Soldering iron

Sooo i bought a soldering iron because i though i could be i bought one and now i dont know how to use it...anyone wanna help me with my problem?

Topic by kaseyraex3 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Soldering Irons?

My last soldering iron needs to be retired, it will no longer melt solder, and was originally purchased sometime in the 80's. So I need a new soldering iron, but I do not know which one to buy. Should I get a 25 watt or 30 watt to make sure I have enough heat? Also are any of the soldering stations with the variable heat gun worth it? For now I will have to be careful and use my butane soldering iron (I have not burned any components yet).

Topic by kcedgerton 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Soldering irons ?

Would any one know what type and where to get a soldering iron to solder tabs on to solar cells

Question by fletcher eyes 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Problem in the soldering iron?

Well theres been a minor hicuup in my soldering iron if any cd help the soldering iron doesnt heat up proprly the led which acts as indicator somtyms brights up sometym is dimmd or doesnt lyt is there a problem with the soldring iron or mains line

Question by chatsbk007 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Beginners Soldering Iron

I am new to soldering and am looking to buy an iron. Any suggestions on beginner irons would be great. I plan on mostly using it for soldering small electronics. Also I would like to buy at a store and not over the internet. Again, any advice is greatly appreciated.

Topic by sardines454 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

soldering iron advice.

It has become apparent in my that a soldering iron is my next necessary resource/skill. Wondering what I am looking for in a good one, or any tips on what other people use. The use will be arduino circuit building. thanks  

Topic by stupidityisanart 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Looking for a soldering iron

Im liiking to buy a soldering iron. I really dont know all that much about them, so i was hoping i could get some advice on what i should purchase for general use soldering. Do i need a variable heat iron? Wattage? Heat? im hoping something from radio shack (under $20) will get me by.

Topic by ScubaSteve 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Butane Soldering Iron

Hello! Recently my soldering iron broke, and i want to buy a new one! I was thinking of getting a butane with interchangeable tips. Can you suggest an online one thats >$10 and with free shipping? Thanxs!

Topic by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Redesigning the soldering iron!

Hi, we’re a team of engineering undergrads hoping to redesign the soldering iron. Specifically, we’re looking at making it safer and more usable by younger teens and children. We’re looking for any feedback or advice you might have, especially if you have kids, so if you can spare a few minutes to fill out our survey, that’d be awesome. Or if you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email at: Thank you for your time and input! also, does anyone know why there is so much metal exposed towards the tip?

Topic by solderotter 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Soldering iron smoking? Answered

Hi Guys, I just bought a new soldering iron for the first time. When i plugged it into the wall outlet it started smoking (not alot) well that scared the living crap out of me, so I turned it off. So can any of you guys tell me that should I just dump the iron or is it normal. Please guys help (and there was a bit of smoke near the handle too). Oh and another interesting thing is that after 10 seconds of plugging it in it started melting solder ( its a 35 or 30 watt iron ) Thanks in advance. -Prickly Potato

Question by The Prickly Potato 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

breakin in a soldering iron

Is it just me or do you have to "break in" a soldering iron before it's really usful? I've had a new soldering iron for about amonth (using it about 4 hours to 8 hours a week) and it only started to solder really well in the past couple of days. Anybody know why? Also my soldering iron kind of has a hot spot, where you the solder melts really well, that normal?

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

soldering iron problem

I have a soldering iron which  is  expensive and used to work well but after some time instead of melting the solder it made balls of iron which were still connected to the solder and never stayed on the soldering iron. please help

Question by amazinghannure 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

soldering iron help ?

Well today i finally got my soldering iron Weller marksman 25 watts for $ 17.75 but i turned it on it smoldered for 3 minutes then stopped then the tip started to get black and solder wont stick to it is that oxidization and how and what do i use to clean it off

Question by albylovesscience 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Soldering Iron advice?

Hello, I'm shopping for a new soldering iron and I was hoping for some advice or recommendations. I'm a professional auto tech, and do plenty of soldering there, but I'm getting back into electronics stuff for a hobby. My butane iron is fine for work, but I need a better iron for boards and the like.  Do you think its too early to get a temp control iron? Would a nice stand alone iron suffice for now? I'm not afraid to spend some money on a nice station but $100 is around the max I could budget now. My tool guy at work deals with Weller, so that would be convenient for a tad pricier set up. I'm greatful for any advice or help, and hope to have a project on here soon. Thank you

Topic by Mrlzeppelin 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Adjustable solder iron

Hello sorry if this is the wrong place, i'm pretty new here. recently i got a 30w solder iron and found this instructable to make it adjustable I know it won't be as good as buying a real adjustable iron but this is cheaper and will work.  I have a little potentiometer that i got from a lamp but unlike most it only has 2 terminals and a space for a third. i did some experimenting and it seems to work fine, the 2 terminals are a middle and one to the right then a space to the left i hooked a wire in the space and it basically worked in reverse to when it clicked off it turned the (in this case) motor. so my real question is how do i wire this up, can i just wire the "hot" wire threw the pot and will it work to make my iron semi adjustable the only info i have on the pot is that on the top it says B500k i can take a picture of it if needed. 

