Pinecil V2 soldering iron gets BL706 Bluetooth LE RISC-V MCU, USB PD EPR support

Pinecil V2 RISC-V soldering iron

PINE64 is about to launch the second generation Pinecil RISC-V soldering iron with the Pinecil V2 featuring a new Bouffalo Lab BL706 RISC-V microcontroller with Bluetooth LE connectivity, optimizations for higher power levels, as well as tentative support for the new USB PD EPR standard (Extended Power Range) working at up to 28V.

I don’t solder every day, but when I do, I use my Pinecil soldering iron, as it’s heating super fast and does the job, and in my case, works quite better than the TS100 soldering iron. So it should come as no surprise that the Pincel is the most popular consumer hardware from the PINE64 community (after SOPine modules), and the new Pinecil V2 is a welcome upgrading building on the same design but with Bluetooth LE connectivity and a lower tip resistance.

Pinecil V2

Pinecil V2 preliminary specifications:

  • MCU – Bouffalo Lab BL706 32-bit RISC-V microcontroller @ 144 MHz with 132KB SRAM, 192KB ROM, optional embedded flash, Bluetooth 5.0 LE and 802.15.4 (Zigbee) connectivity
  • Display – 0.69-inch OLED monochrome display with 96×16 resolution
  • Tip – 106mm long, Type B2; automatic detection of 6.2 vs 8 Ohm tips
  • Temperature range – 100°C to 400+°C; reaches operating temperature in 12 seconds.
  • Expansion – GPIO & JTAG breakout board connected through USB-C port
  • Misc – 2x buttons; auto-standby features, teal silcone grip, anti-counterfeiting measures
  • Power Supply
    • 12V-20V / 3A via USB Type-C port with USB PD and QC 3.0 support, tentative support for USB-PD EPR (28V)
    • 12V-24V / 3A  via 5.5mm/2.5mm power barrel jack
  • Dimensions –  170mm with solder tip / 98mm without solder tip x 12.8mm x 16.2mm (SAE 304 stainless steel core housed inside a polycarbonate shell)
  • Weight – 30 grams with solder tip; 20 grams without solder tip
  • Certifications – FCC, CE RED, ROHS

Pinecil V2 teal silicone grip

The new Pinecil V2 soldering iron will work with all existing tips, uses the same DC and USB-C input connectors, and remains compatible with the red and transparent cases.

The BL706 RISC-V microcontroller is similar to the BL602 found in the PineNut module/PineCone board, except it adds extra I/Os and offers BLE or 802.15.4 radios instead of WiFi and BLE. There are two main potential cases to make use of the Bluetooth LE features the first one being OTA firmware upgrade and the second is remote telemetry and control, for example, to automatically turn on and off an air vent while soldering. While BL706 is already supported by the IronOS open-source firmware, BLE support is not currently implemented and features such as OTA and telemetry will take a fair amount of time to implement.

Pine64 Pinecil V2The launch of the Pinecil V2 soldering iron means the original Pinecil is phased out, and there is no stock anymore, so if you find those in third-party shops they are most likely counterfeits. The Pinecil V2 should become available for purchase on the Pine64 store very soon, for the same $25.99 price tag.

As a side note, Pine64 is also working on the Star64 RISC-V SBC based on StarFive JH7110 quad-core RISC-V processor with Imagination IMG BXE-4-32 GPU, and I’d expect the first samples and more details to come out next month.

Via Pine64’s July 2022 update.

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Pero
Pero
4 months ago

Ah yes, nice product for only $25 and $12-$20 shipping cost to EU countries

Alexey
Alexey
4 months ago

For impressive 60€ in EU shop

Alexey
Alexey
4 months ago

I don’t have enough information to justify almost 3x price jump. 🙂

btw EU shop is pine64eu.com, not pine64.eu

Jeppe
Jeppe
3 months ago

Pinecil v2 is not available in the european shop, while being available on US shop.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
4 months ago

So very many Pine64 Pinecil on Aliexpress are all pirate clones ?

Sick
Sick
4 months ago

BS. Business they are in is based on exchanging but also stealing software segments from each other and from community. When they are doing this to make profits, all is fine but when someone is doing to them, when their profits are jeopardized, they are screaming “catch the thief”. Sick.

