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i was almost going to get the Haako. I am sure it is worth it to some. I probably do a bit of soldering maybe once a week so I figured I didn't need anything too expensive, just better than what I had. I figured that they do most soldering in China and I could probably get a pretty cheap but good iron without breaking the bank. I got one with replaceable tips on Amazon for like $25 and it works fine for me and I consider it a great purchase. [link]
I'm trying to rescue an AMD AM2 motherboard out of an old eMachines. It's my dad's computer, and I want to get it working again so I can delay purchasing new hardware until the Ryzen 9 3950X's come out in September. Otherwise I'd be forced to live like a plebe and slum it with a Ryxen 9 3900X instead.
There's a limit to how much money I'm going to throw at a 10+ year old motherboard. I originally tried this with a 30W Harbor Freight special, but that didn't cut the mustard. I spent $30 on a 60W soldering station from Amazon, but it's not cutting the mustard either.
I got this Aoyue iron back in April along with a Hakko tip cleaning sponge and some extra Hakko tips, and it has held up really well for the $30 I paid for it. The only tough thing is that the temperature knob doesn't have a temperature scale, but a guy on the Amazon reviews wrote up an effective scale. I'm considering getting a TS100 for portability if I need it, though.
I upgraded to a budget soldering station from a cheap Radioshack iron. An Aoyue 469 for $30! Coupled with a Haako tip cleaner, this thing feels much better to solder with.
You could try this one:
I found lots of recommendations for it when I was shopping for a better iron and have been using it for over a year now with no problems at all.
Has worked very well. I use setting 2-3. I recommend getting the Hakko solder tip cleaner along with it.
I've purchased this cheap 60W Aoyue one for $30 here in the US through amazon. It has served me well for the amount I need to do with my personal electronics. I also purchased a set of interchangeable tips that are nice for the flexibility. The only thing I wish this had was an actual temperature reading, which is where the suggestion by /u/abw looks like a better set, and would be better if you are planning to get quite a bit of use out of it.
Funny you mentioned AOYUE, i was literally looking at this when I got the notification for your comment. Any good? It says ESD safe
This setup is way better than the price would indicate: [link]
I LOVE it. I bought an assorted pck of tips and it kicks butt.
I have this and really like it.
I recently got this one to learn with. Ordered a bunch of extra tips and stuff.
take your time, and if you haven't already, invest in a proper soldering station. Doesn't need to be extravagant but should have the ability to change tips and adjust temp and be rated around 60 watts. This one is a great option for the price. Also get tweezers and a smaller tip for the iron
I bought this one a while ago and I built a couple of boards and unsoldered over 10 boards and I’m satisfied by it. Probably are better options out there but it works and you can set your temperature with a knob which is ok.
Don’t forget to buy some tip tinner and maybe a tip cleaner like this.
I'll just recommend these:
https://www.getfpv.com/ts100-digital-oled-programmable-interface-mini-soldering-iron.html <----- Fantastic portable and desktop but best if you need portable. I own this one.
https://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-Variable-Soldering-Station-Removable/dp/B00MCVCHJM?ref_=ast_bbp_dp60W so you can split the diff.
https://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-9378-Programmable-Digital-Soldering/dp/B00BSW69LI?ref_=ast_bbp_dp <---- I own this one. Works very very well.
Never owned a Weller that I've liked.
Lol, I opened that FC 10 mins ago and there were in 2 in stock, then I check again 5 mins later and it's 1 and I'm like oh shit, just ordered the last one.
At school they have a https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-25-watt-pro-line-soldering-iron is it a piece of shit or would it get the job done? If not, I was looking at https://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-Variable-Soldering-Station-Removable/dp/B00MCVCHJM/
Also can you fly the thing without goggles?
Last question, would you recommend this soldering station?
That's a good way to go about it! Starting off with a stunt and upgrading later on a hilt you design really does give it a personal upgrade feel haha. In that case all you will need is a latching switch, battery/battery holder, led, lens, heatsink module, there are even boards out there that allow for no sound, flash on clash and color changing if you want to go that far too. Look up CoreFX
For saber components I just get everything I need from The Custom Saber Shop. In regards to equipment and tools needed I went through Amazon. Specifically...
This soldering iron: [link]
These wire strippers: [link]
Helping hands: [link]
Tip Cleaner: [link]
Sorry for your loss, congrats on the decision. I'd start with Dave Jones' video on how to build an electronics bench.
You definitely need a multimeter, but I only have a clearance-bin radioshack one, so maybe get someone else's advice... I can suggest getting an adjustable soldering station and a big spool of fine solder. Also get a couple spools of 22-26 AWG wire, stranded and solid core.
