This Hobby Is Actually Useful!

Robert Jarratt robert.jarratt at
Sat Aug 1 17:58:12 CDT 2015

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ian
> McLaughlin
> Sent: 01 August 2015 23:39
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
> Subject: Re: This Hobby Is Actually Useful!
> > 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:
> <>

Thanks. I did do a search, but obviously not that well :-(

> 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.
> Ian

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