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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #275 on: December 20, 2018, 05:45:11 pm »
But it didn't start a fire, which is the whole point of the UL testing.

So melting a PSU is safe and approved? mmmm thanks I did not know.
Anyway that smoke out from the Weller could have triggerd a smoke detector... you know what can happen next.

Just put a fuse and done with it. Regardless what the laws/testing/conformity says it should be a no brainer.

Really the IEC plug should be different, the one with the notch should be used for  ~120v only devices and the one without the notch for ~220 v devices so that you can't plug a 220 cord into a 110 device.

I agree but a fuse is more safe than a notch.
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #276 on: December 20, 2018, 05:59:05 pm »
All marketing wank. Example vacuum cleaner: ...vacuum has a powerful 10 amp motor!
It has nothing to do with the ability to suck (or suck). Buzzwords that are meaningless.

A 120V station is a feature? So I guess by that definition a 230V one is a deficit?

This isn't the 1940's 50's, 60's, 70's etc. where nothing consumer was fused.

Fix your blunder/cost cutting measures and thermally and electrically fuse as well as put the MOV's on the primary side AFTER THE FUSE. Wankers. I haven't bought or recommended Weller for anything professional (or hobbyist) in forever. As I said.. Wankers all.
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #277 on: December 20, 2018, 06:11:52 pm »
Weller reply to your letter had all the signs of artificial intelligence.  |O
Weller tombstone mentality and an automated complaints procedure  >:D
looks like saving pennies, is more important than paying humans to reply to your letter.

No, it is genuine marketing speak :)
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #278 on: December 20, 2018, 06:12:31 pm »
So melting a PSU is safe and approved?

Should I post it again?

 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #279 on: December 20, 2018, 06:19:37 pm »
Should I post it again?

Yes you did.
To me it's all super easy: put a fuse and move on safely.
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #280 on: December 20, 2018, 06:45:23 pm »
When people buy a brand like Weller they are paying substantially more for an item thats functionally very similar to items one can buy on ebay for literally a quarter or less of what they charge.

We all know that to be true.

The cheaper products used to be - rightfully- associated with shoddy construction and inadequate safety protections. As discussed a great deal here. But thanks to outspoken articulate users, things have improved somewhat.

We now expect even those cheap products to be rising in quality and safety, and they are. Everybody - or almost everybody- has been benefiting from the process.

So I think thats why its particularly distressing that what amounts to a name brand - Weller - a brand we have all recommended to new buyers as almost certain to be safe, now doesn't have this $1 fuse.

Even if it is legal for them to leave it out, as it seems to be, its more than a symbolic gesture as shown by what happened when the power was exceeded. 

Also, by leaving it out they are throwing away a good argument many used to justify spending more, getting a product that is certain to be safe. We can argue until we're blue in the face over whether a transformer with no fuse can be safe, but the fact is common sense is telling a lot of people its stupid, even if it is legal.
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #281 on: December 20, 2018, 06:53:22 pm »
What makes sense to me, what I do, is always check new instruments. This wasn't a mains problem. I always look to see, even here in the US with standard cords, if there is a 120/240/ switch  on the back. Especially since companies like Keysight, TTI, R&S, Tektronix, etc. sell products all over the world.

As far as my bench goes, I run off inverters from my PV system which are better AC than the grid. If I didn't have inverters I would run dedicated supplies to feed my VERY EXPENSIVE instruments. My rural grid has been known to surge during storms etc. I never take a chance and I get the benefit of lower stray noise.

So maybe the lesson here is to check your new instruments AND buffer the grid if you think it will pump high voltage or spikes into your instruments. We can gab here about how company 'A' should have done this or that but isn't the best solution to do it yourself? To not take any chances, aren't we supposed to be versed in electronics? Shouldn't we know better?
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #282 on: December 20, 2018, 07:03:08 pm »
When people buy a brand like Weller they are paying substantially more for an item thats functionally very similar to items one can buy on ebay for literally a quarter or less of what they charge.