Ignas Kiela
Ignas Kiela
4 months ago

The problem as far as I understand is that Aliexpress sellers are posing as Pine64 to get the profits from their reputation. If they sold it as just a good soldering iron, without Pine64 or Pinecil branding, then it would be fine IMO. But they don’t.

Lukasz Erecinski
4 months ago

The clones have our logo, power ratings, certificate markings, informational material, SKU barcode sticker and some even ship with our documentation, which directs the buyer to PINE64 support.

So the issue isn’t that some company cloned the Pinecil, the issue is that people think they’re buying PINE64 hardware, which they aren’t.

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

it’s open Schematic, people are welcom to make their own version. But the AliExpress sellers are Putting the Pine64 company name on it and the Pinecone and on all their boxes. They are selling a product that was not make or QC by Pine64. It may even have inferior chips. If they want to make their own product but put the name Banana Iron on it, that would be fine. But impersonating PINE64 to trick people is the real Sickness. Consumers want to know that if they purchase Pine64 it is a real Pine64. If they have a Banana Iron… Read more »

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
4 months ago

Is the bouffalo uC already properly reversed? I would like to find a BLE uC that allows using the radio also in proprietary modes, seems not many BLE radios allow this…

Rob Brown
Rob Brown
4 months ago

Those tips seem very similar to the TS-100 tips. Are they compatible?

Nate
Nate
2 months ago

I can’t speak for the v2 (though it looks the same) but the v1 definitely uses TS100 tips.

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

V2 comes with a new Pine64 designed shorter tip that is only 6.2 ohms.
using an ohm calculator and entering in 6.2 ohm versus 8ohm, you can see that with a 20V PD charger, you will now get ~64W.

The old ts100 style 8ohm longer tip which only gets max. potential of 50W.
however, I use both in my new V2 Pinecil, and it works great.

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

yes and no.
you could use TS100 longer 8 ohm Tips. but the ones coming in V2 Pinecil are Shorter 6.2 Ohm tips designed by Pine64. you can only get the Short tip with lower resistance and higher performance from Pine64.

They announced in July that they will be for sale in the future. for now you only get a short tip with the V2 model.

Peter Jakobi
Peter Jakobi
3 months ago

@Jean-Luc: Was the TS100 compared to the original Pinecil already running iron-OS or still the original firmware?

Peter Jakobi
Peter Jakobi
3 months ago

I never saw the need to _really_tightly_secure_ a T12-derived tip by screw.

I treat this screw like a (tip-flattened-style) grub screw on both Pinecil and TS100 and set it to a moderately slight pressure on the tip shaft, and have never seen the tip move even a whole mm, not to gravity, not to anything else. I’m switching tips with that setting, never changing the screw pressure at all.

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

I switched my Pinecil to Thumb screw for the Tip M2x4mm ones. Info is on Pinecil Wiki too.

Excited
Excited
3 months ago

Is the V2 the one that is releasing on Aug 2, 2022, not a V1 restock?

Pero
Pero
3 months ago

From website: you should be aware that there are no more genuine Pinecil V1 units available and there won’t be any moving forward.

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

Pine64 stopped all production of V1 older design. In July 2022, all authentic V1 sold out in the World. From Aug. 2, 2022 onwards only V2 models are made by Pine64 and sold by authentic resellers, see Pincil Wiki page for details.

Ken
Ken
3 months ago

Is the new version compatible with the original breakout board?

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

YES you can

The Consumer
The Consumer
3 months ago

Nobody asked for this. Literally nobody asked to have radios in a soldering iron.

I was never critical of the little RISC microprocessor iron with the accelerometer and such, but to have radios in it is absolutely effing abhorrent.

shame on you Pine64, shame on you.

kisu2000
kisu2000
2 months ago

well yes, we did ask for it. Clearly you do not keep up with things Pine64 community has discussed and brain stormed about over the years. The BL706 cost the same as the older GD32 mcu. they had to switch to a new MCU because of huge chip shortages, and it also happened to come with extra features and benefits at no extra cost. in the V2, many components were upgraded and more features at no extra cost (got shorter high performance tip, higher watts, EPR support). Quality went up, not down, while the price did not go up. And… Read more »

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