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.
Based on 7 ratings:
3 of 3 found this helpful:
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.
3 of 3 found this helpful:
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!
1 of 1 found this helpful:
I only own one soldering station that maybe better. But price ver price great station
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.
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.
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…
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