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Offline jahonen

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Hello,

I have been looking for a small soldering iron for a precision work. I got a chance to try out JBC DD-2B station (the one with possibility to connect two tools) with T210-A handpiece with some tips and I was pretty much positively impressed (or should I say amazed!). It feels pretty much like a pen with some wire at the end :) Although the power is just 25 watts, it seems at least as usable as Weller WSP 80 (which has 80 watts heater) for most SMD soldering tasks I tried. Tight integration of the tip to heater works wonders. Here are some comparison pictures:







I was also amazed by the performance of JBC PA120-A precision tweezers. They are a proper size for something like 0603/0402 components (but seem to work for bigger components too by changing suitable cartridges, too) and very lightweight. Many other manufacturers seem to make those huge and clunky ones which are next to impossible to fit on a SMD component on the bottom of a narrow "canyon" without burning everything else next to it during soldering. Those tasks which were quite PITA before, were a breeze with PA120-A. Here is the scale for your reference:



My only complaint is really that JBC tools are somewhat obscure here in Finland, unlike Weller which you can buy from just about any grocery store :) Hope this small experience helps if somebody else is wondering about this.

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Janne
« Last Edit: July 27, 2012, 02:27:31 AM by jahonen »

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 02:28:47 AM »
JBC is a proffesional brand. We use those in my company. It's really confortable and doesn't make my hands tired. Very light and small pen. And tips with integrated heater which makes them heat up really fast. They are also long lived even considering 24/7 use.

But... Simple station costs ~$1.6k. By my standards not worth it for amateur/light proffesional use,.
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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 03:08:49 AM »
Well, it of course depends what you mean by "simple station". I think they are not so expensive if you look at the JBC price list (in euros):

http://www.jbctools.com/pdf/brochures/tarEng.pdf

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 03:12:11 AM »
I have the JBC CD-1BB compact station it was $390.00 US  http://www.janelonline.com/product-p/jbc-tools-cd-1bb.htm
It has the 245 handle which is still light as a large pen.  I is truly a dream to solder with. It has the same or better thermal response as a Metcal but totaly adjustable temperature.  Heatup time from cold is rediculously fast.  and tip change takes about 3 seconds and you never touch the tip. I personaly would not worry about a two output unit. there are plenty of very small tips for the 245 handle that will allow you to do the small work but then you can just stick a heavy tip in when necessary and have 130 watts of instantaneous power at your disposal.

Check out this video of mine using the very wide tip on the 245 handle.  The temperature setting on that tip is only 260 C to not shift the resistance of the resistors from overheating.  No other iron has the thermal response necessary to solder that much area that fast at so low of a temperature.
WIDE JBC TIP EXAMPLE.mpg


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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 08:42:06 AM »
Ya, but if you add all import duties, vat, reseller's share etc you get twice the price in US. While guys from western europe ("old" European Union) and scandinavian countries can still afford that, just qualifying as 'expensive', for us, living in poorer part of the EU these prices qualify as 'prohibitive' :(. I really look forward to a day when a cheapest chinese oscilloscope won't cost over 1/3 of my monthly net sallary :/

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2012, 01:34:05 PM »
I have AD4300 and AD2700, JBC is way ahead of all stations that I had chance to use.

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2012, 03:52:03 PM »
If I didn't already have so much invested in Metcal tips, I would definitely be tempted by the JBC.

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2012, 04:11:00 PM »
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... Although the power is just 25 watts, it seems at least as usable as Weller WSP 80 (which has 80 watts heater)...
Don't compare the "wattage" with any other iron. JBCs have incredibly FAST power delivery, which really negates any comparison.
We have just about every model / station / tip including a few HDs, which are mind blowing fast. Even set at 380c 150W with a 22mm
tip, we solder wide copper earth straps to 5kgm transformers as fast as you can move them. Warm up time is 10 sec.
Switch to tweezers pencil and I'm pulling out 0805s from multilayer PCBs. Never looked back.
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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2012, 09:46:06 PM »
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... Although the power is just 25 watts, it seems at least as usable as Weller WSP 80 (which has 80 watts heater)...
Don't compare the "wattage" with any other iron. JBCs have incredibly FAST power delivery, which really negates any comparison.
We have just about every model / station / tip including a few HDs, which are mind blowing fast. Even set at 380c 150W with a 22mm
tip, we solder wide copper earth straps to 5kgm transformers as fast as you can move them. Warm up time is 10 sec.
Switch to tweezers pencil and I'm pulling out 0805s from multilayer PCBs. Never looked back.

