PINECIL - How good is it? Soldering Iron Showdown - Ep1Jul 11, 2023
Is this in um? Welcome, welcome to the uh, finally, finally, welcome to the long-awaited electronics channel. I'm making
irons, which is why this mess in front of you contains so many
irons. This is the tip of the iceberg. I have many. more welders than this and what I want to do is make a very short episode with just one welder and use that welder to solder some of this stack of kits that extends beyond what the camera can see. I got it from AliExpress, we'll see how it goes. I'll probably mess it up at first and I know the camera settings aren't bright and my lights aren't working right now, but we'll just do it. go ahead and today we're going to look at the pine sill because I think it's a reasonable basis of comparison for all future ones because a lot less is known about the brother um frog so I'm not going to use any expensive welding. irons that we are not going to use like Weller, each one of them is what would be considered cheap.
I think the most expensive is probably the Dremel, which I think is around 40 pounds and I'm most interested. on the cheaper ones because I certainly don't have the money to spend on £200 welders. I'm sure you don't either, so the pine seal is cheap, it costs around £30 to bring to the UK. They could bite you. um import taxes because you have to actually buy them directly from them um but around £30 is a reasonable guide price, it comes with literally nothing, you get the base here and you get the tip just the tip and these tips are expensive because um yeah, I knew this camera was going to break because these tips are expensive because it's all in the tip, the heating element, so I think you're looking at at least £10 for replacements you can get.
I think you can get them a little cheaper online. You keep trying to plug it in there, but that's where the energy comes in. You can power it with USB C or DC Barrel Jack from 18 to 88 watts. I reached the maximum my power supply can handle. I should really figure out how to use my phone. but I haven't figured out how to use my phone, you can't read that but it says 65 watts and anyway this goes in this end, the big hole and it just slides in there and this is one of the main complaints I have.
Actually, I have the resolution iron, if you hold it like this, can you see the movements around me from the future? This is actually after I edited this, uploaded it and showed it to some people on Discord, thanks John for correcting me on this one. It's a screw where the tip goes and I'll try to take a photo and put it on the screen. Now you tighten that screw and it tightens the tip and it solves the problem that I am currently complaining about and will currently complain about. Again at the end of the video he ignores everything I want to say.
I still have complaints about this because it's not in the manual. It's not in the quick start guide. You should know that you need to know this because the screw itself just looks like a. Case assembly screw looks like the other screw on the opposite side that actually holds the thing together. It would be much better if they documented it or had a thumbscrew you know with knurling to give you an indication. That actually hardens the tip, so instead of a Vault design, it's a documentation flaw. I'm still upset because I wasted a lot of time talking about it and editing that video, but there you go, so the main thing. complaining about pine slime is no longer a complaint, so do what you want.
I'll adjust the score at the end and upload it again. You'll see it says 19.5 volts, that will give you, I think around 60 watts and something. to turn it on you just press that button and it will tell you, so using about 50 watts, actually 50 watts to cool it down, press the other button and it actually takes a
goodwhile to cool down and as it cools down, I don't believe it, yes, manual focus doesn't work, you set manual focus and it just continues with autofocus. I'm going to try to get a better camera, but I have to find out how well, so I'm going to try this one in a random kit.
It's great, isn't it? It's like a mistake. You can see? Um, I already started it because this is not the first take, so the other thing is that the other thing is absolutely you. You need to have and this is what doesn't come with the pine cell so you end up spending more money. You have to have one of these things that has brass in it, I guess brass, some Joby and also, yeah, also lead-free solder, that is. from a legendary place called maplin that doesn't exist anymore, that's how long the soldering will last if you get a soldering spool this size, unless you solder a lot this will last you forever, okay let's get this kit.
Don't know. I know what this kit really is. I could probably watch, but I'd have to figure out which one is interesting. I think it's some kind of melody. I think it plays some kind of melodies. Beyond that. I have no idea. I've half soldered it because on the first take, yeah, so let's go and I'll have to solder with the fan on and the window opens, so that's not really
goodin terms of audio, so I'll do it as a time lapse or whatever. Ok, that's it, that's it, and I'll talk about soldering in a minute.
I'll talk about Soldier 9 in a minute. Let's plug it in. I have this power adapter. It says it needs between four and a half and five volts I looked at the AliExpress page um that's all I could glean from this, fascinating, well foreign, that's amazing, well that's actually really cool, most of it makes this chip here. I think these are probably just amplifiers. I have no idea, but um. yeah, that works fine, let's talk about I'm going to have to focus this manually because I think I've got the focus lock working for now, there we go to soldering.
This was interesting because it didn't give me any guidance on how to do it. solder it, so I had to know that these are some high temperature solder joints here or rather high capacity because the huge plate to the huge plate is something like that, um generally speaking, aside from the hassle of the game in the head, um Boogie food all the time, um, it's capable of doing this kind of thing and it was also capable of high capacity stuff here, the solder joints are generally pretty clean, I think you're looking at them closely, um and obviously I could order the cables there.
We're going to trim them down a little bit more, but overall, most of those solder joints are pretty clean and that's the Pine Hill. I have a few points, the first pointing finger slides forward on the grip, the grip here does not have any protection at the end. like a stand to leave it on, um, so when you're soldering it's pretty easy to slide in here, especially if you're putting pressure on it to burn the wobbly tip, like I mentioned before, which should be cool enough now to be able to see, yeah. See how cool it is?
I would say it is definitely underpowered. It feels like I'm late. You lower it. Enter power saving mode. You pick it up. It gets hot. It has a delay compared to what it says on the screen. Additional points. it heats up very fast, it even actually heats up unlike what it says on the screen and it also has a shut off mode if you leave it on so even if you leave it on by accident it will turn off so yeah that's the cell pine we have. Wow, that's the first one done. Thanks for watching.
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