Sometimes, you may not have easy access to the power outlet(it is impossible to use the regular soldering stations), that is when the butane soldering iron comes in handy. It is portable and easy to use. In this post, we will list eight top-rated butane soldering irons. What is the best butane soldering iron in our opinion? Let us find out.
When you plan to buy a butane soldering iron, there are a couple of questions you want to ask other than its price.
1. How much is the run time per refill?
Apparently, as customers, we want to have an iron that runs for a very long time after every refill. But, there is always the trade-off between the iron’s run time and the soldering iron size. Why? The bigger the soldering iron, the more fuel you can put in. Of course, 90 minute run-time butane soldering iron is more expensive than 30-minute one. Usually, 30 minute unit costs about $20 while $80 for the 90 minute irons. It is really important that you know what works best for you.
2. Does that have a build-in igniter?
This is super important to us. It is very convenient to use a butane iron that has a build-in igniter. All you need to do is to press a button in order to ignite the iron. You are ready to go. Otherwise, with the model that has no build-in igniter, you have to keep a lighter with you all the time. When you use the iron, you light it up with the lighter… To us, it is just way too much hassle.
3. Could the soldering iron be used as a butane soldering torch?
Soldering torch has some many different uses. Make sure that your butane soldering iron could be used as a mini butane torch.
Here, we listed eight butane soldering iron products. In the table, you can also find the answers to these important questions for each model.
|Portasol Super Pro Butane Heat Tool Kit||90 min||Y||Y||$$$||4.4|
|Weller Super-Pro Butane Soldering Iron Kit||90 min||Y||Y||$$$||4.6|
|Portasol Pro Heat Tool Kit||60 min||Y||Y||$$||4.6|
|Weller P2KC Butane Soldering Iron Kit||60 min||Y||Y||$$||4.7|
|Weller ML500MP Mini Butane Soldering Iron||30 min||Y||Y||$||4|
|Iso-Tip SolderPro 50 Butane Soldering Iron||30 min||N||N||$||4.5|
|Wall Lenk SOLDERPRO 60 Butane||30 min||N||Y||$||4.2|
For 60 minute run-time irons, Weller P2KC soldering iron kit goes head to head with Portasol pro heat tool kit. With the 90 minute irons, lot of people are torn between the Weller PSI100K iron kit and Portasol super pro heat tool kit. Have a hard time to decide which one to pick.
Actually, that is good news. That means the difference between two products is so small that they are all great products. But, which one is better to our opinion? To us, while both Weller PSI100K and Porsasol super pro are very solid irons, Portasol super pro has some edge since it has 7 versatile tips (more than Weller kit has 3). Those tips come in handy in different situations.
For the 30 minute soldering iron, Weller ML500MP is clearly the winner. It has all the important features we want. Plus, it is small, portable and easily fits anywhere. Here is a video review of this model. Credits to Electronupdate!
Hakko has a battery powered soldering iron, Hakko FX-901/P Cordless Soldering Iron. With 4 AA batteries, the iron can run about 120 minute. Not too bad! You can check all the details here. Above, we review a few different cordless soldering irons. Those includes several butane soldering irons and one battery-powered iron.