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Best Heat Gun Rework Station for Mobile Phones

5 Jan 2019
Let us check out this best information on the market for today's phone repair technician! Heat Gun Rework Station or SMD guns are a very useful tool for soldering re-soldering cell phone PCB basic electronic components. when working on phone printed circuit boards, there is a lot of chance for errors to be made. whether you’re relying on the multimeter or find fault by your own technique, every soldering Rework Station machine has a mind of its own.
Sometimes the mobile technician applies his technique to the faulty PCB of a cell phone but the Rework Station machine can make a mistake. Other times, the solder components on the PCB can react in the way that is not desirable during mobile maintenance.

How to Use a Heat Gun Rework Station

Today we're going to be talking about the hot air rework station now the hot every workstation is essential for any mobile phone circuit soldering work it should go right along with your soldering iron in the tools you have. As we're talking about hot air rework station in today's blog post. we're going to cover soldered cold joints on Cell Phone PCB with the heat gun workstation, and we're going to show you how to fix mobile phone circuit problems with the rework station. it's also really useful for doing salvaging ICS from other mobile phone motherboards.
SMD Rework Station or Hot Air Blower is needed for soldering and desoldering  components and IC
Best Rework Station for cell phones


Besides a Rework Station machine, you’ll need a few more mobile repairing tools to rework on the surface mount components on a mobile phone printed circuit board.

Tweezers

Tweezers are used to hold micro basic electronic components, jumper wire, and small ICS. remember, the factors to consider when choosing the Tweezer is Quality, Durability, Availability, and Suitability. mostly the tweezer is used to hold very small components that you cannot hold by your fingers. the different types of tweezers use to reach the difficult areas in PCB.
Tweezers hold components, jumper wire, and  ICS. tweezers reach the difficult areas in mobile phone circuit
Anti ESD Tweezers 

tweezer used to place the components positions during soldering when we are working on mobile phones PCB. the tweezer type will depend on the job and personal preference of the mobile technician. soldering flux paste can help reflow solder joints.

If this is the first time that you are doing soldering on the mobile phone circuit read this blog post to know more about professional cell phone repair tools set

smartphone boards Scrap and Used old cell phones scrap
cheap mobile phones circuits
we recommend you to work on a scrap board before working on the expensive PCB! if you are new in mobile phone repairing field and don't know how to use Hot-air Rework Station machines, here is an overview of the Heat Gun Rework Station.

If you are new and dont know, what is a good lab surface to hot-air rework on? click here

Heat Gun Rework Station Overview

Now lets us look at the same function hot-air rework station.
the Best explanation was necessary to come to the topic that is how to use a rework station
step by step guide

The rework station uses a standard plug/outlet (~220 or 110) ac voltage. easy peasy to power on/off Heat Gun. put the button to “ON” to turn the rework station, move the switch to “OFF” to turn the rework station off. always remember! The SMD rework station will not power off immediately after turning the switch to the "OFF" position. It will continue to blow air until the airflow temperature is below 100°C.

Digital Rework Station vs Analog Hot Air Station
Digital Rework Station have LED output shows heat temperature flow
led blink display temperature

In Digital Rework Station The additional LED digital output shows both your heat temperature range as well as your air flow. The display will change as you turn on the Station.

Air Flow

Air Flow range is 1 to 8. You can adjust the air flow by turning the air setting knob. The LED near the Air Flow range output will bink and LED display still for 2 seconds to the current air temperature you need.
the air flow machine under the Hot Air rework Station.
air pump inside the Hot air station 

Heater

Heater Output temperatures range is 1° ~ 8° Celsius. You can adjust the rework station heater temperature by turning the Heater setting knob. The LED near the Heater setting first still then it will bink and The metal in the handle on heat gun goes red when the desired temperature is reached.
The metal under the handle on Hot Air Station goes heat up
Heater on handle

Nozzle


The Rework Station comes with 3x changeable nozzles. The smaller nozzle is good for focusing the SMD gun on smaller components. The bigger nozzle is great if you are trying to change the mobile phone charging jack on the board.
changeable nozzles are best for focusing on the smaller components on the mobile phone circuits
bigger nozzle

