Portasol Super Pro Soldering Iron Kit The SuperPro comes with Piezo ignition for total user convenience. Switch on and ignition are accomplished in two smooth ergonomic movements. Power adjustment, as is traditional with Portasol gas products, is by rotational control at the end of the tool. Nothing could be easier or more convenient. The Super Pro Soldering Kit contains: Super Pro Soldering Iron 1 x 2.4 Double Flat Tip (SPT-6) 1 x 4.8mm Double Flat Tip (SPT-8) 1 x Hot Air Blower Tip (SPT-9) 1 x Hot Knife Tip (SPT-10) 1 x Deflector (SPT-12) 1 x Wire Stand (SPT-15) 1 x Cleaning Sponge & Cup (SPT-19)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Just a little additional information.27 Dec. 2010
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If I understand correctly the Trademark Portasol is not used for distributing this product in US. So you can find almost the same 'Weller' brand product but with a different. The Portasol have 3 or 4 more tips compare to Weller.
You might be confused because you will not be able to find the minimal power output for this product (now I know that it's 25-125 Watt). You can try to look some detail information on a Portasol native site: [...]but you find also that the color of a box is red in a specifications file... Finally I find that the product I received in gray box is the same as in Specifications.
The Tool is really good. Even the open flame is quite useful and you can keep it horizontally orientated...
This product is definitely the great one. And additional tips is also useful features for this product.
I strongly recommended it... more than Weller brand one... because of the additional tip set Portasol have...
Refiling is quite easy... Using of this product is also easy and pleasant...
some technical detail:
Portasol SuperPro 125 ProPiezo 75
Length (with cap) 230mm 178mm Weight ( no gas, with cap & tip) 126g 75g Operation Time (depending on setting) 120 min 60 min Max power output 125 Watt 75 Watt
Tip Temperature (up to) Soldering or Hot Knife 580C (1075 F) Blow Torch 1300C (2372 F) Hot Air Tip 625C (1157F)
Piezo Ignitor 50000 cycles
PS I find that reference power output or Portasol SuperPro is 25-125 Watt but I have a feeling that you can adjust the output from 0 to 125. because on a minimal settings the flame just fade away. so I think that on a minimal setting the gas flow just stopping but maybe I am wrong... I do not measure it I just fell so :) Also I have to mentioned that I have to adjust the power output on a considerably high level to ignite the flame.
PPS hope this review is somehow useful :)
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
High Quality, Useful soldering iron (for once)31 Jan. 2012
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This soldering iron caught my eye because it was wireless and powered by butane. I love this idea. Even though I've been soldering for years, I never knew about butane irons. EVEN THOUGH they are sold right next to the electric irons!
Anyway, this iron is the finest quality iron I've had to date. Sure, the cheap ones can work very well if you take care of them and if you use clean, decent tips. This I can't stress enough. To all you out there who are beginners with soldering, the most important thing is to keep your tips clean and tinned or else it will become useless and you'll feel like you can't figure out why you suck at soldering! I've been there! Don't buy this expecting it to solve that problem. Learn to maintain an iron and you can do well with a cheap one. Buy this iron and it will add major convenience and performance.
The heat range of this iron is very good. At the lowest setting (supposedly 25W) you can easily melt solder and burn flux. You can also make a mess of your tip in no time flat.
At the hottest setting (supposedly 125W) you will see the entire tip glow red. No, I don't mean the inside of the tip where there is actual fire. I mean the whole of the metal tip will glow in the dark like a red hot poker. I can not believe how hot this thing gets!
The tips themselves seem to be very nice. I couldn't find any details on the metallurgy, coatings, or anything but from what I can tell, they don't appear to be copper (unless it is a coated copper), though they appear to be pre-tinned. They work very well right out of the box, making your soldering just like the pros, but they'll foul up quickly if you don't keep them clean and tinned.
To clean oxides off the tips I used steel wool or a 3M scouring pad. Both worked about the same, but both will remove the pre-tinned coating. I'm not sure about using sand paper on these tips because I do not know what their construction is. I don't want to sand off any special coatings. Chime in, anyone who knows about these tips!
It comes with an itsy-bitsy sponge for keeping your tip clean and tinned while working but it is so tiny! The sponge doesn't allow much of the tip to touch the sponge but it is absolutely adequate and the convenience of keeping it in the case is a fine trade-off. Buy a new sponge if you like to use special cutouts or want to clean more of the tip.
I have not had any problems with lighting this thing. However, the manual is very confusing and vague on a few things. It talks about setting it to max, turning on the gas, then pulling back the igniter but releasing it slowly to control the flow of gas. I have no idea what they are talking about. I could see no effect on the stream of gas by doing this and, in fact, have not been able to get it to light in this way. What I do is set it to the lowest setting, crack the igniter, and it lights. I can adjust the temp from there. This has worked the first time, every time for me. (Special Note: If the iron is still hot and you've turned it off, you don't need to ignite it again. Just turn it on and it'll burn)
Concerning butane, I wouldn't know what is quality and what is not so let me give you my experience. In California I use Ronsonol brand from Fry's or the grocery store. The larger "41 lighter refills" tanks cost $4 at Fry's while the smaller "20 lighter refills" tanks cost $5 at the grocery store. I'd say it takes around "5 lighters" to fill this soldering iron but YMMV. It only takes about 10-20 seconds to fill before it starts sputtering butane onto your hands.
