Clone Hakko desoldering gun? (CSI88 vs Hakko 808)

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I've heard good things about the $35 CSI generic soldering stations that
look (and apparently work) like Hakko 936 units. Commonly available from
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/ and http://www.mpja.com.

I've been looking for a good, cheap desoldering unit. The Hakko 808 is out
of my price range, but the CSI88 looks strikingly similar, and is only $80!
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/8438
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/products/full/8438.jpg

Compare to:
http://www.action-electronics.com/hak808.htm
http://www.bytefixx.com/ebay/lip126.jpg


Has anyone used one? Same tips and filters as Hakko 808? Similar
performance? For those who have one, would you buy it again?

Awol
awol [AT] i-hacked [D()T] com
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  1. Archived from groups: rec.games.pinball,sci.electronics.equipment (More info?)

    they look like the identical same product except for the big transformer on
    the cheaper model.

    i would guess they have the same functionality, but would also like to hear
    from someone who has one.

    Dan

    "awol [AT] i-hacked [D()T] com" <awol[AT]i-hacked D()T]com@the.inter.net>
    wrote in message news:PEBKe.24$UI.5@okepread05...
    > I've heard good things about the $35 CSI generic soldering stations that
    > look (and apparently work) like Hakko 936 units. Commonly available from
    > http://www.circuitspecialists.com/ and http://www.mpja.com.
    >
    > I've been looking for a good, cheap desoldering unit. The Hakko 808 is out
    > of my price range, but the CSI88 looks strikingly similar, and is only
    $80!
    > http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/8438
    > http://www.circuitspecialists.com/products/full/8438.jpg
    >
    > Compare to:
    > http://www.action-electronics.com/hak808.htm
    > http://www.bytefixx.com/ebay/lip126.jpg
    >
    >
    > Has anyone used one? Same tips and filters as Hakko 808? Similar
    > performance? For those who have one, would you buy it again?
    >
    > Awol
    > awol [AT] i-hacked [D()T] com
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: rec.games.pinball,sci.electronics.equipment (More info?)

    I contacted Circuit Specialists today. They have "never heard of" Hakko, so
    are unable to provide any information about similarities/differences to a
    Hakko 808.

    This company probably makes all these Hakko knockoffs we see around:
    http://www.aoyue.com/en/products.asp

    I'm probably going to order one... it's only $80. I'll let the group know
    how it works out.

    Awol


    "DWGoett" <pinball@midamerica.net> wrote in message
    news:11fmk3keg7dah10@corp.supernews.com...
    > they look like the identical same product except for the big transformer
    > on
    > the cheaper model.
    >
    > i would guess they have the same functionality, but would also like to
    > hear
    > from someone who has one.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > "awol [AT] i-hacked [D()T] com" <awol[AT]i-hacked D()T]com@the.inter.net>
    > wrote in message news:PEBKe.24$UI.5@okepread05...
    >> I've heard good things about the $35 CSI generic soldering stations that
    >> look (and apparently work) like Hakko 936 units. Commonly available from
    >> http://www.circuitspecialists.com/ and http://www.mpja.com.
    >>
    >> I've been looking for a good, cheap desoldering unit. The Hakko 808 is
    >> out
    >> of my price range, but the CSI88 looks strikingly similar, and is only
    > $80!
    >> http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/8438
    >> http://www.circuitspecialists.com/products/full/8438.jpg
    >>
    >> Compare to:
    >> http://www.action-electronics.com/hak808.htm
    >> http://www.bytefixx.com/ebay/lip126.jpg
    >>
    >>
    >> Has anyone used one? Same tips and filters as Hakko 808? Similar
    >> performance? For those who have one, would you buy it again?
    >>
    >> Awol
    >> awol [AT] i-hacked [D()T] com
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: rec.games.pinball,sci.electronics.equipment (More info?)

    I bought this model from Circuit Specialist:

    http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/8013

    It is not the same as the one you are looking at, the one I purchased
    was $119.00 and I have been very happy with the performance. From what
    I can tell, it seems to be a knock off of another Hakko model (freind
    up the street owns the Hakko) and seems to work every bit as well.

    Bob Stemmler
  4. Archived from groups: rec.games.pinball,sci.electronics.equipment (More info?)

    Looks like I might have killed the goose laying the golden eggs....

    I emailed Circuit Specialists about the differences between their CSI88 and
    the Hakko 808, and they pulled it from the web site. After seeing the pics
    I provided, they realized their chinese supplier is cloning a popular model.
    It is too similar, and they don't want anyone to be confused.

    Hopefully, they will release another 808-type tool in a different case -
    $80 seems like a pretty good deal.

    Awol
  5. Archived from groups: rec.games.pinball,sci.electronics.equipment (More info?)

    All of Circuit Specialists soldering tool are like this and prices are MUCH
    cheaper.


    "awol [AT] i-hacked [D()T] com" <awol[AT]i-hacked D()T]com@the.inter.net>
    wrote in message news:a6dLe.60$UI.40@okepread05...
    > Looks like I might have killed the goose laying the golden eggs....
    >
    > I emailed Circuit Specialists about the differences between their CSI88
    > and the Hakko 808, and they pulled it from the web site. After seeing the
    > pics I provided, they realized their chinese supplier is cloning a popular
    > model. It is too similar, and they don't want anyone to be confused.
    >
    > Hopefully, they will release another 808-type tool in a different case -
    > $80 seems like a pretty good deal.
    >
    > Awol
    >
    >
    >
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