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Old 10-01-2004, 01:38 PM
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what solder and soldering flux should i get to make clean connections?
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get the one from Deans...it has flux inside the solder
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deans is the best it has a high silver content so you get barely and resistance
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yeah deans is good stuff a little pricer than other solders but worth it, like 3.50 a tube.
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If you can't get deans easily, try (Kester) 60/40 it flows really well and is super strong, as good as deans or better, try hardware or electronic stores, dont use radio shack solder!
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Not to nitpick but....Thats the first time Iv'e heard someone say not to use radio shack solder.......can I ask why?
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Originally posted by Joe B
Not to nitpick but....Thats the first time Iv'e heard someone say not to use radio shack solder.......can I ask why?
I've been using Radio Shack 60/40 solder with awesome results. And a whole roll is cheaper than the Deans solder IMO.
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Same here
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Default 60/40 w/ rosin core

Can't get easier than good old 60tin/40lead rosin flux core solder. No separate flux required. I bought a 1lb roll of ultra fine stuff 10 years ago and use it for everything from soldering fine circuit board components to RC cars. Get yourself a decent iron that will has replaceable tips. It will last a lifetime. The Weller WLC100 is a good value. It has variable heat and a slew of available tips. Get one thick blade and one fine point tip.
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Where can I get some flux?
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Originally posted by Joe B
Not to nitpick but....Thats the first time Iv'e heard someone say not to use radio shack solder.......can I ask why?
Just that the Kester or Deans is alot better, i have had the radio shack solder Archer 60/40, & it just wouldn't flow onto some wires & other various items to be soldered, even just trying to tin them, where as the Kester & Deans tinned up & flowed really well on the same items, try some you will like it much better.
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Originally posted by Charlie O
Just that the Kester or Deans is alot better, i have had the radio shack solder Archer 60/40, & it just wouldn't flow onto some wires & other various items to be soldered, even just trying to tin them, where as the Kester & Deans tinned up & flowed really well on the same items, try some you will like it much better.
If you cant get it to tin to easy use flux. Everytime that happens, i put some flux on the wire and the wire will tin. Ive never had a problem with radioshack solder either, it mostly flows perfect for me. Maybe you just keep getting bad rolls of solder, because that can happen. If you do stained glass you would understand, you can get a whole case of bad solder (its a little different then electronic solder tho)
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It's always good to have some extra flux on hand. It helps get rid of surface corrosion that stops the solder from flowing properly. Just don't use too much because leftover flux on the connection will attract moisture. Air + Moisture + the ends of your batteries and things can get ugly after a while.

Just my $0.02.
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