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[DPRG] "As Seen On TV' soldering iron

Subject: [DPRG] "As Seen On TV' soldering iron
From: Bill Boyer daweasel at swbell.net
Date: Fri Sep 24 16:11:16 CDT 2004

Actually, Robinaire made a resistive soldering tool for plumbing that
worked the same way, only on a much larger scale. Not a bad deal, but
the contacts had to be replaced every so often.


> So, basically this thing is some AA batteries that short out to what
> you're soldering?
> They probably got the idea from building robots: If a battery short can
> melt the solder connections open, it should be able to close them too!
> 
> Hey - You've got to give them credit for simplifying the product...


> I own one of these.  It works pretty well, but the battery life is
> relatively short (in number of connections soldered).  It can't heat up
> anything much larger than normal electronic stuff very well.  The way it
> works is that the soldering tip is split into two resistive pieces.
> When you connect them with something conductive, they get hot quite
> fast.  


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