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Battery-Powered Welder For Remote Repairs
A new cordless battery-powered welder from ESAB may be the ultimate tool for remote repair jobs. Powered by DeWalt FlexVolt batteries, the Renegade Volt ES 200i is a stick and live TIG welder. It’s equipped with a Tweco electrode holder and a Tweco ground clamp.
It can operate in battery, 120V or 230V AC power, or AMP+ hybrid mode. In the latter mode, the battery supplements the AC mains power to avoid nuisance trips on smaller breaker sizes, such as 10 and 16 amp, or to provide more output when welding on 120V power.
When operating on AC mains (230V), the ES 200i has a 200A output versus 140A output on straight battery power. In AMP+ hybrid mode, it has 180A output. On battery mode, the cordless welder operates on 6, 9, and 12 Ah DeWalt FlexVolt batteries.
The 200i comes with a 230V plug and a 115V adapter plug for use with household outlets. Four 12 Ah DeWalt batteries are enough, according to ESAB, to burn up to 33 (E6013) electrodes on a single charge. The 4-port fast charger included with the ES 200i brings the batteries’ charge from zero to full in 2 hours.
Special features when TIG welding include hot start, arc force, memory storage, and cellulosic mode (6010) to optimize performance.
FARM SHOW made multiple attempts to reach ESAB for comments and pricing. Receiving no response, FARM SHOW reached out to a random dealer listed on the company website.
The dealer reported a price of $3,219.23 for the ES 200i, which is slated to be available in December. When the difficulty of reaching the company was mentioned, the dealer reported similar problems.
“They’ve gone through multiple mergers, and customer service has suffered,” he said. “It’s hard to get the company to respond, and parts are equally difficult to get. As a result, we’ve stopped actively carrying their products.”
Buyer beware!
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, ESAB Corporation, 909 Rose Ave., North Bethesda, Md. 20852 (ph 301-323-9099; ESABCorpInfo@esab.com; www.esab.com)

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