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Old 24th September 2013, 12:48 PM   #21
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Pace is a bit behind the times. With the invention of the RF induction irons, heat up times are measured in 1-5seconds, with some like JBC, "overclocking" the iron to allow easy soldering even on heavy ground planes. The recent Weller series is a direct response to JBC, Metcal, Ersa, etc.

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I've been looking at that station to replace my ancient Weller TCP. JBC was recommended when I asked my PCB assembly house. I like the fact they go into a lower temperature mode when in the stand, saves the tips blackening.
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pico is €130 nano is €210. I keep reading the specs and cant find a reason to pay the extra for the nano. The nano must do something for the extra bread but what?
It's confusing indeed in their brochures. I think it may possibly lack the auto sleep functionality in its i-tool beyond having a cheaper lighter tray.
If the price difference is only due to the tray then its an absolute bargain. Maybe an email to Ersa or to a main vendor can clarify.

Both being small on the hobby bench with separate trays=good ergonomically. You need light silicone cable and a light handle. That combination frees your moves and precision.
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Pace is a bit behind the times. With the invention of the RF induction irons, heat up times are measured in 1-5seconds, with some like JBC, "overclocking" the iron to allow easy soldering even on heavy ground planes.
I dont have a way to measure exactly, but 5 seconds feels right for my Pace.
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Check spares availability.
I am down to my last heater element for my station. Two blown in ~5years.
Only established brands available through established vendors will guarantee future availability of tips and spares. A major factor on deciding for Weller, Ersa, JBC, Hakko, OKI-Metcal etc. All those brands have an extensive catalogue of cleverly shaped tips. Their tips metallurgy is far superior to the bargain brands too.
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Atten have a range of solder stations... Products / Soldering Tools_atten
These use Hakko format tips that are available in a wide range of shapes and are economical.
Additional pencils are available quite cheaply also...cheap enough to permanently fit different tips and swap pencils according to need/application.
Search Ebay for "Atten"....stations, pencils, tips real cheap, and perfectly good.

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The new Hakko FX-888D is a bargain in America too.
Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station Review - YouTube
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Atten have a range of solder stations...

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looks very much like this one

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Those are all Hakko 936 clones. They differ in build quality and temperature steadiness between them. Their price and Hakko tips compatibility format are their strengths.
The moment you jump over the Hakko FX category you get lighter handles and silicone cables, sleep functions, 10-20 sec heating up times, metal enclosures and trays, that kind of stuff. (The Hakko FX has a metal tray).
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The main difference between Ersa Pico and Nano is ESD safe construction in the dearer model.
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Old 24th September 2013, 03:47 PM   #30
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The pico is 80W opposed to the Nano's 60W. Yet the Pico is cheaper - comes with a more basic stand but still fine.
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