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Cold Heat Soldering Tool

Has anyone used one of these? I think it would be useful for all those wiring jobs I need to do, but i can't quite believe its going to work.


http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/69d3/
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Looks like just the thing!

Wonder if this can be found locally.
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Sorry to sound negative, but:
I woudn't buy it, because this thing has very little heat capacity, meaning it will cool down while soldering thick wires, etc. I say so because you can't heat fast (it claims to heat within 1 second) a large-heat-capacity-tip without huge amount of power (small batery operated unit).

To support my guess, here is a quote:
'It functions best when used with solder 0.032 to 0.040 inches in diameter and wires 18 - 24 AWG or equivalent-sized parts.'

Most wires in the cars are lower gauge (thicker).
I currently use a 45 W soldering iron, and I would gladly use a higher power unit.
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Stan hits the nail on the head. It would be for very small wires. Larger copper wires really soak up the heat because copper is a really good heat conductor. I'd be surprised if it worked properly with 'car sized' wiring.

I use a 75 watt gun for car wiring and a 15 watt pencil for circuit board work.
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