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Modding an Ersa RDS 80 soldering station for more flexibility

by on Jun.04, 2011, under Electronics

Recently I decided to buy a new soldering station, mostly because I wanted to have more power for larger solderings. Being quite happy with my old one from Ersa, I decided to go for the current model RDS 80. It seemed to have a very good price/performance ratio, and I was pretty sure to get an upgrade in all regards.

PVC vs. siliconeSo I was very disappointed when I realized that the cable to the soldering iron RT 80 is made from PVC. It’s not heat-resistant, quite heavy and most of all its flexibility is not much better than that of a steel cable … How can Ersa risk their good reputation by installing a cable as bad as this one? Especially when the former products had very good silicone cables …

Searching the web, I found many people complaining about that cable but no report of someone who had successfully replaced it.
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