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Old 23rd April 2002, 11:23 AM   #11
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Default Soldering iron

I have used a Hakko 926 Varitemp for years and it has never let me down.
Hakko has a very good range of tip sizes and shapes.
Buy only genuine Hakko replacement tips - There are Varnier copies but I have found them to be not the same longevity or quality.

PS - Varitemp is a Must for SMD work.

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Old 23rd April 2002, 04:05 PM   #12
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does it help to have a continuously variable station, or is it enough to have a few preset regulated temperatures? or do i need continuous adjustment with regulation?
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Default Not temperature sensitive

Most of SMD components are not very sensitive for temperature but it's an advantage if you can control the temperature.

I use Weller's 80 watts mini iron. Excellent! 0805, SOT-23 are the types I mostly use. Now and then SOT-363(0.63mm pitch) and Atmels AVR processor with 0.63 mm pitch.

0805 and SOT-23 are quite easy to solder by hand. The my pictures of my QSXM2 monster phono amp.
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Old 24th April 2002, 01:34 AM   #14
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Continuous varitemp is better so you can set just the right temperature.
This temperature is dependant on tip size/type, pcb type, solder type, and component type/size.
Its a feeling thing that comes with experience.
Be prepared to use plenty of solder/flux, and clean the pcb with isopropyl alcohol afterwoods.

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