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#148517 - 09/27/05 07:33 PM UL Warns of a Potentially Hazardous Soldering Gun
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UL Warns of a Potentially Hazardous Soldering Gun
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 26, 2005 - Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying consumers that the electric soldering guns sold under the Valley brand name do not meet UL safety requirements and may pose a hazard to users. This product has not been evaluated for safety by UL and bears a counterfeit UL Mark.

Units: Unknown quantity

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: Unknown

Hazard: This product has features that present potential fire and shock hazards.

Identification:
On the Product: The product has label with the description "ELECTRIC SOLDERING GUN." The electrical rating is listed as "100W AC110V 60HZ"
On the Packaging: The brand name "VALLEY" with the descriptions "ITEM NO: ETSGS-100C" and "100-Watt 3 PC Electric Soldering Gun." A counterfeit UL Mark is displayed on the packaging.

What you should do: UL recommends that users stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase.

http://www.ul.com/media/newsrel/nr092605.html
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#148518 - 10/08/05 07:50 AM Re: UL Warns of a Potentially Hazardous Soldering Gun
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Hmmm...It looks similar to the one I bought a few months back.

Mine, however was sold under the "Trisonic" name (a local brand). The housing is red plastic. No UL listing on it, though.

So far, I've had no problems with it.

I did have a small pencil iron once whose handle melted after being used for 10 minutes!
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