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How To Solder
How To Solder

Don't let 'fear of soldering' keep you from putting a project together! Our kits are all 'Through hole', (our kits use parts that go thru metal holes), so there aren't any tricky connections.  You'll need a few tools to solder;

1 - A soldering iron. Soldering irons are measured in 'Watts', which corresponds to the amount of heat they produce. Most folks solder electronics with a 25 watt iron.

2 - Solder. That's the metal stuff you melt to bond the part to the board. There are all kinds of solder, lead based solders are easier to work with.

3 - Diagonal cutters. You'll use these to trim the excess leads off the part once you've soldered it down.

We offer a basic Elenco 25 Watt Soldering kit that comes with an iron, solder, sucker, wick, and a little stand for $25, here. There are some very fancy soldering irons out there, but I suggest you start simple & move up to a nicer soldering station once you get the hang of things.

There are a ton of excellent soldering tutorials. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, Here are a few of the best;

Here's a great PDF writeup of how to solder

Here's a (kinda long) video that Make Magazine did

 

In this Make: Video Podcast, Joe Grand shows us how to solder and de-solder electrical parts.

NASA did a couple short videos on the subject, too. These are the most, to the point, tutorials, especially clips 4 and 5.