Member Since: February 13, 2009

Country: United States

  • One more thing, safety. Don't forget to go to wal-mart and buy a cheap hot-plate hood. A 8" wire-mesh cooking strainer with a handle will work fine.

  • For SMD including BGA, even 1511 packages, the cheap target hot plate worked well for me if you control the temp. Go to Harbor Fright and get a $20 router speed controller to plug the $19 round Target hot plate into. It works great, and if you spend the time to characterize the temps vs the control dial, you can keep everything within allowable max temp specs. Using an Aluminum cover plate is a good idea too, especially for larger boards.

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