Handle

inside rework station handles there is a heating element. the heat element fire up when you turn the heat gun on. after a few minutes the heating element gets red then you can use rework station.
the rework station handle used to give heat on a specific area on the cell phone circuit
Hot Air Station Handle
if you learn to solder with rework stations can be very handy for you to change SMD components and ICs on the mobile phone PCB on any fault. it can also good for changing charging jack, LCD jack, memory card jack. As mentioned above, hot air station is a crucial tool when it comes to reworking a cell phones board.
handy rework stations change charging jack, LCD jack, memory card jack and ICs on the smartphone PCB on any fault
solder work on mobile phones circuit

If you are new and dont know what is the safe temperature for desoldering SMD components with hot-air rework gun click here 

Rework

The term rework means is you are fixing, resoldering and repairing present components on a PCB, and it is a common word used in the electronics and electrical world.

If you are new and dont know how to rework on SMD(surface mount desoldering) ICs watch these videos

here is some common rework on the list you can do with hot air station on a mobile or smartphone tablet PCB:

Resoldering Polarized Components
Soldering Polarized or non-polar capacitors. to test component in your smartphone circuit
Apply flux and heat
Solder or Resold Polarized Components like polar or non-polar capacitors. to check faulty capacitors in your smartphone circuit before resoldering them you have to check it. if you dont know how to check these capacitors before removing them from the PCBs read this blog post How to Check Polar Capacitor in Smartphone Circuit
Resold or solder micro capacitors to check fault on your smartphone circuit before turning it on.
Resoldering Capacitors
To know what is the safe temperature for desoldering components and IC with the hot air station in mobile repairing click here

Soldering Cell Phone Tombstone Parts

Resold or solder Tombstone Parts on mobile phone PCB, like the resistance, diodes. to resembling the lift up parts by any cause we usually use rework station to solder them.
resembling the lift up parts like the diodes, resistance on the pcb
Fixing Tombstone Parts

Resoldering Phone Charging Ports


The connectors like charging jack, charging port, and the USB port that is reflowed only on one side.
Resoldering Charging connectors and USB port one side on the smartphone PCB
Phone Charging Port
Soldered Cold Joints on Cell Phone PCB
Solder Cold Joints on the components include ICs joints connection that is not being made before
component and IC’s legs
Cold Joints similar to a tombstone. These include ICs making joints harder to see the connection that is not being made before.
Soldered Cold Joints on Cell Phone PCB include ICs making joints harder
example pictures

Removing Defective Integrated Circuit IC form the PCB

Sometimes, during the micro-components and integrated circuit IC manufacturing process, errors can arise and go unnoticed by mobile companies and get noticed by the user after buying the device. Heat Gun Rework Station is best for replacing these Defective parts and ICs.
Removing Defective micro components by the user after buying the device. Heat Gun Rework Station is best for removing these Defective parts and ICs
unsolder the defective parts

Soldering Missing Parts


The smaller the ICs, Components, the easier for these to disappear. This can happen when the device gets fallen resulting in a spot where something should be but isn’t. you can identify these parts by the looking at particular cell phone diagram. if you have these missing parts in your shop or can buy new once you can easily fix them with rework station.

Solder Jumpers on PCB

Sometimes you work on the smartphone circuit and you found out! another mobile technician work on it before you do. the technician used too much solder or solder paste, the result you see on the PCB, then you can fix this PCB by Unintentional Solder Jumpers on one or more of IC’s legs and components with a hot-air station. and you can use the hot-air to remove paste from the joints.

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How to Use Heat Gun Rework Station on Cell Phone PCB

Safety first: Do not use the heat gun or Rework station on surfaces like glass table, study table which you don't want to be ruined. we recommend you to use a piece of scrap wood or PCB Holder to work with the hot-air station on the mobile phone and Laptop circuits

Step One: Attach the Rework Station Nozzle

Choose your nozzles first to do the soldering job. now attach the nozzle to the top of the rework station handle as you can see in the picture.

