ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic Multi-Process Welder Review

Today, I’m going to give you a comprehensive and unbiased review of EASB Rebel EMP 215ic.

The Esab EMP is a multi-purpose bestseller machine in its category. This unit works great for a plethora of welding processes such as flux-cored welding, MIG, stick, and even TIG.

A robust machine, the Esab EMP, is suitable for the lightweight industrial task. Similarly, it can be used a complete home-based solution.

There’s more to tell about this incredible welder. And in this Esab EMP 215ic review, I shall explore and highlight everything you need to know about this welder.

But before we get started, let’s highlight the crucial specifications on this unit;

EASB Rebel EMP Specifications

  • Multipurpose (Stick, MIG, TIG)
  • Dual voltage: 120V/230V
  • Amperage output: max 235A
  • 40 pounds

Features and Benefits


The build and design of this unit scream of quality construction. From the ground up, ESAB is built with quality in mind.

The compact uni-body steel construction renders this unit sturdy and durable. The steel construction will keep internal components safe, and you don't need to worry about the structural integrity of this unit.

The industrial-grade rigidness is one of the solitary factors that makes this unit suitable for heavy-duty usage.

The lightweight engineering on this unit makes ESAB a highly portable unit. Weighing 40 pounds, carrying ESAB from one location to another should not be a problem.

Further, this unit includes five handles in a roll cage structure, and this goes further to underline the portability aspect of ESAB EMP.

Multi-Process Welding

It’s a shame that many manufacturers usually promote the multi-functionality goal, but few can deliver what they promise.

With the ESAB, however, you’ll not have to worry as it serves true multi-functionality.

The ESAB is a complete package, and it offers flexibility to use.

ESAB, true to its word, can handle various welding processes such as TIG, MIG, Stick, and flux-corded. And as such, this unit will allow you to handle various metals such as aluminum, steel, nickel, copper, and more.

Versatile (Dual Voltage)

Esab EMP is a highly versatile welder.

This is because it supports dual voltage functionality.

The ESAB supports both 120 and 230V.

What this means is that it offers flexibility regarding use and performance.

The 120V function, for instance, is ideal for use on your standard wall outlet. This means you can use the welder right out of the box without making an additional adjustment on your power output.

The 230V option, on the other hand, will provide you with greater power. This makes the unit ideal for handling the thick metals and the lightweight industrial task altogether.


Speaking of thick metals, ESAB is an industrial-type welder, capable of handling metals of various thicknesses.

With an output rating of 240A, ESAB does not skimp on performance and is perfect for both thin as well as the thick metals.

Duty Cycle

Duty cycle refers to the runtime of a welder. It's the time that a welder can run before going to rest in 10 minutes.

For instance, ESAB has a duty cycle of 100% when running at an output of 120V. What this means is that you can use this welder continuously without stopping. The continuity of operation on the ESAB further underlines its suitability as an industrial-type welder.

sMIG Welding

sMIG is probably the highlight of this welder.

The "s" in sMIG stands for smart, and this is exactly what this welder is all about.

The sMIG function comes in two modes; one for beginners (basic) and the other one for the seasoned welders (advanced).

When running on the basic mode, the welder will adapt to the right job by saving a beginner from making mistakes such as running too cold or too hot. This function will allow you to start your welding fast and drastically reduce the amount of training time for the novice welders.

The advanced mode, on the other hand, adapts to the technique of the operator to improve their productivity.

The advanced mode monitors the weld allowing it to adapt to how you work while giving you full control of the arc characteristics.

TFT Screen

ESAB EMP features a 4.3-inch large high- density display.

The high definition screen offers a crisp view of the current welding metrics and status.

Beyond the performance metrics, this display will allow you to read on the user manual as well as a list of spare parts.

More importantly, the display screen simplifies the control process. It will allow you to navigate through the different features of this machine with much ease.

Finally, all the processes are displayed real-time on the TFT screen for easy and simplified understanding.

Plug N Play

Assuming you’ve purchased the ESAB, and decide to start welding immediately, do you have to configure this machine or starting welding immediately?

The ESAB is ready right out of the box. This means no need to make any configurations or buying any additional tools.

The only adjustment you should make is probably the adjusting the arc, or wire speed to suit the demands of your welding.


There’s not much to say on the cons of this unit.

A notable limitation is perhaps this unit runs on DC only. I know for such a premium welder, this might be a huge concern.

Fortunately, few people ever need to use DC to run their welds.

A second con is probably the cost. ESAB is not a budget option as it will set you a few hundred dollars. The good thing is you get the value for your money.


ESAB EMP is a complete package, loaded with plenty of desirable features.

It’s a performance-oriented welder that delivers what it promises.

David Hughes

Hey, I’m David Hughes - a free spirit with a passion for power tools blogging. With more than a decade in the construction field, my mission is to help the everyday workers realize their dream by sharing on creative ideas, tips, and reviewing products.

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