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Old 17th August 2007, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default Is my crappy soldering satisfactory?

I've just had my first attempt at soldering, attempting to solder my speaker cable to the terminals of my full range driver.

However, I didn't exactly do a fantastic job.

Could someone take a look at these pics and tell me if these solder joints are adequate enough?

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Old 17th August 2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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Not great but I've seen worse. It should survive. It looks like a combination of technique and not enough power/tip area on the soldering iron.
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Old 17th August 2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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It will be fine. A lot of the full range gurus prefer much smaller wire size. Some have concluded that "Thin is in."
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Old 17th August 2007, 11:48 AM   #4
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IMHO, soldering joints are not so good.

You need more heating!.

If you want, you could:

-use a more powerful soldering iron
-use more solder
-try heating the joints for 30 seconds or so... paying attention at the cables melting!

You have to consider a speaker like a souce of vibration, bad soldering joints usually breaks in a short time.
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Old 17th August 2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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I'd have to say "just". With that rigid cable and not quite enough heat you might find you have a dry joint there soon. I would consider less cable if you can't get a hotter iron.
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Old 17th August 2007, 04:13 PM   #6
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The soldering job really doesn't look that bad
Gently tug/pry on the joint.
Does it break loose?
It shouldn't
Next time, heat the wires and apply solder on them alone until the wires are covered with solder.
The 'puddles' of solder will curve in when done right (concave).
After the wires have solder on them, then solder to the terminals.
Just practice
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Old 17th August 2007, 04:19 PM   #7
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Next time, heat the wires and apply solder on them alone until the wires are covered with solder. <snip> After the wires have solder on them, then solder to the terminals.
Agreed.
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Old 17th August 2007, 04:26 PM   #8
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Needs more solder! Copper shouldn't be visible
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Old 17th August 2007, 09:43 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! I'll give it another shot.
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Old 18th August 2007, 12:05 AM   #10
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That looks a hell of a lot better than my soldering jobs. I don't have an excuse either because I've been bodging soldering for a couple of years now

I'd be happy with that wixy.
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