Controleo3 Reflow Oven Build Kit
Controleo3 Reflow Oven Build Kit
Looking for a high quality reflow oven for your small-scale jobs? You’re better off building it yourself. This kit contains everything you’ll need to build your own top-of-the-line Controleo3 reflow oven. Just follow our comprehensive build guide and your reflows will look perfect in no time.
Controleo3’s unique profile language and automatically-tuned PID algorithm help you write profiles to do anything you need. Precisely follow heating profiles, graph temperature curves, open the oven door, and more.
|Standard (2-5 Days)
|Expedited (1-3 Days)
|Rush (1-2 Days)
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|$50 - $77
|USPS Priority Mail Expr. International (1-2 Days)
|$71 - $90
Mine works perfectly, I used the mainstays oven for $20. The shape is really not conducive. I needed to buy some more insulation, and really get nothing for it.
That said, the oven works perfectly and got a 90% score, so their methods, controller, etc are fantastic. Now I can do some small batch reflows. I’m pretty happy about that. I’ve run one board, and the oven worked great. (The solder paste stencil, or rather the human technique using the solder paste stencil on the other hand…)
This oven is the real deal! Is it easy to assemble? No, it's not. But the operation of the oven gives me great confidence that I'll be successful reflow soldering the nearly 250 2" x 3" boards that I'm putting together.
The parts in the kit are very good. I used my own metric screws with hex allen heads wherever I could ... my personal choice. But everything fits, everything arrived in perfect condition, everything that needed to be there, was there.
Although I found the instructions less than clear, the support from Whizoo could not have been better! When I made a configuration error last weekend, an email to the support address brought me a solution in no time at all.
All in all, I recommend this kit for skilled electronics DIYers: anyone looking to make their own boards probably has the skills, tools and patience needed.
I used a fancy 4 element DeLonghi toaster I got for $10 from a thrift store. There were some difficulties getting it all together but I got good values from he learning cycle and the first board I did came out perfect. The next run was a full load of 5 boards that were 2.5” X 3.5”. I had some problems with solder paste and the stencil but the final results were perfect again.
I have spent years thinking about buying an oven, suffering through soldering SMD parts with an iron or a hot air gun. I should have made the jump long ago.
This kit is pricey, but the results I have seen are far better than what has been reported with other ovens. Sometimes it is better to do the job yourself and you can make it just the way you want.
I have made a number of radio kits over the years, and I have to say that the customer service on this one was far better than any kit I have ever built. I had some questions about the instructions, and I fired off a question, expecting to wait the typical day for turn around. Every time I did this I got the answer within an hour. Customer service never sleeps.
I am very satisfied with the results, and I now feel free to attack any SMD project without worrying about soldering.
The kit is complete, I didn't need any extra parts. There are a few tools you'll need such as a crimper, strippers, scissors etc, but nothing an electrical hobbyist won't have handy. I highly recommend a once-around and a file to clean up the sheet metal edges on the parts and tray.
Shipping was wicked fast. I ordered on Thursday and received it Monday!
This took me maybe eight hours of labor to complete over three evenings, and I only cut myself on the oven twice!
Read the instructions carefully and through at least once. The wiring is intuitive, but if you just wing it you might find that your wires are in the way when you go to insulate. Measure twice and cut once on the copper and tape, and this project should be a satisfying project!