Weller W-TCP soldering iron

The heater in my trusty Weller W-TCP temperature-controlled soldering iron finally gave up the ghost. I guess the heater winding burned out or corroded and broke.

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The W-TCP is the first model of the W-TCP series of soldering irons. According to Steve Johnson’s web site, mine is the second version of the W-TCP. The first was black and the iron connected to external screw terminals on the top of the base. 

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The companion model W-TCPL added a power switch and pilot light to this aluminum front panel.

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Remove three screws and you can pull the heater assembly from the handle of the iron.

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The thermal switch is at the base, below the ceramic cap and wrapped with yellow polyester tape. The heater element is the top, down to the flange.

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My iron came with a 24 volt 2.0 amp heater, i.e. 48 watts. Fortunately EAE Sales had a replacement heater, so my iron is now back in service. BAMA has a scan of the Maintenance, Repair, and Operating Bulletin for the W-TCP and W-TCP-L.

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