Avoid Xytronix LF-396D solder stations

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by tom66, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. tom66

    Thread Starter Senior Member

    May 9, 2009
    Bought one of these "Xytronix LF-396D" cheapies for £49, to do the occasional SMD job.

    Two points:

    • These are not thermostatically controlled, they are controlled via duty cycle only, which is somewhat disappointing.
    • They die like NOTHING else, seriously (see below.)
    The first station I had died within 2 hours of use. No big deal, Rapid Electronics (my supplier) replaced it, but now after using the replacement for a few weeks I find it too has now bitten the dust! The failure is the same for both, the display will not switch on and the iron does not get hot. It only happens after turning it on or off, which makes me think that something is not quite right with the design - perhaps inrush current is blowing the fuse.

    So, I'd recommend everyone avoid these Xytronix LF-396D stations, due so far to the poor reliability. I've heard they only use a capacitive power supply, which could be contributing to early failures.
  2. marshallf3

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2010