Tag Archives: Soldering

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 [...]

How to solder – an illustrated guide

We love when we come across electronics info and guides that others are sharing freely - and especially those that encourage others to share their knowledge and work. For example...here is a fully illustrated guide to learning how to solder which was done by the fine folks at http://mightyohm.com. They've created a super guide with all the basics covered as well as some interesting tips and tricks that can make your soldering experience a little better. This would be a great staple for some basic Read more [...]

What causes oxidation on surface mount pads?

Solder contacts must meet minimum contact rating specifications to effectively be used. But sometimes you'll begin to solder an electronic component to a board and realize that oxidation has occurred. Why does this happen? Typically, there are two reasons that oxidation occurs on boards. The main reason is improper storage and handling. Boards should be received from your supplier in a vacuum pack, which would render them clean and ready to accept solder. Once the vacuum seal has been broken, Read more [...]