Weller WLC100 Review
Weller WLC100 Review
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Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering StationFeatures of Weller WLC100:

  • Power: 5W to 40W
  • Power supply: 120V/60Hz
  • Temperature Range: 900⁰F

Weller WLC100 User Manual

Having problem? Download Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station instructions.


Pros & Cons of Weller WLC100

Pros

  • Easy-to-Adjust Variable Power Controls
  • Quality, lightweight pencil iron
  • Includes a Weller certified ST3 iron-plated copper tip
  • Tested and meets independent safety standards

Cons

  • Poor arrangement of tip securing set screw

Hakko FX-888D FAQ: 

What is the max output heat of this soldering station?

The new FX-888D soldering station by Hakko is a digital anti-static (ESD) unit that replaced the popular FX-888 model. The gadget provides quick heat recovery and precise temperature control. In addition, this soldering can perform with lower temperature settings.

The temperature power of the FX-888D station was increased by 30% compared to the Hakko 936/937 models. This iron offers the quick recovery of temperature when the T18 tips are used (they have high conductive features of temperature). This allows you to reduce the temperature regime of soldering, minimizing the negative thermal effects on the components and oxidation of the tip, thereby increasing its service life.

According to the list of technical characteristics, the maximum temperature range of the FX-888D unit is 8990F. This model is equipped with a smart digital display that enables the checking of the preset temperature settings. This particular device has the Preset mode for personal customization and storage of 5 (preset) temperatures. The use of Preset modes allows switching the station’s temperature for different works demanding certain temperature conditions and performance. So it is the maximum output heat of this device. 

The FX-888D by Hakko has the ESD control unit, under the digital display. The display has one 2 buttons: “Up” and “Enter”. The temperature presets are intuitive and very simple. Even if the user has not used any Hakko soldering stations before and there is any instruction nearby, it is very easy to understand how to pre-set the required temperature mode. 

The soldering iron can increase the temperature up to 6600F in 20 seconds. The temperature range decreases gradually. Compared to similar units, the FX-888D allows reducing the soldering time increasing the performance rates.

Is the iron removable? Can I use a micro pencil with this station?

Yes, one of the best things about this soldering iron is the removable iron’s tip. It can be interchanged with many different tips. Also, the handpiece of the FX-888D can be altered as well. But be careful – when you remove the handpiece it won’t work with the micropensil. You should try the FX-951 station to use the handpiece and micropensil. By the way, according to the feedback, a Hakko FM2032 micropensil is fully compatible with the FX-888D iron. 

Is the tip coming with this soldering unit a great choice for an amp build? Does Hakko offer a better option of tips?

All soldering irons by Hakko have the genuine tip in the set. But this tip is not particularly good for all soldering projects. However, the default FX-888D tip (T18-B) will do for the soldering standard SIP size circuits. Also, it can be used for surface mount IC’s. So, the default FX-888D tip will definitely be good for amp build. At least, for soldering through the hole parts. 

For other SMD works, consider using other tips. For instance, some users recommend using the Plato tips (they are also compatible with the Hakko 900M). According to the user reviews, bent hooks will work as the basic tip for soldering SMD chip components. A narrow chisel tip can also do this job. 

If you are looking for the best alternative tip options for the FX-888D station beside the genuine tip, consider using bevel and chisel models. 

For instance, you may try the brand Hakko tips:

  • T18-C2;
  • T18-C08;
  • T18-CF3;
  • T18-D16;
  • T18-D24;
  • T18-D08;

The official Hakko website recommends using all these tips for drag soldering. 

Is it good for soldering stained glass?

This particular soldering iron can be used for stained glass. Just keep in mind that you should start soldering at the decreased temp range. Slowly increase the temperature range until you get the expected result. 

This Hakko iron’s temperature range is 392°-896°F. However, the manufacturer recommends using this unit only for general electronics projects. 

What are the alternative irons for stained glass works? Soldering experts advise using any stable 100 Watt+ iron/station with a thick chisel tip. In fact, any automatic temperature-controlled iron will do the work. You should choose a broad and thick tip for the best heat flow. By the way, the Hakko FX601-02 can maintain a consistent temperature. 

Could you use the FX-951 soldering iron on the FX-888D?

The experts who are into soldering for many years claim that the FX-951 and the FX-888D by Hakko are pinned in a different way. FX888D has a 5-pin DIN, while the FX951 model is a 7-pin DIN. That is why these models are not interchangeable. 

If you are looking for the replacement, consider choosing the tip of the soldering iron 900M-T-H – it is compatible with the FX-888D model. Also, you may use the B1786 tip that should fit as well. However, the B1786 tip has a bit larger diameter that is why bend the tip’s end through the opening of the closure. 

Does this soldering iron come with the cleaning wire?

Yes, the FX-888D gadget is supplied with the cleaning wire in a special holder. This wire is quite soft but if you stick the iron’s tip inside while the tip is still hot, the wire will do the job perfectly. The wire is really soft, you won’t actually even notice how smoothly it works. Unlike the ZD-929C model, where the wire is also soft, the FX-888D wire does not seem to break from pushing too hard. 

Also, this model is supplied with a cleaning sponge. The only missing thing is spare tips of various sizes. 

Does it operate at 230V/50Hz?

If you are going to connect the FX-888D iron to 230V/50HZ grid via a transformer, please reconsider! The FX-888D supports 70W/120VAC as the default power consumption settings, with the handpiece at 65W/26VAC. The power transformer of this soldering iron is limited to 60Hz. It may work at 50Hz but expect the transformer running hot or the internal fuse blowing. 

Video Guide: How To Use Weller WLC100


Hi! My name is Tom and I’m an author of the blog. My hobby is electronic circuits and soldering irons.

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