I had this same issue with a fresh one earlier this year. I contacted Cris and he suggested reflashing the software. It does take a data cable to do this. Worked like a champ. I'll see if I can find the procedures.
I have had very good luck with this soldering station: https://www.parts-express.com/stahl-tools-tcss-temp-controlled-soldering-iron-station-esd-safe--374-200
It's held up nicely for the last 5 years or so.
On the lighted magnifiers I picked up a cheap one from HF...