With so many products requiring a soldering iron, we decided to assemble a great soldering kit and sell it all at an affordable price.
Introducing our new soldering kit! Currently, only for our 120V/60Hz customers in North America.
Each soldering kit includes:
- Temperature controlled soldering iron with tip
- Flux pen, which easily applies liquid flux by pressing down and applying
- Ample amounts of solder, coiled up in an easy to use applicator
Remember that soldering irons are hot and should be unplugged when not in use. It is perfect for light soldering jobs, such as our various amateur radio kits.
While elitests claim that only a seasoned expert can solder, this is absolutely not true. Everyone has the ability to solder. All it takes is a little bit of practice...and flux.
Dad Says: Lack of flux is the main cause of failure. You can never use too much flux.
How to use and not have to watch a rando YouTube video:
- Give the flux pen a little shake. Insure that ample amounts of flux is in the pen. All pens are tested for fluid before they leave ERD, but contact us if this is not the case!
- Press down and apply flux to each piece you wish to solder. The end will recess into the pen housing with a satisfying feeling. Flux header pins, the pad it would be soldered to, component legs, or a wire. If it is not fluxed, it won't stick (tm). You won't need to flux the solder coil though.
- Set the soldering iron to the proper temperature and wait until to gets up to temperature. You can test this by trying to melt the solder in the coil.
- Apply a little solder to your tip. Don't go overboard though. If it melts, its probably at temperature.
- Using helping hands, or another helpful human, position the header or component in place.
- Extend a suitable amount of solder coil lead to press into the hole where the through hole component will be soldered.
- Apply heat (the soldering iron) and be prepared to press the solder coil lead in as the solder is melted and absorbed into the hole.
- If the solder joint is domed on top of the pin, a good solder joint is made. If you can still see gold on the circuit board, you probably didn't apply enough solder
- Keep moving down the header. You will probably be surprised how much solder each pin takes as it is melted and sucked into the joint.
- Unplug the iron when you are done. Optionally, clean the tip using a wet solder sponge (not supplied) or tip cleaner (not supplied) before turning off. These items can be found on your favorite mega seattle retailer website and possibly this store in the future. If you don't have these, don't worry. You will be fine.
- Keep the soldering iron in a safe place while it cools from its high temperature