A look at the $30 Fnirsi HS-01 USB PD Portable soldering iron.
It is better than the E-Design Miniware TS-80P?
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00:00 - The $30 Fnirsi HS-01 USB soldering iron
01:20 - The tips. Hakko T12?
02:54 - Sponge accident!
03:11 - This is a bit dodgy
04:08 - Soldering capacity tests
05:50 - Comparison with the Miniware TS-80P
07:49 - Anti-roll design
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And let's check out the Hs01 Intelligent Electric Soldering Iron. This thing's priced at only 30 bucks. For the portable USB iron you get one little um, crappy conical tip I Recommend not using conical tips. You get a cute little bit rather dinky uh stand and you get like a I Think It's a 65 watt uh USB adapter as well as the sexy art metal um silicone cable.

oh look at that supposed to be 65 watt? uh Power but that will depend on the capability of your USB you know, like your battery bank or whatever because you're not going to use this thing with the plug pack. The whole idea of these is portable irons is that you can, um, use them out in the field. and it does come with a nice little thing to protect the tip. like that screws on and it's all alloy.

Case feels really good. let's peel the sticker off there. it's just got USB input Bob's your uncle got some rubber around the end there. um it's like or like it's got got a flat bit there for your fingers.

but yeah, it's not that like. there's nothing really to stop you sliding off the end. There's no like a rim or anything. So yeah, I don't know.

it's not the best, but it went like for 30 bucks it's brilliant. Even if this thing sucks, you might still throw it in your uh tool bag just for emergency use. And as for the tips, they look like a short version of the Heiko T12 tips I don't have any of those so I can't guarantee uh if they're compatible or not but looks similar but I think the ridge up here is longer. so yeah I don't know maybe.

but anyway, they slide in there. they do have a ring on the end and push it all the way in, swivels around but they do come out like pretty easily. I'm not using much force to get that out so it's a bit how you're doing. Um, not impressed with the tips, but what do you want for the price? Anyway, let's plug it in and I've got it going through the adapter here and voltage low.

Oh um, so yeah, it's not in power delivery mode at the moment. I need to repower this somehow. Let's see if that works. There you go, it is.

We're in. Yes, now. we're 20 volts here and it's not going to be hot yet because we haven't actually, uh, switched it on so it just gives us that uh, graphic there. There is no other controls, it's just those two uh, like that.

but we can actually if we press that, boom, it heats up, it jumps around like a jackrabbit. So I'm not sure what's going on there, but uh, will it settle down like like I don't know what's going on? Uh, it's giving me the heebie-jeebies. Wow, is it where? What the heck? It's got the bar graph that pulses like that, but there we go. There we go.

It seems to. and I'm getting the fresh, mmm fresh tip. Smoke. Yummy.

We have a sponge water accident. Um yeah. the manual. Um, Anyway, here you go for your sponge aficionados.

I know you love it I know you love it. Oh look at that and well, that's probably the dickiest stand I've ever seen. Like if you're taking it out in the fields you like, you probably wouldn't even bother. Ah, check it out.
Look I haven't even touched it and it's already saying that the tip is disconnected. So I push it back in and restart. Let's see if we can just get it. Just putting it down like that.

let's see if we can get the tip to sort of like come out or something. Just you know. Yeah, yeah, got it. got it.

Look, just dropping it down like that was enough to I told you it was loosey-goosey Yeah, that's that is terrible Muriel Wow. Anyway, just idling there we are peaking up to like 40. I it does seem to be getting to 40. I'm not going to go into intricate detail about uh, the power consumption, but anyway, it is a 60 watt uh pack all right.

I've got it set to the default uh, 370 degree here. I don't have a nice uh chisel tip with it but I've got one of these uh blade tips. so fairly chunky. got some point nine millimeter uh lead free stuff so let's have a go on some copper clad board.

a freshly uh cleaned try and get it in the one shot here. Let's give it a go. Ah yeah, it's melting. No worries.

um 18. Watts Yeah, that's right. Test passed. You can do a copper nice copper clad board like that.

Not a problem. What is that? I'm just having a look at the display there the bar graph there. It doesn't seem to be pumping huge amount of power into that, so that's not too shabby. It's doing the business for a, you know, a power delivery.

just a random board. uh see if it can do like a, um, a through-hole fuse like this. I know it's ridiculous, but uh yeah, let's give it a bill. So to adjust the temperature, you just hit the buttons like that I don't know if it's got any more.

