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Soldering iron advice

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A question for you experienced DIY'ers: would a 30 watt Weller soldering iron be suitable for basic electronics work and DIY interconnects?
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30W should be plenty. Try to grab silver solder if you're doing audio work. Also, if you find yourself doing lots of DIY work you may want to go grab yourself a soldering station
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Great, thanks for the info..
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Personally i wouldn't use a 30W iron. It is certainly powerful enough. i think too powerful.

I like to stick with my 12W weller for delicate work, or an 18 watter for a little more juice. You can risk buring the PCB with more power, especially if you are a beginner and tend to be slower.

If you overheat the PCB the tracks can lift. Also, compnents can be damaged obviously by too much heat.

give the iron a try, it will certainly work, but be careful to be quicker and not to overheat things.
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