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Description: For over 50 years, Hakko has been producing superior quality soldering and desoldering tools. They’re dependable, a good value and they work really well! We use Hakko irons in production and we think they’re great.

The Hakko FX-888D is an updated digital version of the popular FX-888 and includes several new features. Selectable preset temperatures and digital calibration make it easier to setup and operate, and the new password protection and low temperature alarm provide process control and helps protect against cold solder joints!

Note: This iron will come with the T18-D16 chisel tip. Check below for replacements and other options.

Features:

  • Adjustable temperature control
  • North American 120VAC
  • Temperature range 120° - 899°F (50° - 480°C)
  • Digital display shows °F or °C
  • Maintains idle temperature within 1.8°F (1°C) @ 400 - 899°F
  • Ceramic heating element
  • Sensor ensures fast heat-up temp and fast thermal recovery
  • Password protected temperature setting functionality
  • Preset mode allows you to store up to five (5) preset temps
  • Slender, lightweight ergonomic iron handles
  • Compact design takes up less bench space
  • Wide selection of tips available
  • Great for soldering SMD and through-hole applications
  • Use with Hakko T18 series tips

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Customer Comments

  • I’m wondering… do you plan to release a EU version for this product anytime soon?

  • I am entering non-lead soldering using SAC and other solders and found it very difficult with my current equipment. Currently looking into buying some decent non-lead soldering station. Anyone any tips? Is the Hakko FX888D the best choice? I am inclined to spend a bit more if my life gets significantly easier with costlier equipment.

  • NEED EU VERSION MY DEAR.

  • [facepalm]

    Now I’m stuck with a station I can’t use because it isn’t 220V… Even though it isn’t specified in the product details, I could’ve known this to be the case.

    • I assume you aren’t in the US, get a 220V to 120V converter and you’ll be all set.

      • I’m from Europe, so no 110V here and I’d rather not use a clunky converter because I’m very limited in space.

        But… I got a 220V > 24V transformer in the mail today, so I’m going to replace the 110V transformer with that one. I found a video on YouTube where someone did this and it worked out perfectly for him. Had a quick talk with him and he pointed me to the transformer he used. It cost me about 18 euro and he said it will take about 20 minutes to do.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK3pTam0Gkk

        – Wouter

        • Okay, so I just got around to installing the new transformer and it works like a charm. I knew this was fast, but damn… it heats up to the max in about 30 seconds!

          Still need to clean things up a bit and add some heatshrink to the connections, but didn’t have anything laying around.

          Just a few pics:

          Note: I don’t recommend doing it this way if you value your warranty, because obviously you’ll void it. Don’t know if this will keep working, but the guy I got the tips from says his station still works like when it was new.

          – Wouter

          • Hi, picture links are dead: Any chance of putting the pictures up somewhere reachable?

  • We need a 220V version !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (or a workaround :-) )

  • It’s so sad that you don’t have european version :(

  • Any chance you could sell the silver version shown here: http://www.hakko.com/english/products/hakko_fx888d.html ?

  • This is a great soldering station. The digital input is easy to use and the temperature setting stays where you left it when you turn it back on. The all-metal stand is of quality and easy on the eyes. I’d buy this again, but I don’t think mine will quit any time soon.

    The product photo has placed the wire sponge in the back where the hot end of your iron would go. This is incorrect. Though the placement is entirely up to the user, the wire sponge is supposed to sit in the crevice between the iron holder and the wet sponge, per the Hakko directions.

  • The power supply where i live 220/240v 50Hz. If i get a adapter so that it works with 220v will i have a problem with the frequency being 50Hz? Thanks for any help

  • After 30 years on Radio Shack pencil irons, I decided it was time to step up. This station is a pleasure to use.

  • Just received my Hakko and I love it! What a fantastic product! Thanks SparkFun!

  • Great soldering iron. Gets hot fast and stays hot. Highly recommended.

  • It really really really sucks that you can’t sell the 220V version :‘( Anyway, I think you should specify (and warn in red or something) that this is not valid in Europe, because I almost buy it until I read in the comments that is 120V!

  • “Password protected temperature setting functionality”

    What the heck would you need that for?

    • When these are used on factory floors, you may not want workers changing the settings if they don’t know what they’re doing. This isn’t a problem at SFE.

  • Hi so this is for 230v use? or…?

  • Hi! Are you restocking them anytime soon? I really want this iron.

