Hakko has announced a new compact induction-heated soldering system, FX-100.
- Easy to use
- No calibration necessary
- User-selectable power display
- Password lockout
- Tip sleep function reduces temperature during inactivity
- Backlit display
- Activity monitor
- User-programmable heating profiles
- Auto power-off safety feature
- Compact and stackable base station
- Slender and lightweight soldering iron with burn-resistant cord
- Compatible with T31 series tip cartridges
The heating element auto-detects tip cartridges and sets the temperature accordingly to either 400°C (750°F) or 450°C (840°F). The FX-100 soldering iron does not come with a tip, so you will need to order one separately.
ETA: April 2014
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I have had great experiences with my Hakko FX-888 soldering iron and have heard good things about their digital FX-888D. While I probably won’t need to set up to the FX-100, it looks like a compelling product, if the price is right.
Inductively-heated solder irons, such as the FX-100, work by means of a rapidly changing magnetic field. A conductor, or soldering iron tip, within the magnetic field will develop an electrical current and will heat up rapidly. This allows for much quicker heat-up times compared to other types of soldering irons that work by means of resistively-heated elements that draw current from the power supply.
Technically, the FX-100 soldering station doesn’t come with a soldering iron, it comes with a handpiece.
What I find especially appealing is how different heating profiles could be programmed into the soldering station, to allow for quick and easy setup when using different tip shapes or solder alloys. I also like how no calibration is required, although I haven’t had any difficulty with my FX-888.
If it’s not compatible with my FX-888’s T-18 tips, I refuse to buy it!
At least, that’s my excuse with sticking with a perfectly adequate soldering system. 🙂
I wonder if the different tips are due to the induction heating system… and do the usual warnings for heart pacemaker users apply?
I’m sure they were specially designed to pair well with the induction heating elements.
Jake The Steak
Well DUH! If you already have a soldering station that works perfectly fine, clearly you’re not going to buy it. But some people need a new one!!!
(And yes, I realize I’m pathetic for using the term “duh”)
where can I buy the Hakko FX-100
I expect that it will be available for electronics suppliers starting next month, as it’s expected to start shipping in April. However, based on my experience with the FX-888, the FX-100 might not be widely available until May or maybe even June.
If in the USA, Techni-Tool and All-Spec might carry it, but you would have to ask them for specifics.
Jake The Steak
I randomly bought it from HMC Electronics. No idea where they are located, but whatever. Here’s the link: http://www.hmcelectronics.com/product/Hakko/FX100
Jake The Steak
I just bought the FX-100 from HMC Electronics. Can’t wait! I tested this station when Hakko came into our facility to show it off. The price is definitely higher than their standard FX-951 and Fx-888, but you won’t need to buy another station for years.