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Best Soldering Stations: Keep Your Tools in one Spot

Get organized with a soldering station that arranges all your tools in one place

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PUBLISHED ON October 10, 2019

If you solder electronics or wiring, you know how frustrating it can be if you don’t have a dedicated space to do the job. Aside from accidentally burning your surface area or making a mess, you might misplace critical accessories. If you routinely work on projects that require you to use a soldering iron, it may be time to invest in a dedicated soldering station. We’ve shortlisted the best soldering stations that you should consider making a part of your workshop.

  • Best Overall
    Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station
    Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station
    Summary
    Summary
    A median-priced soldering station that features added functionality through a built-in vacuum, smoke absorber, and digital temperature display readout.
    Pros
    Pros
    If you fear causing a house fire, the auto shut-off function will give you added peace of mind. The range of tips and accessories that comes standard makes this a must-have product.
    Cons
    Cons
    Some users might experience pump failure on the hot air feature, even with just occasional use. Also,  the wand may reach high temperatures that can result in smoking, so always be alert when using a soldering iron.
  • Best Overall
    Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station
    Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station
  • Best Value
    Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station
    Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station
    Summary
    Summary
    Budget-conscious DIYers will appreciate that this analog soldering station can reach temperatures of up to 900 degrees. You can also adjust the power from five to 40 watts.
    Pros
    Pros
    While still being a budget option, this soldering station comes with a precision soldering tip, a holder, and a sponge for easy cleaning between uses.
    Cons
    Cons
    Sometimes the temperature can be inconsistent and the holder may not be very sturdy. In some cases, you may not get the precision that you need from the soldering iron tip.
  • Best Value
    Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station
    Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station
  • Honorable Mention
    Hakko Digital Soldering Station
    Hakko Digital Soldering Station
    Summary
    Summary
    You’ll enjoy a higher thermal heat recovery and a reliable digital readout that gives you the accurate temperature of your soldering tip.
    Pros
    Pros
    Those used to lower-quality soldering stations will be impressed with the increased range of applications—such as soldering electronics and delicate wiring—that the Hakko model allows you to complete.
    Cons
    Cons
    Depending on your application needs, you might experience issues trying to fine-tune the temperature. If you’re used to a non-adjustable soldering station, the adjustable temperature will be your biggest learning curve.
  • Honorable Mention
    Hakko Digital Soldering Station
    Hakko Digital Soldering Station

    If you solder electronics or wiring, you know how frustrating it can be if you don’t have a dedicated space to do the job. Aside from accidentally burning your surface area or making a mess, you might misplace critical accessories. If you routinely work on projects that require you to use a soldering iron, it may be time to invest in a dedicated soldering station. We’ve shortlisted the best soldering stations that you should consider making a part of your workshop.

    Best Overall

    The Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station is a four-in-one soldering repair station with a Hot Air, a 70Watt Soldering Iron, vacuum pickup, and a Smoke Absorber. This soldering station maintains a constant set temperature when set and the value is reached. It comes with easy-to-use touch control and digital display for the Hot Air of the actual temperature and set temperature. The soldering iron also has a digital display, digital calibration, and auto sleep function for added peace of mind. The Aoyue soldering station includes a built-in Air Flow gauge and knob adjustment to control the airflow. This product includes 500 watts of hot air power and a temperature range of 100 degrees C to 480 degrees C. The iron power is 70 watts and has a temperature range between 200 degrees C and 480 degrees C. 

    Best Value

    If you're shopping for a high-quality product on a budget, the Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station is an excellent option. This soldering station can reach temperatures up to 900 degrees F to handle a wide variety of soldering projects. The power can be adjusted via a power control dial between five watts to 40 watts. This product includes a precision soldering tip on the pencil iron, a holder, and a sponge for convenient cleaning between uses. A cushioned foam grip provides extended comfort during long-term soldering projects. The heating element is completely replaceable, so you can continue to use the iron for an extended period of time. An ST3 iron-plated 1/8-inch screwdriver tip is included with the soldering station. This product is UL-listed, meaning it has been tested and meets independent safety standards.