The reason I got this iron is because I wanted one with a good heat range, no wires, and to have quality parts. It meets all that and more. You can use this as a torch, a hot air gun, a hot knife, and even a paint remover (it comes with a scraper attachment, also used as a heat deflector). Additionally, it comes with a cap that you can put on while the unit is still hot and the cap will only get marginally hot. Lastly, it has a cheap wire "kick stand" on the unit that will let it sit on the table angled up. It comes on and off. Nothing special, it works, but it makes it sit awkwardly in the case.
My mission is to use and maintain this iron for many years. I can absolutely see that happening. Everything seems to be very good quality and I've never once felt uncomfortable using it.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great portable soldering iron!12 Jun. 2011
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I already have a Weller digital soldering station (WESD51) which works great, but it's not really portable and there are times when the cord really gets in the way because it's not long enough or whatever. I mostly bought this for working on my race motorcycle in my garage and at the track after paying the track mechanic $60 to solder 5 wires (ouch!). I wouldn't recommend this for doing a lot of delicate work (SMD, etc), but if you're looking for high quality and portable then the Portasol might be the ticket.
The good: - Easy to use. No problems adjusting temp, refilling with butane or changing tips - Lights the first time, every time - Wide range of attachments included (more the equivalent Weller) - Heats up quickly and easy to control - Storage case holds everything included and just enough room for a small tube of solder & braid - Built in stand works great, rotates out of the way for use and no worries about loosing it.
The not so good: - Sponge was a nice idea, but is a bit too small to be useful - Manual isn't all that good. Luckily it's easy enough to use that it's not a big deal. - Attachment for heat shrink tube works, but isn't easy to use. Better then nothing and will work in a pinch, but a real heat gun is much easier to use. - Not obvious when it lights right away since it takes a 2-3 seconds for it to heat up enough to glow
One thing to keep in mind is that it doesn't include any butane so you'll need to buy that separately. According to the directions, you should use high quality butane rather then the really cheap stuff which makes sense to me. Honestly, quality butane isn't that expensive where it should be an issue, but if you're going to use this a lot, then an electric soldering iron will be a lot more cost effective.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An awesome tool18 Mar. 2011
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I have tried several different butane powered irons, and this is by far the best. An incredibly handy tool for around the farm. For those stuck on the fence as to which one to buy, I put this tool in the same category as such tools as the Milwaukee Sawzall: Any reciprocating saw will work, but the original does it with grace and durability. Same with the Portasol SuperPro 125. I use it to free nuts using the torch, solder with the iron, heat shrink with the hot air, and even weld plastics with the hot knife.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The best butane iron kit for the money and the same as weller model15 May 2012
Johnny 7th Avenue
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Just a few comments about the Portasol Super Pro 125 iron, it is a different color than its brother the Weller which I like better with balck and chrome as opposed to grey and orange but the tips and everthing else are the same. I've owned the Weller for about 6 years and wanted to get more tips. When I added up the cost of the tips it made economical sense getting this set with ALL the tips and a new iron. This iron (as well as the Weller) gets super hot super fast, ignites with a click or 2 and runs for well over an hour continuous. I do turn the gas down to low while I position the next wire etc. It also gets hot enough to loosen up smaller frozen bolts etc. using the included flame tip. This kit cannot be beat it literally has every tip and tip size you will ever need all in a nice case too. I wish I would have bought this kit to begin with just because of the price and value. The older Weller I have still works perfectly and I will leave it at home as a spare since I work in the field on the road. I do carry an electric iron just in case I run out of butane but that has not happened to me. Plus the butane is available almost anywhere. An electric iron still may be necessary if you are workin in a very small, tight place where other objects are to close because of the exhaust port so keep that in mind, read below! As mentioned in other reviews the built in stand (the Weller model too) is pretty flimsy but works and but mine never broke. The cover can be used to rest the iron on too and what is also neat is when the cover is on correctly it insures the gas is off and stays off.
Notes of caution- the tips have an exhaust hole so be VERY CAREFULL which direction the exhaust is blowing, the exhaust air is super hot it will burn wood, melt plastic, insulation or burn just about anything in it's path!! Beleive me, I found out the hard way when I first got it, used it and placed it on a very expensive table top while it was still on and the port was facing towards the table...as I said I learned the hard way. The instructions do mention that but it is something you MUST remember and plan ahead !! So if your in the market for performance and value in a portable butane iron this is the kit to get but remember BE CAREFULL !!!