Connect with us

Soldering iron advice please.

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by 1066, Apr 4, 2009.

Scroll to continue with content
  1. 1066

    1066

    6
    0
    Dec 30, 2008
    I'm looking for some advice about soldering irons. I need to make up some small circuits on stripboard, what wattage should I be looking at to get me started and any suggestions about tip size. I'm in the UK.
    Thanks
     
  2. sirkituk

    sirkituk

    12
    0
    Mar 27, 2009
    You should use 18Watt to 30Watt power.
    Tip size should be less than 6mm, preferably 2.5mm or pointed tip.
    I sell a suitable iron for beginners on my site.

    Sir-kit Electronics
     
  3. 1066

    1066

    6
    0
    Dec 30, 2008
    Thanks for that info. What about solder - is the stuff with silver content worth paying the extra and why not use solder with lead content, is it not so good or just not so PC now?
     
  4. sirkituk

    sirkituk

    12
    0
    Mar 27, 2009
    Lead based solder is still available for hobby use. It is basically banned for mass production in many countries, but the alternatives are difficult to use and require hotter soldering irons. The removal of lead is a political decision not a practical one. Politicians told industry to remove lead for the good of the environment.
    Sir-kit Electronics
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
Ask a Question
Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?
You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.
Electronics Point Logo
Continue to site
Quote of the day

-