Okay Billy look I'm going to turn it up to 400. Okay I'm going to give it a chance against this. Beast Here we go. Oh, not liking its chances I Wouldn't expect it to do this, but it's giving it a red hot go.

Might actually get it, might it might. it's actually getting there. I Think yeah yeah, it's it's it's doing it. I Mean you know this is a pretty horrible test, but yeah, yeah, it's it's done up.

The pin is wiggling. Yeah, you can do it for 30 bucks. That's extremely usable. Unbelievable.

Wow. I You've got to have one of those in your kit just just for that price. Even if you use it once or twice, it's it's worth the money. And if we compare that to my uh Ts80p here, this is actually only a 30 watt iron so it is actually lower.

uh Power so but you know it, it still does the business and well I Don't know this is a more expensive iron, but I still think this is a little bit sexier but oh geez. I don't know. So if you compare these two irons I mean this is actually a lot more expensive. It's like 80 bucks or something.

You might be able to get it cheaper these days. I Don't know the uh deal but the fact that this is 30 bucks and it's higher power and it I think it might be using the standard Heco tips whereas the Ts80p it actually uses um, these 3.5 millimeter uh tips like this and well, they're not as standard I guess but the Ts80 is smaller, it's lighter, it feels better in the hand to actually use it, but not a huge difference. Like there's nothing wrong with this. It's quite powerful and for the price and for those who want the fancy pantsy uh features, you can actually hold down both buttons at the same time, which is a nice interface than the Ts80.
The Ts80 you can just like Press buttons and do goofy stuff. Um yeah, this one's nicer brightness, calibrate, temperature unit So it's got your sleep time so you can like auto power down and then you sleep temperature as well. It's got a child lock and it's got language and handheld I don't know what that is? Uh-huh I had to Rtfm there. Uh, turns out it's uh, that's the left right hand.

uh thing. So yeah, and there you go and you can actually set the voltage as well if you want to. but by default, you know there's probably no reason to do that And you can upgrade the firmware. So there you go.

And it wouldn't surprise me if somebody's got some Hector firmware for this because people like to hack their Ts100s or the Ts100 Fanboys out there you know them. How do you spot a Ts-100 fanboy and you don't have to? they'll tell you. and I do like these. uh, flat spots.

You can actually put it down and it doesn't roll well. it prevents it rolling a bit, even with the cable plugged in. it's going to really stop rolling around the place. so that's a nice design touch.

So it's a bit of a shame that this actually doesn't come with a nice uh pouch like I got with the mini wear here and I just uh, take that out and look, the pouch is even smaller than that entire iron. but I guess you could just take the tip out and you could I could put that in the same pouch. so I might actually do that I might actually swap as much as I like the ts80. for 30 bucks, this is actually more powerful.

it's more simplistic and I've got a selection of tips for it. so I think I'm going to replace the ts80. so even though this has problems with like the really Dicky contact, uh, tip and stuff like that, it doesn't matter like you know, you keep pressure on it like that and it's okay. But for 30 bucks that's got window written all over and I think I might actually, uh, replace my ts80 with this.

just whack it in there with uh, some extra tips. I've got my USB lid I got some solder and there we go that actually fits inside my little Ts80 pouch. Beauty So apart from the Dickie tip, I'm actually rather happy with that. For the and for the price, it's an absolute no-brainer You should have something like this in your kit.

some sort of portable USB iron and USBC of course is the bomb and this one's higher power. so you know if you've got a suitable rated uh Power Pack which you usually carry around anyway for charging your shoe, phone and whatnot, then yeah, it's great stuff. Anyway, first it did send in a bunch of other uh stuff like these USB current monitors I'll show you that in another mailbag but I hope you like this. uh quick mailbag that I thought I'd split out from uh the main mailbag video that I did I'm trying to do more frequent smaller mail bags now so if you like that idea concept and if you like this video, give it a big thumbs up.
Catch you next time.

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30 thoughts on “Eevblog 1543 – mailbag fnirsi hs-01 usb portable soldering iron”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ashley Papper says:

    I'm glad someone let him know about the nut Retainer for the tip👍

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Henning Hoefer says:

    Those very long videos I can only watch on the weekend, so I very much like the idea of shorter mailbag segments!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dani Way Giom says:

    What you're actually showing is more than 30$. Maybe you're getting too much free stuff to care 🤔
    Anyway, with the power brick that product is more than 70$.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars G Wolf says:

    I have it and I love it!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lea says:

    I prefer the gas powered ones tbh. They can get stupid hot if you need and have heat blower attachments as well.

