John reviews the Hakko FX-888 soldering station. It’s the latest iteration of one of the most cloned soldering stations, the Hakko 936. The stations are simple and sturdy, with a wide selection of tips. The tips are backward and forward compatible, 900M tips fit the FX-888 and the T-18 tips fit older 936 stations.
Although the FX-888 is not inexpensive, it is very easy to use and light-years ahead of using a normal hand-held soldering iron. If you are finding yourself doing more soldering than the occasional hobbyist or are looking to work with a wide variety or components and soldering joints then you could do a lot worse than considering the FX-888. At this juncture it was not the cheapest, however I feel it was a solid investment and will last me a long time.