soldering?

Started by TVisitor in sci.electronics.basics7 years ago 16 replies

I'm comfortable with soldering components to a board (mostly thru-hole stuff), but I still struggle greatly with soldering wires to...

I'm comfortable with soldering components to a board (mostly thru-hole stuff), but I still struggle greatly with soldering wires to parts. What is the process for soldering a wire to a connector? Let's take 2 examples - soldering a wire to a bridge rectifier lead (the lead is 1/4" square, pretty large), and the second example is where you need to solder a wire to a 1/8" headphone jack. ...


Soldering newbie

Started by M. Hamed in sci.electronics.basics4 years ago 51 replies

I am not new to soldering. I have some soldering experience. I have built a= radio kit with no soldering problems whatsoever. I have made little...

I am not new to soldering. I have some soldering experience. I have built a= radio kit with no soldering problems whatsoever. I have made little boards= for things like transistor amplifiers for my crystal radio. I have little = surface mount experience, but in a moment of extreme courage, my boss let m= e rework about 50 PCBs at once when he was on vacation. That involved solde= ring a lit...


Soldering Pots

Started by BDS Service in sci.electronics.basics5 years ago

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Soldering with essential tremor

Started by electronman99 in sci.electronics.basics8 years ago 19 replies

Dear scielectronicsbasics people, I am 65 and was recently diagnosed with essential tremor. It is not Parkinsons and is not a serious health...

Dear scielectronicsbasics people, I am 65 and was recently diagnosed with essential tremor. It is not Parkinsons and is not a serious health threat. (Bill Clinton was diagnosed with it a few years ago). Basically it means that my hands shake a little bit. This shaking now makes soldering difficult. What would help me is to find a soldering iron with a short tip. I have a Weller 25 wa...


SMT de-soldering

Started by Bob Engelhardt in sci.electronics.basics8 years ago 36 replies

I have an SMT board with a jumper in the form of a 0 ohm resistor. I need to remove it, but I've never done anything with SMT. Is there...

I have an SMT board with a jumper in the form of a 0 ohm resistor. I need to remove it, but I've never done anything with SMT. Is there anything special that I need to know? I'm planning on de-soldering it. Thanks, Bob


Soldering Station

Started by Anonymous in sci.electronics.basics9 years ago 5 replies

I need a new soldering station to replace one I lost during a move. This is for hobby use in microcontrollers and general...

I need a new soldering station to replace one I lost during a move. This is for hobby use in microcontrollers and general analog/digital work. Is a Metcal MX-500 a reasonable choice for these applications? I know it's more expensive than other stations, but I've heard good things about it. Anything else I should consider?


FYI: Replacement tips for Radio Shack soldering station at Sears

Started by bh in sci.electronics.basics10 years ago 2 replies

Not having a blog, I'm posting my tip here. I bought the radio shack soldering station since it was immediately available and relatively cheap...

Not having a blog, I'm posting my tip here. I bought the radio shack soldering station since it was immediately available and relatively cheap at $44 (w/ coupon). However, radio shack doesn't carry an assortment of tips for that iron. Sears does. The Craftsman "Soldering Iron Tip Set," "copper, nickel plated," with "point, chisel, fine point" tips are exactly the same diameter and length...


Soldering onto NiMH batteries?

Started by DeanB in sci.electronics.basics9 years ago 9 replies

Hello all, I've only done a little soldering before, but I want to rebuild a battery pack for my TI-59 calculator (which is basically 3...

Hello all, I've only done a little soldering before, but I want to rebuild a battery pack for my TI-59 calculator (which is basically 3 AA-sized batteries soldered together in series). Can I just solder directly onto the battery terminals? With a copper wire. Should I use flux? Will this overheat the battery and/or blow it up? Thanks for any tips!


Butane soldering irons

Started by BJaY in sci.electronics.basics11 years ago 3 replies

Hi, I was just wondering if you could use lighter fluid butane in gas soldering irons or if you had to buy the ultra pure stuff from maplin...

Hi, I was just wondering if you could use lighter fluid butane in gas soldering irons or if you had to buy the ultra pure stuff from maplin to avoid damaging the catalyst. Is it just the same stuff ? Cheers, Bruce.


Solder Station Recommendations?

Started by Joe in sci.electronics.basics10 years ago 26 replies

I used to have an Edsyn solder station that I bought from Radio Shack about 5 or 6 years ago for around $50.00. It got lost in my...

I used to have an Edsyn solder station that I bought from Radio Shack about 5 or 6 years ago for around $50.00. It got lost in my cross-country move. I'd like to get something of similar quality and not spend more than around $50 or $60. At most I solder maybe 200 connections in a year. I also have a soldering "gun" for heavier soldering, so the one I'm looking for will be for compon...


