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Poll Results: Which budget hobby soldering station?

 
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    Circuit Specialists CSI-STATION1A 40w
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    Madell QK936A 60w
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    ATTEN AT937b 50w
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    Sparkfun AT936B 50w
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    MPJA Model 301A 40w
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    AOYUE 936 35w
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I am looking to purchase a soldering station for hobby use. The station will get used only a few times a month which is why I'm not going with a pricier station. From my research thus far the below stations seem to offer the best bang for your buck.

At first I was leaning towards the CSI station because they also have the solder, desoldering braid, helping hand, etc... that I need to purchase and it's at a great price. I would also be able to get a free digital multimeter through them. Take into consideration that while I would still have to pay shipping there I'd be ordering quite a few small items that would cost more elsewhere so it evens out.

After doing a little more research I found that Aoyue also seems to get mentioned quite a bit. It seems like the tips between all of these soldering irons are interchangeable. Also the SMD Tweaser should also be interchangeable as long as you make sure to choose the one with the correct number of pins (the CSI model costs ~$30 more than the others).

I'm not sure which model to go with since their all basically a clone of the same Hakko 936. What do you guys recommend?

Circuit Specialists CSI-STATION1A 40w - $29.95 before shipping
Madell QK936A 60w - $43 shipped
ATTEN AT937b 50w - $39.98 shipped
Sparkfun AT936B 50w - $29.95 before shipping
MPJA Model 301A 40w - $39.95 before shipping
AOYUE 936 35w - $39.00 shipped
post #2 of 2
I've got an X-Tronic 8000. Most of those units are made in the same factory and are just rebranded. Depending on what you are doing, I would definitely get at least a 50w model. Out of those units, I would do either the Atten or the Madell.
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