This may well be the most overboard promotional video I’ve ever seen for a soldering iron (or any test/lab equipment!), but it had me itching to pull out the credit card and lay down 1000 EUR for the dual head station with the rework tweezers!
PS: Am I the only one that felt like this soldering station could single-handedly defeat the invading Roman hoards with that epic battle music?
I know. I can understand not having USB host on low end soldering stations since you’re looking at ~$5 in parts … but they could at least start adding SD card slots on lower end models. How am I suppose to do any serious work without at least that?
Well just bought an Weller WD1000M kit with the WD1M base and WMRP pen, it’s a nice piece of kit for micro-soldering. I looked at the new touchscreen-base, what are they thinking ? A base without tactile feedback is useless…
I wouldn’t just criticize.
I would try and think what the benefits can be.
if you work in clean environments, with sensitive components (which I understand is not the case depicted) some things like fume extraction, temp control to the fraction of a degree etc, can be of benefit.
sure, everyone has soldered and can solder with a $ 5 iron, but believe me, after so many years, I can’t be happier than when I use my ERSA Chip Tool (about $ 600 when I got it).
it heats up in 5 seconds, it goes into standby mode, it has temperature control on the tip and very (VERY) good construction.
had it for 6 years and it never flinched, I even bought tweezers tool for it ($ 250) and they work magically.
you can extract most packages with side pins just by grabbing them.
of course it lacks the iPhone dock and a touchscreen and fume extraction… but it will continue to do its damn good job (of course the hand is important too).
Sure, I can solder with other tools, but using my ERSA makes me really happy and more productive.
if I had to get one of these for my birthday I would not complain, but until the Chip Tool keeps running I won’t even consider buying it with my own money.
I had work buy one of these for the rework guys. He was working on really tiny surface mount stuff, and he needed a good soldering iron. I first suggested a cheap Aoyue, but he didn’t like it, so the VP of the company said “buy the best”.
This was the best.
It heats up almost instantly, and even the small tip can heat up an entire board’s ground plane. It’s amazing how awesome this piece of kit is. Worth. Every. Penny.