Topic by chairsgotoschool 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

solder wire together? Answered

 i have blow three my soldering iron , and it is because wire positive and negetive collide, when i buy soldering iron wire positive and negetive is not connect to heating element strongly,and can broke anytime when im using my soldering to prevent this collision , can i solder  wire positive and negetive(seperately ) to heating element,and can my soldering iron still function after i solder the wire. and i dont want my soldering iron to blow again , plesea help me.

Question by hore 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

desoldering iron

I am thinking of purchasing a desoldering iron, because braid gets annoying, and i was looking at one at radioshack, its just a soldering iron with a hole in its end and the hole leads of a mounted bulb. i was wondering how they work, the iron heat the solder, and u press the bulb and it sucks the solder, but where does the solder go? into the bulb? how do you get the solder out?

Topic by um0123 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is soldering a health risk?

I was just wondering how (aside from being clumsy and burning yourself) soldering can be a health risk. I would suppose the fumes would be bad for you, and is there anything else? And is it safe to solder in an average room in a house, or should I do it outside for better ventilation? 

Question by diggingeagle 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How to make a soldering iron? Answered

How can i make a soldering iron from low cost and easily available materials?

Question by bishal 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Stupid Question: (soldering iron) = (woodburning iron)

I have a woodburner and I was wondering if I could use it as a soldering iron? Is it just getting hot enough to melt the solder that I have to worry about or is there some kind of load problem with using a woodburner for this purpose? need help!! (obviously)

Topic by bardon08 11 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

heat_up room by soldering iron ?!

Hi everybody :D I have a soldering iron and a computer fan. and I was thinking if I can use them to heat up my room!  I asking If any body tried it beform or have an idea. 

Topic by abbadi 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

i need a soldering iron?

High quality, decently priced

Question by Montsombre 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What's a good soldering iron?

Me and my dad have a really crappy soldering iron. It has a really messy tip, it heats slow, it has a short cord, and it is clumsy to hold. We were wondering what to look for if we were to go to Fry's or Radio Shack to buy a new one.

Topic by YummyPancakes 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Why is solder not staying on the tip of my soldering iron?

The tip of my new soldering iron is not holding solder while tinning even after applying flux. Soldering is therefore getting difficult, can anyone suggest a solution for this problem?

Question by Ankan Nayak 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Soldering substitute? Answered

Is there anything that i can use instead of solder to bind electronics with? Im asking about solder itself, not the iron.

Question by PieMaster777 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 days ago

Good Cheap soldering Iron?

Anyone know of a good, yet cheap soldering iron? I like the pen variety, not the gun type. My current one is a pain because it doesn't have a regulator, so I have to unplug it once it gets hot... or it gets WAY to hot. Sorry if there is no-such-thing...

Topic by zachninme 12 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

MIG Soldering Iron Concept

The plan is to modify a existing soldering iron remove the tip have a small nozzle at the front (made of a thick disk of metal, drilled with a normal bit until a small hole is poked, thus making a cone nozzle)(thinner than what i put in the picture, because the taper should be 45 degrees) the area where the tip is screwed in to will be where the solder liquidfies a hole will be drilled above that for a flexible copper tube to guide solder in the tube will be heat sinked so the solder only liquidfies when it is near the chamber the solder will be feed with some sort of unreeling mechanism or something that is controlled by a button the feed will be guided to the copper tube via another sort of tubing the pressure of adding solder will force the liquid solder out the nozzle the goal is to have a tiny drop of liquid solder, small enough for average through hole soldering, come out with a press of a button. flux should be applied before. does anybody see anything wrong that could happen with my concept? does anybody have other ideas and suggestions? had this been thought of before?

Topic by frank26080115 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Solder Pen instead of standard solder iron .? Answered

I had an idea about making a pen that writes solder not ink i searched for it and i found that it has been made this year but i'm thinking about making my own version maybe of wood link for the solder pen : if you have an idea please share it here

Question by aessam1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

where to buy micro-tip soldering iron?

Anybody know a good place to order a soldering iron with a very small tip? I want it for working with 0603 LEDs. I can't find replacement tips for my current soldering iron. Something not too expensive would be nice.

