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#1 dmg


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Posted 13 December 2002 - 03:32 PM


I've just ordered a Xecuter Lite to replace my Matrix as it keeps getting misaligned etc.

I have no soldering experiance but am willing to give it a go, obviously I'll practice on an old bit of circut board first but what I need to know is what type of soldering Iron I need to get, presumably I can't use grandads old one that looks like a giant metal wedge that you stick in the fire to heat up, so if someone (I'm in the UK) can recomed a type / make thats good for this type of stuff and also any other gear I will need (de-soldering brade etc) I apprciate it. beerchug.gif

Also am I right in thinking that one of the solder points is to a trace on the xb mobo? If so is this really tricky?


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Posted 13 December 2002 - 06:48 PM

a flat, smallheaded one.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 04:00 AM

QUOTE (Cheerio @ Dec 13 2002, 06:48 PM)
a flat, smallheaded one.

why a flat tip? wouldnt a fine-tip one be better? especially for the link wire

#4 Xevious


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Posted 14 December 2002 - 04:48 AM

For a budget soldering tool, I recommend the Radio Shack 15-watt soldering pencil with grounded tip. (RSCN 64-2051, USD$7.99)

Yes, you want a fine-tip point, not a blade. Soldering the TSOP ground wire to the via (the Matrix's "G Spot") is a bitch without a good soldering tip.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 04:58 AM

ive yet to solder a modchip, but my current soldering iron is a radio shack NO. 64-2802B that came in a starter kit.. it is 30 watts and is the finest tip i saw there.. though i may be mistaken

is this a decent beginner soldering iron, or should i fork out $7.99 for another one?

Edited by mattboy2, 14 December 2002 - 04:58 AM.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 05:14 AM

i did a search on this not to long ago and most people recommended a 15 watt for beginners. 25 watt max for anyone when soldering to the xbox. 30 is too much.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 05:17 AM

kk thx

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 07:39 AM

When soldering on pcbs, I like to use the butain soldering pens with adjustable heat. The wires on others tend to give me trouble. You can get em at radio shack and I beleave that they come with different tips as well. Mine is not a radio shack model so I'm not sure if it comes with the different tips or not.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 03:16 PM

The 15 watt grounded tip Radio Shack soldering Iron is perfect for the job. Take a look at this post. I put lot's of info there on how to learn to solder. With just a little practice. You also can be a ......
QUOTE (Nailed @ Dec 12 2002, 11:35 PM)
"solder elitists"

#10 dmg


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Posted 16 December 2002 - 10:24 AM

cheers guys, looks like I'll get a 15 watt fine tipped one.

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Posted 16 December 2002 - 06:18 PM

RS used to sell an udjustable one 15/30 for about 10 dollars, personally i like that one, switch over to the 30 watts for the larger pads, i ended up using 30 watts to do a matrix tsop falsh , i didnt cook nething, my friends use 30 watss too

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Posted 16 December 2002 - 06:51 PM

I use that RS 15watt, but I feel that a 10watt soldering iron is best for beginners.

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Posted 16 December 2002 - 07:51 PM

I would recommend 15-25w for a beginner.. The problem with the lower wattage irons is they tend to not get hot enough, quickly. So the beginner will leave the iron on the spot for a long time, thus causing damage to the board. I would advise *against* anything lower than 15w.

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Posted 16 December 2002 - 07:52 PM

buy a 15 watt soldering iron for all points except point 9.

buy an 8watt soldering pen for point 9, makes ur life much easier cool.gif

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Posted 17 December 2002 - 07:17 PM

I ordered a Weller WE-WM120 from this site - it's awesome!!


I tried that Radio Shack crap but the tips are like a crayola crayon grr.gif - no good for finer work!! Since I got this new iron it cuts my install time dramatically. I have done two xbox and 3 PS2's with this and I feel spoiled - it makes it all so easy.

Good luck on your install


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