For audio stuff, nothing beats an analog oscilloscope. It's super handy for testing and looks awesome when the synth is fired up. Get on ebay and look for estate-sale type stuff near you to save on shipping.
When you're assembling PCBs, the most critical tool is a nice circuit board holder. Colored alligator clip leads are really handy for testing stuff before you assemble it.
If you're doing your own panels or etching boards or whatever, you'll definitely need a drill. The new 14.4v Makita stuff is my favorite, but get what you like. Ditto for a rotary tool/dremel. Everyone lusts after the wiha screwdrivers but any old jeweler's toolkit should suffice.
What else? Automatic wire strippers, flush cutters, center punch, desoldering braid, heat shrink, etchant tubs, ferric chloride, latex gloves etc etc. Depends how DIY you want to get. Good luck!
I didn't get this one yet, but I got a desk iron earlier, this one:
Aoyue 469 Variable Power 60 Watt Soldering Station with Removable Tip Design- ESD Safe [link]
I use this iron, its held up to daily use for about a year and a half. I also bought these extra tips for larger and finer soldering but the included tip works just fine for most rc car soldering.
This right here is amazing for as cheap as it is. I am sure that if you punch in the model number you will pull up one for the UK.
Ninja edit: nvm found it for you.
Diy lm317 power supply. these things aren't the best but it is a linear supply and for hobbies you won't need anything more sophisticated. It's dirt cheap, and you get to practice soldering. Imo, buy 2 so you can supply the negative voltages for the common op amp.
Soldering station I have fondness for this station as it was the one we had to buy for our program at school. I like it a lot because the iron stand, heating element, sponge holder, and a solder wire spool are all connected so you just need to haul around 1 object. Don't need to go digging for your iron stand or setting your spool of solder somewhere and forget it. Works well enough for your use and I believe there are tips out there.
Breadboard and wires this is mandatory. If there's anything on my list you choose to buy, you must buy this first. Breadboards are essential. If you can buy two of these.
63/37 solder you don't work for a company that is rohs compliant, don't burden yourself with leadless solder. Look for a us shipping of that if you don't want to wait.
Wire snips if you own side cutters you probably won't need these.
Wire strippers again you might not need these if you are patient and strip them with cutters. Also the breadboards above come with pre cut
Helping hands I do SMD rework professionally and I don't use hands because I'm an idiot. Don't be an idiot and learn from the get go using these.
If you can find any of these for cheaper than I found, go for it. Should be around 70 bucks. Good puck!
Hello Reddit DIY Community,
I'm currently working on bullet casing earbuds project that was inspired by a video on Youtube, I have come to the point where the only thing left to do is the soldering.
This is my first time soldering anything, my research on the matter has made it clear that this type of project is quite difficult because of the small wires, I simply wanted to ask for your opinion on these two questions.
Preface: This is the iron I purchased: [link]
What temperature should the iron be at for this type of project?
What type of solder would be best to use?
Here's a link with pictures to help you visualize what I'm going to be attempting:
The wires will be de-soldered then from the original case and the earbud wire will be fed through the hole I have drilled through the casing and then re-soldered.
Thank You for any help.
I love this cheapie: [link]
Works way above its price grade, had it for about half a year now and zero problems.
I'd recommend including an inexpensive adjustable station like the Aoyue 469. It has plenty of power and takes Hakko tips
I have a similar question: I just got this iron
Aoyue 469 and wonder what tips should I buy.
It looks like this set can be fit on existing tip: 10 pieces , is this what I should get?
I picked this one up to get me started. I've run it for hours on end with zero troubles. Just keep the tip cleaned and tinned and you're golden. Best $30 I've spent so far!
I picked up this iron a couple months back. Best $30 I've spent! I've run it for hours at a time with no issues. Just keep you tip cleaned and tinned and you should be good for a long time to come.
Well, in that case, amazon seems to have some good offerings: [link]
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This is my soldering iron I have. Aoyue469VariablePower60WattSolderingStationwithRemovableTipDesign-ESDSafehttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCVCHJM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_TCTNTH186NQDSDHTAWMX
Although I don’t recommend cheaping out on your soldering iron of all things.
I’d recommend saving up and going for a higher quality one if you plan into getting into this as a hobby. If this is a one time thing (Although I doubt it), I guess, but if you plan on doing this as a hobby or even on the occasion, don’t be a cheap ass, or you’ll regret it later down the road. Save up and put the money into it when you have it.