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Old 05-11-2006, 03:42 AM   #16
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The goot CXG-38 with a large tip and tip temp. of 510 C (approx. 950 F) seems to be quite popular among our friends in Japan.

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Old 05-11-2006, 07:22 AM   #17
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You want an iron, or a gun? I'd go for a Snap on 450W soldering gun...
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:46 AM   #18
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Hakko 936.

I don't know about guns... the tips in them don't have the mass to assemble batteries. I had one of these high-zoot guns and it wound up in a million pieces across the cellar. It was so irritating to try to solder packs together. By the time that there was enough heat to do a proper joint, the cells were getting overheated. Not the same with a proper soldering iron and good sized tip.
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To solder batteries (typical Nimh), what kind (shape) of a tip is the best..? I heard ppl are using a 45 degree slopped tip (I have never seen one like that)...anyone know where to get one of those..? Thanks
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You will want a nice fat chisel tip. The idea is that you are transferring heat build-up from the tip to the joint. To do this you need a nice big tip to get heat-soaked. Higher wattage small tipped irons will dump all their heat into the joint (not much due to the smaller mass), then you will have to wait for the iron to soak the rest of the joint to the melting point of the solder.

The shorter amount of time you heat the cells the better. but don't sacrifice joint quality for keeping the cells cool. A proper joint will use little solder, but when finished the bars will have a nice fillet where the bar meets the top (or bottom) of the cells.
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:00 AM   #21
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This is the best tip to use on the Hakko 936 station:

http://www.hakkousa.com/Tips_detail.asp?TID=900L-T-S1

It does not fit the 907 handle, only the 908.
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:09 AM   #22
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Here's a link to the one I use, takes a while to heat up but once it has.....

Has a 7mm angled tip as well, it's main function is melting lead for stained glass type windows etc.

Weller Soldering Iron

I'm sure you can get hold of a US version.

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Thanks guys....right on the $$$$.....
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After all the input, I think I will be purchasing a Hakko 936 station with both the 907 and 908 irons and the recommended chisel tips for use at home...Plus, a 455 for at the track...Plus the tip cleaner.

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Yeah, you missed me! Personally, I just can't see spending that kind of money when it's not necessary. I spent 10 bucks on a stand from radio shack and 26 on the Weller SPG80L. All the guys at the track with Hakko irons are always asking to borrow mine because their's just can't do batteries worth a damn or the wires on V2 endbell motors. But, it's not my money. Just my .02.

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Ive been going through tips like mad on my weller wlc100, and I want to know if anyone has a guess as to why?The tips just detererate until they fall apart. I was using crappy solder, could that be a contributing factor?Any other ideas, I just dont like paying $10+/tip online. Anyone know of any cheap places to find weller tips online?
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Ive been going through tips like mad on my weller wlc100, and I want to know if anyone has a guess as to why?The tips just detererate until they fall apart. I was using crappy solder, could that be a contributing factor?Any other ideas, I just dont like paying $10+/tip online. Anyone know of any cheap places to find weller tips online?
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Steve,

Tinning your tip AFTER using it is supposed to help. I clean and tin BEFORE and AFTER.
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All the guys at the track with Hakko irons are always asking to borrow mine because their's just can't do batteries worth a damn or the wires on V2 endbell motors. But, it's not my money. Just my .02.

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They must not be taking care of their tips for mine has no issues with batterys or soldering motors. I love mine and is money well spent imo. I have the 908 with a large chisel tip in mine and serves all my needs.
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I know you guys like the Hakko, but I would'nt trade for my Radio-Crap digital station. It dose anything I need it to do and then some. The only problem I've foud, is finding tips for it. Then I found out that Sears carries the same size tips I need. And their cheap too.JMO
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Ive been going through tips like mad on my weller wlc100, and I want to know if anyone has a guess as to why?The tips just detererate until they fall apart. I was using crappy solder, could that be a contributing factor?Any other ideas, I just dont like paying $10+/tip online. Anyone know of any cheap places to find weller tips online?
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Steve, cheap solder as in what type? If you've been using acid core, then that surely is the problem. You're absolutely not supposed to use it with electronics. Use a good rosin core or silver solder with a high quality flux paste. Also, to get tips for the Weller irons, try Lowes. They carry a lot of Weller equipment. That's where I got my SPG80L and for 10 bucks cheaper than anyplace I found it online.

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