Can anyone recommend a good soldering kit? - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


ECUs and Tuning Discuss Engine Management, Tuning, & Programming

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-11-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Makakilo
Posts: 444
Total Cats: 0
Default Can anyone recommend a good soldering kit?

I don't want to half *** it when I build my DIYPNP. May as well buy a decent kit. Any recommendations?
r808 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 12:18 AM   #2
Elite Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Seattle, Wa
Posts: 1,780
Total Cats: 30
Default

Radioshack 15/30 watt iron. A set of helping hands w/sponge & magnifying glass. Thats what I use to assemble megasquirts. Hasn't failed me yet.
Jeff_Ciesielski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 12:19 AM   #3
Elite Member
iTrader: (13)
 
cjernigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 8,147
Total Cats: 6
Default

That's a good recommendation from Jeff. I use the Radioshack 30 watt iron. I only recommend them because they're pretty good and most people have access to them. Their solder is good as well.
cjernigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 12:28 AM   #4
I haz no trubo
iTrader: (2)
 
Oscar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Bolton, UK
Posts: 3,021
Total Cats: 114
Default

then again, Chad managed to do just fine with whatever I had laying around. Just practice. 2k in soldering equipment will not do you any good if you don't know how to solder in the first place. Practice before raping your MS with molten tin
Oscar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 12:34 AM   #5
Elite Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Seattle, Wa
Posts: 1,780
Total Cats: 30
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
Practice before raping your MS with molten tin
^THIS. Soldering can make a mess pretty quickly if you have no idea what you are doing. If its your first time, I highly suggest going to radioshack and picking up a bare circuit board, a grab-bag of resistors, and some fine solder ( I like their .015 silver bearing solder for MS work personally). Go to town on that **** for a few hours and you'll be all set.
Jeff_Ciesielski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 12:44 AM   #6
y8s
2 Props,3 Dildos,& 1 Cat
iTrader: (8)
 
y8s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Fake Virginia
Posts: 19,038
Total Cats: 406
Default

Circuit Specialists Inc. - 0 has a $30 solder station that is the bomb.
y8s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 09:23 AM   #7
Senior Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: VA
Posts: 828
Total Cats: -2
Default

Get something with variable heat, it can be really useful. This one got really good reviews. Amazon.com: Aoyue 937+ Digital Soldering Station: Home Improvement
thymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 11:26 AM   #8
Elite Member
iTrader: (9)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Concord, North Carolina
Posts: 4,172
Total Cats: 5
Default

We've got a digital soldering Station from Radio Shack at the shop we got for decently cheap.

It works wonders.
miatamania is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 11:34 AM   #9
Supporting Vendor
 
Matt Cramer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,266
Total Cats: 51
Default

Radio Shack irons are decent, cheap, and easy to fine.

Around our shop, we use 60 watt non-adjustable Wellers.
Matt Cramer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 04:57 PM   #10
Elite Member
iTrader: (9)
 
TurboTim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Chesterfield, NJ
Posts: 6,484
Total Cats: 248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt Cramer View Post
Radio Shack irons are decent, cheap, and easy to fine.

Around our shop, we use 60 watt non-adjustable Wellers.
I use my dad's 60watt Weller station he borrowed from Bell Labs 35 years ago. Still works great, replacement parts still available. I've tried the cheap pencil irons, and the guns, junk. I am looking at ebay for good old wellers but searching "soldering station" the link in Y8S post seems to bring up some nice inexpensive stations, with aluminum housings too. I wonder how good they really are...

Quote:
Originally Posted by y8s View Post
Circuit Specialists Inc. - 0 has a $30 solder station that is the bomb.
Which model? There's a bunch.

EDIT: this one @70W $60 seems pretty nice, but Celsius display:
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/9749
TurboTim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 05:06 PM   #11
y8s
2 Props,3 Dildos,& 1 Cat
iTrader: (8)
 
y8s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Fake Virginia
Posts: 19,038
Total Cats: 406
Default

This one:

Circuit Specialists Inc. - CSI Deluxe Station w/Analog Display (CSI-STATION1A)

replacement tips up the wazoo
replacable wand and heater too.
y8s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 05:10 PM   #12
Elite Member
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Gainesville,Fl
Posts: 3,354
Total Cats: 7
Default

Make sure you get a one of those solder remover tools. I think you work cleaner when you know you can fix mistakes.
turotufas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 05:38 PM   #13
Elite Member
iTrader: (9)
 
TurboTim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Chesterfield, NJ
Posts: 6,484
Total Cats: 248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by y8s View Post
This one:

Circuit Specialists Inc. - CSI Deluxe Station w/Analog Display (CSI-STATION1A)

replacement tips up the wazoo
replacable wand and heater too.
Cool deal but 40W. Is that enough? I'd consider the extra coin for 70 watts and digital. Maybe.

