Professional Package (Cost: $3,750)
The professional package contains just about everything that you’ll ever need to do microsoldering jobs, including recording high quality video. The equipment heats fast, they’re reliable, and they’re about as good as it gets. It’ll allow you to do all microsoldering jobs, like touch ic repairs, tristar repairs, BGA reballing, connectors…basically anything related to microsoldering.
In this package, we upgrade the microscope to one with an articulating arm. Obviously, you’ll need a little more room for this scope, but it’ll allow for maximum flexibility. You’ll probably want to buy your own camera though.
The microtweezers are upgraded to “nano” tweezers by JBC. Let me tell you, the difference is night and day between these two units, especially the JBC’s nano pencil. It actually works compared to the non-functional Hakko fm-2032 micro-pencil. You’ll want to get the c105-101, c105-103, and c105-105 tips for the JBC unit. Get more of the c105-105 bent .3mm tips because you’ll be using those mainly with your nano-pencil. And the straight tips, get double of them because they’ll be used in your nano-tweezers.
Don’t skimp on the fume extractor too. After a few weeks of inhaling smokey flux, you’ll wish that you had the best fume extractor out there.
Don’t forget about the essentials too!
Personal Note: We’re keeping the same microscope from the Advanced package because the double arm boom stand is the best, in my opinion. No need to spend more on the articulating arm stand. This microscope has it all, including the 0.5x barlow lens and simul-focal head that you’ll need. You’ll want to pick up an LED light ring.
Personal Note: The Rolls Royce of microsoldering stations. This station is much better than the Hakko FM-2023/FM-2032 combo simply because it actually works. The tips heat fast and well. This unit helps get the job done much faster than the Hakko. The downside is that the tips are expensive and they don’t tend to last as long as the Hakko, but if you want to do more repairs in a shorter time, then this is unit is a must.
Personal Note: Pick one of these as a backup hot air rework station and a dedicated station to remove shields from the logic board. You won’t want to keep taking the tips off of your Quick 861DW every time you remove a shield, so getting one of these is a simple solution. Not to mention that this is actually a great unit.