Zimac Z-50 Cordless Soldering Iron

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  1. N2IPH

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    Wasn't sure where to post this. This seemed like the best topic area.

    I have a Zimac model Z-50 cordless soldering iron that I picked up at a hamfest a while back and have been meaning to see if I could get it working again. It is an older unit yes but for only a couple bucks I figured it was worth the risk.

    Anyway, the iron does taka charge, but the cells run down pretty quick, so being as they are from a time before Li-Ion batteries even existed I am reasonably sure they are Ni-Cad cells.

    I didn't get any documentation with it so wondering if anyone has come across one in the past. I searched the WWW and found a Zimac Labs in Canada but they have no website. Looked in archive.org but nothing helpful.

    Found this in a Google search:

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    https://archive.org/stream/Electron...03/ElectronicsTechnologyToday1988-03_djvu.txt

    Electronics & Technology Today 1988 03

    MM70924

    Canada’s Magazine for High-tech Discovery

    March 1988


    What you Didn’t Know About Solder Guns:

    Z-50 CORDLESS solder gun

    PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION

    The Z-50 soldering tips contain both the heating element and temperature
    sensor. The combination of a small tip mass, powerful heating element and
    fast sensor response assures the very efficient use of the energy stored in the
    batteries. In operation the tip temperature actually increases to match the
    workload.

    • Lightweight: 11 oz./315g.
    • Charging Unit included - doubles as docking station
    - overcharge protected, CSA Approved.
    • Cordless for safety and convenience and 4 hr. recharge
    • Made in Canada
    • 650°F within 10 seconds at full charge from cold start.
    • Since tip temperature rises to match workload there is no
    longer a need for more than three tip styles.
    • Full 1 year warranty (tip excluded)

    $149.95

    Spare Tip “Fine Point” $14.95 1 - 800 - 363‘9120

    Please add $8.50 for postage and handling.
    Quebec residents add applicable P.S.T.


    Zimac Laboratories

    111 Bombardier St.,Chateauguay
    Quebec J6J 4Z2 (514) 691-5510
    Fax: (514) 691-6467
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    I would like to find a manual if anyone has one. Haven't cracked it open yet to figure out
    what the cells are and search for replacements.

    I have an email in to the current Zimac Labs inquiring about this unit and parts availability
    but no reply as yet.


     
  2. N2IPH

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    here are some photos
     

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  3. KA9JLM

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    You need a manual on how to operate a soldering iron ? :p

    Looks like it has 8 battery cells.

    I hope it works well for you.

    Enjoy.
     
  4. N2IPH

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    Very Funny. No, it's pull the trigger and it heats up, and it does that just fine.
    But I would like to know the temperature range that it is adjustable to.
    Information on what other tips are available.
    What the required charge time is and what is the expected run time from a full charge.
    How long should it take to heat up to full temp.

    Until I found the information above I knew nothing about it.
    It's always nice to have the manual, don't need it but it would be nice to have.
     

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