Top positive review
Good Soldering Station for the amateur and intermediate user.
3 February 2016
It's early days as I've only had the item for a short while, but early impressions are very good. Considering the Soldering Station's attractively low price the unit is manufactured well. It's strong and sturdy and sits on 4 rubber feet. The illuminated on/off switch and the simple rotary dial heat control work well and the iron heats up to approx. 320 degrees C. in a couple of minutes (it can reach 520 degrees C. when required). The soldering tips can be changed easily (spares are a little hard to find, but they are out there) and the instruction manual is surprisingly well written, concise, and good for beginners and first time users.
This is a perfect Soldering Station for an amateur/intermediate electronics enthusiast etc. as it's easy to use and not at all complicated for beginners.
A couple of small pointers:
Firstly, as has been mentioned in other reviews, the unit does smoke from the top of the handle on first use. This is simply grease on the components left over from the manufacturing process and it burns away after a few minutes use. It's actually even mentioned in the instruction manual.
And secondly, if you're new to soldering make sure you 'Tin' the soldering tip before first use. Put simply, this means applying an even thin coating of quality solder to the soldering irons tip before first use to prevent oxidation and damage to the tip. It's easy to do. Just turn on the Soldering Station and choose the correct temp for your solder (lead: approx. 270-360 degrees C. and silver: approx. 320-420 degrees C.) and wait for it to heat up. As soon as the iron is hot enough to melt the solder apply it liberally all over the tips end. Don't worry about wasting a little solder, just make sure a nice ball of solder is covering the whole tip, then after a few seconds flick off the residual solder and carefully (due to the heat) wipe off any remaining residual coating with a suitable clean cloth or kitchen towel. You'll be left with a thin coating of shiny coating that will protect the tip for future use.