AHP AlphaTIG 201XD – A Complete Review with Pros & Cons

TIG welding is one of the most aesthetically and mentally pleasing welding jobs to do out there. It has no waste and spatter production, and therefore has become one of the welders’ favorites. TIG welding is a very intricate work to do that requires a lot of patience, skill, and experience.

Are you looking out for a premium and robust TIG welding machine in the market? Well, don’t remain stranded for long because we have got one of the best TIG welders out there in the market. It is the ‘AHP AlphaTIG 201XD’.

Many of you might ask this very traditional question, “Is it worth the money?”. I can’t say anything about that but you will get an answer to that by reading this product review.

 

Basic Features

Amperage Reading:

The top left corner of this welding machine has an amperage meter which shows the amount of current entering this device. It is highly useful to many welders.

Inverter:

The AHP AlphaTIG 201XD comes packed with advanced inverter technology with a ‘Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)’. This was easily done by using IGBT technology by the company. You can hardly find this feature in any of the other TIG welders.

User-friendly:

You will be surprised to see how many buttons and keys are present on this TIG welder when you take it out of the box. Each and every key has a designated label assigned to them making it easy to read and understand for users. Once you get used to the keys, you will be shocked at how many features they have built into this machine.

AHP AlphaTIG 201XD

Versatility:

This is one of the most featured functionalities of AHP AlphaTIG 201XD and that is its versatility. Being a tungsten-gas welder, it works like a charm when working on alloy steel, stainless steel, thin-gauge materials, and aluminum. It can weld metals ranging from ¼ inch aluminum and 3/8-inch milder steel to 7028 and 6013 steel rods which are thick and enormous.

Dual Voltage:

It is always pleasing to find a welding machine that supports two different voltages simultaneously. It allows the Alpha 200TIG to run at 10V or at 220V. It can also run when there is no generator at a particular location. It performs at 110V as well as performs in 220V which is amazing at this price point.

Portability:

This welder is compact and light-in-weight weighing around 38 lbs. This makes it highly portable and can be transported or moved from one place to another as required.

Others:

It includes an HF start and includes a foot pedal so that you can have a precise Tig control that you wish to have during the entire welding process to produce spatter-free welds. It supports a variable range of power input from 10-200 amps and a pulse frequency of 5.5. The pulse time it has is around 90%.
If you are a beginner, you may check this guide about, how to set up a tig welder.

The stringer cable is about 9.5 feet long and the power cord is 6 feet which is a surplus for a welding machine. As the foot pedal is lighter than usual foot pedals, you will need to work around a little bit to get used to it.

Design and Value

The AHP AlphaTIG 201XD is a pretty tall and elegant but plainly designed welding machine. It is a little big in size than expected. Being not the most beautiful welders in the market, its price and functionality prove its worth to all the welders out there.

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Boasting a lot of features, technology, equipment, and hardware that makes the TIG welder get any kind of TIG welding jobs done. Along with the capabilities to do pulse, stick as well as TIG welding, you can weld thin and thick metals, and also it is highly compatible with light, medium, and heavy-duty welding duties. It has a ‘carry handle’ on its top that makes it easy to carry around wherever you go.

This machine is an update to the previous beast. It is the same old product which was super-stable and functional by all means and they improved the performance even more by making this model. It was engineered with some new technology like ‘Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)’ and ‘Inverter Technology’.

Stability

If you are working with steel alone, then DC is more than enough. But if you wish to work with aluminum, then you would wish to use AC for the best results of your weld. And this welder provides that dual functionality uses both types of current. This AC welding method helps you clean the oxidation stuff on the weld and the whole metal.

The arc stability is just very useful when using this IGBT technology as it allows a 60% duty cycle because of which you can weld using the machine for very long hours and the device will not get overheating by doing so. It can also handle metals between ¼ inches aluminum to 3/8 inches mild steel.

Specifications:

Output powerAC/DC
Duty cycle at 200A60%
Input voltage110V/240V 50/60 Hz
Welding amperage range10-200A
Pulse time10-90%
StartHigh frequency
Weight38lb
2018 AHP AlphaTIG 200X 200 Amp IGBT AC DC Tig/Stick Welder...

 

Pros
      • Quality of welding is superb
      • A user-friendly device that is easy to master in no time.
      • Dual-voltage technology
      • Versatility
      • Easy to carry
      • Cheap
Cons
      • Noisy as it requires a lot of cooling
      • Beginners may get confused looking at several keys and buttons.
      • The foot pedal is light and stiff
      • Lacks certain accessories
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FAQ

1. What is meant by ‘Duty Cycle’?
Using a low amperage, the device will show a higher reading and the standard reading for the welder is 60% of 200 amps.

2. Does the TIG welder have a pulse?
You might be shocked but even though this TIG welder costs less, it has a pulse.

3. How to get a replacement for the TIG torch set?
Visit the closest distributor of AHP products around your house to get a replacement for your TIG torch set or else visit the AHP Welds Website and order one online or call their customer care.

4. Do we get a warranty?
You get a warranty for 3 years after you purchase a welder from AHP and lifetime maintenance support from their team. Visit AHP Welds Website to get more details on its warranty and service.

5. Is the AHP AlphaTIG 201xd worth it?
This is a very tricky question. I can say that this welder is for serious welding professionals or amateurs who have a welding job to do all day or else they are improving their niche in welding over time. This welder is for serious workers. At this price range, it is the best AC/DC TIG welder in the market.

Conclusion

The AHP AlphaTIG 200X is one of the finest and feature-packed TIG welders that one can buy at this price point. Its flawless, unparalleled performance and compact design have made it incredibly more valuable than the other welders in the market available today.

It has a very easy-to-use interface with advanced inverter technology and so on. Even though all these are some of its major plus points, there are some negatives too.

AHP can do better in making its displays and the regulator to get a better-quality output. In this case, the argon and amperage level is not shown with accuracy to be exact.