The world of batteries is both fascinating and complex. There are many different battery powered soldering irons out there, all with their own unique characteristics. The most common types are Lithium-Ion and Nickel-Metal-Hydride. Our Iso-Tip Battery Powered Soldering Iron has always used a Nickel-Cadmium battery. Our irons were designed back in the 1970’s when that type of battery was much more common. In recent years, other battery types have become the standard and the Nickel-Cadmium has fallen out of favor. This isn’t because it’s an inferior battery, but because Cadmium is a toxic metal, which raises environmental concerns for when it is not properly disposed of.

These environmental concerns helped inspire us to look into different battery types for our irons. Many of our competitors use Lithium-Ion batteries, but we found that the lifespan on these was only around three years. In an age where every piece of technology seems to only last a short while before needing to be replaced, we decided that we needed to find something better. This caused us to research all sorts of different battery types before settling on one that met our standards.

New Battery Powered Soldering Iron

LiFePO4 battery powered soldering iron

LiFePO4 batteries come in many different sizes

And for those of you wondering, we do plan on releasing our new battery powered soldering iron later this year. It will have a Lithium-Iron-Phosphate battery. If you’re into cars, you may recognize that as the same battery type that Tesla is looking at putting into a version of their Model 3. We chose this because it’s safe and has a 10 year lifespan on average. We’ll be making an official announcement later this year when we’re ready to start building it. Click here to sign up for our e-mail list!

If you want to learn more about batteries, I would recommend you check out Battery University. It’s a great website that will tell you everything you could ever want to know about the different battery types. If you’ve got any questions about batteries and our irons, please contact us.