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Old 10-14-2017, 06:25 PM   #11
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We used to have a desoldering pen, it's a real thing. But what it is, is a soldering pen that's hollow with a built in electric vacuum sucker, works really cool. Solder wick is good, a solder sucker clears the holes out better on circuit boards though.
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Old 10-14-2017, 06:27 PM   #12
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That lens thingy is something I should have! With my bad old eyes,and I was just guessing where I stick my tip at and where my solder is touching. And, why didn't anyone tell me there's plastic shrink wraps?!! I hate wrapping my tiny unshielded ground wires with electrical tape!
Yes, you must get some shrink tube then, it's awesome. Just slide it up the wire far enough that when you solder, it doesn't get hot and start shinking where you don't want it to be.
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Another thing about the Helping Hands- the magnifying glass creates a barrier to protect your eyes. I have goggles, but it's like being in water.
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Old 10-14-2017, 06:58 PM   #14
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Desolder pen? You talking about the solder sucker? Only so-so. It's decent for desoldering. The solder wick may work better, but I haven't tried it yet. I made a hot mess when I did the pups on my CV with a cheap iron.
Yeah solder sucker brings to many jokes to my mind haha.

Ive heard of the soler wicks aswell will check that out.

Im looking at a mid priced iron. I think you get what you pay for with most things.

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Another thing about the Helping Hands- the magnifying glass creates a barrier to protect your eyes. I have goggles, but it's like being in water.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:21 PM   #15
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I have an old Weller iron with a trigger that was my dads at one time. It heats up fast and you don't have to remember to unplug it to turn it off. It also heats up the pots chassis quick enough to allow a good solder joint without overheating and melting the insides.

+ 1 about the helping hand thing.
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I have a 40w variable heat soldering station, and the soldering iron has a chisel-point iron tip. The iron tip doesn't corrode as fast as a copper tip. I keep a bottle of Baker's Fluid (zinc chloride) for tip cleaning and heavy duty flux jobs, but it isn't good for electronics flux because the fumes (HCl) are corrosive.

A de-soldering pen is also handy.

I have a couple of bigger irons, but I don't need to use them very often.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:21 AM   #17
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I use a soldering iron for everything. If you use a soldering gun on a circuit that has integrated circuits or sensitive transistors, the high Inductance can wipe them out. Things like active pickups use OpAmps and they can blow out. I love soldering guns because you squeeze the trigger and 3 seconds later, you're finished. I don't use them because I'm certain I would blow out some chips.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:40 AM   #18
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I've used soldering irons to melt my broken Frisbee back together, how about tha one? lol
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I have an old Weller iron with a trigger that was my dads at one time. It heats up fast and you don't have to remember to unplug it to turn it off. It also heats up the pots chassis quick enough to allow a good solder joint without overheating and melting the insides.

+ 1 about the helping hand thing.
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I have a 40w variable heat soldering station, and the soldering iron has a chisel-point iron tip. The iron tip doesn't corrode as fast as a copper tip. I keep a bottle of Baker's Fluid (zinc chloride) for tip cleaning and heavy duty flux jobs, but it isn't good for electronics flux because the fumes (HCl) are corrosive.

A de-soldering pen is also handy.

I have a couple of bigger irons, but I don't need to use them very often.
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I use a soldering iron for everything. If you use a soldering gun on a circuit that has integrated circuits or sensitive transistors, the high Inductance can wipe them out. Things like active pickups use OpAmps and they can blow out. I love soldering guns because you squeeze the trigger and 3 seconds later, you're finished. I don't use them because I'm certain I would blow out some chips.
Thanks for the input fellas

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I've used soldering irons to melt my broken Frisbee back together, how about tha one? lol
You want to get on the disc golf circuit.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:23 PM   #20
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If you plan to do the job properly a minimum of 60 watts is required---I am a certified ET (electronics tech), and I assure you that grampa's gun, or the cheap radio shack irons are not going to give you the results that you need! Good connections are essential for good signal transmission---those fancy new pups won't sound good if you don't solder them in right! A solder sucker, and solder wick are both valuable! Cheap tools can get the job done, but the right tools will get the job done right!
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