Quote:
Originally Posted by turotufas View Post
Make sure you get a one of those solder remover tools. I think you work cleaner when you know you can fix mistakes.
I had good luck using a blowgun to blow out solder from boards. My mappgas torch works well too.
TurboTim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 06:19 PM   #14
y8s
2 Props,3 Dildos,& 1 Cat
iTrader: (8)
 
y8s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Fake Virginia
Posts: 19,038
Total Cats: 406
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TurboTim View Post
Cool deal but 40W. Is that enough? I'd consider the extra coin for 70 watts and digital. Maybe.
if you're dumping more than 40W of heat into a circuit board, you're gonna destroy it fast.
y8s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 06:25 PM   #15
Boost Czar
iTrader: (61)
 
Braineack's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chantilly, VA
Posts: 72,842
Total Cats: 1,787
Default

i use this cheap *** station:

Soldering Work Station with Dual-Powered Iron - RadioShack.com



But I cut off the iron and soldered a new iron onto it. I couldn't find the tips for that station at any radio shack, so I put the $7 45-watt iron in it's place and was able to lengthen the cord. I go through maybe 1 tip a every one or two MS builds, so it was important to be able to, ya know, replace the tip.
Braineack is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 07:10 PM   #16
Tour de Franzia
iTrader: (6)
 
hustler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Republic of Dallas
Posts: 29,114
Total Cats: 351
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Braineack View Post
i use this cheap *** station:

Soldering Work Station with Dual-Powered Iron - RadioShack.com



But I cut off the iron and soldered a new iron onto it. I couldn't find the tips for that station at any radio shack, so I put the $7 45-watt iron in it's place and was able to lengthen the cord. I go through maybe 1 tip a every one or two MS builds, so it was important to be able to, ya know, replace the tip.
Did you use the soldering iron to solder the soldering iron to the soldering iron?
hustler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 07:17 PM   #17
Boost Czar
iTrader: (61)
 
Braineack's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chantilly, VA
Posts: 72,842
Total Cats: 1,787
Default

acutally, yes I did. hardcore, eh?
Braineack is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 07:37 PM   #18
Senior Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posts: 1,177
Total Cats: 27
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hustler View Post
Did you use the soldering iron to solder the soldering iron to the soldering iron?

I was going to ask the same thing....
Landrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 09:13 PM   #19
Elite Member
iTrader: (9)
 
TurboTim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Chesterfield, NJ
Posts: 6,484
Total Cats: 248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by y8s View Post
if you're dumping more than 40W of heat into a circuit board, you're gonna destroy it fast.
Oh. Maybe that's my problem with the cheap home depot stick irons. I haven't done any circuit board stuff. I solder thick wires together and use relays, like a real man.
TurboTim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 09:17 PM   #20
Elite Member
iTrader: (9)
 
TurboTim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Chesterfield, NJ
Posts: 6,484
Total Cats: 248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Braineack View Post
i use this cheap *** station:

Soldering Work Station with Dual-Powered Iron - RadioShack.com



But I cut off the iron and soldered a new iron onto it. I couldn't find the tips for that station at any radio shack, so I put the $7 45-watt iron in it's place and was able to lengthen the cord. I go through maybe 1 tip a every one or two MS builds, so it was important to be able to, ya know, replace the tip.
How do you guys go through tips so often? I've been using the same ~35 year old 1/8 flat weller tip since...well forever. When I desoldered Meg's Mini's Harmon Kardon amp last weekend I got the needle tip from the basement, dusted it off, and it worked great.
TurboTim is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Project Gemini - Turbo Civic on the Cheap Full_Tilt_Boogie Build Threads 57 07-19-2017 05:11 PM
My solution for Oiltemp and Oilpressure input into Megasuirt (MS3) Zaphod MEGAsquirt 41 01-24-2016 01:25 PM
WTB MP62 (Hotside) (NB2) Rick02R WTB 3 01-03-2016 08:18 PM
Noob to Miataturbo from MA JxPhan Meet and Greet 3 10-02-2015 03:17 AM
Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump $50 lsc224 Miata parts for sale/trade 2 10-01-2015 10:17 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:19 PM.