Category Archives: Circuit Boards

How to solder like a pro

Manual soldering is a skill that gets better with practice. For those who are starting out for the first time, manual soldering can be risky, unless they take proper care and follow safety instructions. Manual soldering involves application of heat locally by a soldering iron, whose tip may reach temperatures as high as 400°C. Soldering materials are sometimes toxic, especially if using lead based solders. Some very useful information about soldering can be found here. One of the best tips to Read more [...]

Goodbye breadboard! Hello Circuit Scribe!

Can you imagine using a rollerball pen and paper to create a fully functional circuit? That day is almost here. The Circuit Scribe works just like a regular ballpoint pen except that it is filled with a special non-toxic conductive silver ink that creates functional hand drawn circuits. The special conductive ink dries instantly. The Circuit Scribe will be a great tool for people who feel overwhelmed with learning about using an actual circuit board. It will also be a great tool for experienced Read more [...]

Solder Sucker for Desoldering – New product alert!

We're always adding new electronic components, parts and supplies to our inventory. This week, one of our new products is a solder sucker, which is a 'must have' for anyone that works with electronics and solder. Crafted in Germany by Amax, this solder sucker is a pump style solder remover. Use it on heated solder to remove the solder from your boards and components. It comes in the original manufacturer's packaging with instructions for the use and care of your solder sucker. Here are some Read more [...]

Wire Bending Radius Guide

At West Florida Components, we get asked very often about wire bending radius. It is important to have guidelines when working with wire or cable in your projects, particularly projects that involve curves, ductwork and buildings. There are a few rules of thumb that come into play when you think about the bending radius of wire and cable. Following these rules will ensure that your wire and cable projects go off without a hitch! Here is a chart to use: http://www.westfloridacomponents.com/wire-bending-radius.html Read more [...]