  • Wow, you guys are just out of stock for pretty much everything huh? Both soldering stations you carry are BO, most of the good solder, ribbon cables, your meter is discontinued, SparkFun is kinda hurting right now…

  • When will these be restocked? I was ready to get one, then, BAM, All sold out. Thanks! :)

  • I LOVE this iron. One thing I wish SF would carry (and that I can’t live without) is the Hakko T18-BR02 tip. It is a standard conical tip that is bent around 30°. It is SO much easier to solder through-hole components, and I would imagine that it would help even more with surface mount stuff. It allows you to hold the working edge parallel against the board while actually holding the wand at a 30° angle. Perfection!

  • Is this a 240v input ?

  • If you are after the non digital version look at the recent comments on the previous model TOL-10553, good value too.

  • Digital readout is nice but for $100 needs an Auto-Off timer feature… 30 minutes no use and OFF.

  • This is a great price, Hakko are tough and reliable. Just saw it for $199 on AliExpress.com

  • Do you also have a european/230V model?

    • unfortunately, no. Hakko specifically won’t let us sell them as we’re based in the US. We’ve tried, hard.

      • What about looking at it from another angle? Maybe start stocking 230v -> 110v 75W transformers, and then make a bundle thingie?

        • we’ve though about it, but shipping adds considerable cost at that point, and we haven’t been able to find a good enough price on the transformers yet.

      • Hakko is difficult, and this difficulty makes the market for clones exists, quite a shame really. I sucked it in, and paid $270 for my 888d, and can’t say I regret it now, it’s an supergood iron, but it was kinda hard to swallow the pill when ordering.

  • Why two different kinds of sponges? And doesn’t having the brass sponge in the back make it difficult to clean the iron properly?

    • Wow, come on sparkfun. The Brass wire sponge does not go in the back! Fail, you even made the new product video with it in the back.

      It’s true that when your done soldering you should tin your tip, this ensures no oxidation is formed, however, you would never want to rest your tip in the sponge.

      The sponge goes in the little opening below the iron, so put it there!

    • The regular sponge (in the front) is a more gentle cleaning option compared to the wire one, and doesn’t clog up with excess tin as much over time.
      I have no idea why the photographer decided to put the wire one in the back, though. It’s supposed to go in the little curved slot at the front - yet it looks rather comfy where it is, too, so all that open space must be useful for something :)

      • it comes packaged as pictured, so it got shot that way. it does actually work well in the back though. it sits far down enough that you can press your tip into the sponge right before you set it on the cradle. either way works.

        • And everyone knows that proper men does not read docs.. Oh, I kinda sucked at that, so I read it, and put it in the proper place. (better not keep that brass hot always stealing heat from the iron)

        • Mine came with the sponge packaged in it’s own plastic bag with specific instructions to put it in the opening above the normal sponge and not in the back. Personally I don’t think you would want it sitting in the sponge as it would constantly be removing heat from the iron both needlessly heating up the sponge and needlessly working the heating element of the iron (but I could be wrong about this). One thing is for sure though, with mine sitting in front of me on a desk I would have to stand up to effectively see what I’m doing when cleaning the tip with the sponge in the back.

        • I was looking at the manual trying to figure out how you can do all those settings with just two buttons, but it pretty much says but the wire one in that front hole.

          I’m also wondering why it has a password to protect the settings. If I ever get one, do undesirable people commonly break into people’s homes and businesses and change someone’s soldering temp settings. Whats this world coming to. :-)

          But seriously this doesn’t look like its meant to be a shared tool like in a production environment.

          • I have a discontinued Hakko 929. It requires a card that is punched with a pattern of holes to be inserted before the temperature can be changed. The 929’s card and the FX888D’s password prevent ‘employees’ from changing the temperature and ruining the circuits by lifting the pad with too much heat.

            • Yea I guess I never thought how things work in production environments. But again I just assumed this model iron is more of a prosumer tool and not really used in a shop. But now I know.

              Its kind of like when I started working for a cab company and the quantity of stuff they have to keep in stock to keep 300 cabs on the road. Windshield wiper fluid comes in a small tanker truck and is pumped into 250 gallon holding tanks. Car engines are considered a stock items, not a “special order”. :-)

              • In a small shop, it’s nice to have the low end price-point at $99 vs. several hundred. I kinda wish my reliable 929 would stop working so I can justify buying this one.

                • I think that’s what I have too at home. It won’t stop working though, sorry. Mine was 5+ years old and was used in contract manufacturing. I bought it used and I’ve had it for 10 years now. I still use the original tip even… It still works like new. It won’t die. I only like buying things once.

