At Eleshop we are often asked what the differences are between solder vapour extractors. This article explains the differences in suction power and noise production between four of our solder vapour extractors.

The solder vapour extractors covered in this article are the:

1. Quick 6101A1

Quick 6101A1 De Quick 6101A1 is a 470.25 €470.25 Excl. VAT fume extractor with the possibility of connecting 1 suction tube.
The filter system of this extractor consists of 3 filters (prefilter, middle filter, main filter). It is also possible to adjust the suction power of this extractor with a wired remote control. Standard This extractor comes with a flexible extraction arm with round head, 6 pre-filters, 1 centre filter and 1 main filter.

2. Weller Zero Smog kit 1

Weller Zero Smog kit 1 De Weller Zero Smog kit 1 is a 564.46 €564.46 Excl. VAT fume extractor with the possibility of connecting 2 suction tubes.
The extractor has a pre-, active carbon and HEPA filter (H13) that captures 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 μm. There is also a built-in filter check that indicates when the main filter needs replacing. and has four different extraction speeds that can be adjusted with the buttons on the extractor. The Zero-Smog-EL kit 1 is supplied as standard. without an exhaust pipe. (Please note! The extractor has the possibility to connect 2 extraction arms but you will have to order these separately).

3. Hakko FA430

Hakko FA430 De Hakko FA430 is a 786.98 €786.98 Excl. VAT fume extractor with the possibility of connecting 2 suction tubes.
The extractor has a pre- and HEPA filter (H13) that captures 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 μm. There is also a built-in filter check that indicates when the pre- and main filters need to be replaced. Furthermore, the FA430 has three different extraction speeds that can be adjusted with the buttons on the extractor. Please note! The FA430 is supplied without a suction tube. This can be ordered separately via the FA430 product page.

4. Aoyue FEK-01

Aoyue FEK-01 De Aoyue FEK-01 is a 214.05 €214.05 Excl. VAT fume extractor with the possibility of connecting 2 suction tubes.
This extractor also has an adjustable suction power and features an active carbon filter and HEPA filter. The filter in this extractor is an E11 filter which means that approximately 97% of the particles are collected. Furthermore, two extraction arms, two extraction heads with lighting and two active carbon sub-filters are supplied as standard.





The suction power and noise levels of each of these extractors have been tested for four different suction modes. The results of these tests can be seen below.

Suction power

Attention! The suction power for all extractors is measured with 1 hose connected. For the extractors with several connections the remaining connetor is covered.
The suction power of each of these extractors is measured with an anemometer and is displayed in m3/h.
All four extractors are adjustable in suction power. For each extractor we made four measurements that will be displayed from low suction power (mode 1) to high suction power (mode 4) (the Hakko FA430 has only 3 suction modes so for this one the measurement is only done for 3 modes). These results can be found in the table and graph below.

ModelModus 1Modus 2Modus 3Modus 4
Quick 6101A1 89.7 m3/h 115.1 m3/h 143.2 m3/h 175.3 m3/h
Weller Zero-Smog kit 1 76.2 m3/h 116.1 m3/h 147.5 182.6 m3/h
Hakko FA430 -191.4 m3/h 293.1 m3/h 319.6 m3/h
Aoyue FEK-01 104.9 m3/h 115.8 m3/h 121.2 m3/h 122.6 m3/h

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Noise production

The noise production of these solder fume extractors for each of the four modes is measured with the UNI-T UT352 decibel meter at a distance of 1 meter. The results of this test can be seen and heard in the video below. When you only see the differences in dB, you will find a table below the video with the noise information of these extractors.



ModelModus 1Modus 2Modus 3Modus 4
Quick 6101A1 55 dB 57 dB 63 dB 69 dB
Weller Zero-Smog kit 1 54 dB 64 dB 67 dB 76 dB
Hakko FA430 -61 dB 68 dB 71 dB
Aoyue FEK-01 64 dB 64 dB 64 dB 65 dB

Conclusion

The FEK-01 is the cheapest extractor of the four. Compared to the other 3 extractors, it makes quite a lot of noise, especially in the low modes. In addition, the suction power is much lower than that of the Quick, Weller and Hakko. Also, for the simultaneous extraction of 2 workplaces, an extraction force of approximately 50-60 m3/h is needed. If two extraction arms are installed and the filter is not completely new, the FEK-01 will probably find it difficult to achieve this extraction power. Furthermore, the filter in the Aoyue is not really suitable for use in a professional environment. Nevertheless the FEK-01 is an excellent extractor for a small/hobby workplace.
The Quick hangs a little between the Aoyue and the rest. It has better suction power than the Aoyue but the range from low suction to high suction power is smaller than the Weller and Hakko. In terms of noise production, the Quick 6101A1 is a lot quieter than the Weller and Hakko which makes it very suitable for large/professional workplaces where sound also plays a role.
The Weller's suction power is only lower than that of the Hakko. In the lowest mode it can suck softer than the other 3 and also in this low mode it makes the least noise. In the higher modes, this sound increases rapidly in dB, making it significantly louder than the rest. Furthermore, this extractor will possibly only provide enough suction power to extract 2 workplaces at once in the higher suction modes. This extractor will therefore be best used in workplaces where sound is not a major problem.
The Hakko is an animal when it comes to suction power because in all modes it stands out strongly above the other 3 extractors. This does not affect the sound one-on-one because it is, for the suction power, average in noise production. Whether this high suction power is a good feature in every situation is questionable (think of working with light components) but in terms of raw suction power, the Hakko FA430 is the suction king. This makes the Hakko suitable for two workplaces at the same time, even in the lower position.