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post #31 of 35
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post


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

 

Haha, I know you're like me, that was directed to Avro who has more experience in this than us. I have some training PCBs and a couple small simple projects that I'll be making before moving into cables and amps. So I haven't even looked into the connector information yet.

post #32 of 35
 
Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post

are there any disadvantages to use lead free solder?

 

Lead-free solder is a headache if you're just going to be using it for DIY related stuff. If you're making something commercially, then you pretty much have to use lead-free solder because of RoHS and all those shenanigans.

 

In general, lead-free solders have a higher melting temperature, produce less shiny joints, and doesn't 'wet' or 'flow' as well as leaded solders. To put it simply, lead-free is just a pain to work with compared to lead solder. Just stick with a nice eutectic leaded solder for DIY stuff IMO.

 

That being said, if you have a reaaaally good iron (and I mean it!), and some quality lead-free solder, I think you can get results that are just about as good as leaded solder. I use a JBC soldering iron along with SN100C lead-free solder, and I'm pretty happy with the results, it's a pleasure to work with.

 

For solder thickness, 0.025inch or 0.7mm will do you just fine for just about anything, don't get anything thicker because it becomes a challenge to control the amount of solder you use. It's all about personal preference though, I tend to prefer the thinner stuff, so I use 0.3mm solder.

post #33 of 35

Here is what I use for most of my soldering.

 

 

 

It's nothing special, just what they have at the local electronics store.

 

I also use solder paste for SMD work. Solder paste lets you have

one hand free to hold the tweezers.


Edited by Avro_Arrow - 10/29/13 at 4:47am
post #34 of 35

I have found that the Hakko FX-888D is a good soldering iron at a reasonable price. It;s the digital version of the discontinued FX-888 which got great reviews for durability, so I'm assuming they are well built and will last a while. It also has a quick heat up time and comes with pre-set and sleep modes.

 

I tried to find where I got mine but I found this one: http://www.gotopac.com/Hakko_FX888D_23BY_p/fx888d-23by-hak.htm. It appears to be on sale with free shipping to the US and two free tips. Seems like a good deal.

 

Hope that helps. :normal_smile : 

post #35 of 35
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Originally Posted by Kt425 View Post
 

I have found that the Hakko FX-888D is a good soldering iron at a reasonable price. It;s the digital version of the discontinued FX-888 which got great reviews for durability, so I'm assuming they are well built and will last a while. It also has a quick heat up time and comes with pre-set and sleep modes.

 

I tried to find where I got mine but I found this one: http://www.gotopac.com/Hakko_FX888D_23BY_p/fx888d-23by-hak.htm. It appears to be on sale with free shipping to the US and two free tips. Seems like a good deal.

 

Hope that helps. :normal_smile : 

Thanks, I got it for the same price off Amazon and it looks like it shipped today

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