Got this little beauty of a hotplate/Reflow Plate from Miniware(MHP30 PD). Brilliantly designed in a tiny form factor. Runs on a USB C 65W DC Power Charging block from AC supply. Capable of going up to 350°C on the ceramic hotplate. For reflowing small PCBs, I think it’s more than capable. I would mostly be using this for removing or reworking ICs from boards. Wouldn’t have to deal with flying capacitors and resistors everywhere doing the same with a hot air gun.
It has LED indicators to show different temperature ranges in the heat cycle. The only issue I see is balancing PCBs to be placed on this unit. The bed size is very small(30mm x 30mm). I would probably need to design some other support structure around it to hold it in place. The Ceramic plate is removable so I think Miniware might design larger area heat plates in the future compatible with the same base.
Edit: Tried it out for a few months. It’s simply great for soldering small boards. No issues till date.
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