        • Thats kind of what I thought. Everytime you put it away in the stand it gets cleaned.

          Something I’m terrible at doing. :-)

          • I don’t know if it is true, but I was taught to clean the tip just before use, and never after use, so that the tin would stay on the tip and prevent it from corroding.

            Edit: Just need to add that after a session of soldering I clean and re-tin the tip, of course.

            • Thats where I’m messing up.

              I need a tutorial on solder tip hygiene. :-)

              Also I really need a temp controlled iron. I thought a 40w single temp iron would work but its too hot. So I hacked together a temp control using a lamp dimmer and its helping. I marked out some numbers around the dial and 7* seems to work best with the generic lead free solder I’m using. I just got the small roll of leaded solder from here and will see how that goes. I also have a thermocouple that plugs into my multimeter so I could sort of calibrate the iron.

              • Oh and my scale goes to “11” you know when you need just a little bit more heat to get the job done.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 found this helpful:

This is iron is great

I had a cheap iron, but the tip never really got hot. This iron is amazing. It heats up very fast (15 seconds?) and the tip stays hot, making soldering so much faster and enjoyable.

I used to schedule my soldering to make sure I gave my iron time to heat up, now I just flip the Hakko on and I am ready to go in seconds.


5 of 5 found this helpful:

Amazing value!

Before I purchased this station I tried using a generic soldering iron to connect ~119 of the NeoPixel LEDs into a large matrix. Needless to say that my generic el-cheapo iron was completely useless for the task that added to my growing frustration. As soon as I got my hands on this Hakko station I couldn’t tear myself away. I got a few different tips and experimented on a few LEDs to find out what method would work best before continuing. Here are some quick highlights from my experience…

  • Replacement of tip is super easy!
  • Once you press the On button, the iron will heat to about 750F (399C) in approximately 15 seconds.
  • I generally didn’t play with the temperature (the settings need more experienced users)
  • Tinning the tip with a leaded 60/40 worked as expected
  • The standard wedge tip works great even on small components, but there are ~100 different tips available from Hakko including very fine tips
  • The weight of the iron is very comfortable (much more maneuverable then my el-cheapo)
  • This station made it straightforward to solder 22AWG stranded wire to the NeoPixel. For best results: tin the front side of the NeoPixel connector with plenty of flux, then solder the wire to the back… allowing the back side solder and the tinned front to ‘fuse’ together around both sides of the tiny connector

2 of 2 found this helpful:

Excellent Mid-Level Iron Station!

Out of the box, zero issues, heats wonderfully and easily. Included stand and cleaning material are great, greatly amplifies my ability to produce clean, strong solder joints. I’d greatly recommend this to anyone looking to solder on embedded systems projects (arduino, etc…) on a regular basis. It’s a real world-changer from the old $20 iron you got for free in that old diy radio kit.


3 of 3 found this helpful:

Fantastic Soldering Iron

Well worth the money. I bought this to assembly about 350 PCBs with through hole parts and this chugged along no problem. The settings can be a little hard to change so be sure to keep the manual!


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Great Soldering Station

I only own one soldering station that maybe better. But price ver price great station


5 of 5 found this helpful:

Great Iron, Poor Digital User Interface

This is a solid, well-built iron but the two-button, three-LED-digit user interface on this model is a real letdown. It’s harder to use than I expected and essentially doesn’t deliver any of the claimed benefits of a digital UI. I think they should have used a click-in rotary encoder knob or a three-button interface at the minimum. Moreover the LED display for example only distinguishes between the set-point and calibration mode (which you don’t want to be in by accident!) by the location of a tiny unlabeled dot. The UI is just too poor to be taken seriously, so set it to one temperature and leave it there.

The iron and iron holder are exceptionally well-built, nicely designed and carefully thought out too. Photos just don’t do them justice. When you use the product, these are the parts you interact with and on this model they’re simply excellent.

Sparkfun ships this with the T18-D16 tip which is probably great for beginners. Experts will need finer or specialized tips but luckily Hakko-compatible tips are readily available and very cheap.


A great 'serious' starter soldering rig

Bought this to replace a an older iron that I’d been limping along with, and my joint quality instantly went up a notch. Quick to reach temp (I use 600F), and everything is included to keep the tip clean. The iron has a nice grip on it.

My only complaint with this is the documentation on presets, which could be clearer. It suggests that there are 5 presets. Mine came with 1. That made for a confusing first experience, resolved quickly by manually setting the temp down from 750F.


