Update: Weller solved the problems I describe in this article with a new design of the retainer. This new retainer solves all the problems described in this article. The new retainer looks very different and uses a spring to pull the tip to the heating element.
A little bit more than a half year ago I bough a Weller WT solder station. This solder station has a very smart design and there are many features I like.
- The solder pencil is very small, but has exactly the right weight and grip to solder for a long time without fatigue.
- The cable between the station and the pencil is very flexible, soft and never gets tangled magically.
- The tip heats up to working temperature in seconds.
- After a programmed time, the station goes into power saving mode and automatically wakes up as soon you touch the solder pencil again.
- It has a large nice display, just showing the info you actually like to know.
- Even digital, temperature can be quickly and precisely changed.
- The solder pencil is very modular, you can actually have multiple heat elements with different tips and change them in the middle of the work.
- The tips are small and relatively cheap, but from a high quality.
- The stand is heavy and does not slide away. You can switch between brass wool and a sponge if you like.