- 12/08/2019 at 19:22 • 2 comments
12/08/2019 at 18:55 •
RTM, RTP and RTU tips
Weller this year introduced new series of RT tips with nice slogan "No compromise".
There are three types:
- RTM - RT Micro - they are same like previous line RT, but with new naming
- RTP - RT Pico - these tips are smaller, shorter for more precise soldering
- RTU - RT Ultra - these tips are in opposite bigger and designed for higher power (till 150 Watts)
All the tips have same pinout and in general are compatible,
RTM and RTP (also previous RT) have resistance of heating element 2 Ohm and they are designed for 12 V (current is 6 A) but maximum average heating power is 40 Watts - this power is controlled and limited by PWM.
RTU has resistance of heating element 3.5 Ohm, this mean, to reach 150Watts is necessary to use higher voltage - at least 24V, but the current will be still similar - what is good for the JACK connector.
But actual design of RT soldering pen has limitation for power at 18 V and current to RT, RTM and RTP will be at 18 V: 9 Amps - the pen it should withstand it, because average pulse power is limited by SW to 40 W) question is what can withstand the JACK connector.
The main question is how to use this with RTU tips they need 24 V. so, absolute maximum rating of HW 1.0* is 25V for supply voltage (limiting element is input capacitor) after replacing input cap next limit will be 30V (maximum voltage of MOSFET switches)
*Absolute maximum rating for previous HW v0.3 is 20V - this is limited by 20V MOSFET switch.
For RTU if the supply will be 24V then output power can be near to 150 Watts, but this need also modifications in SW to allow higher output power. Yes, this is planed and new release will available be soon.
Another problem with new tips is that each kind RT/RTM, RTP and RTU has different dimensions of the cylinder on JACK side and is necessary to count with this for case design. (old RT and new RTM have same dimensions of the cylinder) this is also reason why Weller sell for each kind different tip holder.
If I talking about tips there is one more question: What it mean if in name is "MS", it mean that tip meets Military Specifications. But there is no more informations. In general the main different is that shield of the tip is electrically isolated from the connector, standard tips have shield connected to ground.
Weller RT TIP type max average power heater element resistance current and power at 12V current and power at 16V current and power at 24V RTM / RT 40W (55W*) 2Ω 6A / 72W 8A / 128W - RTP 40W 2Ω 6A / 72W 8A / 128W - RTU 150W 3.5Ω 3.4A / 41W 4.6A / 73W 6.8A / 164W
* some RT tips have 55W limit (RTM 36 S / RT 11)
from left: RTP, RTM, RTM MS, RTU
10/06/2019 at 20:14 •
just found, that Weller announced new RT soldering tips
10/06/2019 at 20:06 •
New firmware is ready to download, it support HW v0.3 and also new HW v1.0.
- display brightness control
- turn off display to protect pixels burning when is inactive for 15 minutes (wake up by pressing both buttons at once)
- increased maximum preset temperature to 500°C (only for HW v1.0)
09/26/2019 at 18:30 •
05/07/2019 at 18:36 •
After longer delay, after some troubles, new revision is getting ready.
There will be two major enhancements:
- full reverse polarity protection
- added accelerometer
08/09/2018 at 18:14 •
- improved PID
- saving preset temperatures
List of all changes and download: https://github.com/pavelrevak/rt_soldering_pen/releases
07/24/2018 at 21:29 •
Although is still in development state is stable and has many new features, like simple main screen with large temperature, Fahrenheit mode or left-handed mode.
There is also many features in background
Update is easy and safe with any SWD (ST-Link) programmer
Download from github: https://github.com/pavelrevak/rt_soldering_pen/releases
Updating firmware with cheap Chinese ST-Link programmer:
To program, use ST-Link utility from ST, or any other SW for Flashing STM32 micro-controllers (openocd, texane/stlink, pystlink, ...)
There is also possible to use ST-Link part of any Discovery or Nucleo board.
07/10/2018 at 10:37 •
You can buy tips for example here:
Basic description "how to use the pen" is here:
07/03/2018 at 21:02 •
Yes, I know, there is still no news about the case, so, at least something simple....
I try to put this soldering pen into transparent shrinkable tube (ø 10 mm) and seems with very good success, buttons are easy to press, so very good and cheap protection.
.... but one small fail, I forget to put down the protecting foil from the display! ,-D