While some people may enjoy the occasional whiff of noxious smells — gasoline, axe body spray, etc — prolonged exposure to fumes is not good for your health. This goes for soldering too, isn’t it about time you added some abatement to your bench tools?
Inspired by some of the fume hoods we’ve featured before — take note, ye who art lacking projects — [Georg Sluyterman] put together his own Ikea lamp fume extractor.
The most striking feature is that it’s mounted on an Ikea desk lamp making for convenient positioning and minimal clutter. A NeoPixels strip lights up your soldering space while the PIR sensor activates the fan when it detects movement. A WeMos D1 Mini is included for WiFi connectivity but that feature still down the road a little bit. The functionality that is in place is still quite impressive; more on that after the break.
The LEDs have adjustable brightness, and the delay before the fan and lights switch off is adjustable by holding the relevant buttons on the case. You can find more details on the build included with the design files.
While you’re souping-up your bench tools, take a look at what else can be done. If you are hampered by a cheap soldering iron, here’s some info on how to make better use of one you may already have. Need a soldering iron? Make your own!
[Thanks for the submission, Georg Sluyterman!]