Member Since: September 10, 2010

Country: United States

  • Product CAB-10087 | about 11 months ago

    I had the same problem with my cable (ordered around 2 years ago) and Sparkfun shipped me a replacement too with no hassle. Great job guys, keep up the great work!

  • News - How do I beer? | about 2 years ago

    Now you just need to brew and bottle your own micro-brew. Sparkfun Micro-Brew anyone? A red lager named RTFM maybe?

  • Product SEN-08942 | about 2 years ago

    I have one, and yes it should fit fine. It is fairly lightweight as well.

  • News - Free Day 2012 is Under Wa… | about 2 years ago

    I really liked the quiz idea from last year, although I know not everyone did. Anyway, good luck to everyone this year!

  • Tutorial - Soldering 101 | about 3 years ago

    A good rule of thumb for soldering temperature is if your solder takes less than one second to melt on the tip of your iron then the iron is most likely too hot. I prefer to err on the side of caution and start too low, increasing as needed. A completed joint should take between one and three seconds to solder. If the pad and pin are not heated uniformly or sufficiently, you will end up with a cold socket. On the other hand, if you take too long making your solder joint, you risk damaging your component.
    You should put the iron in contact with both the pad and the pin and apply solder to the opposite side. This ensures that the pad and pin are heated to a uniform temperature to make a good connection and has the added benefit of covering the whole area nicely since the solder will flow towards the source of heat.

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