I’ve seen USB-powered soldering irons in the past, and they have all been nothing more than a novelty item. But the TS80 is a bit different. This iron features a USB-C connector and power adapter that allows it to run at 9 V and 2 A. Now you can get a fully adjustable temperature range from 100 ºC to 400 ºC in a slim, pen-style soldering iron.
The iron also features an OLED screen and has auto power off. Just note that you can’t plug this into a computer’s USB port and expect 9 V and 2 A, so you must use the included power supply. So, it’s USB, but not necessarily what you first think. In any case, having a slim, pen-style iron with a flexible cord is really nice.
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