I grabbed one of the Lidl Soldering Iron Kits yesterday in Dungarvan. Video below with my thoughts. Apologies for some of the stuff being off camera.
Overall, at €10 it is totally worth a punt if you don’t have an iron already.
Regarding the non-standard tips, it turns out there are compatible replacements out there. This seller on eBay has some. Also, Farnell do them for €1.15 each, but with the usual proviso that it’s a minimum €20 order with them, so you’ll need to find some other stuff to buy on the site. Shouldn’t be hard
Maybe next time around, Lidl could go with standard tips, dump the “burning tips” and include some parts to do a simple project.
As I mentioned in the video, a huge part of my DIY and electronics gear comes from Lidl and Aldi. I think there is a real opportunity for one/both of them to do a lot more in the Maker area. An Arduino Start Kit for maybe €19.99 would fly out the door once word-of-mouth got started. I predict a 3D Printer “Thursday Special Offer” sometime around 2016.
I blogged about this before ages ago but had some recent questions on it so I thought I’d do a quick update. If, like me, you drive an old car, your car stereo probably doesn’t have an audio jack and almost definitely doesn’t have bluetooth.
If you have a Ford from 1999 onwards then you have the added problem of a double height stereo whose CD player is probably knackered at this stage.
It turns out to be quite easy to replace any of the above with a dirt cheap stereo from Lidl or Aldi which gives you A2DP high-quality bluetooth audio through your car speakers when you pair your smartphone to it. As an added bonus you get an acceptable hands-free system built in too.