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Begginers soldering kit?
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18/6/08 9:21:22 PM
Master
I was having a chat today with a mainboard technician (repairs the things). A 1 ciggi break turned into a 3 ciggy break and it didn't take me long to get interested in melting metal onto silicon and causing it to do stuff. Does anyone know where I can get a good beginners soldering toolkit/hobby kit thing? Also, I was thinking about buying this soldering iron http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/69d3/ is it any good?

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TheFrunj 
19/6/08 12:17:30 AM
Titan

I can't recommend a soldering station/kit, but I can tell you not to get that cold heat soldering iron.

Goth bought one of them, and it was horrible. Made soldering two simple wires together take 5 mins.

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Midnight_light 
19/6/08 4:56:40 AM
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If you can get into a jaycar or dick smith you can usually pick one up for a decent price. I'll talk to my man whos in the know about this sort of stuff and try and get some more info if you'd like

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Khirareq 
19/6/08 11:12:00 AM
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Recommend going to Jaycar/Bunnings and picking one up for around 20-40 bucks. My old one was 30, and its served me well over the past few years - You may not really want to go off and invest in a station until later on when you know what your looking for

Reason I mention Jaycar is also to pick up a couple of the kits, and practise with those - Find something like the IRDA kit, should be about 20ish bucks, and you can make up something small which you can actually use later on. Could also get one of those littl eetching kits and make up a board with a heap of little holes, and just practise soldering in little bits of wire even

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Master_Scythe 
20/6/08 2:35:13 PM
Titan

theres a thread in Tech Tslk.. oh fuck it

http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=9&t=17351

here have a link.

grab that, its a good starting point.

That being said though, I use a $5 one and have since i started soldering some speaker wire, up till now when im doing some basic IC stuff.

I recmmend a decent one though if you plan on putting things on boards not just joining wires.

Also, TINY TIP! for boards. FUCKING HUGE TIP for wires.

fuck the middle ground. you'll have perfectionists saying you need all sizes, but really, with practice, you only need a large one and a tiny one.

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Khirareq 
20/6/08 2:44:58 PM
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Quote by Master_Scythe
Also, TINY TIP! for boards. FUCKING HUGE TIP for wires.

fuck the middle ground. you'll have perfectionists saying you need all sizes, but really, with practice, you only need a large one and a tiny one.



lol - Ive been using the one tip for years :P

Use the pointy end for board work, then go halfway up the tip where its wider for wires >.>

I dunno - Maybe my soldering skills are shit, but I find I dont need other tips. And my soldering cant be to bad - My nForce2 mobo has been nursed along the past 4 years by me replacing the caps on it, plus the speaker leads I do are used for DJing *shrug*


Edited by Khirareq: 20/6/2008 2:46:29 PM

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filpee 
21/6/08 4:20:47 PM
Apprentice

Cannot recommend Weller soldering tools highly enough.

Over the last 15 years I have had 2 weller soldering stations (had to buy a 2nd as my first one was stolen) and 2 Weller Pyropens (I lost my first one :-( ).

I hate using the crappy cheap ones that you can get they just dont seem to apply a reliable heat on the tip.

If you are starting out though I suppose its best to get a cheap iron, just dont expect it to be able to neat SMD work.

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