Soldering Station Comparison

Side by Side Soldering Station Comparison

An easy to understand, side by side soldering station comparison of the top selling models. The stations listed below are in no particular order of preference. Read the full reviews to decide which one is right for you. The full reviews also display the current prices, discounts, user star ratings and number of user reviews.

Make
& Model
HAKKO-888D-review

Hakko
888D

weller-wesd51-small

Weller
WESD51

x-tronic-4010-review

X-Tronic
4010 xts

aoyue 2930 comparison

Aoyue
2930

Aoyue-9378-Review-x

Aoyue
9378

LCD
Display

 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Temp Display
F or C

 Both Both Both Both Both
Temp
Controller
 Touch Pad Dial Dial Touch Pad Touch Pad
Pre-sets 5 1 1 2 2
Auto Shut-off No 99 Mins No Yes Yes
Cleaning Media Sponge & Wire Sponge Sponge Sponge Sponge
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Soldering Station Comparison, Technical Specifications

Make
& Model
HAKKO-888D-review

Hakko
888D

weller-wesd51-review

Weller
WESD51

x-tronic-4010-review

X-Tronic
4010 xts

aoyue 2930 comparison

Aoyue
2930

Aoyue-9378-Review-x

Aoyue
9378

 ESD Safe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Temp
Range
 392-896 F
200-480 C
 350-850 F
175-455 C
 390-896 F
200-480 C
 390-896 F
200-480 C
 390-896 F
200-480 C
 Watts 65 50 60 75 60
 Volts In 110 120 110 – 120 110 110
 Volts Out 26 24 24 24 24
 Size in
Inches
w x h x d
4.7 W
4.7 H
3.9 D
4.5 W
5.9 H
3.6 D
5.0 W
4.5 H
5.0 D
4.5W
3.5 H
6.1 D
4.5 W
3.5 H
6.1 D
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Soldering Station Comparison Parameters

After searching the internet for what seemed like an eternity I built a spreadsheet detailing 15 of the most popular soldering stations within the $50 – $150 price range. I then researched the facts, features, specifications and user reviews for each model, gave each one of these a score from 1-10 and rated the products accordingly. The results of this research are the top 5 models listed in the soldering station comparison chart below.

A brief overview (in no particular order) of the Soldering Station Comparison rating terms:

Soldering Station ComparisonESD Safe – ESD (Electro Static Discharge) can cause major problems when working on electronic equipment. Even a tiny amount of static discharge can be enough to damage or destroy a component. ESD safe equipment prevents static build up by grounding the iron. All of the featured stations are ESD safe.

LCD Display – The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) shows the operating temperature of the iron. On some models it has various other functions such as showing heat pre-sets and operating modes. All of the Featured stations have an LCD display.

Temperature Display – Indicates if the displayed temperature is in Celsius, Fahrenheit or both.Compare Soldering Stations

Temperature Controller – Temperature of the iron is either controlled by a dial or touch pad.

Temperature RangeShows the minimum and maximum operating temperatures of the iron in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit.

Watts – The wattage that the iron operates at. A higher wattage will not normally mean a higher temperature. It simply ensures that the iron will get to the set operating temperature quicker and additionally have the ability to rapidly compensate for the heat loss encountered whenever soldering large components or thick wires.

Soldering Tip CleanerCleaning MediaMost of the stations come with a tip cleaning sponge that must be moistened before use. The disadvantage of using a sponge tip cleaner is that the temperature of the tip can decreases due to the water within the sponge. The other (better cleaner) is a brass shaving type of cleaner.

Auto Shut offif the station has an auto shut off feature that switches the power off to the iron after a certain period of inactivity. The auto shut off not only extends the operating life of the soldering iron tip and station it is also a valuable safety feature.

Pre-setsIndicates if the station has the ability to jump to a pre-set a temperature or temperatures.

Volts In - Shows the input voltage from the mains to the controller.

Volts Out - Shows the voltage from the controller to the soldering iron.

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