issue with the product description since there is neither a PR-I soldering tip nor a solder tip cleaning ball. Also the powersupply is different generic type (model: XS-1902100G8). The rattling buttons and the cheap plastic make this a rather undewhelming experience for the steep price of 75$, I'd rather use a sturdy 20$ iron that has no display/heat controls :/ You could just buy the SainSmart-ToolPAC-Soldering-Heating-Intelligent on amazon with literally the exact same price and the exact same powersupply(etc.), no need to wait for this drop.
I just happened to get mine yesterday off amazon. Heres my opinion;
It's far from the best soldering iron, if you have something like a Hakko, this isn't going to stand up to it very well. BUT if you have a cheapo 10 dollar soldering iron, this will dance circles around it all day. I personally like the small and light weightiness of it as it packs away easy as i don't have the space to just leave it out sitting when im not using it. Make sure you have some kind of secure stand if you plan on putting it down hot. the light weight of this means if the cable gets knocked, it might take the rest of the iron with it. The Iron gets HOT, FAST, in ~20 seconds it went from room temp to 300 degrees. You can upload other TS100-like model firmware onto this, and even go as far as creating your own(i dont know why one would want to, but okay). i also like that you can change the loading image that shows up on the screen, completely useless but kinda cool none the less
paul.hudgins
Power supply that comes with this iron here is at 19V. At 24V you get significantly higher power rating and faster heat times. But you are right, professional soldering iron in $300 range blows this one out of the water. However this one has huge benefit which is battery powered operation. It's a great little field iron.
Wow major kick in the balls for those who bought the SEEED Studio kit few weeks back... Not cool Massdrop. I spent 85USD on that set...
trungxle000
Not any more, that same link is $75
xXRedDragonXx
And now it's 64$ :)
Anyone have the problem of the soldering tip not fitting into the powersupply? It won't fully insert into the powersupply and doesn't make a connection to heat up.
otterbutt
You need to undo the alan/hex screw then you should be able to slide the tip all the way in.
B3H1NDu
heh.
Anyone with me that Massdrop should stop selling TS-100 soldering irons?
DustMite
They should start selling TS-100, not re-brands at higher price.
is there a way i can just get the soldering tips that are offerd for $10 on this order? i already ordered the tool from massdrop
Link4
This is a rebranded TS-100 iron. Look for TS-100 tips.
Link4
Just order the ts-100 tips on amazon or aliexpress
Have any of you who have these types of soldering irons upgraded the firmware to the Ralim TS-100 firmware? My understanding it makes some improvements.
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madhatterm
It's more complex but more than worth it for me since I do a lot of soldering of different sizes in one go so being able to change temperature on the fly is great.
madhatterm
the Ralim firmware is absolutely a must
Love the comment about complying with EU certification only for the drop to be exclusively US only.
I bought that exact iron from Amazon for more money. If the power adapter is model #PSY1902100US (looks exactly like the one in the picture) mine did not work with version 2.11 of the Sainsmart firmware. I use the iron with an old laptop power supply and it works well.
Edit: It does the brown out reboot loop thing with the stock power supply.
The solder sucker is pictured in this but it's not included as a part of the contents of the drop? Was this a mistake? Is it included or not.
Just a warning, the Seeed model / this one / the other handful of rebrands is pretty underwhelming. As @kkwapnioski mentioned, the power supply can be a bit iffy. I haven't found the performance of this iron to be great, in general, for its price (given you're 'saving' $10 here off the usual $60-$65). If you're not willing to dish out on a Hakko FX-888D + accessories, which is understandable if you don't solder often, I'd recommend a different setup around the same price point:
Aoyue 936 (or 936D) - $36 - Cheap Chinese clone of an old Hakko station. Lots of warehouses in China use this exact clone (there are multiple rebrands; I'd recommend Aoyue or Yihua). I've used it for quite some time now and it's been great. There's always a bit of risk with these clones, so pop it open when you get it and make sure everything inside is looks good; specifically, that it's grounded (this lack of ground is rare from my understanding, but better safe than sorry). Youtuber BigClive has a video on another clone of this iron that could be helpful. This particular model on a well known site with 2-day-shipping includes a pretty robust metal stand for the iron and a solder reel mount.
Hakko 599B - $9 - OG version of the brass sponge that this kit comes with. Works great, as expected of Hakko. If you really don't want/need one, the Aoyue comes with a kinda cruddy regular sponge that sits in the iron stand.
