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Old 16th May 2009, 08:08 AM   #1
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Default What kind of solder do you guys like to use?

Hey All,

I am new to this forum, but have been playing around with electronics for some time. Do you guys (and gals) favor a particular brand of solder? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 16th May 2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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I'm dreading my last rolls of 60/40 running out :x
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Old 16th May 2009, 08:45 AM   #3
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Old 16th May 2009, 09:38 AM   #4
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I use both 60/40 as well as 2% silver stuff. The latter is a quick setting type and requires good whetting and good soldering iron. Otherwise, I have not yet picked up any sonic differences between the two.
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Old 16th May 2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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Kester "44" #66/44 .031"
I've used the "lead-free" solder. I hate it.
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Old 16th May 2009, 02:50 PM   #6
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Stock up on a lifetimes supply of 63Sn/37Pb in various diameters, 16g to 26g.
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Old 16th May 2009, 03:57 PM   #7
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Luckily , RoHS has not fully caught on here. Radio shack(Tandy) , Mouser, MCM and others will continue to sell Sn/Pb for the forseeable future.

All the RS solders are VERY good quality but a bit heavy on the rosin. Mixed with some of the copper/selenium/silver solders for plumbing,one can make a current enhancing PCB "mix" to augment rails traces for large amplifiers.

On the flip side , the new RoHS FR-4 PCB's are tougher , (traces will not lift , even after minutes) as to facilitate the higher temperatures. I put a piece under the blowtorch , the board burned away before even small traces lifted. One can rework a board 100 times and never worry about damage.

Standard 60/40 (same stuff they sold 25 tears ago)

The kester page..

Idiot proof FR-4..

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Old 16th May 2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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SN62 or SN63 are OK. 60:40 is marginal, try to get a good brand of solder if possible, because of differences in age, and flux.
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Old 16th May 2009, 09:48 PM   #9
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Another vote for Kester #44 0.031 (60/40) here. The non-eutectic mix does not bother me, you'll have problems if you jiggle the joint with any solder. The key is to have a clean iron tip and lowish temperature to avoid losing the flux too quickly. Maintain a clean tip and the good thermal contact means joints will still heat almost instantly.

I also have a half-height spool of Radio Shack solder that works fine too. It's marked "Standard Rosin Core Solder" and is also 60/40.
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Old 16th May 2009, 10:22 PM   #10
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Better to use SN63, at minimum, IF you can find it. Trust me, cold joints are something to avoid.
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