If you follow this instructables you'll soon see just what great results you can obtain at home using just a hotplate.
It's not just being able to make small circuit boards that makes SMT soldering so good it's also a nicer way to solder. All the 'hard' work is in placing the components. You then only need to reflow the solder for about 5-7 minutes and your done.
No more long soldering sessions spent hunched over a hot soldering iron breathing in all those fumes.
All you need is the PCB, some solder paste, the SMD components and a hotplate.
If you'd like a kit that includes the PCB, components and solder paste then follow this link
SMD MOSFET Driver Kit
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Step 1: Gather All the Parts
Make sure you know which resistor is which, they are each marked as shown.
Also ensure that the diode will go in the correct way round. The cathode, the end you want connected to the positive rail, is marked with a line.
Step 2: Prepare the PCB
Step 3: Apply Solder Paste
Step 4: Place Components
WARNING! Make sure the diode is the correct way round and that the two resistors are in their correct positions.
Step 5: Setup Hotplate
Step 6: Reflow Solder
But they are all fairly similar and as long as you try to follow the profile you should get good results.
Heat to about 200ºC - 230ºC (390ºF - 450ºF) using a thermometer, try to follow the reflow profile. After a few minutes you should see the solder turn shiny and flow, you should also see a little puff of vapour. Don’t let it get too hot or peek too long as this can burn the board and damage the components.
Step 7: Check Results
If you do make a bad joint just put some flux on it and reheat with a soldering iron.
Step 8: Test and Hook Up to Your Arduino
When you're happy everything is good to go, connect it to your project. There are many possible ways to do this. Here are a few possibilities. I've also included a schematic so you can decide exactly how to use it.
I hope you enjoy SMT soldering as much as I do and if you would like one of these kits then just go to this link.
SMD MOSFET Driver Kit
Please also check out CarbonFrog.com for more information and kits.