Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I recently acquired a cheap 200 watt solder pot to speed up disassembling old electronics, it took 600 grams of solder to fill... its quite deep, i might consider stretching the amount of solder using steel ball bearings if if have to refill it.
The element is regulated by a simple triac circuit, there is nothing to stop it from overheating and no real way to precisely control the temperature, also the base is small and the entire thing is top heavy when filled. After the solder is completely filled i turn it down almost as it can get, anything higher causes the solder to rapidly oxidize.
After an hour of messing around with it im pretty happy with the results, and i have a good future project of building a digital temperature control and a larger sturdier base, the electronics are currently right beside the element and will most definitely fail rather quickly if i let the thing overheat.