Many of us own soldering irons or soldering guns. In fact, I have two Weller soldering guns that have incandescent bulbs to illuminate the work area. But, these lights tend to shine on a wide area. My two soldering irons (also Weller), have no lights at all.
A pointed tip—good for soldering on boards—came attached to the iron. For soldering a wire to a switch (see video), I used the smaller of the two flat tips. It provided more surface area for heating the switch contact than the pointed tip. The photo below shows the iron and its tips.
The soldering iron comes with three tips.
Next, it was time to try the iron and its LEDs. Plugging in the iron, I could see three white LEDs. The next photo shows the LEDs. Don’t be fooled, they’re bright, as you’ll soon see.
The LEDs are bright.
I decided to try soldering a wire to a pushbutton switch. Although my work area has a nice LED task light, I turned it off to get the full effect of the soldering iron’s LEDs. Room lights were behind me, which created shadows and made the work area quite dark. The next photo shows how well the work area illuminates with the LEDs.
LEDs easily illuminate the solder point.
The LEDs really work; they provide plenty of light for soldering in dark places. That can be very useful in making a connection or replacing a part on a board that’s mounted in an enclosure.
The soldering irons are available through Weller ($19.40) and Amazon ($18.40) for the 25 W soldering iron kit. That’s well worth it if, like me, you need a little extra light on your solder.
Finally, here’s a video demonstrating the soldering iron in use: