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Toolmonger has discussed the value of having a soldering iron in the shop, and many Toolmongers mentioned Weller as a good make to have on your bench. If you want to take that iron off the bench, Weller offers the ML500MP, a portable soldering pencil.

You fuel the piezo-ignition soldering iron with standard lighter butane. The adjustable flame allows you to set the tip to between 750 and 900 degrees. You can get up to 30 minutes of operation on a medium setting. And when you remove the tip, the ML500MP functions as a small torch.

The flat base allows the pencil to stand on end for safety and work. It provides a light, portable soldering solution — you might use it for heat shrink applications or to fuse nylon rope.

If you dish out the $13 street price, you can take your soldering on the road.

ML500MP [Weller]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
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3 Responses to Weller Soldering Pencil

  1. I like the built in igniter, hopefully the flint is replaceable. I have one of the newer radio shack butane irons and the flint in the cap can’t be replaced, unlike their older models.

    I’d also like to see how easy and how fast it is to get this thing burning. Usually by the time I can get mine lit, I could grab a pencil iron and an extension cord and heat electric iron.

    The wide base is a cool feature too, better than monkeying with a built in peice of wire they call a stand.

  2. Brau says:

    I really like the stand-up base! I have one of their older models and I have to prop it upright on something, anything, if I want it to heat well. They do have their uses but can’t seem to hold their heat in cold weather, particularly if there’s any wind. I’ve found a cheap BBQ lighter (the kind that blow like a propane torch, not the ones that work like a cigarette lighter) can work better if you are soldering wires outside in windy conditions and don’t need to worry about burning other stuff nearby.

    BTW: Please don’t take one of these into an attic. If you drop it down a wall, boy will you be sorry because they don’t shut off until they run out of fuel. For this reason we banned the use of them in our security system installation company. An electric one can be retrieved by the cord, and many trigger operated torches will shut off the minute you put them down or drop it.

  3. Andy says:

    “I like the built in igniter, hopefully the flint is replaceable. I have one of the newer radio shack butane irons and the flint in the cap can’t be replaced, unlike their older models.”

    No flint, as the description says, it’s piezo-ignited. And that’s exactly why I like its cousin, the PyroPen, which has permanent residence in my toolbox. Nothing says fun like soldering a cable from a Genie Lift 30 feet or so in the air in the middle of an arena!

    –Andy

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