ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic Welder Preview

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Multiple pieces of 10,000 °F molten metal being joined as one. That is awesome. I’m sorry, but just think about that. The welding process in itself is amazing. Also, something else that’s pretty cool is the ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic welder. Think of it as the value meal, or the all-in-one welder. That’s right, MIG, TIG, Stick and even Flux in one handy little box.


ESAB Rebel - MIG WeldingSmall shops, contractors and even the handyman are now able to handle multi-process welding without a 2nd mortgage. Multi-process machines like the ESAB Rebel EMP make it even easier for the beginner or novice to start welding. In addition, software and technology in these boxes help these novice welders get better, quicker.

About ESAB

The story of ESAB is the story of welding. When their founder Oscar Kjellberg developed the world’s first coated welding electrode in 1904, he launched a company whose innovation and uncompromising standards have helped create the history of welding itself. In 2012, ESAB was acquired by Colfax Corporation, one of the world’s leading diversified industrial manufacturing companies. Colfax, like ESAB, is a solidly customer-focused company that places strong emphasis on constant innovation and improvement.

Looking at the ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic

ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic WelderThis machine does it all, hence the welder can weld with MIG, Flux-core, TIG, or Stick. The smart technology in the ESAB Rebel EMP they call sMIG, short for smart-MIG. A ‘basic mode’ allows the beginner to have a very simple setup, so they can get started fast. For the more experienced welders, there is the arc control that monitors the weld and adapts for better and more redundant, or repeatable, welds. This arc control is built into every Rebel box.

Being made as a steel unibody construction and a solid five-handle roll cage, these machines were built with durability in mind. IP23S rated and equipped means you get weather resistant features, so you’re not scared to take this out where you need it. In fact, whether you have access to 120V, 230V or a generator, the ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic  is ready to weld. ESAB covers the Rebel with a 3-year, handle-to-handle warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Additional Features of the ESAB Rebel EMP

ESAB Rebel Color Display TFT ScreenA larger display screen and higher pixel density enable the TFT screen to have a clearer view than other light-duty welders. Available right in the display is the ability to see the user’s manual, list any spare parts available, and do this with multiple languages. Most of all, the ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic comes with a Tweco Fusion MIG gun, an earth clamp, an electrode holder, a TIG torch and Victor gas regulator. The Rebel EMP is truck a professional ready-to-weld machine, right out of the box for just $1,599.

The Total Package

  • 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 flowgauge regulator with 12.5-ft. (3.8-m) gas hose
  • 120V and 230V adapter plugs

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ESAB Rebel EMP Welder Specifications

  • Max Plate Thickness (Use With Welding Material): 9.5 mm (3/8 in.)
  • Arc Holders Clamps & Misc – Cable: 2m (6.5ft)
  • Dimensions (HxLxW): 16 in. x 23 in. x 9 in.
  • 230V Input: kw 7 kVA
  • 120V Input: kw 5 kVA
  • Frequency Hz: 50/60 Hz
  • Phases: 1
  • VAC: 120, 208/230 VAC
  • 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
  • 120V STICK (SMAW):
    • Duty Cycle: 40 %
    • Output Current DC: 90 A
    • VDC Out: 23.6 VDC
  • 230V STICK (SMAW):
    • Duty Cycle: 25 %
    • Output Current DC: 180 A
    • VDC Out: 27.2 VDC
  • 120V TIG (GTAW) 120V
    • 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
  • ESAB Rebel EMP - Weld AnywhereEnclosure 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.



We have yet to try the ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic welder in our shop, so I have to go off of the features and specs we see. With that said, going from ESAB’s stats, the ESAB Rebel is definitely a force to be reckoned with. This seems to be a go-anywhere welder that can weld almost anything. We’ll give it a shot sometime soon and follow up with our full review.

To learn more about the ESAB Rebel EMP welder, click here.



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