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. 292-1943
Mfr. Part No.T0052916199
BrandWeller
HK$2,017.97
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WSP 80 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - LT - - - -
RS Stock No. 730-0732
Mfr. Part No.T0052920299
BrandWeller
HK$1,844.82
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WXP 120 Electric - - - - XT WX1; WX2; WX1010; WX2020 Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 200-7722
Mfr. Part No.TL2EJ70
HK$437.10
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TC50 Electric Soldering Iron 50W 24V - 1100 660TC Soldering Station TC - -
RS Stock No. 269-1406
Mfr. Part No.W60D
BrandWeller
HK$661.99
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- Electric Soldering Pencil 60W - - CT5 - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-857
Mfr. Part No.F0132000JA
BrandDremel
HK$530.36
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RS Stock No. 768-3532
Mfr. Part No.PP8LZAA
HK$1,801.80
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- Electric Pipe/Plumbing Soldering Iron - 230V UK - Pipe Joints - - -
RS Stock No. 537-218
Mfr. Part No.BP860CEU
BrandWeller
HK$447.29
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BP865CEU Battery Soldering Iron 11W 6V - BP - - - -
RS Stock No. 517-5812
Mfr. Part No.503
BrandHakko
HK$149.60
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W - - - - Hakko Red - -
RS Stock No. 545-008
BrandRS PRO
HK$1,178.58
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- Battery Soldering Iron 15W - UK - - - 350°C -
RS Stock No. 415-3669
Mfr. Part No.G13400141
BrandErsa
HK$1,538.44
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Independent 130 - - - - - 0G132AN, 0G132BE, 0G132CN, 0G132HE, 0G132KN, 0G132MN, 0G132VN Independent 130 Gas Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 660-185
Mfr. Part No.T0151004199N
BrandWeller
HK$981.99
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TCP Electric Soldering Iron 50W 24V - LT - - - -
RS Stock No. 660-179
Mfr. Part No.T0151004099N
BrandWeller
HK$1,057.58
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TCP 12 Battery Soldering Iron 35W 12V - PTAA P50; P51 & PS Series Power Units - - -
RS Stock No. 405-3367
Mfr. Part No.11289090
BrandPortasol
HK$447.81
1 Kit
Kit(s)
- - - - - - P2 - - - -
RS Stock No. 231-5332
Mfr. Part No.S58J470
HK$478.68
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XS25 Electric Soldering Iron 25W 230V UK 50 - XS 390°C -
RS Stock No. 251-7061
Mfr. Part No.T0051608499
BrandWeller
HK$969.81
Each
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WSTA3 Gas - - - - T2 Butane Gas Operated Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 257-3487
Mfr. Part No.S519470
HK$338.74
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MLXS Battery Soldering Iron 25W 12V - 50 - MLXS - -
RS Stock No. 405-3351
Mfr. Part No.11280110
BrandPortasol
HK$429.19
Each
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ProPiezo 75 Gas Soldering Iron - - - PPT - - - -
RS Stock No. 415-4044
Mfr. Part No.G13400041
BrandErsa
HK$1,070.93
Each
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Independent 130 - - - - - 0G132CN, 0G132KN Independent 130 Gas Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 450-9703
Mfr. Part No.SP40DAU
BrandWeller
HK$291.17
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- Electric Soldering Iron 40W 240V - MT Printed Circuit Boards - - -
RS Stock No. 269-1399
Mfr. Part No.W100D
BrandWeller
HK$1,259.79
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- Electric Soldering Iron 100W 230V - CT6 - - - -
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