Soldering Irons

Soldering irons are hand-held tools that are used to apply heat through a metal tip, enabling the melting of solder wire in order to create fixings and perform small welding operations. Melting solder helps it to flow into the joint between the heating element and a piece of work, with this then becoming a strong join once the solder has cooled and hardened.

Soldering irons are usually supplied with a stand so that the heated iron can be safely secured while not in operation, rather than risking potential damage by putting the tool down directly on the work surface. For more information about soldering irons and all the equipment you need to solder, please see our complete guide to soldering irons.

What types of soldering irons are there?

Due to the numerous applications soldering can be used for, there are different types of soldering irons to meet different requirements. Each type has its own benefits, which we have listed below.

Gas Powered

Lead-free, gas-powered soldering irons are normally fuelled by butane gas, which is stored in a reservoir or tank that can be refilled or replaced, depending on the model. These irons are especially useful when there is no mains power available in the area where soldering will be taking place, and their cordless design allows for more freedom of movement when tight or difficult angles are involved.

Used mainly for occasional repairs, gas powered soldering irons can have an adjustable temperature range that can be controlled due to the ability to adjust the gas flame.

Electric Powered

Perhaps the most commonly found in workshops and school technology departments, electrical soldering irons maintain a consistent temperature due to being plugged into the mains. This can make them easier to use, especially for repetitive work, as there is a guaranteed temperature at all times which helps to maintain accuracy. Suitable for both soldering or desoldering work, electric soldering irons are more likely to feature a built-in socket that enables the replacement and switching of iron tips. This can allow for easy and efficient tooling changes during a project, allowing the user to switch between iron tip types to best suit their requirements.

Battery Powered

Battery-powered soldering irons are fitted with rechargeable or replaceable batteries, making them quick to set up and easy to operate. They are another cordless version of the tool, giving more freedom of movement without the worry of a trailing power cord getting in the way. They are easily portable, making them ideal for on-the-go professional tradespeople or DIY use.

Who uses soldering irons?

Soldering irons are used in a variety of applications, including pyrography, electronics assembly, workshops, repairing components and creating detailed artwork. They are commonly used in the assembly of PCB boards and can be used to repair electronic components within a larger system.


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Description Price Model Number Power Type Type Wattage Input Voltage Plug Type Tip Series For Use With Series Soldering Tip Temperature Voltage Rating
RS Stock No. 176-857
Mfr. Part No.F0132000JA
BrandDremel
TWD1,991.00
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RS Stock No. 462-8668
Mfr. Part No.MULTI TC
BrandErsa
TWD7,035.00
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Multi-TC Electric Soldering Iron 75W 230V - 842 - - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 771-9530
BrandRS PRO
TWD664.00
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- Battery Soldering Iron - 4.5V - - - - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 619-8478
Mfr. Part No.BP645EU
BrandWeller
TWD1,025.00
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BP650EU Battery Soldering Iron 6W 4.5V - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 660-270
Mfr. Part No.T0056100399N
BrandWeller
TWD3,798.00
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W 61 E Electric Soldering Iron 60W 120V - CT - - +370°C -
RS Stock No. 674-443
Mfr. Part No.330KD
BrandErsa
TWD1,340.00
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30S Electric Soldering Iron 30W 230V - 32 - - 380°C -
RS Stock No. 801-4735
Mfr. Part No.T0052712099N
BrandWeller
TWD13,666.00
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WXHAP 200 Electric Soldering Iron 200W 24V - XHT WXA Station WXHAP - -
RS Stock No. 767-3188
Mfr. Part No.0670CDJ
BrandErsa
TWD1,712.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W - - 832, 842 Ersa Analogue 60 (0ANA60) - - -
RS Stock No. 767-3175
Mfr. Part No.0640ADJ
BrandErsa
TWD8,029.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W - - 612 Ersa Digital 2000A (0DIG20A64); Digital 60 (0DIG60A) and MICRO-CON 60 iA (0MIC60iA) - - -
RS Stock No. 292-1943
Mfr. Part No.T0052916199
BrandWeller
TWD6,860.00
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WSP 80 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - LT - - - -
RS Stock No. 517-5812
Mfr. Part No.503
BrandHakko
TWD768.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W - - - - Hakko Red - -
RS Stock No. 106-127
Mfr. Part No.0100CDJ
BrandErsa
TWD8,799.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 150W 24V - 102 I-Tool Nano Digital Soldering Station - 350°C -
RS Stock No. 771-9464
BrandRS PRO
TWD670.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 15W 230V UK - - - 320°C -
RS Stock No. 767-3214
Mfr. Part No.0840CDJ
BrandErsa
TWD4,490.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 80W - - 832, 842 Ersa Digital 80 A (0DIG80A); Digital 2000 A (0DIG20A84) - - -
RS Stock No. 463-7555
Mfr. Part No.SP80DAU
BrandWeller
TWD1,199.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 80W 240V - MTG Printed Circuit Boards - - -
RS Stock No. 859-9309
Mfr. Part No.KF8JSZA
TWD2,938.00
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KF8JSZ0 - - - - UK Antex 1100 Series - - - -
RS Stock No. 405-553
Mfr. Part No.T0052918799N
BrandWeller
TWD6,432.00
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LR 21 - - - - - ET, LT LR21 Anti-Static Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 269-1406
Mfr. Part No.W60D
BrandWeller
TWD2,572.00
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- Electric Soldering Pencil 60W - - CT5 - - - -
RS Stock No. 252-7074
Mfr. Part No.680CDJ
BrandErsa
TWD2,774.00
Each
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W 24V - 832 - - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 269-1399
Mfr. Part No.W100D
BrandWeller
TWD4,945.00
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- Electric Soldering Iron 100W 230V - CT6 - - - -