Here’s how to make a portable soldering station with a USB iron and a battery pack. I’ve 3D printed some sides for a plain stand that turns it into a storage box for the soldering iron and solder.
The TS80P smart soldering iron is super tiny but packs a ton of features. It’s got a little OLED screen, adjustable temperature, customizable firmware, and comes apart to get even tinier.
You need to power it with USB-C, either with an AC adapter or a beefy backup battery.
I picked a full-size soldering iron stand for three reasons:
- I am super clumsy and therefore never liked the mini stands, which leave the iron exposed not only to my flailing arms but to other things on the desk. I prefer an enclosed design to prevent burning myself or the things around me.
- The full-size stand has a brass sponge for cleaning the tip, which I’ve been spoiled by at home and therefore can’t live without.
- The open space in the middle will fit all the things I need to carry in a portable kit.
You can get all these supplies, even the 3D printing filament, at Digi-Key, the sponsor of this project. They carry all kinds of soldering supplies, backup batteries, and other tools, and they ship super fast. Here are the specific items I used to build this project.
- TS80P mini soldering iron with USB-C cable
- Large-capacity USB-C battery pack
- Soldering iron stand with brass sponge
- 3D printer and PLA filament
- Small solder spool
- Solder wick
Check out this project on Maker.io.
I used Illustrator to trace a scanned pencil trace of the soldering iron stand itself, then did the rest of the modeling in Tinkercad, where you can download the file and make modifications if you wish.
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