Another potential winner from Banggood, or rather would be, if I’d had my act together when ordering. The V2.1S T12 Digital Temperature Controlled Soldering Station is a small, neat soldering station complete with iron and combined bit/element – it looks good and well built. I would advise getting spare parts – see below.
The bit that came with it includes the heater element, but wasn’t the best choice of default tip for me as I like the fine tips for SMT soldering. Also though it uses a standard power lead as you may find on your laptop, that does not come with the unit. Fortunately I have many spares.
I panicked for a few minutes, I should know better as the Banggood site always has instructions or links and sure enough, plenty of info up there.– more info, a video and pictures on their site. I won’t open up the box as the Banggood video does that if you can handle the advertorial nature if the video.
The soldering tip that came with the station is called TK-12 Shape K. Personally I like T12-ILS – the fine tips. It is all on the website. In short, you get what you see. If I’d been more on the ball I’d have spare bits and a place to put the iron as against lying on my bench waiting to burn something. As it is I bought a yellow sponge separately. Right now I’m off to get more bits, I found a spare iron stand.
I have a soldering SMT station with heat gun which I blogged about elsewhere but it is BIG compared to this compact unit.
The link for more info, spares, pricing etc. https://goo.gl/yHXJ27