AHP Alpha TIG 201 xd 2003xi review

AHP AlphaTIG 201xd to 203xi (2023)

Looking to buy a top-notch TIG welder with an economical price and the best welding capabilities? But you are confused about which ones got the best value for you, as the market is flooded with various brands. After testing various welders in different scenarios, we found AHP AlphaTIG 203Xi (Newer version of 201Xd) to be holding up against all.

AHP AlphaTIG 203Xi

Product Overview

The AHP Alpha Welder is offered at a justified price tag and is one of the most valuable welding machines ever made. With its superior technology, equipment, and features, the welder gets every job done in a blink of an eye. Cutting a long story short, it’s one the most powerful and versatile welders you can have your hands on.

AHP Alpha-TIG 203 Xi front panel

Welding Capabilities

  • Most of the previous AHP AlphaTIG 200 models were not good enough for heavy-duty work, but the AlphaTIG 203Xi gets the job done remarkably. The TIG and Stick modes enhance the welding capability of welding, allowing you to weld thick and thin metals.
  • The premium features it offers to give users more control over it, and that’s why professionals love to use it. However, the machine needs some time for beginners to get accustomed to it, but once the amateur learns to use it, the machine surely won’t disappoint.
  • The machine performs remarkably well on light to medium industrial work and can also be used for domestic work. The TIG mode enables welding for heavy-duty tasks. On the other hand, the stick mode helps you with lighter jobs like outdoor welding.
  • The particular model works perfectly on heavy-duty metals. Moreover, the TIG/STICK operating mode offers welders to carry out clean and precise welds on thinner gauge metals. As well as thick metal.
  • The machine is mainly used to weld aluminum, stainless steel, and alloy steels but also produces satisfying results on metals like copper, magnesium & iron.
  • It is capable of welding ¼ inch aluminum sheets and ¾-inch mild-steel sheets and welding 7018 & 6013 steel rod

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New Features

  • The AHP AlphaTIG uses inverter technology, along with pulse width modulation(PWM) and an insulated gate bipolar transistor(IGBT), which makes pulse settings fully adjustable, and allows you to adjust heat output going to the workpiece.
  • The foot pedal gives you the pinpointed precision for cleaner welds without smoke and spatters. However, the HF TIG start comes in handy if you dislike using the foot pedal.
  • It works on both AC/DC modes, giving you more control over frequency range adjustments.
  • The welder also offers stick mode, enabling it to perform as an arc welder and giving stable arc quality for clean welds. Moreover, stick welding mode allows you to work on almost any welding rod.
  • It’s capable of working on both 120/240 volts. At 240 V, it can operate with a maximum output current of 200 Amp; at 120V, the maximum output power reaches 140 Amp.
  • The welder offers a 60 % duty cycle at 200 Amps and 35% at 155 Amps for stick welding.
  • The newer AHP AlphaTIG 201XD offers extended pulse speed control, resulting in better penetration and improving tungsten life and the arc cone.
  • The 2T/4T modes add more versatility to this machine.2T/4T modes allow you to control this welder more remotely by offering extended control over the foot pedal to start and end the duty cycle, controlling the pre-flow and post-flow, and much more.

Features of Alphatig 203xi

Moreover, the machine is backed up with a 3-year warranty.

Specifications

  • Input: 110/240V, 1Ph, 50/60Hz
  • Current Type: AC/DC
  • Amperage Range: 10A – 200A
  • Welding Thickness: 1/4 – 3/8 Inch
  • Pulse Frequency: 0.5Hz – 200Hz
  • Weight: 50 Pounds
  • Dimension: 19 x 23 x 12 Inch

Possible Concern Areas

1: I felt that the foot pedal is not convenient enough; it slips away once you set your foot on it.I recommend putting a rubber beneath it to help with this slipping problem.

2:After using it nonstop for a few minutes, the torch got very hot, so you may consider cooling it down if you intend to work for longer runs.

3: The accessories like torch, pedals, and regulator may not be up to the mark in quality and sometimes do not produce results the user expects, so you may need to invest to buy them separately to get the best out of it.

4: The front panel operations may sometimes be difficult for new users, but the machine’s user manual helps me get over it.

Inside the Package
The welder offers a lot of welding accessories in its box. They include a flow meter, argon regulator, 2T/4T function, foot pedals, 110 V pigtail plug, 9 feet ground clamp, and 9 feet stick holder. Argon regulator and WP 17 TIG flex hose torch.

Conclusion

The AHP AlphaTIG 203Xi review is one of the top-notch TIG welders for the money. The welder offers versatility, which makes it compete with high-end products like Miller and Lincoln at half the price. The AHP TIG welder lacks in some areas, like low-quality accessories, the TIG torch may leak, etc.

Still, the other features it offers at such a price undermine these factors as it performs remarkably well on aluminum and other thick and thin gauge metals. All in all, it’s one of the best welders you can get at this price available in the market. We hope you will like it as much as we did.

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