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    THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE YOUR EQUIPMENT LAST FROM A TEMP PERSPECTIVE.I recommend using a soldering iron that has a digital temperature readout which can be adjusted on demand easily and quickly. The reason is that we will, for the most part, be using one soldering iron only and it will be used for differing applications which constantly are changing.One minute you will be soldering the leads of a 40 pin IC to pads and the next thing you might do is remove a component and clean the components pads with solder wick. These two operations require a different amount of heat distribution with the wicking requiring the most heat. Wicking especially should be carefully done, you do not want wick sticking to PCB pads while cleaning if it does you will eventually remove some of the PADS on your PCB. ...

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    THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE YOUR EQUIPMENT LAST FROM A TEMP PERSPECTIVE.I recommend using a soldering iron that has a digital temperature readout which can be adjusted on demand easily and quickly. The reason is that we will, for the most part, be using one soldering iron only and it will be used for differing applications which constantly are changing.One minute you will be soldering the leads of a 40 pin IC to pads and the next thing you might do is remove a component and clean the components pads with solder wick. These two operations require a different amount of heat distribution with the wicking requiring the most heat. Wicking especially should be carefully done, you do not want wick sticking to PCB pads while cleaning if it does you will eventually remove some of the PADS on your PCB. You change to the temperature up and down as needed while working. Nearly all of today's soldering equipment can easily increase or decrease temperatures fairly fast. Keeping the average of iron temperatures used at the lowest practical temperature will help you prolong your heating elements, iron tips, and soldering stations overall. It will also help prevent potential damage to delicate SMD components, subject to overheating, by keeping your iron temperature as low as possible but high enough to get the job done quickly.Remember these things, a component may be located near plastic or nylon materials which melt at temperatures which are in the range of those that can be set in most soldering stations. The smaller the item being soldered requires a downward cascading amount of pressure and heat to get the job delicately done.

    The PAD is the area on the PCB board where the SMD component is soldered and connected. If the pad width is 2mm then you would use an iron TIP greater than 1.2mm because it spreads the heat more quickly and efficiently across the componetlead and the PCB pad.

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  • MlH1 commented on PaulGetson's instructable Why You Should Make A Mosquito Trap2 years ago
    Why You Should Make A Mosquito Trap

    How many can a trap catch? How long will a trap last before it goes bad for mosquitos? Should mosquitos be tested for ZEKA, we live in Florida and frequently travel to Racife, Brasil to visit relatives. Recife was the epicenter for ZEKA in Brasil.

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