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I'm at the doctors and was just told I don't have to pay my copay so I just bought the Hakko FX888D
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I'm brand new to soldering so could you please explain why the temperature control is a plus, sorry for my ignorance

a temperature-controlled iron has a thermostat that switches off the heater when the temperature is reached. Therefore it can heat up much faster; and protect the tip from overheated (overheated tip is easier to break, and quickly oxidized which can cause bad solder joints). And of course you can chose different temperature for various kind of works. 

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I'm at the doctors and was just told I don't have to pay my copay so I just bought the Hakko FX888D

that's a great soldering station. 
Happy soldering :popcorn:

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a temperature-controlled iron has a thermostat that switches off the heater when the temperature is reached. Therefore it can heat up much faster; and protect the tip from overheated (overheated tip is easier to break, and quickly oxidized which can cause bad solder joints). And of course you can chose different temperature for various kind of works. 

thanks for clearing that up
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that's a great soldering station. 

Happy soldering popcorn.gif

yea we'll see lol I always wanted to get into diy audio so badly and now its finally getting started
post #21 of 35
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I'm at the doctors and was just told I don't have to pay my copay so I just bought the Hakko FX888D

 

Send a little my way so I can do that same? :wink_face: I'm currently saving up for the FX888D. Really wish I could get the silver version on Amazon for the same price as the yellow/blue. I like its look better. Oh well.


Edited by AxelCloris - 10/28/13 at 11:05am
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Send a little my way so I can do that same? wink_face.gif  I'm currently saving up for the FX888D. Really wish I could get the silver version on Amazon for the same price as the yellow/blue. I like its look better. Oh well.

I know right! what is up with these colors lol
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I know right! what is up with these colors lol

 

My guess is kid friendly, as crazy as that may sound.

post #24 of 35
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I'm brand new to soldering so could you please explain why the temperature control is a plus, sorry for my ignorance


Unregulated irons run at whatever temperature they feel like...they cool down when you solder something large

and usually way too hot when soldering light loads. When the iron runs too hot, it can overheat

components and lift the traces off the circuit board. Too cool and it makes bad solder joints.

 

A controlled heat iron regulates the temperature so you can get the job done without any extra heat.

It adds extra heat for heating for large objects so it doesn't cool down, but lowers the power for doing

light work.

 

I use a Weller WES51. The Hakko and it's clones work well too.

post #25 of 35
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Unregulated irons run at whatever temperature they feel like...they cool down when you solder something large

and usually way too hot when soldering light loads. When the iron runs too hot, it can overheat

components and lift the traces off the circuit board. Too cool and it makes bad solder joints.

 

A controlled heat iron regulates the temperature so you can get the job done without any extra heat.

It adds extra heat for heating for large objects so it doesn't cool down, but lowers the power for doing

light work.

 

I use a Weller WES51. The Hakko and it's clones work well too.

Thank you for this, how does one know what temperature to set? Obviously it must depended on the wire and solder? maybe? lol

post #26 of 35

 

It comes down to personal preference to some extent.

I run my iron from 550 to 600 F most of the time.

I use eutectic lead based solder (no lead free for me...yet).

I can solder the pin on a heat sink to the board on one

side, turn the board over and solder 0805 SMD without

missing beat.

Some people like to run a little hotter, maybe up to 650 F,

but I like it a little cooler.

Of course, lead free you need more heat. 

post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by Avro_Arrow View Post

It comes down to personal preference to some extent.
I run my iron from 550 to 600 F most of the time.
I use eutectic lead based solder (no lead free for me...yet).
I can solder the pin on a heat sink to the board on one
side, turn the board over and solder 0805 SMD without
missing beat.
Some people like to run a little hotter, maybe up to 650 F,
but I like it a little cooler.
Of course, lead free you need more heat. 



are there any disadvantages to use lead free solder?
post #28 of 35

 

I haven't used lead free myself, but from comments I heard, most people seem

to not like it. Maybe someone who has used both will chime in...

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I haven't used lead free myself, but from comments I heard, most people seem

 

to not like it. Maybe someone who has used both will chime in...

 

Do you have a preferred thickness for your solder? I know tomb mentioned 0.025".

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Do you have a preferred thickness for your solder? I know tomb mentioned 0.025".

I'm literally just getting into soldering and ordered my soldering station today so I can't even really answer that question frown.gif what should I be using for making interconnects like mini to mini's
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