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Old 2004.06.04, 01:02 PM   #1
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Which soldering tool good for Mini-z?

Hi,

I am going to buy a soldering tool. Can someone tell me which one is good for soldering Mini-z electronices parts ? Is smaller tip always best for mini-z ?
Where i can get it?

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Old 2004.06.04, 01:21 PM   #2
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what are you soldering?
Is it broken

A cheap 15 watt grounded soldering with a small conical tip from radio shack works just fine

if you want to weld brass tubing or c sized batteries get a 30 watt with a flat head

and remember a slight static shock can fry your board i think
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Old 2004.06.04, 01:32 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=racer_d]what are you soldering?
Is it broken

Hi,

Nothing is broken yet. I think i will use it in near future for soldering electronic wires on PCB board, servo wire or FET upgrade (If i have gut to do it ^.^)
For all these, Is 15 watt hot enough? do i need to get very small tip like which kind and model please?
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Old 2004.06.04, 03:14 PM   #4
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A simple cheap pencil iron should be fine.
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Old 2004.06.05, 05:30 AM   #5
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i think you can take it up to about 30watts without frying anything... at least that's what i used to solder some fets onto one of my esc's...
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Old 2004.06.05, 10:55 AM   #6
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15 is plenty hot soldred my servo wires back on no problem just get the smallest tip
and a soldering iron is a soldering iron don't worry there all good just get a small tip and ask a guy at the radio shack what to use for solder.
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Old 2004.06.06, 09:59 PM   #7
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What do you guys use to desolder fets?
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Old 2004.06.07, 02:12 AM   #8
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same 30 watt soldering iron... the main thing is that you don't want to have it too hot like a 60 watt soldering iron... heat affects those small components too...

i'm not an expert, but i've been told not to use anything over 30 watts to keep everything intact...
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What do you guys use to desolder fets?
deslodering bulb makes sense
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Old 2004.06.07, 02:44 PM   #10
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I got a butane powered soldering iron at radio shack for $20 It is called the micro soldering iron of something. It says it does the equivelent of 10-70 watt electric iron. The best part is it heats up in just a few seconds and no wires to get tangles in.
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Old 2004.06.07, 07:42 PM   #11
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I got a butane powered soldering iron at radio shack for $20 It is called the micro soldering iron of something
Uh, don't use that on your Mini-Z PCB. Even if they do have a tip small enough (don't beleive they do.) the heat level isn't very controllable, you'll have no idea wether you've got it hot enough, or wether it's too hot until it's too late. They also put out a ton of radiant heat, very hard to contain. I had one and hated it.

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Old 2004.06.07, 10:56 PM   #12
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If you go to Wedginator's site, you'll see a movie of removing fets. This guy used some soldering wire to take off the fets. Was that soldering rosin or something else? I forget Wedinator's url. Anyone know?

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Old 2004.06.08, 12:01 AM   #13
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A cheap 15 watt grounded soldering with a small conical tip from radio shack works just fine
That's all I use, and desoldering braid works great.
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That's all I use, and desoldering braid works great.
same here
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Uh, don't use that on your Mini-Z PCB. Even if they do have a tip small enough (don't beleive they do.) the heat level isn't very controllable, you'll have no idea wether you've got it hot enough, or wether it's too hot until it's too late. They also put out a ton of radiant heat, very hard to contain. I had one and hated it.

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It does have a pretty small tip and it is adjustable but I agree about the radiant heat. Might not want to use for FET upgrades but it works great for soldering motor leads and the like. Just some advice take your motor out to solder with a butane. I have a burned tire for proof about the radiant heat.
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