We all know that to be true.


I don't agree with that! You want to compare a cheapo solder sucker to my Edsyn? Not even close. You want to compare a Chinese to my Weller? I've had both, the Chinese cost me a few hundred bucks, not even that cheap, the iron cord twisted on it one day and blew the circuit board out. It took me several hours to fix it and the quality was horrible. It's a hobby station.

If you're a hobbyist, fine by all means buy cheapo stuff but don't think it comes up to the level of Keysight.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #283 on: December 20, 2018, 07:08:01 pm »
A large part of what you pay for in professional tools is that the quality is consistent and that you don't have to expect to fiddle with it to make it work. Considering the large amount of threads on modifying the TS80 and TS100 devices, you need to tinker with it quite a lot to get it going. If you don't value your time and don't have to worry about production being backed up and costing money, that's fine. If your hours cost real money and contracts can't be fulfilled, that's a risk you cannot take. In general, the price you pay for cheap devices is having to faff around.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #284 on: December 20, 2018, 07:13:06 pm »
This is very simple: this thing can potentially burn your house if a power surge damages the transformer. A simple fuse prevents that. Who in the world desings a mains-connected equipment that doesn't have at least a fuse inside on the PCB, or something like that?

In any case, you don't want to draw unlimited power from the grid. Bad things will happen.

 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #285 on: December 20, 2018, 07:38:50 pm »
This is very simple: this thing can potentially burn your house if a power surge damages the transformer. A simple fuse prevents that. Who in the world desings a mains-connected equipment that doesn't have at least a fuse inside on the PCB, or something like that?

In any case, you don't want to draw unlimited power from the grid. Bad things will happen.


Will it draw unlimited power, though?
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #286 on: December 20, 2018, 07:44:44 pm »
It didn't draw enough power to pop the breaker. Just enough to start to burn itself up.

Which as people have pointed out, isnt super surprising when it was powered with twice the voltage plus a lower frequency. However, it really should have been fused for that and the other reason that its a frigging soldering iron.
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #287 on: December 20, 2018, 07:59:49 pm »
It didn't draw enough power to pop the breaker. Just enough to start to burn itself up.

Which as people have pointed out, isnt super surprising when it was powered with twice the voltage plus a lower frequency. However, it really should have been fused for that and the other reason that its a frigging soldering iron.
Would a fuse have saved it? Remember that fuses for the wrong voltage tend to be twice the rated current of what they should be.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #288 on: December 20, 2018, 08:15:10 pm »
Would a fuse have saved it? Remember that fuses for the wrong voltage tend to be twice the rated current of what they should be.
The iron in that cheap transformer saturated and the current was more than twice what it would have been with the correct transformer.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #289 on: December 20, 2018, 08:15:22 pm »
I've had both, the Chinese cost me a few hundred bucks, not even that cheap, the iron cord twisted on it one day and blew the circuit board out.
If you're a hobbyist, fine by all means buy cheapo stuff but don't think it comes up to the level of Keysight.

I don't know any Chinese brand irons costing few hundred bucks, so I presume you meant a Chinese made international brand one. Then that must be a Metcal.
I have a Metcal died for no reason, and I'm aware it's not visually appealing on the internals since I've also tried to fix mine.
But people don't buy a Metcal for reliability or quality. They buy a Metcal for the performance

Inductive heating gives superb thermal recovery, better than all stations in the same price range.
I keep three stations for small, medium and large jobs. A $1400 JBC Nano with tips, a $700 Metcal with tips and tweezers, and a $1200 JB Heavy Duty with tips.
That's how I rank Metcal in terms of performance, and you can see the value of the Metcal compared with much more expensive competitors.

