Cheap soldering irons from China

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Cheap soldering irons from China
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Quite simply - if you are tempted to try out one of the cheap £2-£3 soldering irons from China / HK - don't bother!

I have tried a few types of these and, quite frankly, they are dangerous.

I am certain they are not fit for sale in the EU for safety reasons (eg the handle melted when left in a solder stand and another glowed red hot and was glowing almost white before I had enough and switched it off).

Seriously, they are dangerous, I have alerted eBay but they remain on sale, so

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