The 5 Best Fume Extractors [Ranked]
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If you've been soldering for any time at all, it's likely you've wondered whether breathing in all of that noxious smoke was bad for you. I mean, how could it be good?
You might have been skating by for too long sitting next to an open window, with a cheap CVS fan on a low setting, in the dead of winter, or just being to lazy to open a window at all.
It's time to get yourself a fume extractor rather than risk some inhalant-type cancer.
A fume extractor works by using an activated carbon filter + fan to remove soldering smoke and other poisonous fumes from your work environment (Source).
Our top pick is the Hakko FA400 smoke absorber. It's a small but strong bench top unit that has received significant praise from its user base.
Our Top Pick: The Hakko Benchtop Smoke Absorber
The Hakko works either laying down or standing up, functioning in low-profile positions.
When fixed in a low profile position it generates 2.5x the airflow and efficiency. Its activated carbon filter provides over 8 grams of highly activated carbon- with an easy to replace filter.
With any of the fume extractors we've rated below you can just just pop on the button and quit breathing in those evil and smelly soldering fumes.
Most of the units need to be placed pretty close to the work area to be effective.
Hakko Video Overview
- Our Top Pick: The Hakko Benchtop Smoke Absorber
- Comparing The Options
- Best Smoke Absorbers For 2020
- 1. The Hakko FA400-04 Bench Top Smoke Absorber Review
- 2. The Aoyue 486 Benchtop Solder Smoke Absorber Review
- 3. The Soldering Smoke Fume Extractor Absorber Review
- 4. The Xytronic 426DLX Fume Extractor Review
- 5. The MegaBrand Soldering Smoke Fume Absorber & Extractor Review
- Pros & Cons
Comparing The Options
|Fume extractor||Our Rating (1-5)||Price|
|The Hakko FA400-04 Bench Top Smoke Absorber||4.5||$$$|
|The Aoyue 486 Benchtop Solder Smoke Absorber||3.9||$|
|The Soldering Smoke & Fume Extractor Absorber with Articulated Arm||4.0||$$|
|The Xytronic 426DLX Fume Extractor||4.1||$$|
|The MegaBrand Soldering Smoke Fume Absorber & Extractor||4.3||$|