Many of us are not easy to kick into life when it comes to DIY around the house. Usually there will be some excuse to put jobs off and do something which involves less hassle. All too often this happens because, even if the task is a relatively easy job, getting out tools and setting things up seems like a nuisance. This is one of the reasons that cordless power tools are now so popular... easy to use and easily accessible. A battery drill and screwdriver have found their place in most toolboxes and are now extremely efficient. Likewise, if you are involved in any way in the world of electronics or have the need to solder, you may find that a cordless soldering iron is easier by far than a traditional electric one.

The first, and most obvious advantage, is that you are not restricted to working close to an electric power socket. By tradition, electrical goods seem to be supplied with a lead which is a few inches too short for most situations and leave you searching for an extension lead. No longer a problem with a cordless soldering iron which is a great benefit as very often you will need to solder in inaccessible places. As they have no mains electricity power supply they are also safer to use, especially if you are working in an environment such as building refurbishment where you do not have a full knowledge of, and confidence in, the electricity circuitry. You may also find that you do not have a current supply as that is why you need the soldering iron in the first place... electrical repairs.

If you are planning to buy a soldering iron then you will no doubt start your search at the local tool supply shop where you should find a wide range. Although they are usually powered by battery, it is possible to purchase a gas powered version. You will have to consider the work that you are undertaking as there are pros and cons for both designs. Although a battery powered iron may be the easier to use, it may not be suitable for work that involves the soldering of semiconductor components as voltage levels may cause damage. Both versions may be sold in a soldering iron kit but a gas powered version may include some other very useful additions such as a hot knife and nozzle for heat shrink plastic.

Although a gas powered cordless soldering iron may not be as easy to source as its battery counterpart, if you are a hobbyist interested in a range of activities, then it may be worth the extra time spent searching and the extra money invested. If you know that your needs are more straightforward then you should be able to find a very reasonably priced battery model. Pay attention, in both cases, to the soldering gun tips. This is where some irons let themselves down in one of many ways. Obviously the size of the tip is important and sometimes they are interchangeable with additional tips being part of the kit. There are some soldering irons which claim instant heating and cooling properties. There are advantages to this, but you must bear in mind that the tips on such irons can be very delicate and must be treated with great care.

If you decide that a cordless soldering iron is what you need to encourage you to get on with those little jobs around the house, or to make your hobby more pleasurable, then start by doing some research into your options. Think carefully about whether you should buy a gas or battery powered model, whether you need all the additional pieces that are included in a soldering iron kit and the quality and size of the soldering iron tips. If you take all this into account then, as with all cordless power tools, life should become much easier and your search for extension leads at an end.