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A device used to control the temperature of a soldering iron and hold a soldering iron when it is not in use.

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What type of solder to use with unregulated 25W soldering iron?

I have a general purpose unregulated 25W soldering iron (soldering pencil.) What type of solder is suitable for this (melting point degrees, composition?) Mainly for simple repair work (solder ...
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Beginner soldering help - solder balls/doesn't liquefy and soldering tips blacken

Very frustrated!! Have gotten into electronics recently and watched many videos about soldering and proper technique. I started out with the iron from this kit: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/...
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Replacing tip on Weller WHS40 soldering iron?

I've had Weller WHS 40 soldering station for some 20-ish years or so, used purely as hobbyist few times a year mostly for work on simple through-hole components. Lately, the (still original, never ...
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How to reflow a part in an infared IR rework station?

I bought a cheap chinese infrared rework station, mainly to unsolder large QFN's or QFP's from a board. The main problem with hot air is the inability to heat large areas evenly. I can easily ...
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Why is my replacement triac not working?

I have a Hakko FX-888D soldering station which stopped heating the iron. I found out that the triac (which is a BTA06-600b) went bad so I went ahead and replaced it with a BTA12-600bw. It didnt work. ...
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Suspicious black smudge on a new soldering iron

I was doing some soldering and desoldering some components on old electronics with a new (non-temp controlled) soldering iron. It was my second run with it and had only been using it for like 10 ...
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What to look for when buying a reliable hobbyist soldering iron

I wanted to buy a soldering iron for some hobby tinkering, ordered one long ago from Wish! For a few quid, but as you must imagine it's awful. Doesn't heat uniformly, overheats and melts plastic. Tips ...
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Does anyone know of a soldering iron that gets to 900 Fahrenheit? [closed]

I'm looking for a new soldering iron that will get as hot as the old Hakko 936, but I haven't found anything. All that I've found have the temp range 200-850 F. Does anyone know a reputable brand ...
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Solder Rigid PCB with Hot Bar Soldering Process

Wondering if it is possible to solder rigid PCB to another rigid PCB using hot bar soldering process/technique? I know it can be done when soldering flexible (FPC) circuit board to rigid PCB, but not ...
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How do i solder qfn package using soldering iron?

I don't have any soldering station but I need to solder the qfn package chip so how I solder it using a normal soldering iron.
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240V to 110V using a Step-Down Transformer

I was wondering if there is anything I need to be concerned about in regards to using a step-down transformer to power my Weller WES51 soldering iron which is rated at 110V in the UK (mains is 240V in ...
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Can resistors be used to bring a heating element within range?

I have a replacement 24V/60W desoldering gun I would like to modify for use on my Aoyue Int958A+ soldering station. My 968A+ has a smoke absorber which has enough suction to double as a solder vacuum. ...
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How powerful of a soldering iron do I need for this job

I am working on a 12"x 18" board that has multiple ground plane layers. I am trying to remove a through component that is tied to these ground planes. My 65 watt Hakko iron heats up the entire board ...
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Converting a soldering station from 110 V to 220 V

i bought this soldering station from the USA and it is 110 V. I need it to be 220 V. Is this possible without external tools? There are 3 Trimpots: V1 VR1 VR2 This is the inside of the station:
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Weller EC1301a vs EC1301b (or schematic for EC3001 station)

I bought a Weller EC3001 station with a EC1301 iron out of my first pay check when I got my first bench engineers job (and that was a very long time ago!!!). Life took me in a different direction, ...
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Can I use steelwool for soldering iron cleaning

Wondering should I use steel wool for cleaning my soldering iron tip. Is it bad? Will it impact my tip? Will it clean the black oxidization off?
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Does a soldering iron tip consist of multiple parts?

I recently purchased a new soldering iron and read here that it is good practise to tin the tip before actually using it. As I turned on the iron and applied solder to the tip, I noticed the very top ...
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Weller wes51 issue

My soldering station is a Weller WES51 for a long time. Today the station died, the LED didn't turn on and the tip doesn't heat. I opened the station and checked the transformer power switch and ...
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High temperature of components to joining & soldering

Please help me to know the best components for the process of welding an electronic circuit to operate it in a very high temperature environment up to more than 600 degrees Celsius? Note: I do not ...
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110V soldering station to 220V

I got a 110V version of the Aoyue 968A+ soldering station by mistake and shipping the station for a replacement or selling it is not an option. I reverse engineered part of the station looking for the ...
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Wet Sponge or Brass Sponge for solder tip cleaning?

There seems to be a lot of differing opinions out there on what is best practice. A lot of people seem to be shying away from the wet sponge due to the thermal stress it imposes on the tip. I have ...
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Do some soldered components use solder that only melts in temperatures higher than 480 °C?

(solved - solution added at the bottom) I have a power jack I can't remove. I tried a hot air gun set on 480 °C and a soldering iron set to 480 °C. While some solder seemed to have melted on a few ...
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What is the source of ESD by soldering?

I'd like to know that by soldering a circuit board, what causes the potential difference between the soldering iron and the board. Is it just static electricity (like by hands), or is the power source ...
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How bad is this soldering station from ESD perspective?

I found this cheap soldering station called OLED T12, which might be good for my current purposes (I'd like to solder cheap SMDs). According to the images 4 wires run from the station to the iron and ...
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Can I fix the Weller PES51 soldering pencil?

