Are dual-voltage, maximum versatility in terms of welding processes and materials to be welded, over 50% dual voltage, and professional output your priorities for welding aluminum and steel? If yes, then the AHP AlphaTIG 200X IGBT AC DC Stick/TIG welder shall never disappoint you.
The unit is a digitally computerized high-frequency unit that is also capable of Stick welding. This means you can perform a variety of tasks, regardless of whether you are a hobbyist or a professional.
Even the welding quality is more professional that what an experienced operator can expect at an affordable price. This makes this portable welding device suitable even for a part-time operator.
What Did I Like In 2016 AHP AlphaTIG 200X
Organized Computerized Controls in Lightweight Model
With just 38-40 pounds, the unit is truly lightweight and portable, although it is not the lightest or most portable unit in the welding market. The portability profile gets a boost with a fancy handle, which also adds to additional convenience.
However, this seems to be in disguise when you see a significantly pig panel of controls in front. Now, this panel has knobs, not push buttons, which certainly more ease of use.
In the panel, a few rows of dial type controls will attract your attention first when you glance this unit initially. The first row has amperage settings, while the second one offers settings for pulse time, pulse frequency, and post flow.
You can even adjust the alternating current (AC) balance while welding aluminum on AC or while using AC for welding other metals. In the next line, there are flip-style switches for selecting Stick/TIG, DC/AC, T2/4T, Pulse On/Off, and Foot pedal or manual control.
The most interesting function here is T2/4T in one machine. In 4T mode, you turn on the small torch by just clicking the finger control once and begin welding. For turning it off, you click the control once more. However, in T2, you need to click and hold the control so that the torch runs continuously.
Versatile in Terms of Applications
The best part of this unit device is that it not only confines itself to weld aluminum and stainless steel. While many reviews stick to these two metals, the unit is efficient enough to weld other common metals, regardless of the type of project.
Even more interesting aspect is that the unit is efficient even if you weld thinner gauge materials, for which most units are non-reliable due to harshness. This device assures a thin and accurate cut, no matter what the thickness is. It can tackle 3/8-inch steel (6013 and 7018) and 1/4-inch aluminum.
Advanced Technology for Full-Rated Output and Performance
This AHP welding device features the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and Power Width Modulation (PWM) technologies, which offer the most dependable and long lasting power source in its category.
The IGBT inverter technology is responsible for the full-rated output and high performance on both voltages – 110v (150 amps output) and 220v (200 amps @ 60%) circuits. To this, simply add the handiest pulse and AC control and you enjoy the best and highest possible versatility.
Well, it is easy to weld with this unit and yet obtain professional welds on aluminum and mild steel. Even if you do not use the pulse function, you can expect the same output. This unit comes with the latest addition of adjustable pulse frequency offering a range of 0.5hz to 200hz. The previous units came only up to 5hz.
This is essential for professional weld output and protection from a few safety risks. The unit offers a foot pedal for TIG welding control and convenient frequency startup. I would strongly recommend having this feature, as it pays off in the long run.
What I Felt as Limitations
- A bit unstable pedal although a rubber feet resolves it
At the set price point, this AHP TIG welding unit is certainly the best offer for professionals and beginners alike.