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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RS Stock No. 462-8668
Mfr. Part No.MULTI TC
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Multi-TC Electric Soldering Iron 75W 230V - 842 - - 450°C -
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WP60K Gas Soldering Iron - - - 60-01 - - - -
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HAP 1 Electric Soldering Iron 100W 24V - D WAD101, WR2, WR3M Hot Air Stations - - -
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Independent 75 - - - - - 0G072CN, 0G072KN Independent 75 Gas Soldering Iron - - -
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WXP 120 Electric - - - - XT WX1; WX2; WX1010; WX2020 Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 730-0739
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WXP 120 Electric Soldering Iron 120W 24V - XT WX1; WX2; WX1010 & WX2020 Soldering Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 877-1242
Mfr. Part No.TL2K56A
BrandAntex
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TL2K560 Electric Soldering Iron 50W 24V - 1100 660A Station, 690D Station, 760RWK Station TC50 - -
RS Stock No. 660-315
Mfr. Part No.T0151102399N
BrandWeller
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W 201E Electric Soldering Iron 200W 120V - CT - - +370°C -
RS Stock No. 332-0408
Mfr. Part No.T0056407499N
BrandWeller
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SPI 27 Electric Soldering Iron 25W - UK SPI26 - - - -
RS Stock No. 730-0748
Mfr. Part No.T0052920599
BrandWeller
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WXP 200 Electric Soldering Iron 200W 24V - XT WX1 & WX2 Soldering Stations - - -
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Mfr. Part No.T0052615299
BrandWeller
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LR 82 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - HT - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.330196
BrandWeller
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EC1201A Electric Soldering Iron 40W 24V - ETA WD1 & WD2 Soldering Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 778-2642
Mfr. Part No.HK2UKSTG
BrandWeller
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HK2UKSTG Electric Soldering Iron 80W 230V UK MTG MTG 20 Long Life Stained Glass Tip, SG10 Long Life Stained Glass Tip, SP80N Soldering Iron HK2 482°C -
RS Stock No. 516-268
Mfr. Part No.T0053210599
BrandWeller
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TCP S Electric Soldering Iron 50W 24V 3 Pin LT WTCP51 Soldering Station - 370°C -
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Mfr. Part No.330KD
BrandErsa
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30S Electric Soldering Iron 30W 230V - 32 - - 380°C -
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Mfr. Part No.T0052920499
BrandWeller
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WXMP - - - - - RT WX1; WX2; WX1010; WX2020 Stations - - -
RS Stock No. 332-0127
Mfr. Part No.7131121000
BrandEngel
PHP3,462.16
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100S Electric はんだごて 80W 230V - WB ENGEL Soldering Units - - -
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Mfr. Part No.S272470
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- Electric Soldering Iron 15W 230V UK MK2 - - 370°C -
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