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Antex XS25 Soldering Iron

I′ve had a 15W Weller soldering iron for around 15 years and up until last weekend was no trouble. Then it just stopped.

So time to look for a new soldering iron - turn to the internet and reviews. The most favoured make appears to be Antex. The Antex website is quite nice as it lays out their range of irons - you can purchase directly from the website.

I quickly honed in on the 25W iron as I′m not the most sensitive with these and sometime want a bit more heat for larger items.

I bought mine from Maplins, just convenience as they are a 5 monute walk up the road.

The iron comes with a stand that is "flat-packed" and a plastic hook attached to the main body of the iron - this just slides off if you don′t need it.

The tip is a good size for soldering electronics and you can buy separately a selection of bits (again check out the website.


Have only used this for around an hour so far, but first impressions are good. Heats up quickly, handles nicely and the mains cable is light and flexible.

Price: 18.49 to 21.99 from Maplin.