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. 135-878
Mfr. Part No.T0052711699N
BrandWeller
HK$2,527.48
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HAP 200 Electric Soldering Iron 200W 24V - - WR3M Rework Station - - -
RS Stock No. 179-6035
BrandRS PRO
HK$220.12
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RS Stock No. 179-6026
BrandRS PRO
HK$198.60
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RS Stock No. 192-1920
Mfr. Part No.T0056813199
BrandWeller
HK$334.38
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WM15L Electric Soldering Iron 15W 230V Type F - Schuko plug MTL - Mini 2000 - -
RS Stock No. 456-872
Mfr. Part No.T0052711899N
BrandWeller
HK$3,292.38
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HAP1 Electric Soldering Iron 100W 24V - - WAD100, WAD101, WRS & WR3M Soldering Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 660-292
Mfr. Part No.T0056101399N
BrandWeller
HK$880.54
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W 101 E Electric Soldering Iron 100W 120V - CT - - 370°C -
RS Stock No. 762-1493
Mfr. Part No.T0056810699N
BrandWeller
HK$451.22
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WH40 Electric Soldering Iron 40W 18V - - WHS40 & WHS40D Soldering Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 860-9472
Mfr. Part No.SHP-K
HK$469.51
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SHP-K Electric Soldering Iron - - - K TMT-2000S-K SHP - -
RS Stock No. 517-5806
Mfr. Part No.500
BrandHakko
HK$106.88
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- Electric Soldering Iron 20W - - - - Hakko Red - -
RS Stock No. 632-4683
Mfr. Part No.890CDJ
BrandErsa
HK$532.61
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RT80 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - 842 RDS80 Station - 280°C -
RS Stock No. 202-4889
Mfr. Part No.T0052923299
BrandWeller
HK$2,209.34
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WXPP-MS - - 40W - - RT WX Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 909-8157
Mfr. Part No.T0052920899N
BrandWeller
HK$2,042.14
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WXP 80 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - LT WX1 Station, WX2 Station, WXA2 Station, WXD2 Station, WXR3 Station - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 135-7374
Mfr. Part No.T0052922499N
BrandWeller
HK$2,668.53
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WXP 90 Electric Soldering Iron 90W 24V - XNT THM WX1 WX2 WXD2 WXA2 WXR3 - - -
RS Stock No. 860-9478
Mfr. Part No.SHP-1
HK$725.13
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SHP-1 Electric Soldering Iron - - - - TMT-9000S SHP - -
RS Stock No. 250-3898
Mfr. Part No.T0051608599
BrandWeller
HK$932.02
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WP1 Gas Soldering Iron - - - - Pyropen Piezo Soldering Tool - - -
RS Stock No. 188-7139
Mfr. Part No.T0052615299
BrandWeller
HK$1,854.84
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LR 82 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - HT - - - -
RS Stock No. 801-4739
Mfr. Part No.T0052711999N
BrandWeller
HK$2,527.50
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WXHAP 200 Electric Soldering Iron 200W 24V - XHT WXA Station WXHAP - -
RS Stock No. 2552629443
Mfr. Part No.M12 SI-0 (1)
BrandMilwaukee
HK$840.00
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