As for Keysight, just search the word "Keysight" posted by me, and see how they fail repetitively. Here's a brief list of Keysight fails on my limited collection of Keysight gears:
1. MSOX3104A, failed to boot, NAND corruption, sent to repair once.
2. MSOX6004A, booted fine but randomly crashes, sent to repair once, reflashed by myself twice.
3. MSOX6004A, power supply made hiccup overcurrent noise, sent to repair. This is the fourth fail of the same unit within 2 years.
4. MSOX6004A, came with DOA logic probe, new in box.
5. U1461A, came with two sets of DOA ultra-fine probes.
6. U1461A, tried to kill me with a faulty input mux. Probes were at high voltage, displays 0V, unit replaced.
7. U1620A, CH1 had ~0.2 div bias regardless input range, replaced.

May I remind you that those are not cheapo. The MSRP combined, with software options I have, sums up to $70k.
Putting my tin foil hat on, I even think those are just FUD movements by KS to force their customers to buy warranty extension services.
I know it is not, since the stupid NAND problem is actually under free repair regardless of warranty, but still it's not good impression.
Luckily, Daniel and other kind people from KS are extremely helpful, but that's only in US. I've heard news from India and Saudi Arabia that the service there are not nearly as good as it is in the US. So it's a YMMV thing.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #290 on: December 20, 2018, 08:54:45 pm »
The iron in that cheap transformer saturated and the current was more than twice what it would have been with the correct transformer.
How much more? Because a little over twice is probably not enough to blow the fuse.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #291 on: December 20, 2018, 09:09:39 pm »
At 240v 50hz an included fuse intended for 120v 60 Hz operation quite likely would have popped because the current draw would also have been higher.

It didn't draw enough power to pop the breaker. Just enough to start to burn itself up.

Which as people have pointed out, isnt super surprising when it was powered with twice the voltage plus a lower frequency. However, it really should have been fused for that and the other reason that its a frigging soldering iron.
Would a fuse have saved it? Remember that fuses for the wrong voltage tend to be twice the rated current of what they should be.

Also, I bet the email Dave got from them was written by an AI. Shows how crappy customer service is becoming a lot of the time.
« Last Edit: December 20, 2018, 09:12:46 pm by cdev »
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #292 on: December 20, 2018, 09:24:25 pm »
At 240v 50hz an included fuse intended for 120v 60 Hz operation quite likely would have popped because the current draw would also have been higher.

That was the point. The current rating of a 120V fuse tend to be much higher than that of a 240V fuse. Not to mention the inrush current, for which the fuse is also specified.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #293 on: December 20, 2018, 09:31:44 pm »
This is very simple: this thing can potentially burn your house if a power surge damages the transformer. A simple fuse prevents that. Who in the world desings a mains-connected equipment that doesn't have at least a fuse inside on the PCB, or something like that?

In any case, you don't want to draw unlimited power from the grid. Bad things will happen.


Will it draw unlimited power, though?
Well, it didn't but potentially it could "try to", if left alone and continuing melting and overheating. Sooner or later, it would trip a breaker, but the soldering station could be on fire by then.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #294 on: December 20, 2018, 09:35:48 pm »
The iron in that cheap transformer saturated and the current was more than twice what it would have been with the correct transformer.
How much more? Because a little over twice is probably not enough to blow the fuse.
Much higher. When the core saturates it no longer behaves as an iron core and the primary winding basically becomes air cored. The only thing limiting the current is the much smaller inductance of the air cored primary and the resistance of the wire. This current will quickly destroy the primary unless a fuse interrupts the current.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #295 on: December 20, 2018, 09:56:55 pm »
this thing can potentially burn your house
You are talking out of your arsehole.

its particularly distressing that what amounts to a name brand - Weller - a brand we have all recommended to new buyers as almost certain to be safe
Where is your proof that it is unsafe?


If you plugged 240V into my house right now, probably half my appliances will go up in smoke. My ikea lamp, my kettle etc. etc....

You people need to stop shitting your pants when you see a puff of smoke and go outside once in a while.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #296 on: December 20, 2018, 09:58:38 pm »
I've had both, the Chinese cost me a few hundred bucks, not even that cheap, the iron cord twisted on it one day and blew the circuit board out.
If you're a hobbyist, fine by all means buy cheapo stuff but don't think it comes up to the level of Keysight.

