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Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?
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Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by coolykoko on Tue May 23, 2017 3:19 am

So I'm looking at this Hakko FX600 soldering iron, and it is apparently the Japanese version that does not have a US style plug with ground. On the description, it says it runs on 100V at 50W.

I'm wondering if this thing would work in the US. Without any stepdown transformers for the US 120V/110V.

If not, I was wondering what I could do to make it work. If I'm gonna use it, I would like for it to remain portable.

All the solutions I see for the voltage conversion consists of having a base station like housing for the transformer. Having something bulky like that defeats it's purpose for portability.

So any suggestions is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading

-Frank

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Re: Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue May 23, 2017 6:21 am

In my experience. most Japanese 100v devices work fine on US 110/120v mains. For something like a soldering iron, it will probably run a bit hotter. But the FX-600 has a calibration adjustment, so you can probably correct for that.

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Re: Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by coolykoko on Tue May 23, 2017 12:11 pm

I read that the Japanese outlets are not polarized. So I wondering if it is safe to plug in either direction in a US outlet.

Also without the ground prong, is the iron safe as well? I also like to point out that I really work with super static sensitive devices.

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Re: Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue May 23, 2017 1:26 pm

I don't know what safety certifications that iron has. But Hakko is a pretty reputable company, so I'd expect it to be well engineered and suitably insulated.

Most small irons like that do not have grounded plugs. So as far as grounding and polarization go it should be as safe to use here as it is in Japan. For a more definitive answer you should contact Hakko.

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Re: Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by coolykoko on Tue May 23, 2017 1:43 pm

Yeah I will probably contact them. My worry is how the temperature controller is powered and protected. That is why I am unsure if it will work

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Re: Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by dhalbert on Tue May 23, 2017 2:05 pm

This document describes replacing the heating element, in both Japanese and English: https://doc.hakko.com/download.php?_gs= ... 600&d=4345. There are two resistance measurements given, once for a 100-120V element, and the other for a 220-240V element. So my guess is that the same element is used for both the Japanese and US model. Also note that this iron has a temperature sensor built in, so I would also guess that the iron is relatively voltage-insensitive, since it will need to cope with normal variations in line voltage (e.g. 110V-120V in US), hopefully without recalibration.

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Re: Japanese 100V Hakko FX-600 Solder Iron in US?

by coolykoko on Tue May 23, 2017 2:09 pm

Thanks dhalbert, Bill

Just for extra reassurance, I will contact Hakko about it.

Thanks again.

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