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Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station FX-888D FX-888 (blue & yellow)
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|Item Weight||2.6 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||9.6 x 9.6 x 7.3 inches|
Specifications for this item
|Ean||4962615036705 , 0732454169452 , 0013161034173 , 0799715867519 , 4962615039508 , 0641328058276 , 0641328061764 , 0787721750666 , 0013039267139|
|Global Trade Identification Number||04962615039508|
|Included Components||Station power supply, iron, iron holder, sponge, water-less cleaner,|
|Item Weight||2.60 pounds|
|Manufacturer Series Number||641328061764|
|Measurement Accuracy||Adjustable temperature control, range: 120° - 899°F (50° - 480°C) and Maintains idle temperature within 1.8°F|
|Number of Items||1|
|Power Source Type||Corded-electric|
|Specific Uses For Product||General Purpose|
|Temperature Rating||200°C - 480°C (392°F - 896°F)|
|UPC||641328058276 , 787721750666 , 799715867519 , 641328061764 , 013039267139 , 013161034173 , 732454169452|
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Meet the HAKKO FX-888D a stylish, compact, soldering station that fits perfect on any workbench. It’s light weights, versatile, ESD safe and accommodates a wide assortment of different tips. All of this and more backed by the quality, reliability, and power you’ve come to expect from Hakko.
PERFORMANCE, QUALITY & BEST VALUE
• The HAKKO FX-888D makes your soldering projects a breeze with a temperature range of up to 899∙F. Rated best in class for power and performance, the HAKKO FX-888D outshines the competition.
HAKKO + KITA FX-888D COLLABORATION
• Designed by award winning, world renowned, Japanese product designer Kita Toshiyuki, sporting the iconic Hakko blue and yellow colors. Equipped with a slender, ergonomic handpiece, perfect for any soldering project.
CERAMIC HEATING ELEMENT & SENSOR
• A light weight, smooth, ergonomic handpiece that benefits both mobility and comfort. Built with a ceramic heating element and sensor to bring the power required to get the job done.
5 PRESET TEMPERATURES
• An adjustable display that allows for 5 different present temperatures that can be stored.
How to Set Up the Temperature
Turn on station from the right hand side of the station.
The stations temperature will automatically begin to climb.
To change the temperature of the station, hold the ENTER key.
The first digit will begin to blink indicating the temperature is ready to be changed.
Reliable digital technology by HAKKO – Introducing the HAKKO FX-888D Excellent thermal recovery Heater output has been increased by 30% compared to that of the conventional models HAKKO 936·937. Also FX-888D delivers excellent thermal recovery by using T18 series tips for their terrific heat conductivity. This allows soldering at a lower set temperature and reducing the thermal impact on components as well as tip oxidation that can shorten tip life. Thermal recovery graph Rise time to 350Degree C is 20 seconds faster and tip temperature drop is reduced during continuous work.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 9.6 x 9.6 x 7.3 inches; 2.6 Pounds
- Item model number : FX888D
- Date First Available : February 3, 2011
- Manufacturer : Hakko
- ASIN : B00ANZRT4M
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,841 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
- #3 in Soldering Stations
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There's something you should know before buying it, though. I wish I had known. Other reviewers have been very charitable in describing the controls as "not intuitive". For the sake of forewarning future buyers, I'll be blunt:
The user interface is a steaming pile of... um... garbage.
You get a three-digit display and two buttons that each serve multiple functions. That design decision alone was foolishly stingy, as others have noted. A knob and another digit (for displaying short words) would have done wonders, and I would gladly have paid the extra $3 in hardware costs. Especially since these controls are required for even the simplest of operations, like setting the temperature.
The two buttons you get are labeled: UP and ENTER, but those labels are misleading, because neither matches the corresponding button's function in the device's normal operating state.
If you find your way into the settings menu (which you cannot do with the buttons alone) the four top-level categories are represented by mysterious, disjointed numbers: 01, 03, 11, 14. Even if you're a programmer who habitually translates decimal numbers to binary, this menu is still meaningless. It's all the more insulting to discover that letters *can* be displayed, as they are in the submenus; just not here, the menu where they are arguably needed most.
Want to raise the temperature while you're working? Pressing the UP button won't do it. You must hold the ENTER button for a while, then wait, then repeatedly press the UP button until the first digit of your target temperature appears (and then nine more times if you overshoot), then press ENTER, and then do it again for each additional digit, until the display shows your target temperature and you press ENTER a final time. It's like having to program a 1970s/1980s videocassette recorder... just to adjust the temperature of your soldering iron.
