Why Choose a Butane Soldering Iron?

When you’re looking for a soldering iron you’ll find a number of choices including soldering stations and butane soldering irons, both of which have certain advantages. Let’s take a look at butane soldering irons. This type of soldering iron is portable, has an extensive range of heat, and is easy to refuel; and, unlike electric soldering irons, butane soldering irons are not limited by cords and a specific range of heat.

Since butane soldering irons are powered by fuel rather than electricity, you never have to worry about using extension cords when you need to solder in an area far from an outlet and, as a result, you’ll save time and energy that you otherwise might have wasted dealing with cords and outlet access. You can use butane soldering irons outdoors as well. You’ll never be limited by lack of electricity.

Because the fuel directly contacts the parts that you’ll be soldering and heats the metal quickly, butane soldering irons warm up very quickly (around ten seconds), thus saving you time you would have had to wait for other soldering irons to warm up as well as the fuel/energy used for warm up. You can turn a butane soldering iron on when you need it and turn if off when you’re finished.

Furthermore, butane soldering irons have a broader range of heat than electric soldering irons because you’re able to limit the amount of butane burned while soldering, resulting in a lower level of heat, less wasted energy, and the ability to solder without under- or over-doing it. Depending on how much butane you burn, most butane irons can go from twenty-five to seventy-five watts. Adjustment is easy: simply turn the knob to change the wattage.

Butane soldering irons are easy to refill. Every model is slightly different, but you’ll typically attach a small fuel tank to the soldering iron or refill the iron, both of which you can do yourself without any hassle.

Lastly, butane soldering irons are affordable. While butane irons have several advantages over their electric counterparts, they are similarly priced. Although butane may cost more than electricity, the benefits of a butane soldering iron often outweigh the difference in fuel prices.


George Leger has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, worked in private industry pioneering surface-mount technology and in government research labs for twenty years, published several papers on surface-mount technology, co-authored papers published in national symposiums on accelerator technology, was past president of SMTA and an adjunct professor at the community college level, holds a patent, and is a certified microchip design partner, serving as a consultant to many companies developing electronic circuits.

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