I don't know any Chinese brand irons costing few hundred bucks, so I presume you meant a Chinese made international brand one. Then that must be a Metcal.
I have a Metcal died for no reason, and I'm aware it's not visually appealing on the internals since I've also tried to fix mine.
But people don't buy a Metcal for reliability or quality. They buy a Metcal for the performance

Inductive heating gives superb thermal recovery, better than all stations in the same price range.
I keep three stations for small, medium and large jobs. A $1400 JBC Nano with tips, a $700 Metcal with tips and tweezers, and a $1200 JB Heavy Duty with tips.
That's how I rank Metcal in terms of performance, and you can see the value of the Metcal compared with much more expensive competitors.

As for Keysight, just search the word "Keysight" posted by me, and see how they fail repetitively. Here's a brief list of Keysight fails on my limited collection of Keysight gears:
1. MSOX3104A, failed to boot, NAND corruption, sent to repair once.
2. MSOX6004A, booted fine but randomly crashes, sent to repair once, reflashed by myself twice.
3. MSOX6004A, power supply made hiccup overcurrent noise, sent to repair. This is the fourth fail of the same unit within 2 years.
4. MSOX6004A, came with DOA logic probe, new in box.
5. U1461A, came with two sets of DOA ultra-fine probes.
6. U1461A, tried to kill me with a faulty input mux. Probes were at high voltage, displays 0V, unit replaced.
7. U1620A, CH1 had ~0.2 div bias regardless input range, replaced.

May I remind you that those are not cheapo. The MSRP combined, with software options I have, sums up to $70k.
Putting my tin foil hat on, I even think those are just FUD movements by KS to force their customers to buy warranty extension services.
I know it is not, since the stupid NAND problem is actually under free repair regardless of warranty, but still it's not good impression.
Luckily, Daniel and other kind people from KS are extremely helpful, but that's only in US. I've heard news from India and Saudi Arabia that the service there are not nearly as good as it is in the US. So it's a YMMV thing.

So you had better luck with cheapo stuff?
 

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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #297 on: December 20, 2018, 10:01:16 pm »
It's likely Weller thinks they did nothing wrong.

Weller submits a new soldering station to UL for approvals as they have been doing for decades prior. It gets assessed to UL 499 like all previous North American soldering irons.
Not IEC 60335 for Europe, not UL 60335 (which is IEC 60335 with USA particulars).

Vintage safety standard UL/ANSI 499 (87 years old) is for Electric Heating Appliances. A real mix of products-  up to 15kW steam-bath generators, soap kettles, reptile tank heaters, heat guns, hot glue guns, ceramic kilns and more.

All are directly mains-powered heating elements, no step-down transformer is considered, even in the soldering gun clause. The mains breaker is considered the protective element, as it would be in say a 10kW heater. I would say UL 499 is weak in some areas, like a component (power transformer) burning up. It's not calling for a fuse, or an approved transformer, or a fault test there. The standard says it must be grounded but no spec or test on fault current, wire gauge etc. I could go on, but it seems this standard is full of holes.

An "engineering" boss I had used to say "it's meeting the requirements" and when I demanded to add a fuse he'd say "where is it a requirement, show me".
I put the fuse in anyway as I had to under the code of ethics as an engineer and "good practice". A non-engineer or marketing type for an engineering boss has no rights to command or instruct there.
 
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #298 on: December 20, 2018, 10:06:46 pm »

Where is your proof that it is unsafe?


I didn't say that.
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Re: EEVblog #1160 - Weller Responds
« Reply #299 on: December 20, 2018, 10:45:07 pm »
Let's put it this way: it's a 70w station. It will draw like 600 mA at 120v. Instead of putting a fuse, and be safe from any random fault, you don't put a fuse, and just rely on tripping a breaker that could at the very least have 10A on a 220v system, and i assume double of that on a 120v system. WTF kind of engineering is that?
 
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