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. 106-127
Mfr. Part No.0100CDJ
BrandErsa
SGD310.50
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- Electric Soldering Iron 150W 24V - 102 i-Tool Nano Digital Soldering Station - 350°C -
RS Stock No. 415-3798
Mfr. Part No.G07400141
BrandErsa
SGD182.29
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Independent 75 - - - - - 0G072AN, 0G072BE, 0G072CN, 0G072KN, 0G072RE, 0G072VN, HE0G072 Independent 75 gas soldering iron - - -
RS Stock No. 767-3188
Mfr. Part No.0670CDJ
BrandErsa
SGD86.32
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W - - 832, 842 Ersa Analogue 60 (0ANA60) - - -
RS Stock No. 674-443
Mfr. Part No.330KD
BrandErsa
SGD59.42
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30S Electric Soldering Iron 30W 230V - 32 - - 380°C -
RS Stock No. 767-3214
Mfr. Part No.0840CDJ
BrandErsa
SGD197.87
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- Electric Soldering Iron 80W - - 832, 842 Ersa Digital 80 A (0DIG80A); Digital 2000 A (0DIG20A84) - - -
RS Stock No. 462-8668
Mfr. Part No.MULTI TC
BrandErsa
SGD312.04
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Multi-TC Electric Soldering Iron 75W 230V - 842 - - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 415-4044
Mfr. Part No.G13400041
BrandErsa
SGD165.91
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Independent 130 - - - - - 0G132CN, 0G132KN Independent 130 Gas Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 415-3776
Mfr. Part No.G07400041
BrandErsa
SGD129.37
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Independent 75 - - - - - 0G072CN, 0G072KN Independent 75 Gas Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 674-465
Mfr. Part No.340KD
BrandErsa
SGD62.29
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30S Electric Soldering Iron 40W 230V - 32 - - 420°C -
RS Stock No. 767-3144
Mfr. Part No.0270BDJ
BrandErsa
SGD219.49
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- Electric Soldering Iron 20W 24V - 212 ANA20A; DIG20A27; SMT60A/AC;TW80A - - -
RS Stock No. 258-9044
Mfr. Part No.260BD
BrandErsa
SGD65.35
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- Electric Soldering Iron 16W 230V - 162 ERSADUR - - 350°C -
RS Stock No. 415-3669
Mfr. Part No.G13400141
BrandErsa
SGD253.58
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Independent 130 - - - - - 0G132AN, 0G132BE, 0G132CN, 0G132HE, 0G132KN, 0G132MN, 0G132VN Independent 130 Gas Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 632-4683
Mfr. Part No.890CDJ
BrandErsa
SGD87.79
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RT80 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - 842 RDS80 Station - 280°C -
RS Stock No. 252-7074
Mfr. Part No.680CDJ
BrandErsa
SGD123.04
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W 24V - 832 - - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 767-3175
Mfr. Part No.0640ADJ
BrandErsa
SGD340.86
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- Electric Soldering Iron 60W - - 612 Ersa Digital 2000A (0DIG20A64); Digital 60 (0DIG60A) and MICRO-CON 60 iA (0MIC60iA) - - -
RS Stock No. 307-5596
Mfr. Part No.920BD
BrandErsa
SGD67.46
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Multitip C25 Electric Soldering Iron 25W 230V Type F - Schuko plug 172 - - 450°C -
RS Stock No. 767-3194
Mfr. Part No.0810CDJ
BrandErsa
SGD155.09
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- Electric Soldering Iron 80W - - 832 Ersa Analogue 80 (0ANA80) and ELS 8000 Soldering Station - - -