Guys and Gals, this is my second X-tronic soldering iron. The first was the 4040 and I like it for it’s size and features. The 4040 is a 60 watt iron and I wanted just a little more power!!! The 8050-XTS is a 70 watt iron, I did say 75 in the video, oops.
Please let me know how good or bad this video looks. This is my first attempt at a video. Shot with a Panasonic G5 as an MP4.
Yes, it does heat up that fast. I intend to get a little use time and post a follow up video. It is not that much different from the cheaper Chinese units, but the fact that it is 70 watts, has autosleep, heats very quickly, uses Hakko tips and has a couple of extra features makes it for me. This is my second iron from them and I am very happy with both. Jim at the Mercantile Exchange has them built overseas, but add some extra features that I appreciate. I will likely end up with their hot air reflow unit at some point.
That was my first YouTube video ever, my 14 yo daughter was just ecstatic that her 51 yo Dad was doing a video. She thought I was crazy!
I like it. It has features that I like and use. I like the sleep timer with rapid heating and I like a programmed auto off. It is nice to have programmed set points so that one can jump the heat up or down at the touch of a button. Their US support is excellent, I have broken the iron on my old unit and it was replaced without question. I have a mix of their tips, Hakko tips and Radio Shack tips that I use and all work about the same. The magnified light would be good if you have better eyes than I do, I find it hard to use anything and I have to have magnifiers.
I am not sure, have not found it to drop while soldering something. It is a 70 watt iron and I am not sure I would see it drop… My guess is that it is showing the programmed temperature, but it does have a 3 wire heating element so there could be feedback.
I am happy with the unit, and their support. I am considering one of their reflow units. They are very similar to other Asian imports but with direct support stateside, I will likely stick with them. I cannot justify a full on production iron or reflow station for hundreds of bux more and these guys seem to fill the bill.