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Draper Butane Powered Soldering Iron

by Draper
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
RRP: 34.80
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  • (realtab)Instant electronic ignition, variable flame control and a refillable tank(realCR)(realtab)One fill of standard butane lighter fuel will give up to 20 minutes (approx.) continuous work (at mid setting)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 78774
Item Weight91 g
Product Dimensions21.3 x 9.9 x 2.4 cm
Item model number78774
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Weight90 grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 3,369 in DIY & Tools (See top 100)
Shipping Weight100 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2002
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Warranty, Parts: Parts

Product Description

Product Description

Features instant electronic ignition, variable flame control and a refillable tank. Compact single hand operation. One fill of standard butane lighter fuel will give up to 20 minutes (approximately) continuous work (at mid setting).

All Draper tools are manufactured to high quality standards that are strictly controlled by our quality control engineers. They offer good value for money and a number of useful features to improve the performance of the product. All Draper products come backed by the Draper Tools guarantee.

Draper Tools is a family-run company that has been selling high-quality tools in the United Kingdom and beyond for more than 90 years. To bring you the tool you need, the Draper buying team sources innovative products, which adhere to strict ethical and quality standards, from all around the world.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 18 April 2011
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For years I have used a soldering iron which is plugged into the mains. As some equipment cannot easily be moved I have had to use extension leads. I was also concerned about electrical short circuits. The obvious solution seemed to be a (rechargeable) battery operated iron.

I bought a ColdHeat Cordless Pro Soldering Tool. The tip was split into two and heated up when contact was made by. Sounded good! It took ages to find the right angle (90?) to make and keep contact.

I then tried the Weller iron. Far better, but I had to keep a button fully pressed while it slowly heated up. Irritating and quite painful! I even tried rubber bands.

I did want to replace my old iron and offer it to a museum. Maybe now I can.

The Draper Butane iron seems to solve all problems:
* I can use it anywhere
* No danger of short circuits
* Heats up quickly
* Light and easy to hold
* Good indicator that it is on
* A cone shaped tip that seems ideal
* Easy to refill and to see how much gas remains

My only quibble is the lack of a stand.

Now what needs soldering....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very effective portable soldering iron 21 Nov 2011
By PeterJ
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This is a very effective portable soldering iron - much better than the battery ones i've tried!. Small, lightweight & quick to heat, it's very easy to use. Very pleased.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By PaleBlueDot TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I chose this soldering iron based on some of the glowing reviews it had, but unfortunately after using this soldering iron several times over the past week, I have to disagree with them.

Firstly the good stuff... I can certainly see the advantage of not being tied to a cord as it allows much more freedom and precision of movement. The ignition worked every time with one click.

The bad stuff... Being gas powered brings with it a couple of pretty big disadvantages. Firstly, the exhaust holes around the tip spew out very hot air that is hot enough to melt the insulation on any wires or components that come near (under 4cm) it. If your fingers happen to be holding something near to it (like, you know, solder) then they frequently feel the wrath of these exhaust ports. Secondly, you have to turn it up very high to get enough heat for soldering jobs, and that means it eats through its full supply of gas in only a few minutes.

Then there's the heat itself, or lack of it. Maybe there was something slightly wrong with mine, as it coughs and splutters about every 10 seconds. It seems to have lots of heat while the tank is more than 3/4 full, but then the heat reduces significantly (you can also hear the gas flow decrease). I found it barely hot enough to melt solder on the maximum setting, and I was frequently having to hold it against components for 10 seconds or more in order for enough heat to be transferred to them for the solder to flow over them, thus damaging the components themselves (e.g. melted LED cases, melted wire insulation, etc). Compared to my 20 year old mains powered soldering iron, the end results were terrible.

Finally it all feels a bit loose. The nip seems to frequently unscrew, no matter how much I tighten it with a spanner.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ouch! that's hot 7 April 2012
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Having received this Draper Butane powered soldering iron in the post this morning, I wasted no time in trying it out, I first tried filling it up with gas but soon realised it would be easier to remove it from the packaging. This done I moved the control to the center position and pressed the red button and got the expected click, I then soon learnt that touching the tip to find out if it was hot wasn't the most educated thing to do, so take my tip and don't do it, it will be hot. After bathing my finger under the cold tap and then tinning the tip I did everything I needed to do with it and found it surprisingly easy and comfortable to use. I must say I found the time needed for the heat up to be VERY short. How long it will last, I suppose depends on how it is used and looked after. New tips are available and you can get them from Amazon, Ebay and I do know that "PVRDirect.co.uk" also have them and they are very cheap but the postage is a little silly so I recommend Amazon or EBay, the part number is "Draper 87382 - Draper Spare Soldering Tip For 78774 - (YGT8)" so if you need to alter the tip for different jobs, you can, the tips just unscrew using a 6.5mm spanner, and for anyone who is interested they are made of brass and not copper as you would expect, presumably to make them last a little longer. So far I'm very pleased with it and hope to be using it for quite a while yet, at the price your paying you should be able to get your moneys worth without any problems. In my opinion a better product than the silverline version so I would recommend this Draper iron.
Having now used this iron on quite a few occasions now I can honestly say that I have found it to be reliable and is very capable of doing more jobs than I at first thought it would do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars soldering iron 12 Oct 2013
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When received was smaller than expected but non the less effective for that.Pointed tip Ok for majority of small wiring jobs but could do with small wedge tip for joining wires etc,in fact I subsequently bought a spare tip and filed to the shape required !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd bought one years ago
Going from a cheap corded iron to this was a huge jump. I have only used cheap irons in the past, this thing is awesome. Heats up quickly, nice sturdy design.
Published 29 days ago by B Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for soldering away from a power source.
I use this on my boat. It heats very quickly and is perfect for the odd bit of soldering. An ideal addition to the tool kit.
Published 1 month ago by AlanP
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid little soldering iron.
I used this for 6 months solid and to be fair after the 6 months it was starting to lose it's reliability. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blade-Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars solder iron
This is what every electrician should have in there tool kit, I have found this very use full in the last few weeks when I have been on site
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. W. J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tool
My "proper" soldering irons are in storage just now and I needed to make a couple of quick connections. This does the job well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Al
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
It did exactly as it says on the tin. A nice little tool for doing the occasional job which is why I bought it.
Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Phipp
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Handy thing to have in the garage. I bought this to replace the same product that had grown legs and wandered off... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Fro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the cost.
Not a bad little iron, only down side is the gas tank is tiny so you have to refill it around every 10mins but at the price it is it's well worth the money.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Winter
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job nicely.
Very nice, easy to fill and operate soldering iron.

Sometimes takes a while to get the iron hot enough for bigger jobs.
Published 4 months ago by Park Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little soldering iron
I bought this for my son who sometimes needs to carry out running repairs to his glider wiring so it's great for keeping in the back of the car as it can be used anywhere. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L F BORUCKI
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