I think this was the idea I tried to say, but you said it more clearly :) I wonder what is the typical power actually needed into a solder joint itself, it must be quite well below iron rating. A key thing is to couple the heat into the joint as efficiently as possible.

For my work, having a normal iron and tweezers is a must, since I often must lift and swap SMD components back and forth during prototype testing along with normal soldering tasks. Those PA120-A's had no problem with components attached to ground planes of a multilayer board, and I tried some very hefty PCB's (although not with particularly thick copper but thick enough to cause problems with wimpy soldering tools), too.

I think I have my mind "poisoned" already from that JBC experience :P

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Janne

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2012, 10:47:27 PM »
I think I have my mind "poisoned" already from that JBC experience :P

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Janne

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2012, 12:06:23 AM »
... I wonder what is the typical power actually needed into a solder joint itself, it must be quite well below iron rating. A key thing is to couple the heat into the joint as efficiently as possible.
When I train people on new jobs, I set the temperature to JUST above melting point (~10o), make an estimate of
power required (60-150W, rarely ever needed 250W) and select an appropriate tip (awesome range). Then "tweak" the Temp
and Power for perfect CONSTANT delivery. I believe they use a high frequency energy transfer system that just doesn't quit.
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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2012, 12:20:57 AM »
AFIK Metcal is high frequency induction principle and the curie effect.  JBC is just a resistive element but the element IS the thermcouple also.  That gives no Thermal lag in the temp sensing of control loop so they can hammer the thing without loosing control.

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2012, 12:35:05 AM »
AFIK Metcal is high frequency induction principle and the curie effect.  JBC is just a resistive element but the element IS the thermcouple also.  That gives no Thermal lag in the temp sensing of control loop so they can hammer the thing without loosing control.
OK, my mistake, mixed up the details. From their specs -
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We use one wire buried deep in the tip of the copper to “read & feed.”
Our thermocouple and heating element are one in the same and are microprocessor driven
over a sensor at 60 hertz (60x a second) utilizing up to 140 watt transformer
We also have a Metcal. The only tech that liked it, croaked and no-one else uses it.
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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2012, 04:32:54 AM »
 :)  We are an authorized distributor specializing in soldering products and materials.  We came across this blog and we thrilled that you all seem to like JBC Tools as much as we do.  We've been an authorized distributor for over 12 years - and in this time, we have not seen many soldering stations come close in comparison to JBC.

To address one concern mentioned: From our prices on-line one can easily see we do not pass duties and taxes on to import any JBC product from Spain.  And not to sell just ourselves on here - most distributors don't.  Prices of JBC Soldering stations are extremely fairly priced.

We also offer a 30 day demo trial with confidence that once you try a jbc soldering station you won't want to give it back!
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Some other reasons we believe JBC is a strong station to buy: low temp soldering, read and feed, initial heat up, outstanding tip life, quick change over tips, great design, process control, intelligent heat management, easy calibration, and improved productivity.  with just 2 seconds to heat up and with jbc tools efficiently capable of soldering at 350 degrees C - why wouldn't someone what to use JBC?!  :)

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Re: JBC T210-A (and PA120-A) handpiece compared to some other tools
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2012, 06:10:08 AM »
FWIW, I own a Weller WMP iron and WD1 station, and it is smaller than the WP80. It works well enough, particularly for home use, but if I had to do it over again, I think I'd go for a JBC (Weller's QC lately seems to have diminished from what I was accustomed to <pre Cooper acquisition>).


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