Basic soldering tools
Soldering is done with a soldering iron. The device is connected to a voltage source and then current is generated by its heater. Thermal energy is supplied to the tip of the soldering iron, necessary in the whole process. The soldering iron tip must be heated to a sufficiently high temperature, only then will the soldering solder binder melt. It is with it that we connect the elements of the electrical circuit. Soldering irons come in different variants. In Botland shop you can find, among others, soldering irons with a soldering tip made of one solid piece of metal. They are characterized by a relatively low weight, which makes them very mobile and prove themselves in most electronic works. They are extremely precise at work, which is especially important for small parts. An alternative to the flask soldering iron is a soldering station with more advanced parameters. We can set the temperature in it and choose the hot air soldering function. Some soldering irons have additional fans and options for saving previously set parameters.
In order for the soldering process to run properly, it is necessary to select the appropriate soldering binder and fluxing substances. The binders differ in composition, standardly have 60% tin and 40% lead. Tin is selected taking into account the cross-section of the soldering wire. The distribution of tin is facilitated by rosin, which additionally protects against the effects of its spillage in the working area. For surface mounting it is also recommended to use gel flux.
Accessories for more efficient soldering
Soldering iron and adhesive is the basic equipment of every soldering station. However, it is not yet a complete set. For a better effect it is worth to decide on useful accessories. You will certainly need a soldering iron grotto cleaner, which is located at the end of the entire heat transfer chain. It should be kept properly clean, because it determines the success of the whole process of joining metal elements. The cleaner can be replaced by a soldering sponge. To protect the soldering field from damage during the soldering process, use an extractor and braided copper tape. For each project, you must be prepared for possible installation defects, which we are not always able to predict. You should also ensure safe working conditions for yourself. When soldering, fumes that are harmful to health are generated by the mainsail temperature above 300°C. To get rid of these fumes, always use a solder fume trap in the form of a fan with a carbon filter. You will also find ESD brushes that will clean electronic components in devices that are particularly sensitive to electrostatic discharge. PCB work holders will help you to improve your daily work and speed up the whole process.
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