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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.
Based on 18 ratings:
2 of 2 found this helpful:
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.
3 of 3 found this helpful:
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…
1 of 1 found this helpful:
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.
1 of 1 found this helpful:
I only own one soldering station that maybe better. But price ver price great station
4 of 4 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!
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.