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    #16
    "It's a 70W unit and comes in a fisher-price blue and yellow color scheme. I understand they make a more subdued adult-themed color"
    It's actually already in an adult color scheme. It's just that Hakko is a Japanese company, from a strange and wondrous world where adults are allowed to enjoy colors beyond gray and beige, heheh. ; )

    Jokes aside, I'm glad you liked the unit. Beyond enjoying colors, the Japanese are also famous for making high quality stuff. Looks like Hakko continues that trend.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Hideji View Post
      "It's a 70W unit and comes in a fisher-price blue and yellow color scheme. I understand they make a more subdued adult-themed color"
      It's actually already in an adult color scheme. It's just that Hakko is a Japanese company, from a strange and wondrous world where adults are allowed to enjoy colors beyond gray and beige, heheh. ; )

      Jokes aside, I'm glad you liked the unit. Beyond enjoying colors, the Japanese are also famous for making high quality stuff. Looks like Hakko continues that trend.
      Hahaha... I guess that having spent most my life in the US (I spent a few months in Japan and several years in several other countries) I'd still much prefer the gray and beige... the blue/yellow just doesn't look professional to my eye

      Regardless, last two years I used the unit for a lot of professional work and it's a really solid unit. The super fine points were able to deal with tiny little SMT parts (1005 - 0402) very well and I had to remove and solder down a bunch of RF shields that were soldered down to grounds that were huge thermal sinks and the large chisel tips worked well although I had to turn the unit up to the maximum (480C) which I don't like to do - it's hard on the tips and elements but at least they don't cost much and it's great it could do that.

      During that time I've had to change the settings a lot and after doing it a few times I now find the interface super easy and don't forget how to change them. I've also really gotten into the habit of as soon as I know I'll take even a short break I immediately turn it down to P1...

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      • AZguy
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        BTW - I also did several XT90's and with the 3.2mm chisel at 450C were a complete breeze... takes only as long as it takes to feed the solder in - they are immediately hot enough to melt it (I really hate waiting for under-powered units to get to melt) and in seconds you can feed enough in to make a perfect joint without overheating the connector... it's really a pleasure compared to the cheap pencils and guns...
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