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Old January 20th, 2012, 00:29   #1
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Soldering Iron Wont Turn On

Slightly airsoft related questions. I purchased this soldering iron a few months ago. I used it to install a new switch. I turned it on the other night to use and it wouldnt heat up. Can you offer insight as to what the problem might be?
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Old January 20th, 2012, 00:33   #2
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Old January 20th, 2012, 00:41   #3
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Electrical issue, get a new one.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 01:13   #4
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return it and get another one.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 01:32   #5
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Pretty much the above...... everything else on that power outlet works?
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Old January 20th, 2012, 03:14   #6
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return it and get another one.
Problem: Soldering Iron Wont Turn On
Cause: Its broken
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Old January 20th, 2012, 08:21   #7
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How much use has it seen? Probably a broken cold solder joint. lol pun intended.

It's mastercraft. Return it for a new one.

Not worth trying to fix or asking for help to fix it.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 20:00   #8
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I have used it once but during that time it was on for maybe an hour. I will try to return claiming that it wouldn't "bop". I was curious if a damaged tip might cause it to fail.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 20:05   #9
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One thing that may be an issue is if there's some solder left on the tip. Have you tried to leave it on for a while and see if it emits heat of any kind? If it's emitting heat AND there appears to be residue on the tip, wait for it to heat up the residual solder and try to wipe it off on a piece of metal.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 20:19   #10
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I would also suggest; if there is a screw that holds the tip in.. make sure it is tight. A few of mine seems to have this issue. If the screw is loose, it will only heat up a little; if at all.

another suggestion as Juke said is to make sure the tip is clean... another method I suggest is a damp sponge while its hot (if it gets hot); it's what I have used for many years with success

good luck...
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One thing that may be an issue is if there's some solder left on the tip. Have you tried to leave it on for a while and see if it emits heat of any kind? If it's emitting heat AND there appears to be residue on the tip, wait for it to heat up the residual solder and try to wipe it off on a piece of metal.
Actually, the opposite is true, you NEED to tin the tip with a big blob of solder before turning it off, otherwise oxygen will cause the tip to corrode and it'll pit, or at a minor level, become glazed to the point the tip won't melt solder anymore, and needs to be scrubbed down to bare metal then tinned again to make it work right.

And having the tip go funky won't cause the soldering iron to turn on, that's an electrical issue.
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