Choose the best hot air Rework Station nozzle to do the soldering work. the picture show you process to attach the nozzle on the top of the rework station handle
nozzle on a handle 
And tighten the nozzle screw using a screwdriver to hold it in place.
tighten the screw on the nozzle to hold it on the top of the handle
now screw the handle

remember, the heating element and blower of the Rework station will remain off until you press the power switch to ON.
press the power switch to ON the heating element and blower of the Rework station
switch on station

Step Two: Press the Power Button

Now press the power button to start the heating element on the handle of rework station, then wait for hot air to come. Wait for the hot-air station to warm up before using it on the circuits. the red LED next to the “AIR TEMP” will pulse, then you get very hot air. Now aim the nozzle where you want to heat on the Cell phone PCB

Note: If you are using hot air station the first time, it is possible you see puffs of white smoke coming out from the nozzle. will don't get scared those are just solder clouds and that is normal. They will go away after a few seconds.

Step Three: Adjust Heat and Air Temperature form the knobs

Air is for airflow and Heater is for temperature. Adjust them us you need them.
Adjust airflow and Heater with the digital rework station knob
Adjust Temperature
Note: Don't Set the heating temperature higher than the melting point of the solder, and don't set air too much to blow your circuit components away when you're trying to fix them on the circuit. we suggest you set the air and heat temperature knobs to the middle and then test on a scrap PCB small components.

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Step four: Rework or Resoldering on the Cell Phone PCB

When you’ve got your settings honed in, always aim the nozzle carefully at mobile phone PCB when you are working on it. move the nozzle back and forth until the solder begins to flow the solder should appear shiny. then carefully reposition/remove the component you want to rework with the help of the tweezer by nudging or grabbing the component. Keep in mind that the hot-air never get a break during the whole process. make sure to keep the heat gun handle moving to prevent any damage to the component or the ICs from burning. Aiming the heat gun at the same point can coss damage the ICs after a certain period of time. every component in the mobile phone circuit gets unsolder in a Certain period of time. the training instructor knows it well and he can teach you. Some components in the PCB are Certain heat sensitive. some cell phone basic electronics and ICs have a number of values written on it. which can be melt while giving more heat form rework station. Be sure to set the right heat on those components! If you see warping or smoke coming from Phone PCB during resoldering, remove heat gun handle out of range of working area on your PCB and turn your heat temperature down. when you are done, push the power switch to OFF to allow the rework station to cool down when you finish your resoldering work. The self-cooling system automatically switches on when you push the power button off. the heater metal element on the handle switch off and the air flow is coming out for a few minutes until the element gets cool.

Step five: Clean the PCB After Doing any Work with the Heat Gun Rework Station

Wash your board with CTC (Carbon tetrachloride) when you're finished resoldering work, you can also do this work on water damage PCBs, to remove any water-soluble left on the PCB which can cause corrosion over time.

Hot Air Rework Station Recommendation

in this Blog Post, I am also sharing the information with you about the best hot air rework station supplies rate because the reader also went to know where to buy their hot air rework station.
the website is listed below
Amazon
Alibaba
eBay
Flipkart

the reason I bring this up because the people reading this post went to know the price before buying the Heat Gun Rework Station.

Now, in the end, some important FAQs and answers

Common Problem and Their Solution During Work with the Heat Gun Rework Station

Question: Low Airflow When I Turned Up “Air” Dial to Full

Answer: If you are getting low air flow problem on your rework station, make sure that you have the nozzle securely attached to the end of the handle. if you need more air at the specific area on the cell phone PCB use the nozzle, you will get more air flowing through the hot-air rework station.

No heating element fire up When I switch on the Rework Station or H-E Error

“H-E” means there is a heating error. It might be that there is something with the heating element failing on the handle or not connected properly with the internal wires on the rework station. First, open the rework station handle with the help of a screwdriver and reconnect the wires connections to see if the heating element needs to be re-seated. if the problem exists we recommend you to change the heating element. the rework station might be able to be revived by removing and re-attaching the heater

If I miss something about rework station heat gun and you have questions, please feel free to drop them in the comments box below.

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