I like what Ryobi has done here with this RYOBI 18-Volt Hybrid Soldering Station. I love a tool that can operate on a battery and a power cord.
This makes for the best of both worlds. As one of the most extensive 18-Volt tool system, if not the largest, this is probably my favorite tool from Ryobi.
I use soldering irons quite often. So when I got my hands on this, it was a breath of fresh air.
Now there are a lot of stuff to love about this, I have some improvements I would like to see. Let’s cover the good stuff right away.
This was a tool I wish I had during my time as a field technician. I solder a lot of wires for outdoor speakers and many other low voltage connections. I used to have a butane torch but lost the soldering tips because I would use the torch and each time that would happen several times.
Eventually, I gave up and went back to extension cords and eclectic solder iron.
A few things you can expect are a fast heating time, an onboard iron holder, tip storage, and a location for the tip cleaning sponge.
It’s rated at 900-degree Fahrenheit with an adjustable temperature, it would have been great to have an LCD readout. I am sure most users would have appreciated that.
Things like the LED indicators are nice to have and will be appreciated. Knowing when the Iron is on and if it’s still hot can prevent injuries.
The operation is quite simple, plug in a battery or an extension cord then press down on the knob. With the same knob, you can adjust the temperature from 400 to 900 degrees. Simply press the power knob again, and the iron turns off.
This is a must-have tool if you do solder, this is probably one of the fasting heating irons I have had access to.
With the hybrid technology going from battery to electric, you will enjoy continuous runtime.
Even with the few things pointed out, this was a great addition to my ever-growing toolset. If I had a rating scale, this would be a 4.5 out of 5.
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