I have a Weller WES51 soldering station with the PES51 pencil. It's about 10 years old however I have kept it very well. I've changed the tip a few days ago and noticed that the tip does not get hot ...
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JBC soldering iron cartridge thermocouple type

I have recently bought a T245-B soldering iron handle and a C245064 cartridge. These are both made by JBC. I have tried to find the thermocouple type online but have had a range of answers from type k ...
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old Weller WTCP2 solder station has a max temp of 450°F

We have an old Weller WTCP2 solder station that has a temperature dial that only goes from 200° F to 450° F. Since rosin core solder is typically used with irons around 700° F, we do not understand ...
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Tips and Help with Soldering

I'm currently "using" my TENMA 217945, which is a decent soldering iron, I guess. The main problem is that I am absolutely horrible at soldering. I'm capable of doing through-hole stuff, but tinning ...
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Disassembly of a soldering station - dangers?

I recently came into possession of an old soldering station. It doesn't work very well - the tip doesn't get hot enough to melt solder, so it'ls pretty useless. I've opened it up to strip it for parts....
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What makes a good soldering station

I am a hobbyist looking to buy a soldering station. The market for soldering equipment ranges from $10 to $1000. This begs the question: * What is the reason behind these huge price differences? ...
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Why can't solder stick onto the tip of my iron? [duplicate]

I can't tin the iron properly, because feeding solder onto the tip has it flow downwards and collect into a blob before splitting off and creating a mess. My iron may not be calibrated. And I don't ...
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Optimal soldering iron specs for lead-free

I do most of my soldering with/directing children and so we always using lead-free solder (and thru hole and nothing too complicated). I have a soldering iron station that has two settings, 20W &...
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Does solder expire?

I have some solder that is past the "expiration date" on it. How does solder expire? Is it still good? What happens if I use it? It seems odd that solder could expire, so I'm just looking for some ...
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Variable wattage vs temp control in a soldering iron?

Presently, I am looking into soldering irons because I am considering making a purchase. I am considering features in order to find something that is usable and versatile for the value. One factor I ...
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Identify soldering iron plug and required socket

What is the connector type for this soldering iron? I am contemplating fitting it to a private-badge version (DSE T-2200) of the same station that doesn't have the connector fitted, so I will have to ...
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Safe to use bigger heater element?

So here's the run down, I purchased a rework/soldering iron station off eBay years ago. Believe it's a cheap Chinese knock off labeled CE 852D+ Recently the heater element for soldering iron went bad....
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Are Hakko tips cross-compatible?

I've got a Hakko FX-888D soldering iron which takes T18 series tips. However, there are some very interesting SMD-type tips in the T15 series and T12 series. Since Hakko don't seem to publish ...
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Hakko FX-888D Iron Issue

I just got a new Hakko 888D for Christmas. I have used it a bit since then, and I'm using the wet sponge, brass sponge, and some RadioShack tip cleaner to maintain the tip quality. The issue I am ...
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What metal is recommended for soldering iron tip wire mesh cleaner - brass, copper or steel?

There are many low-cost options out there for metal wire mesh tip cleaners. Three types of wire metal are dominant - steel, brass and copper. I was wondering if there is a metal that is superior to ...
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Can I just use any soldering iron for logic board repair?

So, I got really inspired by Louis Rossmann videos to get into board level repair. I am only 17 year old, but I've been learning electronics on my own for about a year now. I definitely know the ...
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Heating element in soldering irons

Are there ever cases that the heating element is in the base of a soldering iron? I thought that the heating element is almost always in the wand, and the base just provides the power, but a friend ...
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How do I hack my soldering iron?

I bought another soldering iron, very expensive to me. I am very exciting about it. Upon receiving it, My heart is broken. First, I saw the label, 220V; Our AC voltage is 110V. Tried it, doesn't work. ...
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How safe is my soldering iron? [closed]

I'm have a low cost (<2$) soldering iron, similar to the one shown in the image, except that it has 3 plug terminals. Suddenly something got me thinking about safety, out of curiosity I cut the ...
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Can you identify this soldering station or its tips?

Some years ago I bought a store-branded soldering station (because it was cheap). I soon regretted my decision as the store only carried two kinds of spare tips: one conical and a huge chisel. ...
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Gas soldering iron - Yellow flame only [closed]

My gas soldering iron now emits a yellow flame, and does not light internally. What is the problem and what can I do to rectify it? It has been filled using 100% butane gas and is only 6 months old. ...
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How much max current does this soldering-iron-station drive from the mains network?

This might sound a simple question, but I'm kind of confused. Here i the device and data sheets: http://www.velleman.eu/products/view/?id=385738 http://www.velleman.eu/support/downloads/?code=VTSS4N ...
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Fan vs. Fume Extractor for Soldering

I solder about once or twice a week, and I use leaded, rosin-core solder from RadioShack(bought it before they went under). I do notice that their are flux fumes rising from the board when I solder ...
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Chinese Adjustable 60W soldering iron problem [closed]

I bought a 60W Adjustable soldering iron from China last year. I think it's designed to run at 220v because it is not hot enough when connected to 120v. It measures about 200 degree C. So I decided to ...
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How to tin a soldering iron after unboxing? [closed]

I have bought cheap soldering iron before but when I turn it on waited to heat up, it turned black and wont take a tin. Am I doing it wrong? I wasted 2 soldering iron like this. It turned all black ...
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Voltage transfomer without ground connection

today i bought a transformer 200v to 110v for my soldering station hakko fx-888D however it doesn't have a ground connection. Is there any problem if i connect the soldering station to it?