Today, the “new” Weller WX2 soldering station has finally arrived and is in working order. The saga began when I contacted Apex/Weller to upgrade the firmware to the latest version, and it bricked my control unit.
I had purchased one of the original units as soon as they came out, and over the years the display had started to dim and it was getting harder to register presses on the touch screen. As a result, they said they were going to send me a new unit.
When they said I was getting a “new” unit, I envisioned a shiny new unit in in a brand new box. That didn’t happen. This one was just bubble wrapped and packed in peanuts.
In any event, I’m glad to have it back. I was worried I was going to have to scramble to get a soldering iron for my EE term project. In fact, I was shopping for a substitute soldering station when I stumbled on a promotion where if you purchase a WX1 or WX2 (or bundle) you can get a free hand piece.
Mix a few beers, quiet desperation, and a special offer like that and my brain rationalized purchasing a WX1 soldering power unit to get a free SMT tweezers set with stand…