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Reviews Categories | Ham Work Bench Tools & Test Equipment | Weller WES50/WES51 Soldering Station Help


Reviews Summary for Weller WES50/WES51 Soldering Station
Weller WES50/WES51 Soldering Station Reviews: 15 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $139.99
Description: Introducing the WES50 – an innovative and powerful electronically controlled soldering station. Ideal for continuous production soldering or occasional use, this new Weller station features a new heater and sensor design that allows for quick heat-up and recovery. Temperature lockout and tip temperature offset ability come standard, as does
an automatic shut off feature that extends tip, iron, and station life. An economical soldering station with high-end performance -
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brands/electronic_applications/Manuals/WES50_OI_PL.pdf
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SOLDERINGGEEK Rating: 4/5 Aug 11, 2004 23:20 Send this review to a friend
Change in Part #  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have an old WES50 and have heard about the new WES51 which I was interested in purchasising I found a sale @ hmcelectronics.com which has the new units for $94.00 plus an additional $20.00 rebate from the factory. One problem when I got the unit it said Made in Mexico. The sale dept. said the Weller moved all their production to Mexico and there were a few of the ET soldering tips that were on backorder. They said all that would be fixed buy mid-August. The cost on the unit has plumetted but will the quality stay the same we will see.
 
KC0NII Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2004 06:29 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic  Time owned: more than 12 months
For the price paid, I wasn't expecting too much of a soldering station. But this has to be one of the best buys a person can find on such tools.

For around $100 you get a temperature regulated 50 watt iron and features you wouldn't expect for such a low price. Things such as a ceramic coated iron holder (prevents scratches and wear on the tip and tip holder,) silicon insulated cord to prevent melting from accidental contact, ESD safe grounded tip, automatic shutdown timer, and a variety of tips available for not much money. The before mentioned 50 watt pencil iron is very small, making it easy to get into those tight spots.

There are lesser stations available for a much higher price, other Weller stations included.

The WES51 has replaced this item, the only difference being a different connector between the iron and the base, and still costs the same. A digital display version is also available. Whichever of this series you choose it's impossible to go wrong. There is simply no better station available for the price.
 
AB9DZ Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2003 23:08 Send this review to a friend
Fast  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Heats fast, 50 Watts, adjustable temp and ESD safe. Price is right. Technitools has them on sale for $89 and a rebate of $20.
 
KD5QEF Rating: 5/5 Dec 4, 2002 23:40 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought the WES50 with PES50 tip from Lashen.com (Lashen Electronics, they were polite and prompt) based on the recommendation at http://www.elecraft.com/Apps/summary_of_soldering_stations.htm
and I built the Elecraft K2 with this station and the 1/32" tip (ETJ tip is the part #). Great soldering station, I use it frequently and with good silver-bearing solder and technique you can't lose with this one. I attribute my soldering success and the compliments from those who've viewed my work with positive feedback to the WES50 and the proper tip (I can't stress enough that it's important to use the correct tip *AND* temperature! for the job at hand) and solder. There are other cheaper stations listed at the URL above that are purported to be excellent, notably the Haako and the "Solomon", the latter a friend uses at his workplace repairing radios and he likes it.
 
AC8Y Rating: 5/5 Sep 17, 2002 10:39 Send this review to a friend
Good Performance, Moderate Cost. Great for Hams  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The Weller WES50 is available on the internet for around $100. That makes it quite a bit less expensive than other Weller soldering stations with adjustable temperature. Unlike the WTCPT series that uses interchangeable tips to select among a few different temperatures, the WES50 is adjustable from 350-850 degrees F.

This soldering station is advertised as being suitable for occasional home use or in industrial production. I expected it to be a cheaply constructed, imitation of the expensive Weller soldering stations. I was surprised that is a well-built unit with a sturdy feel—quite unlike the foreign made, low cost, bargain soldering stations typically marketed to hobbyists. The pencil is somewhat less substantial than on other Weller units.

Although the WES50 seems to be intended home/hobby use, it has capabilities that would only be useful in a quality controlled production environment. The temperature can be locked at a certain setting using a magnetic wand. Holding the wand up to a particular location on the control unit causes the power LED to change color and holds the temperature at the particular setting independent of the temperature setting knob. The same wand is also used to recalibrate the temperature.

The soldering iron warms up in about half a minute. I find that to be a big improvement over my WP-20. The WES50 also has an automatic shut-off that activates after 99 minutes of inactivity—I haven’t actually tried that yet but it is a worthwhile feature for safety and tip wear. By the way, there are numerous styles of tips available for around $6. This is another big advantage over the off brand units--parts and accessories should be available for a long time.

As I have only owned this unit a few months, I have no reliability data. I hope it is better than both the EC2002M soldering stations we have at work. Those were expensive and have proven to be unreliable—the digital temperature display went crazy on both.
 
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