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Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« on: April 10, 2024, 01:56:53 am »
Already raised $100k
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/huhubolpro2/huhubol-a-cordless-portable-soldering-iron-for-diyers

Did they actually solder anything in that video?  :-DD
 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2024, 02:51:23 am »
Well, they did melt a blob of solder above the PCB... Maybe later, in the cut part of the video, it fell off the iron and stuck loosely to something.
Seems like those clips are for an ultra ADHD audience who can't watch videos longer than 2 seconds.
It boggles the mind how much money they can raise. I wonder if its a fake number designed to induce FOMO in suckers?
 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2024, 03:31:41 am »
It boggles the mind how much money they can raise. I wonder if its a fake number designed to induce FOMO in suckers?

Nah, it's not hard to convince 716 people to part with their money.
 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2024, 09:38:41 am »
Someone keeps posting a link in the comments to an AliExpress product that looks nearly identical (except the colour, and sold without battery).

I love that video snippet of them attempting to tin some stranded wire, and totally failing.  :palm:

Edit:
Adding the AliExpress product link here for reference.  Not something I'd recommend as it looks pretty poor quality and underpowered.
https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256805809166061.html

I also reported the project to Kickstarter, but I think it is too late for them to do anything.
The creator insists theirs is a better product, and has probably already been questioned by Kickstarter staff.

It is pretty common in China that several factories in the same region will all make slightly different versions of essentially the same devices, just with slightly different specs as they tweak it for their own manufacturing processes, parts sourcing, and cost reductions.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2024, 10:31:28 am by Kean »
 
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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2024, 09:10:05 am »
Yes, 100% obvious it's the exact same product, just with branding changed at the factory.  That does break the Kickstarter rules, so I'm sure the project will be nuked shortly.

Related note, the Hakko FX-901 is a bit weak, but it works OK for small jobs.  I've been using mine with Eneloop Pros and liked it well enough I bought a second one.  https://hakkousa.com/fx-901-cordless-soldering-iron.html
 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2024, 06:21:31 am »
... just with branding changed at the factory.

I don't think they even went that far. It looks like for the video, they just printed a paper label and stuck it over the existing one. It's even peeling in the corners where they probably used the crappiest glue stick.

 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2024, 06:36:38 am »
I don't think they even went that far. It looks like for the video, they just printed a paper label and stuck it over the existing one. It's even peeling in the corners where they probably used the crappiest glue stick.

Yes, it looked like that to me too.
Kickstarter are not very good at weeding out these resale projects, although there can be a muddy distinction sometimes.
Hopefully the backers get what they were promised in any case.  Too often these low effort campaigns just take the money and ghost the backers.
 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2024, 10:53:24 pm »
The Bakon looks semi decent as its using C210 cartridge which has really low thermal mass. But either they are using the battery voltage directly, or using a low power boost converter, as some reviews say slow and ~12W output power.

KSger C210 + 18V tool battery is superior, but bulkier.

If you did one where you pulled ~9A from the 18650 you'd get a solid 30W out, which on a C210 is quite good. But, you'd have to be sure people didn't put some cheap cell in there that can't handle the load. And some really good battery contacts.
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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2024, 11:52:01 pm »
the secret is in the octagon or non round shape
 

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Re: Huhubol Cordless Portable Soldering Iron
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2024, 02:32:48 am »
I watched the video, and all I heard was "something something buzz words."

Ninja edit - Also witnessed someone burning text into wood .. Hrmm, maybe I'll purchase this iron, just to burn the memories of watching this, out of my brain.    \o/
 


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