TS100 is a popular soldering iron in the shape of a pen, and whose temperature is controlled by an STM32 microcontroller. Parameters such as temperature, temperature steps, sleep time and others can be setup over USB, and the soldering is powered by a standard 19V power supply often used with laptops.
TS100 sells for around $50, while the more recent USB-C powered version (TS80) sells for a little over $70. But a new model that looks similar to TS100 minus the OLED display is now selling for around $10 on Banggood.
- Temperature range – 220-400℃
- Temperature control knob
- Available/supported tips – SH-B2/SH-BC2/SH-C4/SH-D24/SH-I/SH-K/SH-Ku (Hakko types)
- Power Supply
- 12-24V DC input up to 65 Watts via 5.5 x 2.5 mm barrel jack
- Modes of operation – 12V >=1.5A (18W); 16V >=2A (32W); 19V
>=2.1A (40W); 24V >=2.7A (65W)
- Control handle – 110 x 16 x 15mm
- Tip size – 115 x 5.5mm
- Weigh – 28 grams
One person asked if it’s based on STM32, but at the time of writing, Banggood did not reply. Beside the lack of OLED display, SH72 soldering iron does not feature a micro USB port for configuration, and it’s unclear whether the temperature is MCU controlled, or there are any sleep modes. The product page on FastTech does mention it heats up in less than 10 seconds.
I could not find any PCB photos at this stage, so we’ll have to wait for teardowns before knowing what it is really made of, and whether it’s safe to use, as the manufacturer may have taken some shortcuts to bring the price as low as possible.
Thanks to Ian Beckett for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.