Topic by aliasjanedoe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how to solve soldering problem? Answered

I soldered a lot but from some time,my problem is that after tinning the tip and putting in soldering paste(when needed), I get a layer of a sort of oxide or something,but that is not what bothers me. The big problem is that the solder is not tinning on surfaces (wires and component leads). what can be the cause?(i'm guessing the solder since the problems started after buying new solder)

Question by theVader75 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

do you need to be 18 to buy a soldering iron? Answered

 the clue is in the question....

Question by wizzywoo 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

my soldering iron isnt working properly! PLZ HELP ?

I have just brought a brand new soldering iron. I just plugged it in and kept it aside for a minute (so that it becomes hot ). after a minute or so Inoticed my iron's color gradually became darker (from silver to black). Its a brand new product and now it is not getting hot faster.please help

Question by ashish_scientific 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I take care of my soldering iron tip?

I am a newbie at soldering, and I recently bought a $8 iron from radioshack. After the first time I used it, it had already began to erode. I think I tined it like I was suposed to. I melted a little bit of solder on it, and wiped off the excess. Would wiping it to much do this. Please help.

Question by electronicdude 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What am i doing wrong with soldering?

So im still pretty new to electronics and obviously my projects involve soldering.  But here's my problem, i go through tips too often. i dont use my soldering iron too much but my tips still oxidize all the time.  I tin the tips when i use them but they still get oxidized.  Although my iron is from radioshack, (i know not a quality iron) could that be the problem? or that my solder is lead-free? If anyone could tell me why my tips still get oxidized all the time that would be great, thanks in advance.

Question by texpert 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Soldering Survey

Hi there. We’re Solder Otter, a team of recent engineering graduates from the University of Waterloo in Canada that is redesigning the soldering iron so soldering electronics can be safer and simpler. You may have seen the survey we posted back in 2013 when we first started working on Solder Otter. Since then, we’ve built prototypes, won pitch competitions, and learned so much about makers and soldering. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, so we’re pushing forward with the project beyond graduation. We have another survey. It’s similar to our last survey, but this one is designed to help us refine our prototype into the best soldering iron for you. We’re reaching out to makers and hobbyists across several forums because we want to learn about your soldering experiences, preferences, and needs. We're also considering designing with children in mind, so if you have any input in that regard, we'd love to hear that too. If you can spare 10 minutes to fill out our survey (link below), we would really appreciate your input. Thank you! If you have any questions or comments feel free to reply to this post or send us an email at Link to survey:

Topic by solderotter 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

I just bought a soldering iron!

   So im new to the soldering world as well as the small electronics and circuit world. I do know a little about restance capacitance and inductance. But I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for me to get started off with. I have an old TV, Im not sure if I can use my soldering iron to de-solder it, that I can strip down for parts.      My new soldering iron is  a 20w to 40w, Im not sure what range I need though. If anyone knows any fun easy DIYs that I can do to get started please let me know!!  Thanks!

Topic by crazed rhetoric 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Soldering Help? Answered

So i recently got a 40 watt weller soldering iron. This is my first soldering iron ever, and i have watched many instructional videos and tips on how to use it. I had a bit of trouble tinning the tip but i got the hang of it. I am using Rosin Core Solder btw. Today i went to go practice my soldering a bit, so i plugged in my soldering iron and waited for it to heat up. Once i heated it up i got a damp sponge and i wiped off the old solder. IIRC i wiped it off and then tryed to tin the tip again, but i saw my tip has turned black. I tried to tin it, but the solder just turned into a ball and rolled off the tip, as if the tip was oil and the solder was water. I tried taking off what i presumed was oxidation by cleaning it with the sponge, mr. cleans magic eraser, and my last resort was a nail filer. MR cleans magic eraser turned the oxidation a grayish blue, but the nail filer was the only thing that took off all the oxidation. (i know that any sort of abrasive thing shouldn't be used, but i was angry and confused). I felt pretty happy, but as soon as i put solder on the tip, the tip immediately turned black and the solder rolled off again, making tinning impossible. I tried re tinning my spare chisel tip too and it wasnt so bad, but the solder just rolled off too. Now all i have left is a tinned "mini chisel" tip that im scared to use because i dont want to mess up what i have left. Is there something im doing wrong? I could really use some help.

Question by jaguilar16 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Connect wires without a solder iron!

Hey guys I haven't created an instructable yet, but I know how to connect wires without soldering.  Its simple and I am thinking of making an instructable about it.  all you need is aluminum foil and eletrical tape. simply connect the wires and tightly wrap them together in aluminum foil. then put eletrical tape around it and there you have it. any ametures(ignore my spelling) like me that dont have a soldering iron can do this.  although it is limited, it is easier than soldering. ill eventually try to make an instructable though.

