It's a super-basic and common failure: the wire broke from repeated flexing where it entered the dremel. So all I'm actually doing is re-tinning the wires ao that they can be reinserted.

And they had the gall to put torx screws on this thing! Consumer products need to be repairable.

@Creaturista I have the same soldering iron! I hardly ever use it though :(

@pagrus I just got this one as a gift to myself after using a very basic non-adjustable one for a long time. This is the first time I've used it, but I'm hoping to do a lot more.

Projects will always show up :blobcathappy:

@Creaturista I did the same thing, looked on Adafruit for recommendations after I got tired of the $10 Radio Shack starter iron I had used for years. Good luck with your projects!

@pagrus Thanks! Really excited for the adjustable output and higher wattage after having to double-iron cup solder 8 awg terminals because we didn't have a crimper. XD

@pagrus Thanks! Yeah, I hope I'll get some more practice with the little stuff before too long. My stepmom used to assemble boards for research balloons - I'll have to get some tips from her when I go visit.

@Creaturista Soldering SMDs are never easy but this looks fantastic. Also we have the same iron :P

@baronvonjace Apparently this is a very popular iron! Any idea what heat level works beat for boards like this? 4 seemed a bit too hot.

@Creaturista I generally use between 3-3 1/2. I’ll use 4-5 if I’m soldering anchor points that need loads of heat.

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