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Old 27th May 2013, 12:04 PM   #61
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News on the PCB availability ?
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Old 1st June 2013, 08:37 PM   #62
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Old 3rd June 2013, 06:14 PM   #63
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any ETA on the PCB availability?
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Old 5th June 2013, 08:10 PM   #64
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Default Capacitor soldering problems...

What size iron are people using to solder the capacitors to the pcb? I have 25 watt iron with 2mm bit and it seems to be a bit of a problem actually melting enough solder on the pcb pads for the capacitors. Takes too long and I am afraid I may damage the capacitors if I leave the iron on too long. What is too long 5 secs 10 secs?

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Old 5th June 2013, 08:16 PM   #65
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What size iron are people using to solder the capacitors to the pcb? I have 25 watt iron with 2mm bit and it seems to be a bit of a problem actually melting enough solder on the pcb pads for the capacitors. Takes too long and I am afraid I may damage the capacitors if I leave the iron on too long. What is too long 5 secs 10 secs?

Any advice appreciated.
I don't think a 25 watt iron will damage the capacitors. However, I started using a temperature controlled iron decades ago. It just works better.
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Old 5th June 2013, 09:21 PM   #66
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What size iron are people using to solder the capacitors to the pcb? I have 25 watt iron with 2mm bit and it seems to be a bit of a problem actually melting enough solder on the pcb pads for the capacitors. Takes too long and I am afraid I may damage the capacitors if I leave the iron on too long. What is too long 5 secs 10 secs?

Any advice appreciated.
The cap pads are big enough to make your life easier.
Heat only them until they pull the solder. Keep away from the cap' s wire, and only heat it directly when the solder has flown into the pad.
This should be a standard practice...
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Old 10th June 2013, 03:29 PM   #67
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Small pads with narrow tracks will heat as quickly as leads on small through hole components. Here you can heat the pad and lead out simultaneously in about 2seconds.

Big pads with big tracks must be preheated with a well tinned iron until the solder melts on the pad. Only then should the iron be rolled, or slid, across the pad to touch the lead out to complete the joint.
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Old 13th June 2013, 03:52 PM   #68
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Boards anyone ?
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Old 14th June 2013, 05:11 AM   #69
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Boards ??????? You know what they say ? A picture of one is worth a thousand words, or may-be a thousand new orders !
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They'll be available for pre-order, along with schematic and pictures, within a few days. Probably Monday. Arriving in 45 days or so.
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