Great iron!

Heats up fast, seems like good temp control. The sponge it strange, why I shorted a star–time will tell. Feels much better than the Weller it replaced.


Fantastic Upgrade for my Hobbying

I previously had a Propane Portasol. While cheap and a start, it burned numerous boards, had no way to keep a stable temp, and shot fire out the side. This is a solid, beautiful, easy to get going with product. I also bought the conical tip for more precise work.

I am using this for products like Soldering Sunday’s Buzz, Adafruit’s flickering lamp, and some odd radio shack alarms. With this, soldering is so much simpler. I looked up videos rather than reading the instructions for setup and changing out the tip.

This pairs wonderfully with the Third Hand by Hobby Creek. I purchased a fume extractor with it and the blue and yellow match perfectly with this Hakko Soldering Iron.


Works great

This unit heats up crazy-fast - probably about 10 seconds to reach 500°F! The tip it comes with is a bit large, but servicable.


Best soldering station I've owned

I have owned 2 previous cheap Chinese soldering stations in the past. They both eventually failed me. I almost ordered a third one, but decided to splurge and try this Hakko one. It is obvious right from when I opened this Hakko that it is much higher quality and I don’t expect to have to replace it like I have the other 2. I am sure this one will last a very long time. This heats up WAY faster than my last ones, and the overall quality just seems so much better. Also, the thing is heavier than you would think, and this helps keep it in place when using it (small thing that makes a bigger difference than I would have guessed). My last 2 stations had hot air guns for rework, but honestly, I only used it maybe 2 times the whole time I had it (and it wasn’t for rework). I would much rather pick up a cheap heat gun to use the few times I need it, and have this high quality soldering station that I use all the time. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone on the fence about it, it’s great.


heats up fast

I’m quite happy with this, and I don’t know of a better iron for the price. I’ve used it quite a bit so far to solder stranded wire joints, including some fatter gage landscape wire, which is probably pushing the intended use of a small iron like this. But it handled it like a champ, more pleasant than my handheld soldering gun (which is admittedly ancient). Have not used it for PCB assembly yet, but I’m sure it’ll be great for that.

Some things that could be improved would be a heavier base on the iron holder, better fit for the plug connecting iron to power unit. And I’m not sure what the finest tip SFE offers for this but I tried to buy one of each of the main ones I noticed in the catalog, and I find that the finest one I received is not nearly as fine as the finest one I had for my old weller. Matters a little when you’re trying to hand-solder very fine pitch SMD stuff.


A whole new world

This station makes all the other soldering irons I’ve owned seem like a toy. Absolutely increased my confidence and skill with small components and tight boards!


I love it!!!

Coming from a $30 (in 1989 prices!!) RS iron to this Hakko that is 3X the price, it is a dream come true.

The iron is much lighter than my old iron and the stand is actually USEFUL since it’s made of metal and can really hold the iron without falling over. As mentioned by other reviews, the iron heats up SUPER fast. With my old iron, I had to wait several minutes to get up to temp and after 10-20 minutes, it was too hot to hold comfortably.

This iron is comfortable to hold even after on for an extended period of time.

Changing the temp is easy to do and you can watch the digital display show you the actual temp. Once it reaches your target temp, though, the display is rather boring because your temp never strays. :D

First time out, I used this to solder together some large (16 or 14 gauge) wires in my engine bay. This iron heated them up quickly and easily, something that my old $30 iron struggled with. No more worrying about cold solder joints with this puppy!

The chisel tip actually isn’t as large as it “sounds” But I did pick up the other two tips available from Sparkfun just in case.

Is it worth a little more than 3X the price of a “hobby” iron?

If you’re buying stuff from Sparkfun, the answer is probably YES.


Fantastic soldering iron

Certainly, the best I’ve seen or used. The password feature is a bit over the top but the functionality and build quality are top notch. It also goes from zero to full temp in mere seconds.


So good!

It’s amazing to finally have a real soldering station. I’ve only had B.S. “irons” from radioshack until now.

My one complaint is with the documentation and default settings; the docs tell you how to use the preset mode, but not how to switch to the preset mode. You’ve got to go online to find out what the parameter options mean. By default, it’s set to manual temperature control, which is ungainly without a knob. I’d prefer it set to program by default, and for the manual to show how to switch.

Sorry their docs weren’t more comprehensive with this information. But I’m really glad you are enjoying your iron!


