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Old 16-05-09, 11:42 AM
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Old 16-05-09, 06:25 PM
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Excellent review/article.. so we get the tools, now show us how to do it with out making a mess!

I have a never used Weller gas soldering iron. Are these any good? Would only be messing around daisy chaining fans to start with.
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Old 16-05-09, 06:29 PM
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Dont worry im in the middle of making a mess my self right now ill put it up once ive finished. I can now tell its been a while since i soldered and that i relay do need to go by some glasses.
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Old 16-05-09, 09:58 PM
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Was actualy part of his build log! But Mayhem kindly agreed to do a full guide and thats why I copied it here and then stickied it!
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Old 18-05-09, 05:48 AM
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I use the Aoyue station. This is a cheap Less than £100 work / reflow station for working on mobile phones normaly but i can do any thing.

It is excellent for work on mods such as this or any thing to do with electronics. I have now managed to string 25 SMD's in a row neatly all though no pics as i have no batteries left lol ...

The tips for this station start a £1.50 per tip to £2.50. So this is real cheap in comparison to normal tips for soldering irons costing you between £5 to £8.

I am actualy considering getting a more expensive Light heat station as this is much better for SMD's and all so for fast soldering.

I still use My different normal soldering irons which range from 15 watt to 30 watt for very quick jobs such as a few led's stringed together.

I would recommend a work station if and only if you plan on doing allot of soldering. I would not recommend one if you just doing a few small mods.

If you doing a lot of SMD work i recommend you using a heat pan and solder paste instead as this can do a much better job. Check out Youtube for Heat paste and soldering oven / pans. And as a word of warning for god sake do not use a Geroge Foreman version there griddles not heat pans ... lol
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Old 18-05-09, 01:35 PM
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Hmm, we appear to own the same soldering iron. Cpet mines 25w...

Nice write up mate. Very useful resource to have!
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Old 18-05-09, 02:02 PM
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Great guide, really helpful. You missed one thing tho...don't forget soldering irons take some time to cool...this explains why two of my fingers have a fair few burns down them.
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Old 18-05-09, 02:05 PM
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lol common sense ... if ppl don't have that then they shouldn't be playing with soldering iron's. You might what to get a cold iron then you wont burn you fingers next time.
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Old 18-05-09, 02:17 PM
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Dang...that's where I've been going wrong. Its actually mainly when you put the soldering iron in the holder and it doesn't quite go in, so you nudge it then go ow...
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Old 18-05-09, 02:28 PM
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Guy in electronics in college didnt think and just left his iron on his work station, it got nudged and it melted through its own power cable.

Kinda like a soldering iron harakiri

It blew the power the whole Tech block too :-)
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