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Wahl clippers allow many of us to cut our hair without paying a professional — the true DIY spirit — and now they’ve applied their expertise in cordless clippers and palm-sized electronic tools to the world of soldering. Finally we get a tool from Wahl that we don’t need to lubricate, and that’s supposed to get hot! Seriously though, we’ve discussed cordless soldering irons before, both butane and AA powered, but I’m glad to find a NiCad version — now I won’t have to go shopping because I ran out of fuel.

Wahl makes three versions of the NiCad soldering irons — one of them recharges in just one hour, and another boasts over 200 joints before you need to recharge it.

Street pricing starts at about $50 and runs up to $100 for the big daddy.

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3 Responses to NiCad Soldering

  1. Jim Nutt says:

    Umm… these aren’t exactly new, you know. I’ve had one for at least 15 years (I have the quick charge model [the grey one]) and love it. Tips can be a little difficult to find (at least they were before the internet made it easy) and the tips can be a bit fragile, but they are incredibly useful, especially when doing field service. You can get a really fine tip that’s actually usable on surface mount components with some care and there’s a variety of other sizes. I don’t know if it’s still available, but you use to be able to get a drill attachment that replaced the tip and let you drill small holes. The memory effect isn’t too much of a problem because they tend to fully discharge the battery when used a lot, but they still tend to need replacing (which is pretty easy) every few years.

  2. Alex says:

    I’ve used these before, and haven’t been real happy. Could be that the one I used needed a new battery though. Anyway, I’ve been hoping for a while that Dewalt or Makita or someone would make a soldering iron for their cordless tool sets. A cordless soldering iron where I could swap between batteries would be really cool – have one charging while working with a second.

  3. Dr Bob says:

    I first used one of these Wahl Iso-Tip rechargeable solder irons (very much like the gray one in the photo) back in 1975 when I was in college, so they’ve been around at least three decades.

    That’s one of those tools that I wish I would get for my birthday or for Father’s day.

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