Soldering Irons

Soldering irons are hand-held tools that are used to apply heat through a metal tip, enabling the melting of solder wire in order to create fixings and perform small welding operations. Melting solder helps it to flow into the joint between the heating element and a piece of work, with this then becoming a strong join once the solder has cooled and hardened.

Soldering irons are usually supplied with a stand so that the heated iron can be safely secured while not in operation, rather than risking potential damage by putting the tool down directly on the work surface. For more information about soldering irons and all the equipment you need to solder, please see our complete guide to soldering irons.

What types of soldering irons are there?

Due to the numerous applications soldering can be used for, there are different types of soldering irons to meet different requirements. Each type has its own benefits, which we have listed below.

Gas Powered

Lead-free, gas-powered soldering irons are normally fuelled by butane gas, which is stored in a reservoir or tank that can be refilled or replaced, depending on the model. These irons are especially useful when there is no mains power available in the area where soldering will be taking place, and their cordless design allows for more freedom of movement when tight or difficult angles are involved.

Used mainly for occasional repairs, gas powered soldering irons can have an adjustable temperature range that can be controlled due to the ability to adjust the gas flame.

Electric Powered

Perhaps the most commonly found in workshops and school technology departments, electrical soldering irons maintain a consistent temperature due to being plugged into the mains. This can make them easier to use, especially for repetitive work, as there is a guaranteed temperature at all times which helps to maintain accuracy. Suitable for both soldering or desoldering work, electric soldering irons are more likely to feature a built-in socket that enables the replacement and switching of iron tips. This can allow for easy and efficient tooling changes during a project, allowing the user to switch between iron tip types to best suit their requirements.

Battery Powered

Battery-powered soldering irons are fitted with rechargeable or replaceable batteries, making them quick to set up and easy to operate. They are another cordless version of the tool, giving more freedom of movement without the worry of a trailing power cord getting in the way. They are easily portable, making them ideal for on-the-go professional tradespeople or DIY use.

Who uses soldering irons?

Soldering irons are used in a variety of applications, including pyrography, electronics assembly, workshops, repairing components and creating detailed artwork. They are commonly used in the assembly of PCB boards and can be used to repair electronic components within a larger system.


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Description Price Model Number Power Type Type Wattage Input Voltage Plug Type Tip Series For Use With Series Soldering Tip Temperature Priced to Clear
RS Stock No. 179-6049
BrandRS PRO
£9.01
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- Electric - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 179-6048
BrandRS PRO
£9.01
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- Electric - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 231-5332
Mfr. Part No.S58J470
£32.82
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XS25 Electric Soldering Iron 25W 230V UK 50 - XS 390°C -
RS Stock No. 433-6016
Mfr. Part No.XG12P20
£53.50
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Gascat 120 Gas Soldering Iron - - - 120PPK Multifuntion - - -
RS Stock No. 778-2620
Mfr. Part No.SP40NUK
BrandWeller
£29.80
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SP40NUK Electric Soldering Iron 40W 230V UK MT - SP 482°C -
RS Stock No. 251-7061
Mfr. Part No.T0051608499
BrandWeller
£86.43
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WSTA3 Gas - - - - T2 Butane Gas Operated Soldering Iron - - -
RS Stock No. 600-234
Mfr. Part No.10181060
BrandPortasol
£30.58
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Pro Gas Soldering Iron - - - - - - 400°C -
RS Stock No. 431-5722
Mfr. Part No.T0051608799
BrandWeller
£74.51
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WP60K Gas Soldering Iron - - - 60-01 - - - -
RS Stock No. 516-268
Mfr. Part No.T0053210599
BrandWeller
£92.39
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TCP S Electric Soldering Iron 50W 24V 3 Pin LT WTCP51 Soldering Station - 370°C -
RS Stock No. 337-4118
Mfr. Part No.T0056104399N
BrandWeller
£97.36
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W 101 Electric Soldering Iron 100W 230V UK CT - - 370°C -
RS Stock No. 537-218
Mfr. Part No.BP860CEU
BrandWeller
£40.73
Each
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BP865CEU Battery Soldering Iron 11W 6V - BP - - - -
RS Stock No. 405-3373
Mfr. Part No.11180070
BrandPortasol
£43.69
Each
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Pro II Gas Soldering Iron - - - P2 - - - -
RS Stock No. 660-416
Mfr. Part No.T0051605999
BrandWeller
£162.93
Each
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WSTA4 Gas Soldering Iron - - - WPT - - - -
RS Stock No. 683-116
Mfr. Part No.S583470
£20.32
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XS25 Electric Soldering Iron 25W 230V Type F - Schuko plug 50 - XS - -
RS Stock No. 328-6061
Mfr. Part No.S583470
£23.56
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XS25 Electric Soldering Iron 25W 230V Type F - Schuko plug - XS25 Soldering Iron XS 420°C -
RS Stock No. 415-3798
Mfr. Part No.G07400141
BrandErsa
£106.08
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Independent 75 - - - - - 0G072AN, 0G072BE, 0G072CN, 0G072KN, 0G072RE, 0G072VN, HE0G072 Independent 75 gas soldering iron - - -
RS Stock No. 243-2730
Mfr. Part No.T0151606599
BrandWeller
£56.63
Each
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WSTA-6 Gas Soldering Iron - - - WPT - - 500°C -
RS Stock No. 433-6038
Mfr. Part No.XG06020
£31.59
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Gascat 60 Gas Soldering Iron - - - 60 - - - -
RS Stock No. 405-3389
Mfr. Part No.11189050
BrandPortasol
£77.49
1 Kit
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RS Stock No. 415-3776
Mfr. Part No.G07400041
BrandErsa
£72.79
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Independent 75 - - - - - 0G072CN, 0G072KN Independent 75 Gas Soldering Iron - - -