TS100 – portable soldering iron

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron

In this article, I introduce you the TS100, a super handy and surprisingly powerful soldering iron. It is particularly suitable as a portable device for fast and easy repairs on the road.

Unboxing and Test

Where it is available

The TS100 soldering iron is available on the chinese platform Banggood. The existing „Upgarde“ version, contains, in my opinion, only a little more accessories.

What is in the box

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron Box TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron Manual

  • 1x soldering iron
  • 1x soldering tip
  • 1x Allen key + 2 screws
  • 1x brief manual

Accessories

TS100 soldering iron

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron auseinandergebaut

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron  TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron

The TS100 soldering iron itself is very small and compact and fits, disassembled, easily into any jacket pocket. It can be operated with a voltage of 12-24 V. The higher the voltage, the more power the soldering iron has. With a 6S LiPo (approx. 22,2 V bearing voltage) it reaches the maximum temperature in only a few seconds.

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron

The supplied soldering tip B2 is not too fine and not too thick. Thus, it is also suitable for making larger things, such as, for example, XT60. This makes the tip a true all-rounder.

Soldering tip

There are different soldering tips to buy.

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron

 

 

Operating

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron USB Power Port

The TS100 can be operated quite intuitively. After the power plug is plugged in, simply press the front button. The soldering iron regulates immediately to the set temperature.
The temperature can be adjusted in 10 steps using the two knobs.
If you place the soldering iron on the side, it automatically switches to the standby temperature after a defined time interval.
The working temperature can be restored with a simple push-button pressure and can be further processed at the same time.

Power via power supply

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron Netzteil

For the use of the soldering iron at home, I bought the following power supply (Banggood / Amazon). This must have a 5.5 / 2.5mm DC plug. You can easily go up to 22 V with the voltage, but you have to make sure that the soldering iron also brings more power. According to this criterion you should choose your power supply:

Voltage Power Current Heating time from 30->300°C matching power supply
12 V 17 W > 1,4 A 40 sec Amazon / Banggood
16 V 30 W > 1,9 A 20 sec Amazon
19 V 40 W > 2,1 A 15 sec Banggood / Amazon
24 V 65 W > 2,7 A 11 sec Amazon

 

Power via LiPo

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron XT60

To use the soldering iron also on the field for repairs, I have built an adapter with this cable and an XT60 plug. Also here it must be a 5.5 / 2.5mm DC plug.

TS100 Lötkolben / Soldering Iron XT60 Kabel

So I can use my regular flight battery as a power source.

 

Maximum Performance also from 3S LiPos

A reader of this blog has made me aware of the following Step-Up-Booster (Alternative). With this, it is possible to achieve the maximum power of 65 Watts even with a 3S LiPo. THANK YOU, great idea =)

 

Configuration

To configure the soldering iron, it is simply connected to a computer. The display will show „CONFIG“ and a removable disc is displayed on the computer. In this drive you will find a text file with which you can configure the soldering iron.

Parameter Explanation Standard Area
T_Standby Temperature in standby mode 200°C 100-400
T_Work Temperature in stick-mode 300°C 100-400
Wait_Time Time from operating mode to sleep mode 180 Sekunden 60-9999
Idle_Time Time from sleep mode to standby mode 360 Sekunden 60-9999
T_Step Temperature steps (here in 10 ° C steps) 10 5-25
Turn_Off_v If the voltage falls below this value -> standby mode 10 V 9 – 12 V
TempShowFlag Temperature unit ° C 0 für ℃,1 für ℉
ZeroP_Ad Value of temperature calibration (does not need to be changed)

Firmware-Update

You can find the original firmware here. A firmware update is made as follows:

  1. Press and hold the front button (near the soldering tip)
  2. Connect the TS100 to your computer. The display shows „DFU“
  3. Copy the .hex file to the removable drive, which has automatically created
  4. The .hex file should change from .hex to .rdy when the flash process is completed successfully.

 

It is very easy to create and set your own boot logo. For this purpose a black and white (monochrome) BMP with a resolution of 69 * 16 pixels is created. For example with Paint.NET , Gimp or Photoshop.


This file is named to „LOGOIN.BMP“ and copied to the removable disk drive when the soldering iron is connected to the computer without pressing a key.

Alternative firmware for the TS100

There are already alternative firmware, which can be installed on the device and get more functions from the soldering iron.

  • Soldering / Temperature control
  • Full PID iron temperature control
  • Automatic sleep with selectable sensitivity
  • Motion wake support
  • Settings menu
  • Set a voltage lower limit for Lithium batteries so you dont kill your battery pack. Please calibrate your input voltage first!
  • All settings saved
  • Improved readability Fonts
  • Use hardware features to improve reliability
  • Can disable movement detection if desired
  • Calibration of the temperature offset
  • Boost mode lets you temporarily change the temperature when soldering
  • Battery charge level indicatior if power source set to a lipo cell count.
  • Custom bootup logo support
  • Automatic LCD rotation based on orientation

https://github.com/Ralim/ts100/releases

 

What I think

I would definitely not miss the small soldering iron anymore. Especially with a LiPo, he has become my faithful companion at FPV Session on the meadow or at events. With a maximum soldering temperature of 400 ° C and fast heating, working with it is a lot of fun. Thanks to the open source firmware and the STM32 chip, we will certainly be able to look forward to firmware updates and new features in the future.

  • very handy
  • Can also be used on the field via LiPo
  • Fast heating-up time
  • High temperatures (max 400° C)
  • Useable as a thermometer
  • Open source firmware
  • High quality soldering tip
  • customization: own logo as start screen
  • Accessories must be purchased separately
  • No power supply or cable for XT60 included
  • Cut-off-voltage only from 9-12 V (also repels the technical information of 12-24 V operating voltage)
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