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Power factor correcting a cheap chinese soldering rework station

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by matt99199, Feb 18, 2015.

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  1. matt99199


    Dec 20, 2014
    So i hooked up a kilowatt meter to my new soldering rework station I bought from ebay and found when it is under load that the power factor is a bit less than 0.5. I notice this most when the soldering iron is being used. I can see if happening when the heat gun is being used but I think it is using a PWM signal to heat it so it fluctuates between 1 and 0.5 often.
    The model of the station is an Arksen 992D+ if anyone else is interested.

    My question is, is it a good idea to calculate a capacitor to make this power factor closer to 1?
    Is this not a good idea to do with transformers? Will I even get any benefit out of it?
  2. BobK


    Jan 5, 2010
    Your electric bill will go up.

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