|Lightweight, hot, easy to solder.
||Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
|There are several excellent reviews on this product on the net (for example, http://www.applefritter.com/node/10572). I hope people who read my review read such other reviews, because they explain in detail how the device is to be used.|
For many years, I have owned a Portasol gas-operated soldering iron. It solders nicely, and its hot-blow tip is great for heat-shrink tubing. I also own a rechargeable soldering iron that uses a heavy, permanently-installed NiCd battery.
The Hakko FX-901 has an easier-to-work-with tip, and it uses four AA batteries. It doesn't allow to treat heat-shrink tubing, but soldering small parts is much easier than the Portasol, because the FX-901 is lightweight, and its tip is longer and pointier than the Portasol.
Incidentally, I strive to standardize my electronics with AA batteries because NiMH rechargeables and their chargers are economical (I hate proprietary rechargeables), plus, lithium batteries are an option if I need extra power. The FX-901 is a nice addition to my toolkit.