What is the best alternative to Model #3020-XTS Digital Display Soldering Iron Station by X-Tronic?
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There is a micro-USB port on the rear of the housing that lets you connect the soldering iron to your laptop. This way you can change settings, such as displaying temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, the default working temperature, and the sleep mode temperature. See More
The automatic sleep mode kicks in after 2 minutes of inactivity and decreases temperature of the tip to save power. The soldering iron reheats automatically once you pick it up. Moreover, to warn you about over-heating of the device, there is a special LED indicator. See More
Most soldering stations with comparable functionality will take up about 8x6 inches of space, while this soldering iron is just 7 inches long and extremely thin. It weighs a fraction of the mass of its alternatives - just a little over 10 ounces, compared to the average of 1.5 lbs of other soldering irons. See More
The high wattage and high-quality ceramic heating element enables this soldering iron to heat up quickly. It reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit in under 1 minute, and heats consistently for long periods. This makes it well-suited for big projects that require extended soldering. See More
Switching between all the settings and modes is realized by pressing the only two buttons on the housing in a plethora of different combinations. This means that using this soldering station can be confusing. To explore all the features you will have to rely heavily on the manual. See More
Besides the wet sponge that most soldering irons are equipped with, this one also has brass wiring. It easily cleans the pencil tip from extra solder and, unlike the wet sponge, doesn't cool it down . This saves extra power and time that are needed to heat it back up to the original temperature. See More
The temperature of the tip is not adjustable, which isn't necessarily required by most hobbyists. However it makes this soldering iron a bad choice if your work demands a lot of precision, consistent heat output, and a display to monitor the temperature. See More