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Old 12-21-2004, 08:32 AM   #31
Wayne MIller
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12v Soldering iron

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I know this is a little of topic of the "cold heat" and I hope you don't mind me posting another "portable" soldering iron.

I used to travel internationally with my job and so I always needed to buy tools that were universal. Buying a soldering iron was a problem since the voltage overseas is usually 230vac.

Luckily, I always carried a laptop and so had a 12 to 16 DC volt power source readily available from a 115 or 230 volt AC wall socket. I found the laptop power supply a very useful power source for many things.

I adapted a cigarette lighter socket from Princess Auto and put an end on it to plug into the laptop power supply. This allowed me to use my laptop power source to charge my cell phone, batteries and to also use a 12 vdc soldering iron I bought from Waterloo Electronics, I'm sure it is available from other places as well.

I use this same soldering iron at the flying field when necessary, either from my flight box battery or the car cigarette lighter. I don't remember the wattage of the iron, but I do know it gets hot enough to soder wires to the top of NiMh batteries when necessary.

If you are going to do this, check the output of your laptop power supply and make sure it can handle the load of the soldering iron.

Hope someone else finds this "hint" useful.


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