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Old 02-04-2006, 10:55 AM   #1
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hey im new to the sadle packs(i thinks thats what you call it and well i always wanted to do it that way its just my brother wouldnt let me and so i was wondering how hot do i need the soldering pen to be in order to do this?

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temperature wise......I really couldn't say for sure. But if you have a 50watt or higher iron (soldering pen) you'll be fine. And make sure you have high quality solder, 60/40 rosin core. Go to your LHS and they'll have the right stuff. Then just take your time. In a nutshell, this is what you'll be doing.... http://www.teamorion.com/faq/battery-building.asp
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oh its a side by side pack that i want...and i have only a 35 watt soldering pen
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I'd recommend 50 watt or even a 80 watt iron. Higher the power iron the easier it is to get a better solder joint without conducting a lot of excess heat into the cells.

Don't forget to sand the battery bars and the center face of the cells with some sandpaper before soldering, I use 320 or 400 grit or whatever I have, and use flux. Doing this will help your batteries hold better in crashes.
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35w will make it a little hard so solder packs with, My lhs has Hako 45-50w irons for about $25. Make sure you use FLUX! This the most important step in sodering packs. Lowes home centers also have a (fogot brand) yellow handles iron for around $17 that will work pretty good too. I think it is 45w.
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Hey mate...

Do get yourself a high wattage solding iron. 50W plus if you can. The higher the better to protect your cells from getting too hot. ALWAYS use a chisel tip soldering iron when doing your cells as you get more heat down quickly.

Rough up each end of the cells with sandpaper or a wire brush before you solder to aid in solder transfer. And do use a little flux to help.

Work on one cell at a time and let the cell next to it cool down before you move on. Lastly, don't forget to bend two bars for the ends of the battery if you're using deans! This helps greatly in attaching alligator leads.

if you are using deans, do the deans first. No one likes soldering LIVE battery leads!

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