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nathan646 717 47 February 17, 2016 at 07:34 PM
I need to learn how to solder. What kit/soldering gun should i buy?

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I need to learn how to solder. What kit/soldering gun should i buy?
What are you planning to solder? Soldering guns are a bad choice for soldering electronics.

This is one of the best soldering guides I've seen: http://store.curiousinventor.com/..._To_Solder
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What are you planning to solder? Soldering guns are a bad choice for soldering electronics.

This is one of the best soldering guides I've seen: http://store.curiousinventor.com/..._To_Solder
yea, soldering capacitors and stuff.. thanks I will look it over tomorrow
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What are you planning to solder? Soldering guns are a bad choice for soldering electronics.

This is one of the best soldering guides I've seen: http://store.curiousinventor.com/..._To_Solder
Nice link - I learned more from that than an hour of googling guides
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EEVBlog has a nice tutorial on Youtube

Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Sb21qbpEQ

Personally I started with like a 15W iron from Sears that did everything I wanted for years. I only upgraded to a "Station" because I wanted adjustable temps and different tips. I bought something like this http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbykin...ouse_.html

For me it's worked well and was inexpensive. I am sure the name brand ones are probably better but this got me what I want and for how often I solder its fine. It also takes the Hakko tips.
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If you really want to get into it, an adjustable station like LiquidRetro suggested is the only way to go.
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Looking over some tutorials online will give you some of the best basics you need. After that it is practice.

For the most part, you can get away with a cheap $10 iron at a hardware store and some solder wire. You need higher wattage for some projects, usually when it involves desoldering something, but I have managed to avoid that so far with some extra effort.

Solder station helps significantly. A third hand helps as well.
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Looking over some tutorials online will give you some of the best basics you need. After that it is practice.

For the most part, you can get away with a cheap $10 iron at a hardware store and some solder wire. You need higher wattage for some projects, usually when it involves desoldering something, but I have managed to avoid that so far with some extra effort.

Solder station helps significantly. A third hand helps as well.
All of this.
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Looking over some tutorials online will give you some of the best basics you need. After that it is practice.

For the most part, you can get away with a cheap $10 iron at a hardware store and some solder wire. You need higher wattage for some projects, usually when it involves desoldering something, but I have managed to avoid that so far with some extra effort.

Solder station helps significantly. A third hand helps as well.
Only thing I would add is you don't want a big universal soldering gun like this that you see at many hardware stores. http://www.amazon.com/Weller-8200...ering+iron

Those are not designed for the delicate work of electronics, you hold them too far away and the tips are too broad, and it will probably be too hot.
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Those are not designed for the delicate work of electronics, you hold them too far away and the tips are too broad, and it will probably be too hot.
The guns actually pass a fairly large current through the tip and it's possible to damage sensitive components as a result.

OP, the guide I linked to has many sections, multiple videos, and another guide on surface mount soldering. One of the sections is on choosing the right equipment.

If you're just doing some basic through hole electronics kit, most anything you can find locally will be up to the job, but I probably wouldn't go below 30W. If you think you'll be doing a lot of it or doing any surface mount soldering, you should get something nicer. If you've got a microcenter near buy they're worth a look. For most things a small chisel tip works much better than the conical tip they often come with.

If you want something nice and more expensive, you could get something like this (but for basic soldering there are plenty of options < $50):
http://www.alliedelec.com/easybra...#tab=specs
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11704 (reasonably nice, but doesn't hold a candle to a nice metcal or oki station you used to be able to get the oki ps-800 and ps-900 for a pretty good price, the easy braid above is basically a budget metcal)

SparkFun also has some soldering tutorials, here's a basic through hole one: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutori...-soldering
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Only thing I would add is you don't want a big universal soldering gun like this that you see at many hardware stores. http://www.amazon.com/Weller-8200...ering+iron

Those are not designed for the delicate work of electronics, you hold them too far away and the tips are too broad, and it will probably be too hot.
Very true. I am pretty sure that mine is a puny 30W iron. It is a bit more forgiving if you touch the wrong stuff since it takes a bit to heat your surface with it. It was a massive pain desoldering stuff on the back of an xbox board, but I managed even with the low power of the thing.

It was easily enough for everything else that I have made.
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The other thing is buy quality solder
http://store.curiousinventor.com/..._of_solder

quality us made solder if possible the cost is not that much

http://www.newark.com/webapp/wcs/...sults=true
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The other thing is buy quality solder
http://store.curiousinventor.com/..._of_solder

quality us made solder if possible the cost is not that much

http://www.newark.com/webapp/wcs/...sults=true
Lead/Tin solder will also be much easier to deal with then the stuff that contains silver too. Might be a little hard to get in some places.
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Lead/Tin solder will also be much easier to deal with then the stuff that contains silver too. Might be a little hard to get in some places.
For sure no need for silver
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Lead/Tin solder will also be much easier to deal with then the stuff that contains silver too. Might be a little hard to get in some places.
This reminds me: At a minimum, OP, you should get yourself a fan to suck the fumes away (whether you use leaded solder or not), and wash your hands before you do anything else especially if it's not lead-free.

Lead won't make you sick right away, but it has a cumulative effect on your body. Honestly lead-free solder isn't THAT hard to work with.
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