Topic by hunter1125 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Circuit for battery operated micro-soldering iron.

Hi, i want to make a micro soldering iron that can run on AA batteries.i have a micro soldering iron, but it runs on 12vDC@2A. it requires an i want to make one that runs on AA batteries heats up quick, and uses less power.i saw many products but want to build one myself. An appropriate circuit will be great help. Thanks in advance,

Question by jaga0692 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

anyone? How to build a usb solder iron on my own?

I'v been goofing around for this over month now but could not come up with a solution. And 26$ is pretty xpensive 4 me so u know.

Question by crazynath 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Help with school project. Redesigning soldering iron for beginners.

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help! Justin 

Question by jchan3ualberta 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What can I make? Answered

I bought a soldering iron today. If you can, please give me some links to some cool Ibles, in which you have to solder stuff, such as a calculator prank, but not that. Thanks, HD.

Question by Hiyadudez 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Extra tiny soldering

Ok, I have a weller 40w iron and I want to do some seriously tiny work, I cannot afford to buy anything. how would I go about making a tip for the iron?

Topic by The Ideanator 9 years ago

what is the best soldering iron for small projects? Answered

For like circuts and stuff

Question by moomooman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Thin soldering iron tip! -FIND-

Hello, recently i have received an audio amp. But the problem is; i can't solder it! i have thin solder, but no soldering iron tip to do the job! Please help me find a tip Thanx!!

Topic by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Soldering iron on without tip inserted?

Well, this is the second soldering fiasco I've documented on Instructables. I recently got a new tip for my soldering iron, but when I inserted it, I forgot to ensure that it was inserted all the way. When I turned the iron on, I gradually smelled what seemed like burnt plastic and resistors. I turned it off after about 3-5 min. of this, not realizing that the tip wasn't inserted. What did I just do to my soldering iron, and what did I inhale for a short period of time? 

Question by The Manic Puppeteer 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Tip will not tin on new soldering iron?

I just got my first soldering iron, a pen style weller. It was a real cheapo at $20 from home depot. When I go to tin the tip all the solder just beads up on itself and won't touch the iron. The iron turns black almost instantly and will smoke even if nothing is touching it. I have tried two different solders, one that came with it and some electric solder I bought separately, both are lead free and rosin core. The iron is 25 watts and gets up to 750 degrees fahrenheit. Any ideas?

Question by DELETED_Fuogger 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to clean my soldering iron? Answered

Before a year I forgot the iron solder on a plastic made object and I don't  Know how to clean it Please I need Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for my bad english, I'm from hellas

Question by arv_christos 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Soldering copper to copper?

I'm just starting out but most of the instruction I've seen on soldering (jewelry) talks about flux, the solder itself, and a torch or soldering iron. When soldering copper to copper is there a special flux and solder to be used so that the solder doesn't look "silver"? Does it matter whether you use a torch or a soldering iron?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 10 months ago

Solder sucker?

Hello all.  I had a question about desoldering.  First thing is that I have desoldering wick.  I found out I was using it wrong.  I melted the solder and then placed the end of the wick in the melted solder.  But I watched a youtube video and according to that I should place the wick on the solder and then heat up the wick and solder as one.  But this still has not been working very well for me.  The wick is over a year old and I was wondering if this could be a problem.  But my other question is how well do those spring loaded solder suckers work?  I was thinking about perhaps ordering one off of e-bay.  Yes I know I might find one in a good hardware store but I have some paypal money I could use.  In case you do not know what I am talking is the spring loaded suckers where you cock it, put it next to the melted solder and then press a button and it forms a vacuum and sucks up the solder into it.  I think I can pick one up for a few bucks off-line, so if you people say they work well then I will give it a shot. Also in case you want to know what I am working on.  This would be used for salvaging parts of of circuit boards.  Like right now I am trying to salvage a few capacitors and also a couple of flyback transformers from crt computer monitors.  Also tomorrow I am tearing apart a broken water cooler to see if there is anything I can take out of there. I have also being having a problem getting solder to melt in the first place.  But that probably just has something to do with the 2 soldering irons I am using and I am trying my best to figure it all out.  I know my way around computers as far as building and repairing them.  But soldering and desoldering is something I really want to learn to be able to further my computer repair skills.  Sometimes it would save so much money being able to solder and desolder myself.  Especially those darn ac ports that are soldered right onto the boards sometimes. I have not actually made anything from this site yet.  But this is a wonderful site and after cruzing the forums here I am pretty sure I will get some good replies.  Ok I will stop babbling and I look forward to your replies.  

Topic by jcaresheets 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago