Weller WESD51 – Digital Soldering Station

Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering

Summary

*****

Pros

  • Digital Soldering LCD
  • Precise Temperature
  • Automatic Power off
  • 50 Watts

 

Cons

  • None
  • Power - 100%
    100%
  • Quality - 98%
    98%
  • Quick Heating - 95%
    95%
  • Customer Reviews - 88%
    88%
  • Works Properly - 95%
    95%
Overall
95%

For over 60 years, Weller has been a well-known name amongst soldering enthusiasts and consumer electronics manufacturers. When it comes to soldering, Weller is a big name, and that should definitely be kept in mind when reviewing their favorite WESD51 digital soldering station. Like it’s an analog model, this station was designed for continuous use in a professional setting which means it’s designed to hold up against a lot of heat and stress. Even so, Weller’s soldering stations are still very affordable for a hobbyist. Because of their robust construction, Weller soldering stations usually last years with old pros still using the stations, they first bought decades ago. So what does this digital soldering station bring to the table?

Weller WESD51

Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering Station

Weller WESD51 Specifications

The Weller WESD51 shares many similarities with its analog counterpart WES51. The station is about 50 watts, which means you won’t have to wait for more than a minute for it to get up to temperature. The temperature range is also the same: 350-850 degrees Fahrenheit with an accuracy of +/-9 degrees. It comes with the same lightweight soldering iron with a foam grip that doesn’t get hot like some cheaper models, and because the iron is anti-static, it’s safe to use on sensitive electronic parts like computer motherboards. The tips are replaceable with Weller brand tips, and just like the WES51, this station has temperature lock that keeps the temperature consistent even when the dial is moved. Finally, to save power and tips, the WESD51 will automatically power off after 90 minutes of inactivity.

But that’s where the similarities end. The biggest difference between this digital soldering station and its analog counterpart is precision. Because the digital version has a digital readout of the temperature and the analog does not have. This difference may not sound like a lot, but this readout is incredibly important depending on what you’re soldering and your experience level.

Customer Reviews

The Weller WESD51 is very well reviewed. Hundreds of customers rave about its simple design, sturdy construction, and reliability. It is easy to see why customers love this product. Weller is a trusted brand, and the performance of this digital soldering station is a testament to that. Although it costs just a little more than its analog counterpart, it seems that customers are more than satisfied with paying a little extra to have and own the digital version.

Recommendation

Although it may seem that a digital readout of the temperature is a too small change from the analog version, this simple change is actually immensely important. Because the WESD51 displays the exact temperature, it is perfect for particularly heat sensitive materials that require precise temperature control. That means there’s very little guesswork involved when repairing or making small electronics. As well, the digital temperature readout is perfect for beginners just getting into soldering. Without the experience needed to know at a glance whether their station is hot enough, the digital readout will allow them to see exactly when their station is ready to solder. If you want the digital temperature display then this is a great product for you.

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