Lyonsblue Solder Sucker - $8 - My personal favorite solder sucker. Gives the good suck. Fighting a solder sucker is no fun, but I haven't had any issues with this one. Always be careful using suckers with PCBs though; the pads can be delicate. A spool of cheap wick will last forever and costs maybe $3. === Base Total: $53 vs $50 SainSmart kit
For Add-ons:
Hakko T18D16 - $9 - Fantastic chisel tip for working with keyboards. The Aoyue comes with a decent conical tip, but since the clones are compatible with Hakko tips it's a fantastic budget upgrade. You basically end up with a poor man's FX-888D. === Add-on total: $62 vs $60 SainSmart kit + tip
And, as a bonus:
Kester 44 Rosin Core Solder 63/37 .031" 1oz pack - $10 - If you don't solder often these little packs are a godsend. It's basically just a tube of coiled solder (about 24 ft, according to the info). $10 might seem steep for such a small amount, but this is seriously the best solder I've used. The 1 lb version (24-6337-0027) has the majority of the reviews if you need further persuasion. The lower melting point also means you don't have to go as high when you're desoldering, which can reduce the risk of lifted pads.
In summary: === I have big money$$$ - FX-888D + accessories (I'd still recommend the above tbh; there's quite a few bundles with similar items like multiple extra tips/flush cutters/sponge that are pretty good deals) === My idea of a fancy meal is taco bell (which is delicious - don't get me wrong) - Aoyue/Yihua + accessories === I REALLY need portability, because soldering at Starbucks hasn't caught on yet but just you wait - SainSmart bundle, and some stamps to send a snail-mail to Yankee candle with your idea for a "Dark Coffee+Burning Rosin" designer scent
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Koxinga
Done deal. I was intrigued by this mini, but I need reliability and quality over portability and gimmicks. I use a Weller WES51 at work and love it but this is more budget friendly.
Koxinga
I disagree. So do many others.
This iron is a rebranded TS-100, so we'll call it that. Also, my experience is only really with the open-source Ralim firmware so I cant speak to experiences had with the terrible stock firmware.
This soldering iron is amazing. It's tiny and transportable and can run off the 4s batteries I lug around for FPV miniquads. This makes repairs in the field a breeze. Not being tied down to a bulky station means that even at home I can do repairs anywhere in the house. The soldering iron has a whole bunch of features and heats up extremely fast (under 10 seconds to 330 degrees for smaller joints). It is a good deal cheaper than Hakko stations and is a much better quality than the aoyue.
If I was soldering as part of a job, or I did it more often than 2-3 times a week then I'd likely buy a full Hakko station but I think that the TS100 is the best all-round soldering iron for anything short of that and if you want a super portable iron there is no better alternative that I'm aware of.
There is a good reason the TS100 has received such glowing reviews from the hobby community. I think it's probably the best all-round hobby iron out there. Period.
Be cautious with this. I bought the same TS100 Soldering Iron from SainSmart off of Amazon, and the power supply that comes with it is junk. The Soldering iron "boots up" and as the temperature rises, the power supply has a brown out, and the soldering iron reboots. I used to have to go through about 5-10 of these cycles to get to my desired temperature. After replacing the power supply, works great. This kit may have a different power supply but the picture looks the same. Just my $0.02. (Link to Amazon reviews of others with the same issues: a.co/4hZhY8k#customerReviews)
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oh okay thank you for the update
kkwapnioski
I bought from Uy Chan via Amazon, the power supply in that kit is solid.
Is this kit any good? I have heard recommendations for the Hakko FX-888D but not on this one. What would be the differences? Size?
Wampa101
Definitely size and portability so it really depends on your needs. I've got the iron from Seeed and it really helps out with odd jobs here and there, but I've also got a Hakko which is more of a permanent fixture in my garage.
Hakko is also a familiar name in the industry. Here you get a kit, but with the mentioned Hakko, you're getting a full work station. Also, let's not forget how much more easier it is to find a source for replacement parts when it comes to known brands. So pick your poison.
Wampa101
Portability is this iron's strength and weakness. The light iron can get dragged around by the cord easily. If you're outfitting a fixed soldering workstation, a desk-based iron with a nice heavy stand may be a better fit. In terms of actual soldering, this works about as well as my Hakko or Weller, it has very good tip temperature regulation, as good as top-end desk models. (Assuming the power supply is up to snuff, that is.)
Is this the same as the Seeed Studio Mini Soldering Iron?
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Yeah, same here. orz
djet0
I feel y'alls pain