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Soldering is a method of connecting two pieces of metal together by melting another filler metal in between them. There are many kinds of soldering, but this article is designed to teach you the basics of electrical soldering.

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Suggestions for a soldering station

I am looking to get into soldering, (Self taught by watching people such as Louis Rossman) and I wanted to know if people had any suggestions for a soldering station. All thoughts are welcome. I would love to keep it under 200, but i could save more and go higher. Also solder recommendations are welcome

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It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Hobby stuff or work? SMD or big stuff? Inquiring minds want to know…;>).

You can get cheap Chinese stations, some including hot air for under your budget and for hobby purposes, it will suffice. If you plan on doing a lot of work, hobby related or not, then you could take a step up to a Hakko FX-888D which is a nice temperature controlled iron with a wide selection of tips.

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Right now it’s a hobby. I right be a career if I become good enough at it. I like the review on the Hakko, and have seen a lot of their products products favored by professionals. I take it they do a good job with their manufacturing. I will look into the FX-888D


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Get a descent Hakko soldering station in the long term. The cheap irons are serviceable but the tips don’t last and tend to total out the iron - they’re serviceable as a learning tools but do not rely on them forever.

That said if you insist on a cheap iron, buy 2 and find one with 2 tips (1 attached/1 extra in box), so you aren’t stuck when the tip burns up within a few uses. After you use the tips up or go through both, the tips can be kept around if you like or discarded. I don't like these irons, but Walmart sells a disposable iron with solder and an extra tip and solder for $10. Don’t do this long term - it will cost you more then a good iron!

As far as buying solder, the Radio Shack solder is excellent if you can buy it, especially 60/40. I have a few rolls I got when the store here closed since I may not be able to find another one easily again. Stick with a few good brands, but keep a good quality backup on your mind just in case.

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Radio chack closed all locations close to me, sadly. Louis Rossman reccomends this. Is it likely to be good? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004X4...


Kester is very good as well. That's what I'm going to get next once my Radio Shack stockpile runs out.

The only real warning about the Walmart iron is you need sandpaper so it accepts tinning solder. They lay the iron clad coating on too thick to tin them stock. It's fine for hobbyist and practice work but that's it.


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