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Old 10-24-2020, 09:20 PM
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what station/iron do you guys like the most/use
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:52 PM
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Hakko fx-951
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Old 10-25-2020, 02:33 AM
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Hakko fx-888, older non-digital version.





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Hakko 936 - probably about 20 years old. buy something quality and it will last pretty much forever. Just did maybe 10 solder joints this afternoon.
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:55 AM
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I have the Hakko FX 888, the new version with a digital display. It changed my life. I had a cheapie from Banggood before and I really struggled to solder anything. Now my soldering is average at best and looks terrible but it works.
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Thread hijack... can some explain what a hot air rework station does.



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Old 10-26-2020, 04:15 AM
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Hot air belongs to several SMD solder techniques. Although most simple SMD components can be soldered with a simple iron, in small home productions they put solder paste on the PCB throug a mask with the holes on the righ place, place the components and put it in an oven or blow it with hot air. The paste will turn in to solder.

But there are also so called BGA chips. these are chips with solder spots under the chip which you can not solder with a normal iron, those are done with hot air.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:46 AM
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Thanks, checked out YouTube saw one in action.

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:53 AM
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The smallest I have ever soldered was this small piece 9 pin chip, it is a battery monitor that keeps record of the used and charged capacity and with that also a current and voltage monitor.





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Old 10-26-2020, 12:12 PM
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Do you really need a solder station?.
will a smaller solder iron work? YES
are you going to solder for more than a few minutes? Nope
then why not invest you money in a smaller portable solder iron say from 60 watts to 80 watts(my fav is 80)
just decide do I want a chisel tip or another(chisel)
id pick a wellar led iron 80 watts.
you can find many of these online for less..
https://www.tequipment.net/WellerSP8...b735465b48b2f6
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:33 PM
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The advantage of a station is that the temperature is controled with a temperature sensor in the tip (like JBC) or close to the tip (like weller), that will prevent a burned tip and it will give a better stable temperature.
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Here's an excellent cheap solution. It's made by Hakko and you can buy inexpensive spare tips for it. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hakko-60...ED-P/204215957
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Weller is my choice of variety of soldering equipment.
Have switched back to hand desoldering pump and wick.
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I also have a sparkfun hot air smt rework station 303d
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