Fantastic Iron

I’ve never used a better iron. Very high quality. No complaints. Heats up quick and it only takes a quick touch to solder a pin. <3


A must have for any hobbiest

I am just getting into electronics and had been soldering for the last year with a less expensive iron. Deciding to invest in the Hakko FX888D was the best decision I could’ve made. Soldering is now a breeze. The unit seems very durable as well. If you solder regularly, I would highly recommend!


Best Soldering Station I have ever used

This is by far the best soldering station i have used for the price. I love how it heats up quick and temp can be quickly adjusted with presets.

Wish Sparkfun caried hollow tips for the iron as seen: https://youtu.be/J5Sb21qbpEQ?list=PLQ7F9MwmHpvIuegd8HNtF1wTKdg12Q7Yi&t=1205 Hollow Shape BCM/CM tips help with SMD soldering. https://www.hakko.com/english/tip_selection/work_drag.html


Works Great!!!

I opened my Hakko FX888D plugged everything in and it worked great. Comes to temperature very fast. I have only used it a few times and so far I’m a happy customer.


Best soldering iron I have ever used

I have wanting an upgrade for my decade old Radio Shack cheapie with its two temperature options, thick tip which was hard to find a replacement for..

The Hakko is great, feels positive in the hand, reaches the program temperature quickly, sturdy on the bench.


Much better than what I was using

I was spoiled by a Weller at work and had an older iron at home with a dimmer control. Temperature regulated is the way to go!


The best soldering station

Works very well like a professional soldering station.


A really great soldering Iron

I really like this soldering iron. It heats up fast and does a great job. I’m sorry I waited so long to purchase it.


Great Iron

My old Ungar iron finally died, and I chose this one as a replacement. Heats up incredibly fast, and seems to maintain the set temperature well. The only thing I miss from the Ungar is the slightly finer chisel tip it had. None of the T18 tips offered for this iron have a similar shape, but I guess the various small conical tips for SMT work make up for that.


Best Soldering Tool I've Ever Owned - Great Price!

I highly recommend this soldering station.for anyone who does electronics soldering on a regular basis. I have used handheld soldering irons in the past and have had a lot of trouble with cold solder joints while still burning out components. This gets very hot very quickly and has a very wide temperature range so you have the right amount of heat for the task at hand. I recommend keeping the manual handy as changing temps can be a bit of a process, but once dialed in I rarely need to change it. I chose to upgrade to a larger chisel tip which works better for me; the tip was fairly priced and very easy to change out. The station and iron seem very well designed and constructed; I do not expect to need to buy another soldering station for a very long time. When I do, I will replace it with another Hakko - no question. If it were stolen I would buy another in a heartbeat.


Great investment

This is probably one of the most expensive pieces of equipment I’ve purchased for my electronics projects by about a factor of two, but it is much,much easier to work with than my previous $20 soldering iron. I can also easily use lead-free solder. Yay!


The Hakko soldering iron works as advertised. I like the easily interchangeable tips, and the preset temperatures are handy.


Works great

I’ve been doing a lot of lead-free work with this iron and haven’t had any problems. A big step up from the $25 plug-in iron I had before.


Jack is a little loose

This is by far the best solderer I’ve ever owned. It kicks the crap out of the $12 Radio Shack model I upgraded from. I’ve had a slew of those.

My only complaint about this one is that the jack on the base that connects to the iron is a little bit loose. I don’t think it will fail but it makes it feel a little cheap.


Havn't used this much yet, but nice features and price point

This solder station has not seen much use yet as I really need to invest in a wider assortment of tips to really use it well. also many reading this may not be aware that Hakko makes a pair of hot tweezers that work with this station. I intend to buy these and I’ll then have both hot tweezers AND a good soldering pencil/iron. The temperature control works well and this is generally a high quality station and a good value. I’d recommend it for what it is and does. Just wish that sparkfun would carry the hot tweezers and a wider tip selection so I could have ordered everything all at once from sparkfun. also a side note as to iron temperature. Heat and temperature are NOT the same thing. some items require more heat to get to the desired temperature due to their increased thermal mass. this DOES NOT mean one needs to or even should increas the iron temperature. If one has the iron set at a temp high enough to flow molten solder of the type being used but not much higher that’s enough. using a higer temp than is needed to flow the solder in a liquid state simply adds to the thermal stress on the component due to higher temp. The correct solution is to match the thermal mass of the tip with the thermal mass of what is being soldered. by doing so the tip will appropriately hold it’s temperature through the soldering process.