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Old 08-09-2010, 09:43 PM
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well i decided to try eclectric and i need some advice on a good solder station also what tips is needed

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well i decided to try eclectric and i need some advice on a good solder station also what tips is needed

thanks, bobby
Hakko or Checkpoint soldering iron. Flat tip.
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The best advice I can give you, is to not waste your money. I have used the same 40 watt weller iron from home depot for 7 years, and i think it cost me 10 or 15$? Works flawlessly.
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Owen RaCing +1 The Hakko is very good for $80.00 and comes with two tips (1 wide and 1 narrow).

But also

Cpt.America +1 With brushless and lipo you just don't solder enough anymore to justify a high end soldering iron.

When it was 6-cells and brushed I proably solder 40 to 50 joints on a race or practice day, now I use my iron once every couple of weeks.

And if money is no object get the LRP soldering iron. That thing is wicked
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thanks guy for the feedback
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I use my soldering iron for work, and personal rc uses. Even soldering basics the hotter the better. You can over heat your speedo by using a cold iron and holding on the joint to long.
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Yeah the Checkpoint one is very nice. If you don't want to spend $80, Weller has some nice ones as well.
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i think i'll try the check point
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I have the Checkpoint one and I love it. No problems building my last Nimh pack with it. Been messing around with the cheap crap for years and have never been happy.
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I would suggest getting a weller station used locally on craigslist or what not. It's probably cheaper and work just as well.
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buy a solomon station. That is what they use on the assembly lines of 85% of the electronic mfg. plants.
I would bet weller uses them to assemble their solder stations hee...hee....but really they are made to stay on all day and have a very constitant tip temp. Full ceramic tips and full digital. buy once buy for life
about 100.00 us.
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well i decided to try eclectric and i need some advice on a good solder station also what tips is needed

thanks, bobby
Hakko 936 Soldering Station. I don't use it near as much as I used to with brushless and Lipos but it is still nice to have for the occasional soldering job. Get a Hakko 900M-T-3.2D tip. I also have a couple of small tips for circuit board repair (I also rock crawl and occasionally have solder wires back onto boards, into servos, etc.). A good station/iron is worth it's weight in gold when you have to replace motor/ESC leads.
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I've used the same Hakko 936 since I bought it in 1997. Best investment on an iron I've done. I've left it on for days without realizing it. They're around 75 bucks if you look around online. They'll be cheaper at an electronics place than a hobby shop too.
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