Re: Soldering onto NiMH batteries?

Started by C. Nick Kruzer in sci.electronics.basics9 years ago 1 reply

Hi Kris, you wrote: > I'm a beginner, so sorry if this is a really basic > question, but, what is the advantage of > soldering them in,...

Hi Kris, you wrote: > I'm a beginner, so sorry if this is a really basic > question, but, what is the advantage of > soldering them in, rather than using a battery > holder? The cells I used were of a flatenned box-shape [90=B0 corners], (about 1cm=D72.5cm=D76cm) I think they might be called prism cells but they are not of a true geometric prism configuration. I don't know why they might b


Soldering a LED Display Matrix

Started by Daniel Pitts in sci.electronics.basics5 years ago 8 replies

So, I've learned the hard way that it isn't trivial to solder a LED matrix. I've actually extended that lesson to realize any non-planar...

So, I've learned the hard way that it isn't trivial to solder a LED matrix. I've actually extended that lesson to realize any non-planar graph adds difficulty to soldering. Anyway. I was trying to build a 5x5 LED matrix (because I only have 25 LEDs right now, and it seemed like a good start). I got two rows in, before I realized I wasn't going to be able to finish it the way I was t...


IC Max Temperatures

Started by Michael in sci.electronics.basics11 years ago

Hi, If it says on a datasheet max temperature is "300oC for 10 seconds (soldering time)" how long can you leave it at 250oC for? I've been...

Hi, If it says on a datasheet max temperature is "300oC for 10 seconds (soldering time)" how long can you leave it at 250oC for? I've been reading about reflow soldering and it seems common temperatures are around 250oC but I've yet to find a "take the board out after X seconds otherwise you'll damage the components" Cheers, Michael


ESD Mats

Started by BDS Service in sci.electronics.basics5 years ago

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ESD Mats

Started by BDS Service in sci.electronics.basics5 years ago

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Soldering tiny (e.g. PLCC, LFCSP, CLCC) ICs

Started by ted in sci.electronics.basics10 years ago 9 replies

What do hobbyists do if the IC they want is only available in a tiny 5mm-on-a-side format, like CLCC? (I'm thinking, specifically, of...

What do hobbyists do if the IC they want is only available in a tiny 5mm-on-a-side format, like CLCC? (I'm thinking, specifically, of an accelerometer made by Analog Devices.) Are there snap-in adapters out there that would give me a more PDIP-like pin-out? I have seen suggestions, on sci.electronics.design, for how to solder the tiny buggers, but the implied soldering skill level seems wa...


Hand Soldering

Started by Anonymous in sci.electronics.basics10 years ago 12 replies

I'm a EE student at Cornell working on a research project. We have to do a significant amount of hand soldering for the project. Which...

I'm a EE student at Cornell working on a research project. We have to do a significant amount of hand soldering for the project. Which chip packages are hand solderable? I need to know what I can purchase from, say, DigiKey and actually solder. Examples of packages I'm interested in are: * DIP * SIP * SOT * SOIC * SSOP * TSSOP * QFN * TDFN I know it depen...


Kit resources for intro electronics course

Started by zeitguy in sci.electronics.basics11 years ago 2 replies

I am interested in people's experience with entry level electronic kits that require some soldering. I am teaching a short course this...

I am interested in people's experience with entry level electronic kits that require some soldering. I am teaching a short course this winter and need to find some projects for stone beginners. It should result in some light or sound effects. I used the Elenco intro to soldering kit last season, but it only had two blinking led's and the "practice" pard of the pcb was pretty lame. If y...


Soldering 550m of copper wire

Started by Goran in sci.electronics.basics4 years ago 46 replies

I have to solder 550 - 600m of 1mm copper wire. Wire must be completely covered with solder. It will take some time to do this on regular...

I have to solder 550 - 600m of 1mm copper wire. Wire must be completely covered with solder. It will take some time to do this on regular basis ( with soldering iron ) so i was thinking to make some kind of slot in some aluminium housing and melt the lead alloy in it. Then i can put the wire in it and draw it slowly throe this slot. Additionally i can set some stepper motor on the othe...


please recommend AM radio soldering kit

Started by Anonymous in sci.electronics.basics11 years ago 2 replies

Hi All, could anybody recommend am radio soldering kit for 15 y. old ? It shouldn't be a primitive one which I see everywhere. thanks.

Hi All, could anybody recommend am radio soldering kit for 15 y. old ? It shouldn't be a primitive one which I see everywhere. thanks.