[AMRadio] Coleman Powermate "Cold Heat" Soldering iron review


Bill w2dgb at ptd.net
Sun Jan 15 10:26:58 EST 2006


I regret to say that I have to confirm Jim's report; the thing is a hyped up
piece of junk. Not only did they rip me off with excess shipping, but never
bothered to send me the wire stripper. And to top it off, about the only
good part of the gadget is the carrying case.  It sits on the shelf,
unloved.

73,   Bill Fizette  w2dgb


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim candela" <jcandela at prodigy.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:05 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Coleman Powermate "Cold Heat" Soldering iron review


>
>
>   Hi All,
>
>     I received one of these soldering irons for Christmas. I've long seen
> the ads, and wondered if this device would be a useful addition to my ham
> shack. They take 3 "AA" batteries, and I had 3 freshly charged 2000 ma /
hr
> NIMH batteries handy. The device appears to have a graphite split tip such
> that no current flows until something conductive is put into the gap. I
> tried solder, and had to wiggle it around to make connection, and then yes
> it did melt briefly until the blob fell out opening the current path. Next
> step was to solder something. I tried to unsolder a wire from a PCB. I had
> to change angle to get the connection, and the pad warmed, cooled, warmed,
> cooled as I moved the iron to regain the connection. After about 30
seconds,
> no more heat...just cold heat I guess. I looked at the tip, and plastic
from
> the tip mount had melted and filled the gap between the graphite elements.
> The tip was shot!
>
>    Right now my Coleman soldering iron is in the trash can alongside my
> Tornado fuel saver. %^$^%$*^&^%*$*$
>
> Don't waste your money on this soldering iron...
>
> Regards,
> Jim Candela
> WD5JKO
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