I thought it might be fun to have a discussion on cyber week deals of interest.
My first contribution:
Howard Electronics (whom I purchased the Hive’s solder/desolder station from 11 years ago) is having 15% of this week. If you need any soldering irons, desoldering, hot air, etc. Check it out. They have amazing customer service and have been around for a long time.
Use the code CYBER2013 in the Discount Code section of the shopping cart 12/2 - 12/8
I’ve been thinking about getting a soldering station. Recommendations? Should I save up for one with a desoldering station as well?
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Get the hakko fx-888d. Solid brand, amazing iron, and it isn’t super expensive. It is probably the most popular iron there is. Get a few extra tips with it as well when you buy your iron.
Or you could go for the http://www.howardelectronics.com/xytronic/988d.html Xytronic 988D for $299 minus 15% discount = ~$250. It’s a slightly updated version of what we have at the hive. I’m a big fan. The unit at the hive was purchased in 2002 and has had 2 vacuum pump rebuilds and a handful of tip changes since then. Hakko is a decent brand but they’re both made in China at this point.
$250 for a full rework station is nice. It comes with a B01 tip. I want to start doing more surface mount soldering…what tip size should I get for that?
B01 is decent start. 1/32 tip. May actually be a little small for drag soldering, B04 (1/16") might be better there.
The discount code CYBER2013 does not seem to have any affect on the shopping cart for howwardelectronics
Oh yeah it does have an affect it just doesn’t show it like a normal shopping cart. All the prices (all the entire website) have been secretly reduced after entering that code. That’s an odd way to handle a discount code.