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Old 10-14-2018, 07:59 PM
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NEWISH TO RC!! I don't know how to solder well. What are your guys tips and tricks for soldering motor wires to an ESC? What is a good solder, under $30? I will not be using it for much, beside connecters, etc... on RC. Thanks
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:10 PM
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There’s a long running thread for it.

How to solder correctly (a not so brief lesson)


Its a skill that I’ve yet to learn. But hope to finally figure out over winter.
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okay thanks will check it out
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:31 AM
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The biggest "Trick" to soldering is to keep the tip clean. Tinning the tip is where you put solder on the tip of the iron which helps transfer the heat from the tip to the parts you're soldering. This tinning solder will quickly overheat and form into a hard shell which creates a shield from the heat then the iron will stop melting the solder onto your connectors. You have to repeatedly clean off the tip and re-tin it. Clean and re-tin, clean and re-tin. That's the trick. Once you get the hang of it you'll find that it's really easy.

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Get a GOOD soldering iron. I think mine is a Hakko blue 40w and it is just right for soldering wires (and the tip can be replaced for when I neglect to clean and tin too many times), but don't just go by the wattage quoted on the box. Read reviews and find something that is consistent in temperature and the right temperature for what you're trying to do with it. Heating up quickly is also a nice feature. Watch YouTube videos on soldering whatever it is you're planning to solder. Make sure to tin your wires and connections.

Then, practice practice practice. Unless you do something careless like melt a connector or bridge a short, the worst that can happen is the solder comes undone and you have to go home and redo it. In order to avoid that as much as possible, tug and pull on your solders as soon as they're cooled to see if you made a strong connection. I still suck at soldering, but I'm getting better each time I try.
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Which esc?

tin the post, tin the wire, then melt em both together

dont hold heat on the post for extened time, this is where a good iron is handy
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