    Best Overall

    With extremely reliable digital technology, the Hakko Digital Soldering Station is a great option. This product provides excellent thermal recovery by using the T18 series tips, which are known for their terrific heat conductivity. It allows you to solder at a lower set temperature and reduces the thermal impact on components. It also reduces tip oxidation, which can shorten the tip life. The thermal recovery heater output of this soldering station has been increased by 30 percent compared to that of conventional Hakko models. The digital readout provides an extremely accurate reading of your soldering tip with each usage. The increased range of applications, including soldering electronics and delicate wiring, are a major strength of this product. One downside of the soldering station is that you might experience issues trying to fine tune the temperature.

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    Best Overall
    Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station

    The Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station is a four-in-one soldering repair station with a Hot Air, a 70Watt Soldering Iron, vacuum pickup, and a Smoke Absorber. This soldering station maintains a constant set temperature when set and the value is reached. It comes with easy-to-use touch control and digital display for the Hot Air of the actual temperature and set temperature. The soldering iron also has a digital display, digital calibration, and auto sleep function for added peace of mind. The Aoyue soldering station includes a built-in Air Flow gauge and knob adjustment to control the airflow. This product includes 500 watts of hot air power and a temperature range of 100 degrees C to 480 degrees C. The iron power is 70 watts and has a temperature range between 200 degrees C and 480 degrees C. 

    Best Value
    Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station

    If you're shopping for a high-quality product on a budget, the Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station is an excellent option. This soldering station can reach temperatures up to 900 degrees F to handle a wide variety of soldering projects. The power can be adjusted via a power control dial between five watts to 40 watts. This product includes a precision soldering tip on the pencil iron, a holder, and a sponge for convenient cleaning between uses. A cushioned foam grip provides extended comfort during long-term soldering projects. The heating element is completely replaceable, so you can continue to use the iron for an extended period of time. An ST3 iron-plated 1/8-inch screwdriver tip is included with the soldering station. This product is UL-listed, meaning it has been tested and meets independent safety standards.

    Best Overall
    Hakko Digital Soldering Station

    With extremely reliable digital technology, the Hakko Digital Soldering Station is a great option. This product provides excellent thermal recovery by using the T18 series tips, which are known for their terrific heat conductivity. It allows you to solder at a lower set temperature and reduces the thermal impact on components. It also reduces tip oxidation, which can shorten the tip life. The thermal recovery heater output of this soldering station has been increased by 30 percent compared to that of conventional Hakko models. The digital readout provides an extremely accurate reading of your soldering tip with each usage. The increased range of applications, including soldering electronics and delicate wiring, are a major strength of this product. One downside of the soldering station is that you might experience issues trying to fine tune the temperature.

    Tips

    • Solder wire is not a one-size-fits-all accessory. If you don’t confirm that the solder you’re selecting is best suited to your project goals, you could experience problems during the soldering process and find that the bonds you create don’t hold properly. 
    • Avoid using solder designed for plumbing. This specific type of solder tends to be the cheapest. While it’s ideal for creating long-lasting bonds for pipes that come into contact with grease, it can damage circuit boards by destroying the electric trace.
    •  Always double check the compatibility between your soldering tip and your iron. This will impact your application process and the types of projects you can tackle.

    FAQs

    Q: What type of solder should I consider as a first-time user?

    A: Unless you’re working on a specialized project, most DIY solder projects can be completed using flux-core, lead-free solder. This type of solder is ideal because it creates a good conductive bond and is great for use with circuit boards. 

    Q: I’ve never soldered before. What thickness should I use?

    A: Most projects should be fine if you use solder that’s between 0.711 and 1.64 millimeters in diameter. Within this range you should be able to get the precision you need without wasting excess product to properly solder a joint. 

    Q: How do I clean the solder on the tip?

    A: There are two main options for cleaning a soldering tip: a sponge or a brush. It’s a personal preference, but a damp sponge is ideal for most quick jobs that just require a clean surface. It is also ideal if you frequently clean your soldering iron tip during a project. However, if you’re working on a large job where gunk is quickly accumulating on your soldering iron tip, it’s better to use a brush.  

    Final Thoughts

    If you want to guarantee that you’ll have everything you need when you start a soldering project, opt for our Best Overall selection, the Aoyue SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station, which comes with soldering iron tips, accessories, and heating elements to tackle any job. 

    For those just starting out on DIY soldering projects, the Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station—our Best Value selection—is a smart option that gives you great functionality and is easy to operate.