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I’m in the market for a soldering station. Did a search and most of the info is a little old and some of the links are dead ends. The one I like best so far is the Aoyue 469. Found on amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCVCHJM/?coliid=I381WNJQ8JOXD9&colid=2MK2CJ...

Anyone know of something similar that I should check out? Don’t mind ordering one from China either.

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What is it about that station you like? what do you like to see in a station?

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This is what I use—- I actually have 2— one each with the two main tips I use—Buy some Hakko Original tips—This is all you need

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/soldering-station-with-adjustable-heat-range...

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Yes, I did look at that one and I like it. The only thing I didn’t like was the $10 shipping. Maybe I’ll take another look.

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Enderman wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077...

Wow! very nice. also out of my price range. I think I want to stay under the $50 mark.

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jigsaw wrote:

Wow! very nice. also out of my price range. I think I want to stay under the $50 mark.


Ah, I see, should have said that in OP Smile
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I would buy something like this and spend the few bucks more. You will be surprised at how many uses the hot air gun is.
I have one that is real similar, mine has buttons that control up and down on a display instead of knobs.

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Enderman wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077...

Wow that is nice! Might have to save my pennies for that one!!

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I have the Aoyue 937+ and like it a lot. The Hakko tips I’ve bought, cost more than the station, but they are worth it.

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I have the 936 RobertB purchased several years ago. Works like a champ, I actually think the iron heats up faster and solders better than my newer 2 in 1 992d.
jigsaw this might interest you. https://www.ebay.com/itm/878D-2in1-Soldering-Rework-Station-ESD-Iron-Welder-Gun-Hot-Air-Gun-Welder-Tool/302052109428?

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slimkango wrote:

Wow that is nice! Might have to save my pennies for that one!!


It’s definitely worth it.
Also 70W instead of the typical 60 for a bit extra power Smile
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I have the same model that 007 linked to in post #8.

Very nice unit. I’ve had it about a year without any problems.

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slimkango wrote:
Wow that is nice! Might have to save my pennies for that one!!

This model seems hard to find in europe… Sad
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Tally-ho wrote:
slimkango wrote:
Wow that is nice! Might have to save my pennies for that one!!

This model seems hard to find in europe… Sad

Maybe because the “na” version is for north america, you need to look for a different model number for EU.
Also it’s relatively new, only released like a year ago or so.
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I would buy something like this and spend the few bucks more. You will be surprised at how many uses the hot air gun is. I have one that is real similar, mine has buttons that control up and down on a display instead of knobs.

exactly what i have and very satisfied with it. found it on ebay last year just under $50.

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moderator007 wrote:
I would buy something like this and spend the few bucks more. You will be surprised at how many uses the hot air gun is.
I have one that is real similar, mine has buttons that control up and down on a display instead of knobs.

I second that: hot air helps often. But moderator007, do you have experience with that particular one?
I ask because I heard advices to avoid cheap dual stations. Bought one (from Yihua, which is among recommended brands) regardless. It does hot air just fine, but iron is bad. I ended up buying also a TS100…
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jigsaw wrote:
Enderman wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077...

Wow! very nice. also out of my price range. I think I want to stay under the $50 mark.

Find the money and get a genuine Hakko or Weller. Watch out for fakes on Amazon and eBay.

A Weller WTCP will last a lifetime. I use a WTCPT/TC201T I bought at Fry’s in the early ’90s and a 240V WTCP 51 I bought 10 years ago.

The TCPs use a magnastat in the tip to set temperature. When the tip heats up to the set temperature, it looses its magnetism and opens up the switch powering the heater. Simple reliable and bombproof. It is 50W, which is plenty of power for most uses. There is a wide range of tips in various shapes and temperatures. I mostly use 700F.

It isn’t flash but it works very well.

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I’ve been using a Hakko 888D for the past couple of years. I paid under $100 for it. I like it better than my Weller WESD51 since it has 70 watts vs 50. Plus it gets up to temp a lot quicker.

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Here is a detailed thread of mine (it's in German, use google translate) regarding the Mini TS100. It's not a 50$ iron if you really want to get into soldering and want to use it at full power. More like 100-130$. It's still very easy to recommend though because it's cheapest iron compareble to an expensive JBC (if you use it with the custom firmware). 

 

Also, here is a thread in the EEVBlog Forum with lots of reccomendations:

[TIP] Best budget/cheap soldering stations and tools 

 

The new Pace ADS200 is also a very good option depending on where you live. 

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So many choices I hadn’t seen before. I may have to re-think my budget. As far “eye appeal” the Hakko 888D and the Weller have my vote. I’ve been soldering for over 40 years and have never used/owned a quality iron. I’m anxious to try one.

