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Upgrading from my radio shack cheapo one, budget is no more then $150.00. Not really using it to do crazy soldering work just changing batteries on carts or soldering wires here and there, once in a while do some modding. 

Few I’m leaning towards 

Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station FX-888D FX-888 (blue & yellow)

KSGER T12 Soldering Iron Station OLED DIY Kits STM32 V2.0 

 

Any input will be greatly appreciated. 

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I've been using the Hakko FX-888D for two years now, I love this thing. It has been reliable, the tips and wands are cheap, and it retains its heat very well. In my opinion, this is the best $100 soldering iron. I kind of have my doubts about the one Voultar recommended, there aparently is a crappy version of it and there is no real easy way to tell without dissassembly, where as with the Hakko, you are garunteed quality. Personally, I've had no issues with this iron, it's great with ground planes and has a wide variety of tips available. The only irons that I have used that have been better, are $800 metcals thst we have at work. Boy are those a dream to use, they are perfect in every way, but they are way too expensive for the average person.

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I use an analogue Weller WES51.  It seems it has been replaced by the WE1010NA, which just has a digital temperature adjust.  I like mine a lot and have had 0 problems with it.  I figure the same will go for the 1010.  Also, pretty good price right now on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077JDGY1J

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I'll be watching this thread. I needed something quick so bought a $15 set off of Amazon solely to just to mod one of my Atari 7800's. While I was ultimately successful, a real station would have been a godsend. A cheap setup and old solder points to remove is a bad combination.

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3 minutes ago, neodolphino said:

I use an analogue Weller WES51.  It seems it has been replaced by the WE1010NA, which just has a digital temperature adjust.  I like mine a lot and have had 0 problems with it.  I figure the same will go for the 1010.  Also, pretty good price right now on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077JDGY1J

I've been using the WES51 for about 6 years, good stuff.

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4 hours ago, neodolphino said:

I use an analogue Weller WES51.  It seems it has been replaced by the WE1010NA, which just has a digital temperature adjust.  I like mine a lot and have had 0 problems with it.  I figure the same will go for the 1010.  Also, pretty good price right now on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010NA-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B077JDGY1J

Just ordered it, thank you 

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I watch TronicsFix a lot on YouTube and I have bought some of the tools he uses. I think his soldering stuff is expensive though. His Amazon storefront is here:

 

https://www.amazon.com/shop/tronicsfix

 

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfOrKQtC1tDfGf_fFVb8pYw

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+1 on the Hakko FX888D. Used it on everything from consoles and carts to vintage tube amps. Of course on the latter if I have to solder down to the chassis, then I breakout the big fat old school Ungar. But seriously, for what you are looking to do, the Hakko is great. Make sure to use good quality solder as well such as this stuff Kester 63/37 .031 . I find the 63/37 mix easier to work with as it seems to set faster compared to 60/40, leaving less time for parts to shift around and make cold joints while the solder is still in that in between plasticine type phase. I also prefer the .031 diameter to the thicker strand stuff as I find it easier to get just the right amount of solder to make a nice joint and not get all blobby on it.

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