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I'm in the need of a hot air rework station, mainly for opening up mobile devices. I've already got a soldering station so a stand alone hot air system is all I need. 

Has anyone got any recommendations of some good stations to look at? 

Chris - Owner
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Rob.Allen
It really depends on your budget, there is cheap which will set you back £40 to £50 for something that is half decent, I have personally got a cheap WEP 8508D which was approx £45 from Amazon which for my needs, like yourself is mainly used for pulling screens off although I do occasionally have need of it for some smd work, or for a more generous budget you could go for something like a hakko or weller which is going to be several hundred golden beer tokens but are of a much higher quality, and are mostly used on SMD work.

Then there is the 2 different types of the cheaper ones, one has fan in handle (often referred to as squirrel cage) and is noisier than the other, which has a pump located inside the main control box.
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MACH Computers

Yeah I should have been a little more precise with regards to where I want to be. 

Certainly I don't want one of the units with the fan in the handle, been doing some reading and I can see already that this would be an unwise investment so definitely a pump based unit is what I'm after. 

As far as price range goes, I would love to go for a high end unit but I don't want to spend that much on a unit at this moment in time. To give a more defined budget, no more than £100 absolute max is all I want to spend at this moment. I can always sell the unit on and upgrade to something a bit more shiny as and when the need arises. 

I have looked around on Amazon as it happens and there is a unit that looks to fit into my criteria: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Soldering-Equipment/Atten-AT852D-Rework-Station-Variable-Heat-Safe/B00P2QGG3C/ref=sr_1_33?ie=UTF8&qid=1488310817&sr=8-33&keywords=hot+air+station

If I didn't already have a solder station, then this unit also looks to be a good option, especially as it also offers a low voltage power output as well for connecting iPhones direct to DC power for diagnostic purposes etc. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stamos-Soldering-S-LS-13-Basic-Station-x/dp/B01BWMZ3ZQ/ref=sr_1_50?ie=UTF8&qid=1488310847&sr=8-50&keywords=hot+air+station although it is a bit over what I want to spend out at the moment (oh the joys of being self employed and having smaller budgets) 

The catch with both of these units is that there are no reviews from any previous buyers (if there have been any) and naturally I want to ensure that I'm getting a solid unit for the price which I won't feel like I've made a mistake in buying.  

Chris - Owner
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mmedic
when you say opening, do you mean the likes the samsung? if so we find a heat gun is better, the likes of a hot air station is to small and takes to long at tiomes.  Get a heat gun that you can control the temp, or even look at a hot plate, these are well down in price atm.
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FBG
http://www.dancap.co.uk/smd%20rework/fr810B-17.htm

Might be more than you want to spend but I bought one of these 6 Months ago and its the best thing I have ever bought. We do a lot of charger and HDMI ports and it has cut the repair time down by a third. 
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Steve
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-HDG200-Digital-Heat-Gun/dp/B005YTA944/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488382894&sr=8-1&keywords=Evolution+heat+gun

If its opening devices. this is the one we use (at leas im pretty sure it is!) its got a LED screen on the back and has fully adjustable temperature and fan control. Done us well over the past year. 
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Mend My iPhone
I use a heat mat for opening almost everything, Less labour intensive too. Leave it on the mat at 75 degrees and the glues just soften, not damage to anything and it all peels off. I found the guns time consuming. even take the backs off Samsung's the same way. I know people who only use the gun's tho, won't use anything else.
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MACH Computers
replacebase wrote:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-HDG200-Digital-Heat-Gun/dp/B005YTA944/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488382894&sr=8-1&keywords=Evolution+heat+gun

If its opening devices. this is the one we use (at leas im pretty sure it is!) its got a LED screen on the back and has fully adjustable temperature and fan control. Done us well over the past year. 


Seeing that reminds me I've got a nearly new Stanley heatgun in the garage somewhere. Its got variable heat control as well - why didn't I think of it sooner. Total outlay cost then would be £0 [thumb]

Mend My iPhone wrote:
I use a heat mat for opening almost everything, Less labour intensive too. Leave it on the mat at 75 degrees and the glues just soften, not damage to anything and it all peels off. I found the guns time consuming. even take the backs off Samsung's the same way. I know people who only use the gun's tho, won't use anything else.


I did look at the heat mats a while ago as it happens although the only one that kept getting mentioned were these chinese ones from Ali Express. Wasn't too sure what to make of them to be honest. I guess really that I could use both the gun and the mat. The mat for when I'm working in the office and the gun for when I'm out on jobs. Which mat have you got out of interest?
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jpinto
I use a hot air gun for all my work. In the beginning - much due to my patience - I had some failed jobs. This has somewhat
improved but I would like to hear more on the heat mat " mend my Phone" is referring to. Where did you get it from or better, have 
you a link.
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TheMicroGuys
jpinto wrote:
I use a hot air gun for all my work. In the beginning - much due to my patience - I had some failed jobs. This has somewhat
improved but I would like to hear more on the heat mat " mend my Phone" is referring to. Where did you get it from or better, have 
you a link.


He is probably referring to something like this.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HOT-MAT-Temperature-Controlled-Heat-Mat-For-iPad-iPhone-Smart-Phone-Repair-/172121065824
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iPhone Repair Guy Tiverton
I use one of these.  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112158976391 Best thing I ever invested in...ordered from china...cost about £40 at the time and arrived in 2 days...I can't even get screens delivered From Kent in 2 days.!
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PC Clinic Ashby

We use a Dewalt variable heat gun for most things.  Also a Honton heat plate for iPads and stubborn jobs where a lower prolonged heat does a better job.  Have a pro station with SMD Hot Air but that stays in our electronic repair area and the Dewalt is used as its easier and quicker.

Looking at the new thin heat mats too.

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Bytesize
Quick 861DA is an awesome hot air station http://www.somersetsolders.com/quick-861da-hot-air-rework-station/p274
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Andy @ ACE-Repairs
I agree with Bytesize, the Quick hot air staions are the best for the money if microsoldering.  For a cheap hot air station the WEP 8508D is great, has a stable temperature and I use 1 just for removing iPhone heat shields in seconds.  
   I never use my Paint stripper gun anymore, as mentioned the rubber heat mats are by far the best investment you can make like this 1 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112158976391, I use it for most things, iPad screen removal, 6S screen rermoval, battery removal etc etc.  Replacebase you need to stock these.  Knocks socks off everything else. 
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MACH Computers
Well the hot air gun (DeWalt) has certainly mad a difference over the heat pad which I bung in the microwave (I still tend to use this when doing on-site repairs for ease of use) but I will add that Quick Hot Air station to the want list. My workbench/area is somewhat over crowded at the moment with barely enough space to work around but when I move / rearrange the office I'll look at getting one. 
Chris - Owner
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CoraDias
Hi...i am a new user here. As per my knowledge there is the 2 different types of the cheaper ones, one has fan in handle like a squirrel cage and is noisier than the other, which has a pump located inside the main control box.

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Bytesize
You will not go wrong with  https://www.somersetsolders.com/quick-861da-hot-air-rework-station/p274
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Andyd2020
I totally love my QUICK 856AD fantastic station for the money I was concidering a JBC one for around £1200.00, I had ben loaned one but to be honest I could not see the benefits to justify the price so went for the QUICK 856AD, I use it for charging connectors mainly and nano repairs, I use a Maplelab seientific block heater for iPad and tablet screen removal, just leave them on it for 10mins and off comes the screen 😉
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