In this guide we’ll take a look at the best soldering stations for the UK market.
We’ve compared maximum temperature, Wattage, number of included tips and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Soldering Station?
More Detailed Soldering Station Reviews
Weller WE 1010 70W/230V WE Digital Soldering Station Kit Review
The Weller WE 1010 is probably the best soldering station for the UK market because it’s a quality soldering station that is incredibly safe and easy to use. One of the best digital soldering station brands, Weller are the go-to people when you want a quality manual soldering solution.
The first thing you’ll notice about the WE 1010 station is the clean and simple design. The base unit has a large LCD screen and just three buttons to control all the features, and a large and easy to read ON/OFF switch. You can set the soldering temperature easily, and it even comes with a year’s warranty from Weller.
The included tip is the quality you’d expect from the best soldering iron station and can be easily changed without tools. If you’re looking for the best soldering station for the UK market, this is it.
Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station, 70W, AC, 26V Review
Another premium soldering iron brand, Japan’s HAKKO make some of the best temperature controlled soldering stations out there. The FX-888D provides premium build quality and features for serious professionals as well as keen DIYers.
The powerful unit is quick to heat up and will maintain temperatures during continuous use, thanks to Hakko’s 60 years of experience and technology. What makes this the best soldering kit is the soldering iron itself though- the handle is wrapped in a soft foam that makes it comfortable to handle, and accurate.
Mbuynow 3 in 1 Soldering Station Solder Rework Tool Set Review
This 3 in 1 soldering station from electronics company Yihua looks like something out of a sci fi film and is packed with clever features and accessories. With everything that the best soldering kit might need, you can solder, shrink and test power supplies with just one bench unit.
As a one-stop-show for budding electronics enthusiasts, you can choose from a temperature-selectable soldering iron, a hot air gun for shrinking cable wrap and melting glue, and a pair of powered probes to put current into any circuit you’re working on.
It’s not a professional-level tool but for the money, it’s the best hot air soldering station that we’ve come across for versatility.
Preciva 60W Professional Digital Soldering Station Review
This Preciva digital soldering station uses a ceramic core to heat up the soldering tip in just 15 seconds and uses constant temperature control technology to maintain the displayed temperature to within 2°. The rubber grip on the soldering iron is comfortable and the display is easy to read. It’s not a premium soldering station but one of the best digital soldering stations for the money.
What makes this the best soldering kit out there is the number of useful extras you get with this set- The five extra tips will come in handy, and so will the solder sucker pump, but what makes this the best soldering station for beginners is the included solder wire bracket and roll of soldering wire. It’s everything you need to get to work straight away.
Katsu 2 in 1 852 D Electric Soldering Station Review
KATSU is one of those tool brands that make one of the best soldering kits that doesn’t cost a lot but still includes some of the features you’d expect to find on the best soldering stations. The unit we looked at promises to heat up within a couple of minutes and maintain that temperature, even during constant use.
Because it’s a 2-in-1 tool, the 852 D soldering station also features a super-useful hot air gun. Used mainly to shrink wrap tubing, it’s a welcome addition to the best digital soldering stations, saving you up front spend and valuable bench space. The dial is easy to use to set temperatures and the large, backlit LCD screens can be read, whatever the lighting. It’s one of the best soldering stations for the UK market if you want a solid and budget-friendly solution.
Soldering Station Buyer’s Guide
Having access to the best soldering iron station is essential if you want to work on electronic circuit boards, electric guitars or anything that’s been soldered together. We took a look at six of the best soldering kits for home use that come packed with clever features and useful accessories.
The best digital soldering station for bench-top use comes with a separate heat control unit and detachable soldering iron on a flexible cord. The heat control unit on the Weller WE 1010 is as simple as they come, with just a few buttons to control everything, but you can also get units that give you plenty of options and different displays, like the Yihua 853D.
Some of the best temperature controlled soldering stations are 2-in-1 or even 3-in-1, which means they include hot air guns for melting off glue and shrink-wrapping cable sleeves, and even electrical test probes.
The heat control units on the best soldering stations for the UK market must be electrically insulated and sturdy enough for bench-top use. This means they’re usually made from plastic or have insulated metal cases.
The cord between the control unit and soldering iron must be able to handle high temperatures, so are often shrouded in silicone that can protect them from hot circuit boards or accidents on the bench.
Power and temperature capacities
The best digital soldering station needs to get up to temperature quickly and hold it there to be really useful. The more powerful units on our list use 75 Watts of power to maintain temperatures of up to 480° C for long periods of time.
The more premium level soldering stations, like the Weller WE 1010 and the Hakko FX-888D come with several temperature pre-sets that you can save in the onboard memory and can even be password protected for security.
If you’ve ever worked with electronic circuit boards, you know how valuable the best soldering iron station will be. Using electrical power, the tip of a soldering iron heats up until it’s hot enough to melt the metal alloy used to create connections on circuit boards and other electrical components.
Working with tools that can reach up to 480° C can be dangerous, so safety features like ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection on the Weller WE 1010 and a stable safety rest is essential.
The best soldering iron station is an incredibly useful and versatile tool, found on professional and hobbyist benches around the world. We would use any of the six on our list again, but you can’t compare them to the Weller WE 1010 for sheer usability. It’s simply the best soldering kit you can put on your bench.