ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC: Complete Reviews (2020)


The main importance of owning a multi-process welder is that the welder i.e. you must get some freedom and flexibility.

As it is a multi-welding machine, it does not only do TIG welding and Stick Arc welding but also Flux-Core welding or even gas-based welding processes.

The ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC is an MP welder that can handle small industrial welding projects.

ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC: Complete Reviews
If you are a frequent user welding of different types of welding machines and tools, then there is a 90% chance that you have come across the ‘ESAB’ brand.

These machines improve the finishing and also speed-up the work done by physical welders.

ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC: Complete Reviews

The ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC has a Tweco-style MIG gun, an electrode holder, earth clamp, and TIG torch along with a gas regulator to maintain the quantity of shielding gas used.

Valiant Features

    ‘sMIG’ Welding

      This welder adapts very well to the needs of a beginner and can increase your productivity in no time. No matter how bad you may be at welding, it adapts to your style and produces good quality welds.

      The ‘sMIG’ feature of this welding machine is that you can adjust the thickness of the metal and bead profile, making it acceptable to undergo any kind of welding without any compromises.

      It also features two modes where one is for ‘Beginners’ and the other one is for ‘Experienced’ welders. This functionality will help reduce any kind of mistakes that the beginners generally make.

      For even better arc stability, you may adjust the wire speed and maintain the required voltage without overdoing anything.

      The sMIG setting will only be determined by the metal you are working upon, the thickness of it, arc electrode and material and speed of the wire used.

      Once you have entered the type of metal used and wire speed, then the machine automatically identifies and makes it easy for you to weld on different materials respectively.

      ‘sMIG’ is the short form for ‘Smart-MIG’ welding. The ‘basic mode’ enables any beginner to undergo a very simple setup to begin their welding process.

      As a particular person will not have any idea about the details of welding, this setup will help them get started much quicker.

      But the more experienced and intricate welders, the arc control mechanism monitors and operates the weld. This functionality can be found in every ‘ESAB Rebel’ device.


      It is completely constructed of steel that has a unibody-structure with a roll-cage that is made out of five-handle steel.

      IP23S provides the welding machine has weather-resistant features and can handle and harsh weather conditions you might work with at your workplace and can take it wherever you might want to go to.

      It includes a 3-year handle-warranty and a 1-year absolute warranty.

    Other Features

    • This machine is operated on DC. So, working on very soft aluminum sheets can be hard and using a spool gun is recommended.
    • The duty cycles for different types of welding are as follows – 20% at 130A for MIG welding, 40% at 90A for Stick/Arc Welding, and 40% at 130A for TIG welding.
    • The shielding gas for this device is supplied via the 12.5-foot gas hose included in the package while purchasing it. The Victor argon flow regulator maintains the in-flow of the shielding gas accurately.
    • It provides an output of 200-ampere power which no other device at this price-point can offer you.
    • It has a 3-year handle-warranty and a 1-year absolute warranty.
    • It also has a dual-frequency and dual-power input support.
    ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC: Complete Reviews

    TFT Screen

      It supports a 4.3-inch TFT screen with a large pixel-density and provides a clear status of the welding status as you are undergoing a welding process getting you ready for any changes or updates later on.

      The display as well as the user manual is available in various languages which makes it easy to understand and work with.

      Hence, it can be said as an all-in-one for any range and skill of welder out there!


Parameter/ ItemValue
Max Plate Thickness:9.5 mm (3/8 in.)
Arc Holders Clamps–Cable:2m (6.5ft)
Dimensions:16 in. x 23 in. x 9 in.
230V Input:kw 7 kVA
120V Input:kw 5 kVA
Frequency Hz:50/60 Hz
120V MIG (GMAW):
Duty Cycle:20 %
Output Current DC:130 A
VDC Out:20.5 VDC
230V MIG (GMAW):
Duty Cycle:25 %
Output Current DC:205 A
VDC Out:24.3 VDC
Duty Cycle:40 %
Output Current DC:90 A
VDC Out:23.6 VDC
Duty Cycle:25 %
Output Current DC:180 A
VDC Out:27.2 VDC
120V TIG (GTAW):
Duty Cycle:40 %
Output Current DC:130 A
VDC Out:15.2 VDC
230V TIG (GTAW):
Duty Cycle:30 %
Output Current DC:180 A
VDC Out:17.2 VDC
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Enclosure Class:IP23S
Max Welding Output:240 A
Open Circuit VDC High:90 VDC
Setting Range MIG/MAG (V):10-26 V
Voltage Tolerance:95-270 VAC
Standards:CSA E60974-1-00, IEC 60974-1
Weight:40 lb. (18.2 kg)
Max Spool Diameter:4 & 8 in.
Wire Length per Minute:59-476 in./min
Metal Wire Diameter:
Mild Steel.023-.035 in.
Stainless Steel.030-.035 in.
Aluminum.030-.045 in.
Flux Cored.030-.045 in.



