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Old 09-15-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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What's the best type of solder to use for general soldering of battery packs and other electronics in our cars?
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60/40 SnPb

60% Sn (Tin)
40% Pb (Lead)

You can get some lead-free ones but I don't recommend it. They have a higher melting point and they often have a duller color (aesthetics) after soldering. These are the Silver (Ag) with no lead (Pb) mixed with Tin (Sn)
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60/40 SnPb

60% Sn (Tin)
40% Pb (Lead)
That's what I've been using and it's always worked great for me. I went to Fry's today to get more and there were about 50 different choices so it made me doubt myself! If it ain't broke don't fix it I guess...

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Right, just stick with a good quality brand of 60/40(like Kester, I use it at work & on my RC stuff, very good stuff & you can get it for a decent price, I paid about $18 locally for a 1 pound roll of it, MUCH better deal than the stuff Radio Shack sells)....
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Right, just stick with a good quality brand of 60/40(like Kester, I use it at work & on my RC stuff, very good stuff & you can get it for a decent price, I paid about $18 locally for a 1 pound roll of it, MUCH better deal than the stuff Radio Shack sells)....
Heh...the stuff I've always used is Kester "High Tech Electronic Rosin Core Solder For Electronic Repair" (it's 60/40)...I think the name convinced me way back when...

Sounds like I should carry on.
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Best solder I've used for rc work is Deans. It has silver added to it for decreased resistance and it seems to be corrosion proof. I bought a used rc that had corroded electrical connections that were not obvoius - happened to touch one and realize how hot it was and fixed prob before I had a meltdown.

Unfortunately the enviro crazies have managed to kill Deans solder since it has lead in it. The new lead free stuff is worthless imho, its hard to work with. I have enough Deans to last a while and my old pound of Kester 60/40 as backup after that.
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Best solder I've used for rc work is Deans. It has silver added to it for decreased resistance and it seems to be corrosion proof. I bought a used rc that had corroded electrical connections that were not obvoius - happened to touch one and realize how hot it was and fixed prob before I had a meltdown.

Unfortunately the enviro crazies have managed to kill Deans solder since it has lead in it. The new lead free stuff is worthless imho, its hard to work with. I have enough Deans to last a while and my old pound of Kester 60/40 as backup after that.
Ummmm, there are a million brands of solder containing lead in any store that sells such things. There must be another reason for Deans not being around. Also, not wanting lead all over the place doesn't make one an "enviro crazy" -- maybe you ate a few too many paint chips as a kid?!?!?
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Pete, I bought the Hudy solder because it comes in a cool sparkly tube
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Best really depends on the iron too... 60/40 Lead/Tin is better than the 60/40 Tin/Lead... more lead melts easier and makes a better joint "easier".. the two do not mix well either!

The 60/40 lead/tin is available from Radio Shack...

Silver is better but requires more heat.. so it can be inconvenient at the track for simple jobs.


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