Hi, this is Toby with HMC Electronics.
We're going to be taking a look at some of the bestsoldering stations for the electronics hobbyist.
We will start off with our ever-so colorful friend here, the Hakko FX888D.
'D' for digital;digital display.
Temperature range is going to get you well up to where you'd need tobe for any soldering application, way into the 800s.
Way higher than you'd ever needto solder.
The unit's putting out 65 watts of power, it has a very nice lightweight wand iron witha pretty short tip-to-grip distance, so you feel like you're really kind of in controlwhen you're soldering.
And the tip costs on this unit here, about six dollars.
Super-compact design, as well.
If you're struggling for space on your workbench–be it in yourbasement, front room, attic, wherever you've got your setup–it's got a very small footprint,which is quite handy.
And also, the Hakko station has built into the cubby, for your preference, either yougot your sponge or you've got the "brillo" pad wire tip cleaner.
Which, if you're notfamiliar with these, the advantages of using a wire tip cleaner is you're actually cleaningyour tip without lowering the temperature.
So a number of nice features for the price point that the unit sells at.
Next up is the Weller.
This station right here, Weller WES51–its prior version,WES50–it's been around forever.
This unit has been Weller's entry level station forthe serious hobbyist, or even a production environment, and it has done very well forus, and very well for Weller.
We sell tons of these units.
Going down to the system.
Again, it has a capacity to solder well over the range thatyou would need.
In fact, the soldering temperature is well over 850 fahrenheit.
Just turn itall the way up there.
You're going to find the unit has a little bit less power than the Hakko.
Comes at about42 watts.
However, it's a very efficient station.
So for most soldering applications, leaded soldering applications, you're not going tohave a problem.
It has a huge selection of tip geometries, as well.
Again, the station has been aroundfor so long.
Weller's had a great deal amount of time to really build a breadth and depthof geometry selection.
And very low cost.
Your average Weller ET-Series tip is only costing you about four dollars, four dollarsand twenty cents.
So if you want to buy a selection that you're not going to be emptyingout your piggy bank to buy your selection.
A lot of people ask us what this little black stick is.
It's the item that gets thrown awaywhen everyone buys one of these stations.
It's a great idea, just no one uses it.
Weller came up with this notion of having this wand that meant you could lock out andprevent someone from changing the tip temperature.
And in a production environment, I guess itmakes sense.
But home hobbyist, you can clip it in your pocket and look really cool.
Last up, we have the Edsyn 951SX.
Edsyn calls this the 'Loner' soldering station.
Loner?Edsyn, this puts out 95 watts of power.
This is the Terminator of soldering stations.
This thing has a heck of a lot of punch.
Andyes, it often gets overlooked because it's got this kind of boxy design.
But you knowwhat else has a boxy design? Volvos have a boxy design.
They're built to last and they'rereliable.
And honest to goodness truth, on the Edsyn station this iron will last forever.
We have clients with these in the market and they haven't changed out a heatingelement, and their station is seven, eight, nine, ten years old.
It's American made, which out of all these stations it's the only station that's Americanmade.
It has the inexpensive tips of similar, say, to the Weller.
Around that four-dollar pricepoint.
And a huge selection.
Again, you're looking at a legacy station.
This has beenaround for so long.
Edsyn has put out a plethora of tip geometries.
They've also got some really nice things thatI like about the station in its design.
If you actually look at this integrated holder, it actually acts as kind of an oven, recirculatingthe heat so that the iron isn't having to operate at full power.
When you put your ironin here it's creating this kind of convection oven.
It's also got inside here a collection chamber for the solder drips.
And really they've donea really nice job with it.
Maybe not aesthetics.
It's not the prettiest girl at the ball.
But it's durable.
It's definitelyone that if you are looking for a soldering station for your electronics hobby area, oreven for a production environment, definitely one that you shouldn't overlook.
This is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the product offering we here at HMC Electronicshave for both soldering, desoldering, and rework to fit any budget.
So if you do have any questions with regards to these stations, or have an applicationthat you're trying to outfit a station for, pick up the phone, give us a call, or if youprefer you're welcome to email us.
Thank you and happy soldering!.