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Soldering iron temperature

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Jon, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    I just got a WES50 with the variable temperature. Now I don't know what
    to set it to! Right now I am doing a project with lots of SMT and some
    regular DIP/through hole stuff. Suggestions? Is there a good guide for
    this on the net somewhere?
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Guest

    One of the best short tutorials on soldering for newbies is the EPE
    (Everyday Practical Electronics) Magazine supplement "EPE Online
    Basic Soldering Guide". Be sure to click on the links for great
    illustrations.

    http://www.epemag.com/solderfaq/default.htm

    It says, "The melting point of most solder is in the region of 188°C
    (370°F) and the iron tip temperature is typically 330°C to 350°C
    (626°F to 662°F)." That sounds pretty good, I'll generally set mine
    to 350°C.

    Good luck
    Chris
     
  3. Bob Eldred

    Bob Eldred Guest

    I solder electronics at 700F, 371C. I find a little hotter iron solders
    faster and more surely. It is less likely to make a pasty joint and it
    exposes the parts to high temperature for less time.
     
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