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#1 WAfer67

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:21 AM

Hey just wondering is a 20 watt iron ok becasue i cant find a 15 in stores
or what is the best one to get

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:23 AM

That's fine. Beginners normally used lower wattage ones. A 20 watt should be good.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:23 AM

QUOTE (WAfer67 @ Jun 5 2004, 08:21 PM)
Hey just wondering is a 20 watt iron ok becasue i cant find a 15 in stores
or what is the best one to get

You could use a 30+ Watt if you wanted to... just be careful with the extra heat. You should be fine though... smile.gif

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:25 AM

I got a 25 watt 2 nights ago, so far its ok..Couldn't find any less wattage ones and I'm happy with my purchase.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:27 AM

Did you guys check Radio Shack? They have a nice 15 watt iron w/ fine tip for ~$8.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:29 AM

I would recommend the 15/30w dual heat one if you're getting it from radioshack. It's like $2 more and it's worth it.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:52 AM

Thanks guys the duel 15/30 looks good

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 01:22 AM

Just a question, but why would one need a 30 Watt? For higher grade solder (with higher metal content) or larger components?

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 01:25 AM

QUOTE (Ice9 Tech @ Jun 5 2004, 09:22 PM)
Just a question, but why would one need a 30 Watt? For higher grade solder (with higher metal content) or larger components?

Larger soldering jobs--bigger components, etc.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 01:32 AM

For xbox work, lower is good for noobs to soldering because if their hands slip it's not that big of a deal because it isn't hot enough to cause serious damage. The downside is it takes longer to get the solder to melt. For that reason, experienced solderers use higher wattage soldering irons, even when working with the xbox. For soldering leds and stuff, hotter is much better because you can just touch the iron to the solder....you don't want to have to hold the led, wire, solder, and soldering iron together for a long time while you wait for it to melt.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 02:45 AM

i just bought http://www.radioshac.....ct_id=64-2802, supposed to get it monday a total n00b solder set. Comes with
Includes everything you need for basic soldering jobs in one package
Comes with a 30-watt soldering iron
Iron safety stand
Rosin core solder
Soldering helper
Heat sink
Plus easy-to-follow beginner's soldering instructions


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Posted 06 June 2004 - 09:44 AM

QUOTE (cueball13 @ Jun 6 2004, 03:32 AM)
For soldering leds and stuff, hotter is much better

You want a steady temp with a resoirvoir of heat when you solder (you dont get that with cheap irons)

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 09:55 AM

i use a 30 watt, and it works great!

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:23 PM

QUOTE (TykSak @ Jun 6 2004, 11:44 AM)
You want a steady temp with a resoirvoir of heat when you solder (you dont get that with cheap irons)

Yes, and you don't see many people running out to buy 10w Wellers, do you? But yeah, the advantage of soldering stations is the consistancy of the heat. However, I still prefer to use a 30 or 40w iron even though I don't have the cash to spend on a pro setup.

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Posted 08 June 2004 - 02:28 AM

If any of u guys solder a lot, the radioshack soldering station (w/ adjustable heat and shit) is AWESOME. everything goes a lot smoother with that. of course spending 70 bux on that took me out of the modding game till my flaky parents give me sum allowance tongue.gif

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