Okay, that madness is not the end of the world, but adding injury to insult, can you guess what happens if you accidentally (and understandably) hold the UP button instead of ENTER to adjust the temp? It takes you through the same procedure, making it look at first like you succeeded, and then reverts to displaying the original temperature. Want to know why it didn't work? That was the procedure to recalibrate the machine's temperature control. Congratulations: Now every temperature the machine displays is wrong, and will remain wrong even after a power cycle, because the machine tricked you. Oh, and it doesn't tell what happened, so it's very possible that you're now soldering at a much higher temperature than you think. I hope you didn't damage any components.
What if you somehow figure out what happened and you want to fix it? Too bad. The manual doesn't tell you how. It doesn't even mention that it can be done. You'll have to wait until you can reach Hakko support, or else find a note online from some other unfortunate soul who was also burned by this unforgivably awful excuse for an interface. I hope it happened during business hours and you have a phone nearby, or you're someplace that has internet connectivity.
For the record, here is the secret factory reset procedure:
1. Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold the UP and ENTER buttons.
3. Turn on the power switch with those buttons still held.
4. Wait until the display says "A".
5. Release the buttons.
6. press UP to make the display say "U".
7. Press ENTER.
I hope that saves someone some trouble.
Please do better in the future.
I looked at several nice irons in the $40.00 to $60.00 range. But I figured if I was willing to spend that much, I would spend a little more to get something really nice.
1. It heats up really fast. In about forty-five (45) seconds, it's up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit and ready to use.
2. Stable temps. And it has a fast recovery.
3. Digital readout of the temp (selectable for Celsius or Fahrenheit).
4. Has up to five pre-programmed temp settings (600F, 700F, 750F, 800F, and 850F) that can be quickly accessed (you can change the preset temps to your own temps if desired).
5. Has a wide operation range of 120F to 899F.
6. Accuracy of the tip temperature can be calibrated (if you have the right thermometer).
7. The iron holder is separate, and not part of the power base. This provides more versatility as to how/where
you set up your workstation.
8. The iron holder is heavy and not tipped over easily. Plus, it holds both a sponge and a wire-type cleaner.
9. Many different tip styles are available from Hakko. And the tips are easy to change.
10. The iron is comfortable to hold. And it doesn't get hot during use.
11. Although not important to me, the settings can be protected with a password. This would come in handy if other people use the iron, and you don't want unwanted changes.
12. The iron plugs into the power base. If the iron burns out or gets damaged, you can replace it without having to replace the entire soldering iron.
13. When you turn the power on, it defaults to your last temperature setting.
1. Because there are only two buttons on the front of the power base, programming or making adjustments are not intuitive. Some changes/adjustments require you to press and hold certain buttons before turning the unit on. Other changes require you to hold a button down for two seconds, then do something else, etc.
Once you understand how, the programming isn't difficult. The difficult part is remembering how to do it. Unless you use this device every day and make frequent adjustments, you're probably not going to remember how to make changes the next time you need to solder something. And if you should make a mistake by pressing the wrong button, you may have to do a factory reset (I did). Let's see. Where did I leave the instruction manual for this thing?
Hakko has several on-line videos that explain how to make changes and adjustments. They're very helpful. But what would have been even more helpful, is if Hakko had decided on a simple and intuitive design. Guess what? Such a design already exists. It's called a rotary knob. Remember knobs? You know. They're those round things that are intuitive in operation. A couple of rotary knobs on this unit would have made adjustments self-explanatory. But I guess Hakko considers knobs to be too old fashioned and quaint.
COMMENTS: That's it. I have no other cons. However, I would like to point out that this unit was not made in Japan. Although Hakko is a Japanese company, some parts/accessories are marked "Made in China". And on the bottom of the power base, it says, "Made in Malaysia". Oh well. It's all about global manufacturing now. Regardless of where the parts were made (or where it was assembled), the quality of this unit seems very good so far.
Despite the non-intuitive adjustment/programming process, the unit works well. I haven't had this soldering iron very long. I've only used it for a couple of projects so far. Time will tell if it lasts. I'll do an update in a year or so.
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Also, I found the handle holder awkward due to being separate from the main unit and very light, easy to tip over and frequently in the way to the point the handle and holder would by knocked over and drop on the floor while working near it.
For the price, this was a total waste of money. I am sorry I bought it.
I wish it came with a Chisel tip out of the box but I wouldn't knock any points for that.
Reviewed in Canada on December 20, 2021
I wish it came with a Chisel tip out of the box but I wouldn't knock any points for that.