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
RS Stock No. 463-7511
Mfr. Part No.PES51
BrandWeller
$149.95
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- Electric Soldering Pencil 50W 24V - - WES51 Soldering Station - -
RS Stock No. 269-1399
Mfr. Part No.W100D
BrandWeller
$225.50
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- Electric Soldering Iron 100W 230V - CT6 - - -
RS Stock No. 269-1406
Mfr. Part No.W60D
BrandWeller
$189.95
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- Electric Soldering Pencil 60W - - CT5 - - -
RS Stock No. 660-416
Mfr. Part No.T0051605999
BrandWeller
$218.95
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WSTA4 Gas Soldering Iron - - - WPT - - -
RS Stock No. 450-9703
Mfr. Part No.SP40DAU
BrandWeller
$69.95
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- Electric Soldering Iron 40W 240V - MT Printed Circuit Boards - -
RS Stock No. 660-400
Mfr. Part No.WSTA3
BrandWeller
$199.95
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WSTA3 - - - - - WPT - - -
RS Stock No. 243-2730
Mfr. Part No.T0151606599
BrandWeller
$99.95
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WSTA-6 Gas Soldering Iron - - - WPT - - 500°C
RS Stock No. 463-7555
Mfr. Part No.SP80DAU
BrandWeller
$79.95
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- Electric Soldering Iron 80W 240V - MTG Printed Circuit Boards - -
RS Stock No. 537-218
Mfr. Part No.BP860CEU
BrandWeller
$91.09
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BP865CEU Battery Soldering Iron 11W 6V - BP - - -
RS Stock No. 431-5722
Mfr. Part No.T0051608799
BrandWeller
$173.86
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WP60K Gas Soldering Iron - - - 60-01 - - -
RS Stock No. 620-4898
Mfr. Part No.T0052917199N
BrandWeller
$345.41
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WMRP Electric Soldering Iron 40W 12V - RT WD1000M Soldering Station - -
RS Stock No. 511-5185
Mfr. Part No.T0052917899
BrandWeller
$379.52
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WSP 80 Electric Soldering Pencil 80W 24V - LT Silver Series; WSL; WSL2 Soldering Stations - -
RS Stock No. 268-3146
Mfr. Part No.330196
BrandWeller
$310.94
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EC1201A Electric Soldering Iron 40W 24V - ETA WD1 & WD2 Soldering Stations - -
RS Stock No. 292-1943
Mfr. Part No.T0052916199
BrandWeller
$288.95
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WSP 80 Electric Soldering Iron 80W 24V - LT - - -
RS Stock No. 730-0732
Mfr. Part No.T0052920299
BrandWeller
$591.95
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WXP 120 Electric - - - - XT WX1; WX2; WX1010; WX2020 Stations - -
RS Stock No. 600-7186
Mfr. Part No.T0052918099N
BrandWeller
$260.95
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WP80 Electric Soldering Pencil 80W 24V - LT WD1 & WR2 Soldering Stations - -
RS Stock No. 512-837
Mfr. Part No.T0052919399
BrandWeller
$292.05
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WP 120 Electric Soldering Iron 120W 24V - XT WD1M Soldering Station, WD2M Soldering Station, WR3M Rework Station - -
RS Stock No. 405-3474
Mfr. Part No.T0051319099
BrandWeller
$382.95
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DSX 80 Electric Desoldering Iron 80W 24V - DX WDD81X Desoldering Station - 450°C
RS Stock No. 176-0523
Mfr. Part No.T0052711599N
BrandWeller
$550.55
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HAP 1 Electric Soldering Iron 100W 24V - D WAD101, WR2, WR3M Hot Air Stations - -
RS Stock No. 176-6870
Mfr. Part No.T0051605899
BrandWeller
$385.41
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Pyropen Piezo Gas Soldering Iron - - - - - - -