Lotos TIG 200 Welder Review

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In brief: Lotos TIG 200 Welder Review

The Lotos TIG 200 is a dual-voltage TIG welding machine that can be used for domestic, DIY and medium-duty industrial or commercial jobs. The machine also features a square wave inverter which enables the welder to be more accurate. The TIG 200 can be used in two voltages of 220V and 110V and is capable of performing TIG and Stick welding as well.

The Lotos TIG 200 can be used to weld stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, and other metals to a maximum weld thickness of 3/8 inches.

The product’s square wave inverter allows accurate welding of aluminum materials.

The welder can produce AC as well as DC output.

The TIG 200 is manufactured by a California-based company Lotos Technology that has been active since 2007.

Lotos are producers of welding and cutting tools for domestic and small-scale commercial use.

The machine requires argon to perform TIG welding.

The machine is not stackable in design but the machine features a foot pedal accessory that can be used for regulating welding heat during the process.

The following video shows the working of the TIG 200:

 

Key Specifications of Lotos TIG 200 Welder

The welder is capable of TIG as well as Stick welding and can be used from a minimum input power of 110 Volts. The rated output for the welder is 40 Volts.

The machine weighs about 58 pounds and has a power efficiency of 80%. The machine can be operated from a DC as well as an AC input phase.

Major Specifications of the Lotos TIG 200 Welder:

ParametersDetails
Product Weight58 lbs
Input Voltage110 V / 120 V
Output Range30 - 140 A (MIG)
25 - 90 A (Stick)
10 - 120 A (TIG)
Input PhaseAC/DC
Compatible ProcessesStick Welding, TIG Welding
Power Factor0.73
Welding Capacity3/8" (9.6 mm)
Materials that can be weldedMild steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum
Duty CycleTIG - 60% at 140 A, 110 V / 100% at 108 A, 110 V / 60% at 190 A, 220 V / 100% at 147 A, 220 V

Stick - 60% at 185 A, 220 V / 100% at 143 A, 220 V / 60% at 135 A, 110 V / 100% at 105 A, 110 V
Gas SupplyClean, Dry, Oil-free Argon
Shielding Gas RequiredTIG – Yes
Stick – No
Power Efficiency80%
Regulator and Gas Hose IncludedYes
Power Cord6 feet
Output Range10-200 Amps
Rated Output50 V
Dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 12 x 22 in³

 

How to use the Lotos TIG 200 Welder

The machine should be properly grounded before use. The machine requires Argon for TIG welding but not for the Stick welding process.

A user would also require stainless steel wire welding brushes for each material to be welded.

The machine automatically detects the power source and can differentiate between 110V or 220V power source.

The machine has an Argon Gas Regulator which helps the user control the volume of gas.

The welder has switched on the panel with instructions on when to use them, these include switches for TIG and Stick Welding.

The user should note that for welding non-aluminum materials machines should be run in DC mode, and similarly, for aluminum materials, the machine should be switched to AC.

A foot pedal is also provided in the product package which can be used to precise welding heat control.

Warranty/Repairs

The company provides a 1-year warranty from the date of shipment, for all the parts of TIG 200 unless stated otherwise.

It is also suggested by the company to only use identical replacement parts and only the accessories that are compatible with the welder.

A user can contact the company on the company’s mail which is [email protected].

Customer Review Analysis

A number of reviews from sites who are retailers of the product, like Amazon, Home Depot and Lotos Technology were analyzed and the general buyer opinion was identified.

The overall opinion was very positive as the buyers mentioned how the welder was of great value for money due to its power output and precision welding.

Many users confirmed how this product is an upgrade from many beginner welders in the market.

Buyers also appreciated the quality of accessories that were provided with the product. The welder’s high power output and the duty cycle is also a common selling point for the product.

Users also stated that although the welder is not necessarily lightweight, it is robust and can be used in rough conditions.

 

Pros/Cons of the Lotos TIG 200 Welder

After reading up on consumer reports and expert comments, we drew the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • Ease of usage
  • Can run on the standard household current input
  • Supports Stick welding
  • Durable
  • High Duty cycle
  • Can weld all types of metals
  • Good quality of accessories
  • Dual-voltage options
  • Reliable
  • Value for money
  • High power output

Cons

  • Heavier than some other welders in its range

 

Recommended Accessories with Lotos TIG 200 Welder

The following accessories are included with the machine in order to make the machine usable from the get-go –

  • TIG Torch
  • Stick Electrode Holder
  • Ground Clamp and Cable
  • Argon Hose
  • Pigtail Adapter
  • Argon Regulator
  • Foot Pedal
  • Hand-Held Shield

Additional accessories include –

TIG Welding Tungsten Electrode Rod

This is a replacement accessory for the Tungsten Electrode.

 

FAQs

Can this machine be used for stick welding?

Yes, the machine is capable of stick welding.

Can this machine run in the 120 V residential plug?

Yes, the machine can be used through a 120 V plug.

What is the warranty we get with this product?

The product has a 1-year warranty on all parts.

Is it capable of weld stainless steel and aluminum?

Yes, it is capable of welding both the materials.

Does this welder require a shielding gas?

Yes, this machine does require Argon as a shielding gas when you perform TIG welding.

What is the size of the tungsten electrode that this machine can handle?

The machine comes with 3 size collets that hold the tungsten. 1/16, 5/64 and 3/32 inches.

Can a spool gun be used with this welder?

No, this machine is not compatible with a spool gun.

Can this machine be used with a plasma cutter?

No, this machine is not meant to be used for plasma cutter.

Our Recommendation

The Lotos TIG 200 is a robust mid-ranged welder that can be used for all sorts of materials.

The welder would be a good upgrade over a number of smaller and cheaper welders, as it possesses a number of features that are usually found in much more expensive and heavy-duty industrial welders.

The machine can also automatically switch between 110 and 220 Volts depending on the power required.

The machine is reliable and is fairly easy to use due to the many features like a foot-pedal for regulating welding heat, and self-switching voltage settings.

We would recommend this product for all DIY projects, domestic repairs around the home or garage, or light to medium-duty fabrication jobs.

About Brian Carter

Brian has been welding for over a decade now. What started as a part-time, one-off thing in his garage is now a passion. As a writer, he brings the hands-on experience of welding to our readers.

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