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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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How to repair broken off soldering iron tip? [closed]

I have a replacement tip, but I need to get the old half out first. Here are some pictures:
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How to protect potentiometer in adjustable soldering iron?

I have an adjustable soldering iron and noticed that recently at some position of the adjustment potentiometer (R3 in the schematic below, this is the potentiometer ...
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Replacing defective PTC in Weller soldering iron. What high temperature PTC options are there?

I have a defective Weller LR-20 soldering iron. It is one of the analogue controlled station models with a 5 pin cable (GND, heater, sensor/PTC). The problem is that one of the joints on the PTC has ...
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what's the proper soldering iron temperature for wave soldered cards using with SACX plus 0307 bars

Hello all we need a proper technique to rework for wave soldered PCB's either SMD or Leaded components . We are using SACX plus 0307 solder bars for wave soldering . Here we have soldering issues with ...
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What is the difference between these soldering tips

What's the difference between both the tips? I know one is copper while the other isn't. What is the benefit of one over the other and has anyone purchased the copper bit before? What's your ...
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Transformer overdraw behaviour

TLDR; - I want to connect such a low-value resistive load to a transformer that it draws ~1.6x the rated output current but I'll only do so for short periods of time so the transformer won't overheat. ...
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How do JBC calculate the power rating of their soldering stations?

I am having trouble understanding how a JBC power rating is calculated. For example, this soldering iron uses the T245-A handle which uses the C245 cartridges. The peak power is listed as 130W. We ...
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Solder station grounding setup

I have a Sugon T26 soldering station. It has an European 2 pin plug, I have a 3 pin adapter for it. As far as I am aware there will be no ground connection using this method. It comes with a ground ...
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Troubleshooting a Tenma 21-10115

I recently ran into problems with my Tenma 21-10115 soldering iron. The temperature was set at 355 C - which I've used regularly for several years know (low but frequent use). This was the first ...
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Do 5 pin soldering stations/irons have standardized pin outs and specs

I need to replace the iron for my soldering station for which the manual provides no specs on the 5 pins nor replacement specs. Are soldering stations/irons that use 5 pins standardized? I mean can ...
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THT diode soldering

If I apply more temperature and more time while soldering the diodes (in a leaded process). Will it fail eventually? In case if I use a higher wattage soldering iron is it possible to fail?
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What is the name/type of this soldering iron tip?

I have a soldering iron station called Dibotech soldering station 60W which is a temperature controlled soldering station. You can set the temperature of the tip between 50-480 degrees Celsius. The ...
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Controlling temperature of soldering iron

I have those cheap 60w chinese soldering iron that runs on 220/240v ac here. Any time I try to solder some ICs it burns them. I know that there are temperature controlled irons in the market but those ...
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My 908S soldering iron died

I bought a 908S soldering iron from AliExpress. It was great until a resistor exploded. Can someone help me find a picture of the PCB so I know what resitor to use to replace it? I can't identify it ...
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Is there something wrong with my soldering iron?

I work with Sn 63 Pb 37, 1.8% flux solder which has a melting point of 187C, however, in order to reliably melt it I have to set my FX888D soldering station to 350C. Do I have a problem with my ...
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Please recommend the tool set that fits the project [closed]

I'm looking at a few tools to make Surface Mounted Device RGB LED on a PCB. I used a heat gun yesterday for the first time. A video shows another method using a heated pad. And then yet another, more ...
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Old Weller soldering station tips

I have an old Weller (around 30 years or more) that still works like a charm, but I need a new tip. The picture of the sticker on the side: The tip has PTK written on the side: And also the number 7 ...
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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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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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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 ...