    In the shed i will stick to the Weller 🙂

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Picobyte says:

    Bad shizzle rules 😄 I has the 12V 25W in my bag.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Creation Factory says:

    Why didn’t they just add a threaded retainer for the tip, like in other soldering irons. That and the temperature reading are the only drawbacks I see.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheBilgepumper says:

    Does anyone here have any recommendations of channels similar to EEVblog that do a lot of audio equipment teardown, design, and such? Like how to properly isolate DAC outputs, ADC inputs, filter audible noise, etc.?

    I've found a few channels, but I'm specifically looking for ones this community has found to be valuable.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Perry says:

    Dave, totaly the wrong iron 🙁 The one to go for is the E210 with the 3 tips, as badged by NorthridgeFix !

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Galgóczki Ádám says:

    Nice! I bought a smart watch for about 190 euro and it doesn't support the hand swap function.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Weathersbee says:


  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert S. says:

    Nasty nasty crapcord connected soddirons. YUCK.
    You must love blue cheese
    And nigger shit

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars acoustic61 says:

    The portable iron makers should get together and standardize tips. Use the same heater resistance of 6 ohms and same physical dimensions etc.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Connor Springer says:

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  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AppliedCryogenics says:

    Hey, there's no reason why someone cant attain expert-level soldering skills using only conical tips! Back in 1985, some of us only had conical tips! That Archer 15W iron.. it'll make a man out of ya! I dare say I am now a soldering expert, with decades of experience, and I can solder a QFN100 with a lukewarm potato, and I prefer conical tips!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Red Squirrel says:

    One cool idea for those that may not want to buy a separate iron, lot of power tool companies like Ryobi sell mini inverters that run off their tool batteries, great way to power a plug in solder iron, or even a scope, out in the field. Good way to float a scope too. 😉

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jan Zbędny says:

    So, it's not really portable if you need either a quite beefy usb-c power supply or powerbank. I quit vaping some time ago and last year I converted my 2 e-cigs to soldering irons, $5 for a tip from Aliexpress that threads in instead of atomizer and viola! I now have two 18650-powered truly portable soldering irons 🙂

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars fuzz s says:

    Thanks for your video. To be fair i guess a new review is needed after using the screw to tighten the tip 😊

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Glenn Hamblin says:

    Did you say it is 30 bucks😂

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted McFadden says:

    Two thumbs up for the short mailbag excerpt, and the nifty soldering iron! Amazing what $30 gets you. Maybe get a Pinecil and do some kinda shootout with the TS80 and this iron? 👍

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars aephix73 says:

    I prefer my Pinecil soldering iron for $25.99. It has all the features of the TS100 including firmware.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Erick Builds Stuff says:

    I already have ts100 and Pinecil in my arsenal. Please suggest something similar portable for micro soldering. It’s just for a quick rework of decently larger smd components (larger than 0402 size). Main drawback of pinecil is the length of the tip. Too large for micro soldering applications in the field. I had to replace capacitors on a few boards in a remote place. I didn’t have enough replacement boards at that time. Had to solder directly.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tehpanda says:

    based on the thumbnail I can already tell it is too good to be true.
    edit- surprised how capable it is, but I think I will just try not to do any soldering in the field to begin with haha.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars o3rMeNs says:

    Try the pinecil from pine64.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elektronik Atölyem says:

    A nice review video

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Chuprun says:

    Is it actually that powerful? Just curious since most of these super cheap items lie about their stats.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark C says:

    Hey Dave, fair review I thought. I’ve owned and been using one now for a few weeks after watching Richard at Learn electronics repair channel. Bought it to replace my very tired old Weller pu-2d iron. I purchased the full kit which comes with a usb to laptop charger adapter and loads of tips. I’ve been using the iron on the laptop charger and can confirm it heats up fast and holds its heat well using a better supply. Don’t know what your one was doing going up and down when you first used it ? Never seen mine do that, even under load on heavy ground planes I found the same as you. It would do it but it took time, even with the bc3 tip. I’d like to know how to tear it down and replace the usb port and what one it takes as I can see this being a failure point in the future. Brill review cheers Dave !!

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daijoubu says:

    I think the best budget is the one that takes T12 tips

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrTurboturbine says:

    The OLED display on my TS80 is almost completely burnt out, but it's okay because I set it up one time and never feel the need to change anything in it.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars edgar cornette says:

    you have to take the nut off .. then slide the tip in .. then put the nut back on and it will hold the tip in using the ring on the soldering tip..

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