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November 13, 2008
about 10 years ago
I could not be happier with this iron. It fit my prototyping bill perfectly and will continue to until the US changes its power standards! (That's a very long time!!)
For SMD work, the tip this unit comes with is just fine. If you work with finer pitch than 65mil, I recommend the 0.01" tip. Otherwise, you should be quite happy with some fine solder, a little flux (Sparkfun?s flux pen is excellent and lasting), and a pair of tweezers.
I use pair of hemostats to hold desolder braid and some regular small-tipped tweezers to manipulate my parts. Leaded or lead free is no issue, just make sure you meet any standards as needed. The unit comes with a sponge ? use it! Drop some water on the sponge; then before you use the iron, dab the tip on the sponge! A clean tip is a happy tip! Before you replace it in the holder again, tin your tip with a dot of solder then a wipe on the sponge. Do this and your $15 tips can last as long as possible.- ted
about 10 years ago
What a great idea - using a webcast!
For those of us unable to attend the live webcast(s), would you consider archiving them? At least for a couple days, I am sure everyone would appreciate it. Thanks!- ted
Tutorial - Sneaky Footprints
about 11 years ago
Nice tutorial. It seems like a boat of work to mod the library, when some craft with the iron is better practice. However, it looks like it worked well. Especially if the header remains how it's shown in the board while you solder.
'Zaq' had a good technique too: grab a female socket, let the 3rd hand hold it, and run down the header pins. I usually use a female socket, but solder an end pin first, call on 'signal7' to adjust the alignment, solder the second end pin, and do the rest. Thanks for sharing, I'll check out the new library.- ted
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