The Hakko FA400-04 Smoke Absorber is a great upgrade to your soldering toolkit
We have a few sets of the of the old Hakko 493 Smoke Absorber in the office, and they do an adequate job. These new FA-400-04 units replace the 493, and somebody (Hakko) put some thought into the engineering these new ones!
Where the old 493 was a simple fan & activated charcoal filter on a swivel mount, the new FA-400-04 works in a set horizontal or vertical orientation. When sitting face-down, a unique slot is exposed to move 2.6 times more air through the soldering zone, pulling the smoke away from you. The older design needed to be practically over your work-zone to function as well!
It's designed to use existing 493 filters and accessories, and filters up to 80% of the odors from the air. And it's quieter than the 493 too!
Check this Hakko video they produced to show it off
Approx. 1.07m³/min. (37.79 ft³/min.)
169(W) x 213(H) x 112.5(D) mm
930g (2.1 lbs.)
Filter (1 pcs.)
Activated Carbon Filter Properties:
130 x 130 x 10 mm
12 g (0.03 lb.)
|Max. Absorbing weight of noxious components per filter||
4 g (0.01 lb.)