Top 10 Best Soldering Stations [2020 Review] – Solderingironguide

With all the different technical requirements and types of soldering stations available, choosing a station that suits your needs and needs can be a very daunting task, but simply breaking down the main components of a soldering station and the accessories needed to complete a soldering project will allow you to easily choose a soldering station and accessories. Some of the things you might want to consider on buying a soldering station are mentioned below.Checkout Top 10 Best Soldering Stations [2020 Review] – Solderingironguide for more info.

What is a filling station?

A soldering station consists of a variable power source, a soldering iron and a holding plate. Soldering stations have many advantages over regular fixed power soldering irons, such as the ability to set the tip temperature reliably, LCD measurements, pre-set temperature settings and ESD safety (electro static discharge). Another significant advantage to the soldering station is to have all your soldering equipment in one place.

The price Soldering stations are starting at around $20 for a very simple station and going up into the thousands for skilled setup. The low priced ($20-$ 50) stations can perform light electronics fixes for the very occasional user. The medium priced stations ($50-$ 150) would be more suitable for the more active soldering enthusiast because of better build quality, higher temperature ranges, digital displays and higher wattages. As with most things, you are getting what you’re paying for.

Makes of Soldering Station Several manufacturers of soldering stations all produce quality stations at affordable prices, including; X-tronic, Hakko, Weller and Aoyue. The X-tronic station range is very good value for money, and includes a number of accessories to get you to solder immediately.

Station Specifications Wattage: A higher wattage station does not mean more heat, which means that when the soldering iron tip is in use the heat is transferred from the tip to the soldering part, so that the tip cools down. A higher wattage station will get the tip back faster than a low wattage one at the pre-set operating temperature.

If you are going to solder small electronic components then you probably won’t need a high wattage station, a soldering station of 30-50 watts will be sufficient for this sort. If you are going to solder large components or thick wires it would be best to choose a 50-80 watt range station.

LCD monitor The majority of station medium price ranges have LCD displays; this provides an accurate representation of the set temperature and the real tip temperature. The lower priced stations have a dial for temperature adjustment, and as such tend not to be as reliable as the LCD versions.

Soldering Iron The soldering iron should have interchangeable tips which are available in different sizes and shapes and which can also be easily obtained. The iron should be comfortable to hold, and should be light enough for long periods of use. The cord from the controller to the iron should be flexible, long and made of rubber which is not burnable.