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    Soldering?

    Hey, guys, I'm in the middle of a build and I need to do some soldering I was just wondering what type of solder you guys use and what soldering iron you guys use. I have only ever had ready to runs and this is my first kit so I need ur knowledge. Thank you
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    Rosin core and i use a weller gun type.

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    First of all, read this:


    https://www.rctech.net/forum/radio-e...ef-lesson.html

    Itís a little older, so some of the product links are dead, but itís a must read otherwise. This guy went through a military soldering school I believe.

    Iíd never soldered before a couple of years ago. I stumbled upon this article when I finally got to a point where I just needed the skill set. This write up will make you a good solderer, and you will not have cold joints ever.

    I use a Hakko fx888d, kester 63/37 wire 0.031 dia., and kester 186 liquid flux. Itís been a great combo for everything from motherboards to lipo batteries, ESCís. etc...


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    For RC, you don't need anything particularly good (although it may be better to have something better). I just use a standard soldering iron from Home Depot (Weller 25-Watt Standard Duty Soldering Iron Kit - $20).
    Hope this helps!

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    Ok thanks, guys I'll probably get the Hakko because it seems to be about the best.
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    Youíll like it. The thermal recovery is very fast. Simple to use also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bashing fo fun View Post
    Ok thanks, guys I'll probably get the Hakko because it seems to be about the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by RC Dad View Post
    You’ll like it. The thermal recovery is very fast. Simple to use also.


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    At 65W, it should be able to handle most anything you throw at it.

    A couple of tips as you start off on your soldering adventure...
    • Soldering is like math, it is not learned, it is practiced.
    - Before putting heat to your electronics, practice soldering on like-material.
    • Heat is a necessary evil... but it is evil.
    - Nothing you are soldering on likes heat. You want to limit the amount heat you put into your work. This is the key reason for getting a higher wattage iron, it recovers heat quickly.
    • Get help
    - A set of "helping hands" is vital to soldering success. There are lots of good products out there. You want to keep your work as steady as possible, and don't want it moving around as the solder solidifies.
    • Good Joints
    - When you are done, the joint should be shiny. If it is pitted and dull then you have a cold solder joint, and the solder should be reflowed.
    • Clean thy self!!!!
    - Isopropyl alcohol is your friend, clean the joint before you tin, after you tin, and after you solder your joint.
    - Flux is corrosive, clean it off after the joint cools.
    • Know your friends...
    - LOTS of good information on YouTube on soldering.
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    Ok, thanks for the tips, Scott.
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    Isopropyl is definitely your friend! I had to re-up the other day, and I usually get the MG Chemicals stuff. I think itís 99.9% or thereabouts. Not surprisingly, it was sold out. I forgot that everyone was using it to make hand sanitizer


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