A Review on the CSI-Station-3DLF from Circuit Specialists

With traditional corded soldering irons, you’re stuck using a single temperature that may not be ideal for separate soldering projects. Different projects will force you to use several different irons of different wattages, which is a hassle.

Consider upgrading to a Circuit Specialists’ soldering station, which have a number of advantages over corded soldering irons including variable temperature and responsive current control, interchangeable irons and tips, and more power in a smaller package: a soldering station iron is smaller than a traditional corded iron, making it comfortable to hold for longer periods of time.

In addition, soldering stations are durable and easy to maintain. Because soldering stations have a compact high-power ceramic element at the tip of the iron, the handle stays cool in hand, even during periods of extended use.

A soldering station is more efficient than a traditional iron as well: as soon as the unit detects the iron cooling, it increases the current so the iron can recover quickly, meaning you can bring a connection up to temperature more efficiently. With just a single iron and an assortment of soldering iron tips, you can solder everything from tiny integrated circuits to sizeable battery terminals without risk of damaging parts or producing cold solder joints.

The unit features an easy-to-read LCD display, temperature ranging from 150 to 450 degrees Celsius, a 60-Watt dual-core ceramic heater, and a versatile microprocessor-controlled temperature setup system with three preset and user-defined temperature settings.

Set the temperature with the up and down buttons on the face of the soldering station. Because the unit stores the last-used temperature in memory, the unit will automatically return to that temperature the next time you turn it on.

As an added bonus, a 60-watt soldering station has rapid heat recovery, allowing you to solder both traditional and lead-free solder.

The soldering iron has a soft comfort-grip pencil design, a three-foot cord with strain relief, and the entire iron can be replaced using a simple screw-on connector. The soldering iron holder, which is made of rugged aluminum, is separate from the station, enabling you to place it wherever is most convenient.

If you’re ready to upgrade from your old soldering iron, consider this Circuit Specialists’ soldering station.


George Leger has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, worked in private industry pioneering surface-mount technology and in government research labs for twenty years, published several papers on surface-mount technology, co-authored papers published in national symposiums on accelerator technology, was past president of SMTA and an adjunct professor at the community college level, holds a patent, and is a certified microchip design partner, serving as a consultant to many companies developing electronic circuits.

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