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Tips on soldering stations


Im looking to get into the micro soldering art. I am currently working as a smartphone repair technician but not on the solder level. Im planning on training myself in micro soldering. my trouble now is that i need to buy some equipment and I dont have the biggest budget. I've been scouting the net for some stations but what i've found is "Hakko" "jcb" and "weller". I would like some tips of a decent station thats not too pricy but still gets the job done. preferably not to hard to find for shipping to europe aswell.

any tips is appreciated.

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Get a soldering station with active tips, meaning the heating element is in the tip. Even the top brands such as Hakko and Weller use passive tips on their low-end models. The tips are cheaper, but the soldering temperature is just not as consistent as the ones with active tips. Better to choose new technology on Chinese stations than old technology on a top brand. Top brands will probably last you longer, but your soldering jobs will be better with an active tip. I own a pretty expensive JBC station, but Hakko offers more affordable stations with the same technology (The FX-951 for example). The FX-888D is an example of old technology from a top brand. Not the best choice in my opinion.

Note that Hakko stations are copied a lot, the internet is full of fake Hakko FX-951 stations. You can tell by the incredibly low prices. Check some YouTube review video's on those, the quality is not necessarily too bad. A good choice for a small budget until you can afford the real thing.

You should also check if you can swap the iron for a smaller one or even soldering tweezers, this way you dont need a whole new station if you need hot tweezers.

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I would add to your list of serious manufacturers a couple of other names, german Ersa and american Metcal and Pace.

I would stay away from cheap chinese manufacturers, they are not worth the trouble..quality is generally questionable, poor temperature control and so on.

There's nothing worse and more frustrating in my opinion than trying to learn a new task with the wrong tools.

Ersa is available on Amazon in Europe too, which is by far the best seller out there, even when compared to the service level of the historic suppliers.

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Don't cheap crap if you want to do a good job.

Get this setup

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I would stick with Hakko equipment, if you want something that does a good job and isn't too expensive. JCB is nice, but the price is very high. I personally use the fm-203 for soldering, and the fr-810 hot air station. I have used the cheap stations that run $50-100 and they are nowhere near the level of precision and heat control that the hakko is.

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