  • Equipment you need to get going – right out of the box
  • Tweco Fusion 180 MIG gun with 10-ft. (3-m) cable
  • Spare MIG gun parts kit, including contact tips and drive rolls
  • Tweco 200A electrode holder with 13-ft. (4-m) cable
  • Four general-purpose 6013 Stick electrodes
  • ESAB 70S-6 .030 4-in., 2-lb. sample spool
  • Tweco TIG torch and accessories
  • Tweco ground clamp with leads
  • Victor argon flow-gauge regulator with 12.5-ft. (3.8-m) gas hose
  • 120V and 230V adapter plugs

What is so special?

The multi-welding machine has the capability to weld ferrous metals and stainless steel. It provides top-quality performance and even though it is made out of hard-steel, it weighs only 40 pounds.

It has dual voltage and provides a lot of options to do various welding processes effectively.

It has a TIG torch and ESAB MXL 201 MIG metal inert gas welding torch included in the box. These two torches are highly essential in the welding processes.

You also get two protective welding gloves for free when you buy this product. The gloves are exclusively made for TIG and MIG welding metal inert gas welding processes respectively.

It runs on both AC and DC and the TIG welding stick is compatible with weld aluminum sheets. It truly makes a true statement for the money you pay for this machine. It is hence a highly powerful welding machine for its price with all the necessary and even more surplus essential features built-in it.

This product has been made using the 6010-type conductors. It comes with updated software and a TFT display to present the software. It is completely designed-package that is easily manageable and portable.

It can be run on both 230V as well as 120V power supply.

The earth clamp helps facilitate holds and carrying around. Other than the equipment and tools that are given in the box, nothing else that is purchased as an addon would be needed at any time you are using this product.

ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC: Complete Reviews


1. Can the foot-pedal help in passing AC power directly to the welding machine?
It only allows the user to use the machine remotely when he/she is away from it. So, ‘NO. it does not pass AC current directly to the welding machine.

2. Where are all the ESAB Rebel products manufactured?
Even though the ESAB Rebel products are designed and labeled out in the United States, they are completely manufactured in China.

3. What does ‘ESAB’ mean?
‘ESAB’ stands for ‘Elektriska Svetsningsaktiebolaget’ which means Welding Products Manufacturer in Swedish.

4. Can ESAB Rebel series weld aluminum?
The ESAB Rebel 215IC functions on AC to weld aluminum using TIG weld functionality, MIG welding for solid steel, stainless steel, and hard aluminum sheets.

5. Who bought ESAB Corp.?
The ‘ESAB’ welding manufacturing company was purchased by Colfax Corporation which was once ESAB’s heavy competitor and now it plans to buy Victor Technologies Holdings, INC. $947.3 million.


As we have seen earlier, this device has a ton of cool features and hence when it comes to the advantageous features, there are a lot to talk about like:

  • It has a robust design that makes it durable and weather-resistant that enables you to carry it around and use it wherever you wish to do your welding. It also provides a professional look to it making it one f=of the most stylish product in the market under this category.
  • The major advantage of this product that makes it a highlight is its multi-welding feature that enables the possibility of MIG, TIG, Arc, and Flux-core welding.
  • The ‘EMP’ has a dual-mode where both beginners and professionals can use the same device altogether.
  • It is a dual-voltage supported gear and has the compatibility to run with a generator without any issues.
  • Moreover, it can perform welding for long hours as it does not heat up soon because of the ton of ventilation and cooling system provided in its chassis.


After reading all the amazing features and things that take this device to the next level, you might also want to see some of its drawbacks that are minor yet to be noted of and acknowledged if you are a professional who will be using this device for a long period of your time.

The major drawbacks of this device are:
  • More expensive than other multi-welding machines in the market.
  • It does not function efficiently without DC power.
  • The TIG welding for aluminum cannot do all of its functions and cannot deliver the output that you expect without proper and stabilized AC power. But an ‘Aluminum Spool Gun’ can be the best remedy for such situations.


With a breakthrough in the minimalistic and robust design with a complete package for all those welding enthusiasts and professionals.

With all the innovative features, TFT display to configure settings, ‘sMIG’ technology, and all the tools provided, no one can deny this product for the price it comes at!

Multiple pieces of metal joined together, making a flex or a bend in a metallic object or repairing any metal can all be done quickly and precisely only in welding. With the reputation in its brand, the ESAB Rebel EMP 215IC is a great multi-welding machine choice for any welding enthusiast, small-scale industries, and multi-national diversified industries too.

This definitely seems to be a go-anywhere welder that can weld almost anything that you throw at it without a compromise in the quality in the output.

Though this product has a few problems that can be fixed in its next version of product release, you cannot go wrong in welding with a professional product like this.

With all the above-mentioned features and technicalities discussed above, I would highly recommend all of you guys to try and experiment with this beast for yourself.


‘ESAB’ was founded by Oscar Kjellberg when he developed the world’s first coated electrode for welding in the year 1904. This company had no compromise in the standards and quality of its products with an amazing service and maintenance team.

This made him create a great history in the field of welding. In the year 2012, Colfax Corporation, the world’s largest and diversified industrial company, bought ESAB. This company also made their goal to satisfy the user’s needs and make a constant innovation every time they released a new product.