ESAB’s Rogue ES 130i PRO Is a Stick/Live TIG Inverter with Professional Arc Performance and Controls

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Rogue ES 130i PRO, a new portable and affordable Stick/Live TIG inverter with professional arc performance and controls such as adjustable hot start, adjustable arc force and power factor correction. The Rogue ES 130i PRO joins the Rogue ES 180i PRO, introduced last year, as the latest addition to the Rogue ES family of compact Stick/TIG inverters.

The new Rogue 130i PRO weighs just 18.2 lbs., measures 13.5 x 6 x 10.4 in. and uses 120 – 230V ± 15% 50/60 Hz primary power. On 230V input it delivers a maximum output of 130 amps at 25 percent duty cyle for welding with electodes up to 1/8-in.; on 120V input it offers a maximum output of 90 Amps at 25 percent duty cycle for welding with 1/16- and 3/32-in. electrodes.

Rogue’s next-level control technology produces a smooth welding arc with all types of Stick electrodes, including E70818, and it has a special mode for E6010. The Live TIG (DC TIG) function provides positive arc starts without the use of high frequency. It delivers a stable TIG arc down to 10 amps, giving welders the control they need to work on thin metal or delicate components. Users include mechanical contractors and those in general fabrication, maintenance and repair, rental, process pipe, food/beverage, farming and home workshops.

“Rogue ES PRO models will cause the industry to re-think its perception of power, performance and price in the compact Stick/TIG inverter category,” says Bartosz Kutarba, Global Product Manager — Light Industry Equipment, ESAB. “Other welders with its features can cost twice as much.”

Professional Features

Rogue’s 120-230V primary power flexibility enables users to work in a wide variety of locations. Flexible automatic input voltage compensation ensures a steady welding arc throughout the entire input power range, making it ideal for use with generator power, which often fluctuates. The 130i model requires a generator with a rating of at least 3.9 kVA, while the 180i requires 6 kVA.

Rogue PRO models feature power factor correction (PFC), so they draws less primary current. As a result, users can use a smaller circuit breaker and reduce the worry of nuisance trips when welding at full output. Using the latest technology PFC circuit also enables welding with up to 300 feet of cable extensions with a 12 AWG size cable, further increasing welding reach when moving around a jobsite.

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Rogue’s adjustable hot start function increases current beyond the set value for a few milliseconds to help establish the arc. It especially helps with low-hydrogen electrodes, which can be notoriously difficult-to-start. Its adjustable arc force control increases amperage when the voltage drops below a preset threshold. As a result, operators can hold a shorter arc length without the electrode sticking, which is beneficial when welding in narrow gaps, in corners and out-of-position.

Compared to other welders, Rogue ES PRO models feature a higher open circuit voltage (OCV) of 78V, so the units promote better Stick arc starts and performance with E6010 electrodes.

Rogue comes with premium accessories, rugged Tweco electrode holder and gound clamp, a shoulder strap and plastic case. Its digital meters are visible up from 75 ft. away, and an optional remote controller allows users to adjust current settings without needing to go back to the machine. A robust fiberglass-molded housing is built to withstand impact, and the weather resistant, IP23S rating makes the unit suitable for use in tough applications.

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