"Cold heat" soldering?

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Jan 12 09:33:07 2005

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, James wrote:

> On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, John Foust wrote:
> >
> > I'd seen the commercials for this instant-on battery-powered
> > soldering iron and wondered if I should add it to my tool box.
> >
> > I saw this FAQ on Thinkgeek:
> I fucking thought so. I've been trying to figger out how it works and the
> only answer I could come up with is that there is no heat, just a dead
> short that makes the object-to-be-soldered get hot.

Well, aside from the fact that these fuckers employed spam to first get
out the word on their product I would never buy one.

The commercials on TV that I was seeing a few weeks ago seemed to think
that ordinary people like housewives and weekend fix it up schlubs would
somehow find a use for a soldering iron. They showed the hands of a lady
soldering some piece of kitchen ware and some doofus doing some very light
repair (broken battery wire or something equally lame) on some gadget.
And I'm like, yeah right. Who fixes anything these days (I'm being
rhetorical, Tony) and what of anything that's made today is conducive to
being repaired in the home with a soldering iron?

Still, they seem to be selling like mad, but if they're no good for
electronics then what's the attraction?

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