This Hobby Is Actually Useful!

Ian McLaughlin ian at
Sat Aug 1 17:39:07 CDT 2015

> On Aug 1, 2015, at 3:24 PM, Robert Jarratt <robert.jarratt at> wrote:
> Thanks for the suggestion, but Hakko appears not to be available in the UK. On ebay I can find US sellers and Chinese sellers. I suspect the Chinese ones are imitations, so I would prefer to avoid those.

Sorry - missed the UK part :)

Did some googling, and it looks like Hakko makes a 230v version. I found a UK retailer that lists it: <>

Although there’s quite the premium - GBP99 vs USD99.

You are correct about Chinese counterfeits - this is a very popular iron and there are lots of counterfeit units out there. As a device designed to get hot enough to melt metal, I wouldn’t want a counterfeit unit on my desk :)

However, the make and model doesn’t really matter - look for a reasonably priced temperature controlled device, and you’ll never want to go back. They are a pleasure to use.


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