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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #125 on: June 08, 2018, 01:12:00 pm »
I just bought the Weller WE1010, but I think I have a faulty unit, as the backlight shown on all their marketing ads is not working, and I can't find a way to switch it on. I've sent the following message to Weller about the issue... I'll post up any further correspondence from them...

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Hi, I just purchased a Weller WE1010, but I can't seem to activate the backlight shown in all your marketing ads. Without the backlight working, it's really hard to see the display from most angles at my bench. I cannot find how to activate the backlight in the manual. Please advise how to switch it on? or have I got a faulty unit?

I don't think there is a backlight, nor have I seen any actual photographs/videos/audio/text that claim there's a backlight. However, most of Wellers ads and box art are clearly rendered graphics, not actual images/videos. I agree that might be a bit misleading.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #126 on: June 08, 2018, 02:35:23 pm »
Looks like the price went up too. You can get a Pace for $100 more.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #127 on: June 08, 2018, 08:49:09 pm »
Fluke and others base the temperature rating of those thermocouples on the insulation.  The ones with Teflon insulation work for soldering iron tip measurements but the lower temperature ones work fine also even though their insulation near the tip eventually scorches.

I really like the old Weller Magnastat irons.  They have a good selection of inexpensive tips and old stations can be refurbished inexpensively.

The Weller WES51, WESD51, and WE1010 all use the Weller ET series tips which is nice since they are readily available and inexpensive.  I wish Weller had an ET series vacuum desoldering tool though.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #128 on: December 05, 2018, 12:11:59 pm »
The magic smoke escaped!

 

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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #129 on: December 05, 2018, 03:22:29 pm »
Doh!

Many years ago I lent my nice and expensive Weller Magnastat 120 volt AC pencil iron to a friend who did contracting work whose soldering iron had failed.  He returned it a couple of days later saying it did not work either.  It ends up what had happened was that the new 120 volt AC wall plug he was using at the contracting site was wired incorrectly to 240 volts AC which is what burned out his soldering iron also.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #130 on: December 07, 2018, 07:53:19 pm »
Weller does not use primary fuses in none of their station, and I believe they never did. I've never seen one.
I don't understand this design choice, but I must admit that I've never seen a damaged transformer in none ot the tenths of Weller stations I've worked with or that were in the benches near mine.
The mains wiring of Dave's station in not compliant with safety regulations and good workmanship standards: the three female terminals are un-insulated and the three wires are not tied toghether, as is considered a good practice. If one of the them is detached by accident, it can touch one of the others, with safety risks: ground terminal can touch live, resulting in a live soldering tip, or short live and neutral....
The transformer's lamination are welded together to save money and assembly time, and are not intercrossed (I don't know the ecorrect english term)  as in good EI transformers.
This results in a non serviceable transformer.
This soldering station is EXPENSIVE, for what you get.. it should made to a more professional standard.
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Re: EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D Soldering Station
« Reply #131 on: December 07, 2018, 08:18:48 pm »
Dave, I just wanted to let you know that my FX-888D came with a nice (approx) 2mm chisel tip.

I don't know if this is standard now but mine did.

I don't remember exactly when I got it, probably around the same time as this video came out.

I bought it from Frys when it went on sale for $90.
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