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You can’t go wrong spending a little extra and getting a quality solder station. Thumbs Up

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Andrew_Debbie wrote:
jigsaw wrote:
Enderman wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077...

Wow! very nice. also out of my price range. I think I want to stay under the $50 mark.

Find the money and get a genuine Hakko or Weller. Watch out for fakes on Amazon and eBay.

A Weller WTCP will last a lifetime. I use a WTCPT/TC201T I bought at Fry’s in the early ’90s and a 240V WTCP 51 I bought 10 years ago.

The TCPs use a magnastat in the tip to set temperature. When the tip heats up to the set temperature, it looses its magnetism and opens up the switch powering the heater. Simple reliable and bombproof. It is 50W, which is plenty of power for most uses. There is a wide range of tips in various shapes and temperatures. I mostly use 700F.

It isn’t flash but it works very well.

I bought one of those around 1980. It served me well. Never gave me problems. I sold it to a buddy of mine after I purchased the WESD51 about 10 years ago. It’s still going strong after all these years.

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Agro wrote:
moderator007 wrote:
I would buy something like this and spend the few bucks more. You will be surprised at how many uses the hot air gun is.
I have one that is real similar, mine has buttons that control up and down on a display instead of knobs.

I second that: hot air helps often. But moderator007, do you have experience with that particular one?
I ask because I heard advices to avoid cheap dual stations. Bought one (from Yihua, which is among recommended brands) regardless. It does hot air just fine, but iron is bad. I ended up buying also a TS100…

I don’t have that exact model but mine is very similar. These things are like most of the budget stuff that comes out of china, you can have thousandth’s of people review them praising how great it works but you could still end up with a lemon. My 992d was purchased from ebay with no brand name at all. I’m pretty sure most of these budget stations are made by the same company and they will put what ever name you want on them if you buy enough.
You could replace the element in your iron if that’s the problem.
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Having used a few of the irons with integrated tip heater cartridges, the JBC, Aoyue 2930, and TS100 are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. They really are just better than the old slip on Hakko style and with the TS100 being pretty reasonably priced it’s hard to suggest something else if that’s your price range. Haven’t used a TS100 yet but the Aoyue and JBC just heat up crazy quick, so much more efficient at transferring heat from the cartridge to the tip if there isn’t a gap in there. Personally I’ve got the Aoyue and while I love it the handpiece can be slightly wonky in making a good connection, need to work on that at some point.

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The_Driver wrote:

The new Pace ADS200 is also a very good option depending on where you live. 

I’d forgotten about Pace. I wish you hadn’t posted that link. I want one. Smile

ADS-200 / 8007-0580 is £205 from Farnell UK. Looks very nice from the specs and video. 120W. Lots of metal. Simple to use. The iron stand is clearly better than Weller. I like the tip change too.

I have two handles so I don’t have to change hot tips. But if I only had one handle changing tips would take time.

Their video targets the Weller magnestat irons. I didn’t realise they were still popular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uRO_RG1Qsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erKCA71q7cg

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jigsaw wrote:
So many choices I hadn’t seen before. I may have to re-think my budget. As far “eye appeal” the Hakko 888D and the Weller have my vote. I’ve been soldering for over 40 years and have never used/owned a quality iron. I’m anxious to try one.

I’ve soldered for like 10 and only used a crappy 30W all in one iron.
Was a great upgrade to get the 1010.
It’s like the lowest end weller model but from the new digital series, so even though it is “low end” it’s a brand new design and still got more power and features than almost any other station at that price.
Heats up in seconds, tip lasts a long time, very precise temp control, etc.
This thing should last me decades of soldering Smile
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Can confirm the ADS200 is awesome.

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staticx57 wrote:
Can confirm the ADS200 is awesome.

Dang, that was fast-literally!

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staticx57 wrote:
Can confirm the ADS200 is awesome.

Wow that is fast. Is that your video? If so, do you like that suction vice? Where did you get it?

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staticx57 wrote:
Can confirm the ADS200 is awesome.

Wow that is fast. Is that your video? If so, do you like that suction vice? Where did you get it?

Yes it is my video. The vice is alright, I got it from harbor freight. The vise part is good but the suction part kinda sucks, it does not stay very well. I have since upgraded to a Panavise where the suction is awesome, courtesy of a screaming ebay deal.

After using a 40 watt Radioshack pencil iron for years this soldering station upgrade was well worth it. I have done some simple mods in the same time I have waited for my old iron to heat up. No need to go all out but the direct heat irons (Hakko FX951, Pace ADS200, JBC CD-1BE, TS100, TS80, etc) are worth it 100% if you will end up using them a lot

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