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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 & ModelHAKKO-888D-reviewHakko 888Dweller-wesd51-smallWeller WESD51x-tronic-4010-reviewX-Tronic 4010 xtsaoyue 2930 comparisonAoyue 2930Aoyue-9378-Review-xAoyue 9378
LCD DisplayYesYesYesYesYes
Temp Display
F or C
BothBothBothBothBoth
Temp ControllerTouch PadDialDialTouch
Pad
Touch
Pad
Pre-sets51122
Auto Shut-offNo99 MinutesNoYesYes
Cleaning
Media
Sponge &
Wire
SpongeSpongeSpongeSponge
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Soldering Station Comparison, Technical Specifications

 Make &
Model
HAKKO-888D-reviewHakko
888D
weller-wesd51-reviewWeller
WESD51
x-tronic-4010-reviewX-Tronic
4010 xts
aoyue 2930 comparisonAoyue
2930
Aoyue-9378-Review-xAoyue
9378
ESD SafeYesYesYesYesYes
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
Watts6550607560
Volts In110120110 – 120110
110
Volts Out2624242424
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 above.

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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