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Soldering

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  1. -V-
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    -V- Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    So I am thinking I should get into doing a bit of soldering
    Thing is I have no idea about what's what.
    All I need the stuff for it soldering a few wires to say terminals, and dna boards.
    Should I try to get the stuff needed from here in Thailand or just get it from FT

    Any advice about what I need.
    A quick search on FT and I was wondering if any of this would be ok for my needs?
    Also what size solder wire if best?

    $8.32 40W Electronics DIY Soldering Iron - US plug at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    $2.61 Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner - silver at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    $1.74 1.0mm Solder Wire (9.8g) - SN63/PB37 at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    $4.20 203 Type Professional Soldering Iron Stand Holder at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    Also the tips, what's the best tips for doing such soldering of boards?
     
  2. Rick O-Shea

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    I was watching this the other week

     
  3. CABBA

    CABBA Well-Known Member

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    The stuff you references from fasttech will get you started.
    Only other thing that might add would be flux.
    Another useful tool is a soldering stand.
    Lots of good info on YouTube.


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  4. -V-
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    -V- Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Can't you buy solder with flux already in it?

    That was my 4th link in the OP :wink:
     
  5. ryanmacl

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    You still need flux to tin bare wires. The flux core in the solder is more to make it join easier.

    If you're only doing new work that setup is ok, but for any kind of reworking you'll want a solder sucker and copper wick to remove old solder.

    As far as tips go, it all depends on te work you're doing. For mods a larger flat tip is probably better, the larger the tip the more heat it holds and it makes the solder melt faster. That's important, since you want to heat just the area you're soldering, if you hold the iron on the workpiece too long you'll start melting insulators and frying chips. A fine tip is needed if you're doing stuff like replacing an individual IC on the board, but you probably won't be doing that anyway.

    If you don't have one already, look at getting a multimeter so you can make sure your connections are good. A decent set of flush cutters help, and make sure you have some bits of various gauge wire.

    Practice on cheap shit, if you don't have any broken baby toys to fix then get some cheap crap like LED lights from Daiso or whatever and chop them up.

    Oh yeah, electrical tape and heat shrink tubing are really helpful as well, good to have them on hand.
     
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    Yep.... Practice, practice, practice.

    You can buy some cheap kits for basic electronics which will get you learning the basic skills for soldering.
     
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