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Maker specializing in Joule Thief circuits. Also can do software development, tinkercad, music composition. Aspires to 3D print a conventional flashlight from start to finish, including the circuit board.
  • StephenA21 commented on Donald Bell's instructable Make Beautiful Solder Joints1 month ago
    Make Beautiful Solder Joints

    I've done this before, and like the results. But I wanted everyone to know about a possible complication, which sort of reinforces the warning given by the author not to do this on important circuits.Shortening the leads like this allows the component to fall out partially if you hit both leads at the same time (like with 5mm white indicator LEDs) or if you switch too quickly from one lead to the other. And you may not be able to tell if one of the leads has a poor connection, because the smoothness of the finish hides whether the lead is in or out. So, I try to keep track of the component position and angle especially, as well as reinspect after finishing. And I also tend to do all left leads at once, and then all right leads in a separate operation, thereby ensuring that both lead...

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    I've done this before, and like the results. But I wanted everyone to know about a possible complication, which sort of reinforces the warning given by the author not to do this on important circuits.Shortening the leads like this allows the component to fall out partially if you hit both leads at the same time (like with 5mm white indicator LEDs) or if you switch too quickly from one lead to the other. And you may not be able to tell if one of the leads has a poor connection, because the smoothness of the finish hides whether the lead is in or out. So, I try to keep track of the component position and angle especially, as well as reinspect after finishing. And I also tend to do all left leads at once, and then all right leads in a separate operation, thereby ensuring that both leads aren't in the melted state at the same time. This way of soldering also reduces the chance of overheating a component, since you're allowing it to cool down before heating up the other side. Hope this helps.

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