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Old 12-31-2008, 01:00 AM   #16
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+3 on the Hakko, but I'll still use my 80watt Weller for building pacs.

Tricks - tin everything, use good solder (I use Deans solder only), make sure solder is melted on both pieces when making a joint.
what do u mean by "tin everything?"
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what do u mean by "tin everything?"
http://www.hmcelectronics.com/cgi-bi...ery=tip+tinner
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Lrp Station. I love mine.
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Okay guys, i just came from nitro 1/8th scale offroad to electric 1/8th scale and 1/10th scale. all of a sudden, wala.... i have about 12 batteries to manage, mostly lipo and few nicads. I am finding my soldering iron is not melting the solder deep enough to bind with the metals and wires. What's a good soldering iron and what are the tricks of good soldering!!!

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what do u mean by "tin everything?"
In soldering, you're usually joining 2 pieces. I mean tin both pieces - heat each piece and melt solder onto/into it. Set aside and do the other piece. Wait for last piece to cool. Now, when you put them together, the solder is already there - just heat both pieces together and melt all the solder. No need to try find a 3rd hand to hold solder and melt/feed it into the joint.
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Im back. I have a question on the hakko 936. which solder iron size do you guys use? small, medium, or large. on amain, the sell nothing but the large. so im assuming that's the way to go. at fry's, they have the medium iron. Does the iron size really matter?

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Ordering a soldering clamp as well, it makes life so much easier!

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936 hakko iron or the new Lrp iron are nice... the lrp has a digital read out...
I agree. Id like to get a LRP station though, looks pretty nice!

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Lrp Station. I love mine.
You think its nicer then the Hakko? Id like to get one and compare them.
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Ordering a soldering clamp as well, it makes life so much easier!

where can i get one of those?
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where can i get one of those?
Ebay or a hobby shop. They're like $10... Search for soldering clamp.
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Weller SP40L ~ 13 bucks and going on 2years !!!

Hakko's nice i have used them but how much soldering you gonna do ? alot then get the hakko.

alil... get the weller.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:21 PM   #27
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A good iron, and tinning the tip are cool. But if you want to do it right, make good joints quickly, then add some flux after tinning and before putting the connection together. The joint will be established much quicker and stronger. Quicker also means less heat damage to the battery. For batteries it never hurts to scuff the surface some first as well.
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Tinning each connection before joining works well for me, so does a chisel tip on the iron. A someone mentioned earlier sometime you can just heat up the pre-tinned pieces and the solder that is already on there will just flow together when heat is applied for the join...but still sometimes like when soldering 12 gauge wire to a deans it still seems like it can take awhile to get everthing heated up enought to melt the solder. Tinning the tip of the iron helps with that heat transfer, that small bit of melted solder on the iron heats up the joint pretty fast quickly melting the solder that is already on the connections as well as the extras solder you are adding to the joint from the spool.

Next time I have a solder job I'm going to try out some flux. I didn't think I would be doing much soldering at first so I was hesitant to buy a bunch of stuff, but it is worth making the investment to make the operation as easy as possible.
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is tinning some solution to buy? exactly what is tinning?

i have located a hakko 936 at hobby people with blue skins for $85. i will be on my way to pick it up!!!
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Hakko for sure. Flux Flux Flux Flux you will be mad that you never used it before.
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